A Fear Of Commitment
Don't be alarmed by the title of today's newsletter. Sean isn't doing away with politics to start some sort of call-in advice show rather he was referring to John Boehner's plan "b" to avert the looming fiscal cliff. The Speaker told House Republicans today that he will move to a "Plan B" on the fiscal cliff by having the House vote on legislation to extend tax rates on annual income under $1 million. The bill would allow tax rates on annual income above $1 million to rise from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, but make permanent lower rates on income below that threshold, Boehner's office said. Coupled with this plan would be a "commitment to a process" in 2013 that brings in the rest of the revenue and the rest of the cuts. "Ha ha, yeah right, I don't think so," said Sean. "I don't support this proposal. The fact that Boehner would even entertain Obama request to raise the debt ceiling for two years is ridiculous - that's like a blank chec k for Obama! This would deny Republicans their main leverage, and frankly strip them of their Constitutional authority. What this all means is 400 billion dollars of revenue now from new taxes and cuts later!" For more on Boehner's negotiations with the president, click here.
Buchanan: The Dead Soul Of Adam Lanza
Patrick J. Buchanan joined Sean in the final hour of Tuesday's show to discuss and incredibly poignant article he wrote for HumanEvents.com. Buchanan argued that Lanza's desire to be famous coupled with a dead conscience is what compelled him to commit mass murder. Lanza, like many other mass murders, are loners and losers who want us to know who they are. And, to succeed now, each almost has to outdo in horror those who went before. Buchanan questioned whether ending all sales and transfers of assault rifles and limiting the rounds in clips and magazines would reduce massacres in malls, movie theaters and schools? It didn't reduce these occurrences when the assault weapons ban was in force in the Clinton years. Buchanan posed the question to people who think America would be a better place with a more restrictive Second Amendment. Would those same people be willing to restrict the First Amendment to stop all distribution of movies and cable shows that depict famous actors blasting en emies with assault weapons? Buchanan's article is food for thought as we all try to understand why such evil was perpetrated on Sandy Hook Elementary school. To read Buchanan's entire article, please click here.
Is Boehner Caving On Tax Hikes?
We now know that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are getting close to a final deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." To help sort through all of the details of this potential deal Sean was joined on 'Hannity' by Fox News contributor Pat Caddell and Mayor Mia Love. Love agreed with Sean that Boehner is making a mistake and losing whatever leverage he has left by letting Obama raise the debt ceiling for two years. "I think that that is actually the only leverage that the Republicans have right now, and to give it up would be absolutely devastating. I mean, really the cards are all with the administration and with the Democrats. And we're giving up the one leverage that we have and that's really concerning," said Love. Caddell agreed. "Boehner is more intent on getting a deal done than he is in fighting for principle," Caddell added. "He's giving it away. Obama is going to get revenue increases because he won the elec tion. Now he went from 800 billion and wants a trillion four. Boehner has already raised it 50 percent to a trillion two. But here's the point, this is about spending. We are talking about a tragedy to our children. We have a $16 trillion deficit. He gets the authority to just continue to take us where he wants for two years with no restraints from Congress. The American people are important. What are they doing?" Caddell asked incredulously. To watch Sean's discussion with Caddell and Love please click here.
Patrick Joseph "Pat" Buchanan (born November 2, 1938) is an American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster. Buchanan was a senior advisor to American presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, and was an original host on CNN's Crossfire. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996. He ran on the Reform Party ticket in the 2000 presidential election.