Government Shutdown Looms
A government shutdown - the possibility is not only real but could be just days away. Republicans are insisting that any short term agreement on the budget includes spending cuts. Democrats are standing strong for no reductions, whatsoever. Neither side is showing any signs of wanting to compromise or back down. Especially the new Tea Party-backed freshman class. After all, the whole reason that they went to Washington in the first place was to do just that, cut spending. “This is really frightening stuff. The Democrats think that this is going to be a replay of what happened when the government shut down in 1995. They don’t understand that the environment in the country is quite different right now. That people are really hurting. Americans are concerned about record spending and deficits and they’ve had it. People know we cannot continue down this path,” said Sean. Sean discussed a possible government shutdown with newly elected Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Watch the entire interview right here.
Ohio Governor Argues For Restructuring
The union upheaval that we are now seeing in Wisconsin is now spreading across the Midwest to Ohio. Thousands of protesters marched outside Ohio Statehouse to rally against the bill that would do away with unions' collective bargaining rights. But like Scott Walker in Wisconsin, GOP Governor John Kasich insists that he will not back down. Sean spoke with Kasich in the show’s second hour. The governor was in Akron earlier today promoting his plan to curtail collective bargaining for state employees. Kasich’s proposed plan would allow bargaining on wages, but not on health care and other benefits. ''It's completely reasonable for people to be able to negotiate for wages,'' Kasich said. ''But I don't believe that people ought to have on the table negotiations [concerning] all these benefits.'' Supporters of Kasich’s plan have said the changes would help make up the state’s budget deficit – estimated at $8 billion. Kasich reiterated to Sean that he has ruled out tax increases to fill the gap. ''Raising taxes would just make us less competitive,'' he said. “Ohio is already under siege from other states coming in here offering deals to take our best jobs and our best people.'' Kasich said that ''there will be cuts that will occur in this budget,'' along with ''reform and restructuring.''
Moammar Gaddafi is blaming the chaos in his country on Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda in an attempt to help convince people in his country to help stop the rebellion in Libya. Protesters have moved in on the capitol city of Tripoli where it has been reported Gaddafi has hired mercenary forces to protect his crumbling regime. It also appears that Iran could be the biggest potential benefactor if Gaddafi’s loses power. Col. Oliver North, who was involved in the planning of the 1986 air strikes against Libya, joined Sean to discuss the situation. “It’s going to be his own people that finish him off,” North told Sean. “He has no place to hide. He is a brutal despot who has killed thousands of people over the years. This man is going to find himself at the end of gun, either his own or one of his own peoples’” North predicted. Watch Sean's interview with Col. North here.
Oliver Laurence North (born October 7, 1943) is a retired United States Marine Corps officer. Currently, he is a political commentator, host of War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News Channel, a military historian, and a New York Times best-selling author.