Gov't Favorability At 15-Year Low
Sean briefly touched on a new Pew survey that showed just one in three Americans has a favorable view of the federal government – the lowest level in 15 years. The majority of Americans remain satisfied with their local and state governments — 61 percent and 52 percent, respectively — but only 33 percent feel likewise about the federal government. In 2002, nearly double that figure, 64 percent viewed the federal government favorably, and Americans held their local and state governments in similar esteem, at 67 percent and 62 percent, respectively. The poll also reveals that more Americans trust their state governments to be honest, efficient and less partisan than the federal government. To read more about this new Pew survey please click here.
Debate Over Arizona Immigration Law
Supreme Court justices strongly suggested yesterday that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally. Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and Francisco Hernandez, an Immigration Attorney from Fort Worth, TX joined Sean to debate and battled over the issue of illegal immigration and Arizona's new immigration law. “Chief Justice Roberts has gone on record stating the Arizona immigration law is not a case about ethnic or racial focus,” Sekulow pointed out. “State law is something that is enforced by the federal law.” Francisco, disagreed with Sekulow and felt Arizona's new law was in fact based on racism, because law enforcement can now pull over anyone based solely on their appearance. Sekulow countered and explained that the issue at hand is not about prevention but about enforcement, and the abil ity for the state to have the backing from the federal government. Ultimately, however, Francisco explained that this new law does not help the larger issue of illegal immigration, civil unrest, and the way in which illegal immigrants are being handled. For more on the battle over immigration at the Supreme Court please click here.
Poverty The Biggest Threat To Democracy?
It is a topic Sean covers every almost every day - class warfare. Will President's Obama's “redistribution of wealth” strategy actually work? If you look at some of the key poverty statistics, you would be hard pressed to think that Obama's economic agenda is helping in any way. “For example,” said Sean, “the total number of food stamp recipients has increased by almost 50 million people since the president took office. When it comes to the amount of Americans living below the poverty line, that number has increased by more than six million people since 2008,” Sean added. With all of these numbers indicating that big government is not the answer, Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, who joined Sean via the NewsMaker Hotline, actually want greater involvement in solving the poverty issue. Both guests also believe that poverty is so extreme, it actually poses a threat to our National Security. To watch Sean's conversation with West and Smiley and what they suggest we do about o ur nation's poverty crisis, please click here.
Jay Alan Sekulow (born June 10, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American attorney and radio talkshow host. He currently serves as Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a conservative religious organization founded by evangelist Pat Robertson to oppose the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as serving as Chief Counsel of the European Centre for Law and Justice.