On Monday, Federal Judge Roger Vinson declared the individual mandate portion of the president’s new health care law unconstitutional. He also says without the mandate, the entire law is void. His verdict is a victory for 26 states that challenged the mandate in this case. So how significant is this decision? How much weight does this carry against decisions from other judges who have upheld the mandate and the law? What will Congressional Republicans try to do next in repealing the law? And how encouraged are they by news that 58 percent of Americans still favor repeal? We talk with Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a former physician and member of the House Republican Leadership.
Archives for January 2011
‘This is Awful’
For over 30 years, Israel and Egypt have remained at peace. So what is the best resolution to the current Egyptian crisis from Israel’s perspective? What is likely to happen if Hosni Mubarak is forced out of power? Why are many Israelis outraged by President Obama’s reaction to the crisis? How worried are Israelis about additional instability in Lebanon and Jordan? We discuss it all with retired Israeli Brigadier General Elihu Ben-Onn, who commanded troops against Egypt in the Yom Kippur War back in the 1970s.
Three Martini Lunch 1/31/11
Greg Corombos and National Review’s Jim Geraghty cheer America’s ongoing support for a full repeal of Obamacare. They also dread the possible replacements for the Mubarak regime in Egypt and are amused by Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch telling progressives not to challenge incumbent Democrats in primary elections.
Remembering the Challenger Heroes
Twenty-five years ago Friday, America was stunned and saddened by the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Greg Corombos looks back at the tragic events of that day and how President Reagan’s brief address honored our heroes and comforted the nation.
Return to Spenders
As President Obama somehow promises to attack the deficit while ‘investing’ more in green energy, education and more, the Capitol Steps feel like they’ve heard this song and dance before. And they did…just last year. Mark Eaton is our guest from the Steps as they perform “Return to Spenders”.
Three Martini Lunch 1-28-11
Greg Corombos and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss the possible results of the rising violence in Egypt. They also try to cope with Rep. Mike Pence deciding not to run for the White House. And they have some fun with Rep. Dennis Kucinich and has lawsuit against the managers of the House cafeteria.
Obamacare Facts vs. Rhetoric
In his State of the Union message, President Obama said he would consider minor adjustments to the new health care laws but rejected repeal. He says it’s not the time to fight old battles. But Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso says it’s not up to Obama – or any other public official – to determine when a debate is over. So who will decide? Why does Barrasso say that actual data continually shows that Obama’s health care promises are not true? Will the Senate vote on a repeal in this Congress? We ask Sen. Barrasso, and get his reaction to Obama claiming that he has fully restored America’s standing in the world.
Three Martini Lunch 1/27/11
Greg Corombos and National Review’s Kevin Williamson applaud the House GOP for trying to end taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns. They also assess the horrific CBO numbers on the deficit and the future of Social Security, and they try to find words capable of explaining just how awful Virginia Rep. Jim Moran is for suggesting racism is the reason for the 2010 midterm election results.
No Plan for Fiscal Sanity
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann delivered a response to the president’s State of the Union address for the Tea Party. Today, she tells us why today’s deficit news proves we are are on a very dangerous fiscal course. Why was President Obama ‘shameless’ in his remarks about deficits? How will Republicans fight back against the criticism that will inevitably follow their proposed spending cuts? Why does Bachmann think Republicans can make some major spending cuts despite Democratic control of the Senate and White House? And how exactly will Republicans reform entitlements that eat up so much of the budget? We discuss it all with Rep. Bachmann, chairwoman of the House Tea Party Caucus.
GOP Freshman Not Impressed
Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford was among the many GOP freshmen attending their first State of the Union address, but he was not very impressed. Why does Lankford say he was expecting steak and got leftovers instead? Why does he believe President Obama has the wrong approach to job creation and isn’t very serious about debt reduction? What did his experience as director of America’s largest Christian camp teach him about running a business and how jobs get created? And why does he say the scope of our debt problem is far worse than he ever realized even when running for Congress? We ask Rep. Lankford, a member of the House Budget Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.