Massive Earthquake In Japan
A tremendous tsunami caused by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast today, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control. The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot tsunami and was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0. “Scientists are saying the quake ranked as the fifth largest earthquake in the world since 1900. Just to give you an example, you’ve heard of the recent quake in New Zealand right? This one was eight thousand times stronger than that one. The energy radiated by this quake is nearly equal to one month’s energy consumption here in the United States," Sean said. For the latest on the earthquake and information on how you can donate to the relief effort please click here. To listen to Sean’s reaction to the devastation in Japan click here.
PHOTOS: View photos from the quake in Japan
Obama Says Budget Extensions "Irresponsible"
President Obama said at a press conference today that short-term extensions to fund the government are "irresponsible" - even as another one appears to be on the horizon. The president also said that he’s trying to enact entitlement reform. “He hasn’t tackled entitlement reform,” Sean fumed, “Not once. He hasn’t done anything and he just presented his budget.” The president talked about making painful cuts to the budget as well. “The Democrats haven’t proposed any painful cuts. They’ve increased spending by twenty-five percent in two years.” How can the president talk about being serious about the debt and living within our means if he’s given us nearly five trillion dollars in new debt? “Spending is just out of control. Obama was the one who pushed through Obama Care against the will of the people and then stuck in the funding for this thing. How can he tell us that we need to live within our means if he’s done all of these terrible things? Why Mr. President do you say one thing and do another? The arrogance of this president knows no bounds – it’s becoming insufferable.” To read a transcript of Obama’s press conference please click here.
Gov. Scott Walker
After weeks of angry protests, the bill that has caused so much mayhem in Wisconsin is set to become law. The Wisconsin state assembly passed the measure yesterday following the passage in the state Senate. The bill headed to Republican Governor Scott Walker who signed the bill into law earlier today. The bill severely limits the collective bargaining powers for the vast majority of the state's public employees, quietly capping weeks of contentious debate and delivering an epic defeat to the labor movement with a private bill signing. Gov. Walker joined Sean to discuss the bill on the NewsMaker Hotline. “This is a win for us,” Walker told Sean. “And the win ultimately goes for middle class taxpayers in the state of Wisconsin who benefit because this budget reform bill protects middle class jobs and equally if not of greater importance, it protects middle class taxpayers because in all of these other states where they're cutting, they are forcing massive lay-offs or massive property tax increases. In our state, we're doing something better than that. We put through true reform that will make for better government and, ultimately, a better deal for our taxpayers,” Walker said. To watch Sean’s entire interview with Walker please click here.