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The Fiscal Cliff Blunders
Sean spent a lot of time this week criticizing Congress’ actions on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” “This deal brought in about $620 billion in revenue and yet commits nearly $4 trillion in spending,” criticized Hannity, “This was an epic failure.” What’s worse, there’s pork in the fiscal cliff bills! “Rum producers in Puerto Rico are getting tax credits of $222 million and NASCAR is getting a $78 million dollar tax cut,” continued Hannity, “Yet, Congress failed to pass a Hurricane Sandy relief act because it contained too much pork spending.” “This was a 154 page bill and the Senate had literally three minutes to vote on it,” concluded Hannity, “There is something fundamentally flawed here.” It certainly appears that Congress has learned nothing from the Obama Care legislation and a handful of other pieces of legislation that pass in the middle of the night without any re al review. Democracy certainly at it’s worst. For more on this story and to watch Sean’s commentary, click here.

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Stuart Varney
Sean was joined by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Stuart Varney to discuss the importance of the fiscal cliff legislation. “Are you really here to make the case, Dr. Hill, that this fiscal cliff solved anything,” argued Hannity. “Cliff grossly overstates what was at stake,” quickly answered Dr. Hill, “The middle class, this mattered, but there’s so much more to be done when you think about Social Security and such.” “We have a fundamental problem and we’re headed for disaster,” quickly retorted Varney, “Politicians can’t help from spending, they spend our money to buy votes and we go deeper and deeper into debt and we have a president who has no intention of cutting spending and we’re on our way to Greece.” “We have to stop borrowing 46 cents of every dollar,” quickly agreed Hannity, “This is a moral issue and I support the one penny plan, the idea that you cut one penny from e very dollar.” “Look, there are areas where we grossly underspend,” countered Dr. Hill, “One area we could all agree is funding to the court system.” “Look, I don’t want to cut defense,” countered Hannity, “But I think it’s the price we have to pay for financial security, people are doing this in their personal lives.” “What’s wrong with raising the retirement age to 70,” piled on Varney, “What’s wrong with raising the eligibility for Medicaid, you have to make some sacrifice.” Here’s an interesting video you should check out. Surprisingly, many Americans don’t care about the fiscal cliff at all!

Newt Gingrich
Sean was joined by Speaker Gingrich to get some idea of what Speaker John Boehner had to go through during the negotiations. “Speaker Boehner had to go to his congress and promise he wouldn’t have any more one-on-one negotiations with the President,” began Hannity, “He had to go to his caucus and tell them that they’d do things in regular order.” “The key question for conservatives is, how do we develop the strategy that Obama is president and Harry Reid is the majority leader,” offered Gingrich, “But the House of Representatives has enormous constitutional power if they’re willing to use it.” “The House didn’t have to surrender,” continued Gingrich, “The entire idea of a fiscal cliff was a deliberate design to scare people and now, my fear is that Obama has learned that he can stomp his foot and Republicans will pay.” “I know Obama won the election but Republicans also w on so why is there this fear,” asked Hannity, “I’m told some Republicans will take any deal because they want to win re-election.” “There is a danger that this is a habit,” agreed Gingrich, “I think the President can out-maneuver them by sending false deadlines and having the liberal media tells the American people about these deadlines.” “What we need to do is expose waste and fraud,” suggested Speaker Gingrich, “Watching, as an outsider, I can’t see any strategy.” The news today from Washington is that Speaker Boehner has been granted a second term but, rest assured, there are 150 or so of his members who’re frustrated with his leadership and looking for him to do better. They’re not alone. For more on Speaker Boehner's re-election, click here.

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Newt Gingrich

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 >

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