Google The Word “Irony”
Sean kicked off Monday's show by mentioning a story about the search giant Google. According to Bloomberg.com, Google avoided about $2 billion in worldwide income taxes in 2011 by shifting $9.8 billion in revenues into a Bermuda shell company, almost double the total from three years before. Google has been associated with liberal causes and has been criticized for catering to China in censoring information from the people as requested by the dictators. Google has also been accused of deleting, or de-listing conservative news sites from their search engine. "You can Google me anytime and see all the hateful things liberals say about me anytime," Sean said jokingly. "It's a little ironic though isn't it? Here's a company that leans left, works with Al Gore and they're apparently avoiding about $2 billion in taxes. But what they've done, from all indications, is legal." So why did Sean choose this story to bring up on the air? "I bring this up because states like California are losing businesses to other states and overseas because they have taxes that are unfriendly to businesses," said Sean. These unfriendly tax states are seeing a mass exodus of businesses who are taking their money with them. "Yet these so called tax havens are doing really well. I say all this through the prism of the debate about the fiscal cliff and the falsehoods the left is spreading about taxes."
Legal Ramifications Behind Fiscal Cliff
Lanny J. Davis, the principal in the Washington law firm of Lanny J. Davis & Associates and Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice joined Sean to discuss the legal aspects of the fiscal cliff. Lanny and Jay debated the fiscal cliff and argued over what needs to happen in order for both sides to agree. Lanny is in the middle of the road on this issue, citing his agreement with the Simpson/Bowles plan and proposal for the new economic plan. Jay, however, believes that Democrats are so hell bent on party politics that they are unable to think clearly and accurately about how the math has to work to make this budget and economy stable. Sekulow felt that at this point, there doesn't seem to be any rationale and it's only the Republican or Democrat way. The President has drawn a line in the sand and feels that everyone needs to be taxed more - specifically the top 2%, who are already paying the majority of the nation's debt. Jay wil l explain that the already over burdened middle and upper class will not be able to sustain the amount of government programs and giveaways that the Obama administration wants to uphold. Lanny agreed that ultimately everyone does and will pay more in the way of taxes to overcome, or attempt to overcome the national debt. To listen to the entire debate, please click here.
What Does The left Really Think About Republicans?
Remember Van Jones? President Obama's former green jobs "czar" is in the headlines again for a controversial speech that he gave in Berkeley on Wednesday night. He told the crowd that he's happy that the president won a second term but is, "overjoyed that the backlashers lost," saying, "We just won a tremendous victory because we didn't bow down, buckle down and hand the country over to the worst people ever born." Then he compared Republicans to people who stand on a beach during a tsunami watching other people drown. Sean was joined by Democratic strategist Penny Lee and radio talk show host, Monica Crowley to discuss. Strategist Penny Lee disagreed with Sean's assessment of the president. "I don't hear the president call Republicans evil, evil, evil. I don't hear that kind of hate-filled speech," Lee explained. "What I'm saying is that there is speech out there that is being taken out of context and it isn't helpful." Crowley disagreed. To h ear what she said and to get Sean's reaction click here to watch the debate.
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.
Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >