How is the new Republican budget alternative different than the Democratic plan expected to pass on Thursday? How much less would Congress be spending? How would your tax bill be different? How would our energy policy look? Should anything this huge be passed with minimal or no floor debate? What would be the impact of the Obama budget? How much could your energy bills rise? And what are constituents telling their members of Congress? We ask Mississippi Rep. Gregg Harper, a member of the House Budget Committee.
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Why do Democrats see the Republican budget alternative as unrealistic? Why do they see cutting taxes as the wrong economic approach? How do they respond to the accusation they are redistributing wealth? Are Republicans right that Obama’s energy plan would mean much higher energy costs or is there a Democratic plan to solve that problem? What would long-term spending and tax policy from the Democrats mean for your health care and your tax rates? We ask Larry Haas, former spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton administration.
The head of the Taliban in Pakistan says a major terrorist attack is headed to the Washington. Why would he say that now? Is it a concern or just extremist bluster? What’s the best way to make sure such an attack does not succeed? We ask Clifford May, president of The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. We also get his thoughts on new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat if the U.S. doesn’t show results soon.
President Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are doing their best to get the leaders of other industrialized nations to adopt their stimulus spending strategy. Why are they urging this approach on the rest of the international community? Will the rest of the world salute and obey or resist the diplomatic offensive? What is the reaction in Britain to Brown’s effort to spend the UK out of a recession? Do people take his side or the side of the British member of the European Parliament, who scolded the prime minister last week? When will the British people weigh in at the ballot box? And how are the British reacting to the diplomatic stumbles over the Obama administration’s gifts for Brown and Queen Elizabeth? We ask Jonathan Clarke, a former British diplomat and senior fellow at the Carnegie Council.