Tonight, the Senate will vote on a proposed repeal of the President’s health care plan. It likely won’t pass since Democrats still have the majority, so why is having the vote still very significant? Why does Dr. Tom Coburn, a Republican senator from Oklahoma, say that we are staring at much higher costs and much lower quality of care if Congress or the courts don’t scrap the Obama plan soon? What ideas does Coburn have for addressing the pre-existing problems with the health care system? And how confident is he that this week’s overturning of the health care laws in court will pass muster at the Supreme Court? We discuss it all with Dr. Coburn.
Archives for February 2011
Muslim Brotherhood: The Truth
Over the past several days, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has been depicted in the press as embracing peace and possibly being a reputable partner in a new Egyptian government. But after decades of spawning other radical and violent groups, are current descriptions of the Brotherhood based on anything close to reality? What is the Muslim Brotherhood all about? What are their goals? How much power do they already have in Egypt? And what is the extent of their contact with the Obama administration? We ask Andy McCarthy, prosecutor of the blind sheikh and others following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Radicals Boosted by U.S. Weakness
Just a couple of hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he would not seek re-election, President Obama declared that a new government was the right course. But will America like what comes next in Egypt? Will the toppled governments stop with Tunisia and Egypt or will radicals be emboldened throughout the region? How are these protests a sign of a lack of respect for the U.S. around the world? And what will happen with Israel? We discuss it all with South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Three Martini Lunch 2/2/11
Greg Corombos and National Review’s Jim Geraghty discuss the favorable U.S. Senate landscape for the GOP in 2012. They also lament the latest chaos in Egypt and President Obama’s apparent inability to stay on top of it. And they have some fun with Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Democratic rationale for choosing Charlotte to host their 2012 convention.
Three Martini Lunch 3/1/11
Greg Corombos and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy predictions of strong GOP gains in the Senate in 2012 and 2014. They debate whether Republicans are getting wobbly on spending cuts and showcase what may be the worst action from the Left thus far in the Wisconsin budget showdown.
Bolton Dissects Mideast Crisis
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says trying to predict what happens next in Egypt is nearly impossible. But what does he consider the best possible scenario? How worried should we be about growing chaos in Jordan? What can the U.S. do to facilitate the best possible outcome in Egypt and prevent a domino effect among other moderate Arab states? And what else, if anything, should President Obama be saying publicly? We discuss these and other issues with Ambassador John Bolton.
Three Martini Lunch 2/1/11
Greg Corombos and Jim Geraghty toast the latest court decision declaring Obamacare unconstitutional. They’re also frustrated that Obama seems to have no policy on Egypt and they consider the bizarre case of Jon Huntsman, stepping down as Ambassador to China in order to possibly run against Obama.