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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Why Is Success Being Vilified?
Sean spent some time this week debating the California Federation of Teachers who’re running bold attack ads criticizing the rich for their success. Among the attacks is imagery of a wealthy elderly man urinating on a group of poor citizens. “I’ve thought of past propaganda and I think somebody who watches this ad gets indoctrinated to think rich people are evil,” began Sean, “How did we get to the point where success is now viewed as evil?” Sean was joined by Fox News Analysts Kirsten Powers and Tucker Carlson to break down the video. “There is no overstating how dumb this is,” laughed Carlson, “You would have to know nothing about economics to believe that tax cuts make people rich and yet many people do, because of media like this.” Carlson continued, “We could have a really interesting debate about the distribution of wealth but ultimately Obama is saying that the rich got rich because the poor are poor and that’s really divisive.” “This definitely went too far,” offered Powers, “There’s a feeling in this country that there are people who make money without any consideration for workers, and I think that’s a fair criticism, but these ads did go too far.” To watch this debate and the ad by the CFT, click here.

Tea Party Massacre
Sean was joined by Congressman David Schweikert to discuss recent House leadership movements that were made this week that adversely impacted certain Republican members. “Apparently House leaders used a secret criteria list to decide which members to purge from various committees,” began Hannity as Congressman Schweikert joined the show, “Why are you, Congressman Schweikert, losing your coveted committee assignment?” “On occasion there’s a price to be paid but I voted my principles,” quickly responded Schweikert, “Look, Washington DC is a rough place but hey, there’s no crying in baseball.” “My instinct is that this is complicated,” continued Schweikert, “There are a number of folks who have stood up to the spending bills and those are the members who’ve gotten spanked here.” “So these are mostly Tea Party members,” pressed Hannity, “Is that true?” “I&rs quo;m going to go beyond Tea Party,” explained Schweikert, “There are a bunch of conservatives.” “This is more than a committee assignment,” continued Schweikert, “I’d be happy to be tossed aside if I could convince the American people that we care about Medicaid, debt spending and all but their growth is unsustainable.” “I’m not looking for a carbon copy of the liberals,” expanded Hannity. To listen to Sean’s entire interview with Congressman Schweikert and to find out more information on what’s happening to House conservatives, click here.

Senator Marco Rubio
Sean was joined by Senator Marco Rubio who made headlines last night with his remarks to the Jack Kemp Foundation at their annual award dinner. “I don’t think this is the time to be talking about 2016,” laughed Hannity, “There is usually a time of governing after an election but I don’t see that from President Obama, he’s out on the campaign trail.” “I think the President is viewing this as an opportunity to continue his campaign,” agreed Rubio, “But the biggest concern is that his public policy is just bad, I don’t care much about polls, his policy is just bad.” “I wish Republicans would articulate this message,” positioned Hannity, “When you look at the numbers, and the wealthy were forced to pay their ‘fair share’, the government would be funded for an extra eight days.” “What’s the point,” agreed Rubio, “Is this just another tro phy in the liberal trophy case?” It does seem, as Washington continue to battle over the fiscal cliff, that certain parties are more concerned with the victory than the cause. You can view Senator Rubio’s remarks from last night here.

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Marco Rubio

From 2000-2008, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives. During this period, he served as Majority Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, effectively promoting an agenda of lower taxes, better schools, a leaner and more efficient government and free market empowerment. During his legislative career, Rubio also promoted efforts to develop a world-class public school curriculum, increase performance-based accountability, enhance school choice and target the socio-economic factors affecting chronic academic underperformance. At the end of his tenure as Speaker, Rubio resumed his law practice as a sole practitioner. He has also served as a visiting professor at Florida International University's Metropolitan Center, worked as Florida Chairman of GOPAC and as a political analyst for Univision during the 2008 election cycle. Senator Rubio currently serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation , the Committee on... More >