Greg Corombos of Radio America and Kevin Williamson of National Review are encouraged that even the CEO of Starbucks has soured on Obamacare. We also lament America’s allies already looking to bail on the Libyan mission. And we laugh as Hugo Chavez claims Mars had a vibrant civilization but it was destroyed by capitalism.
Archives for March 2011
The United States is grudgingly leading a coalition of nations determined to stop Libya’s brutal crackdown on a rebels there. Just how impressive is the firepower we have at our disposal? How easily should we be able to dominate the skies? We ask retired U.S. Air Force General Tom McInerney, former deputy commander-in-chief for U.S. Air Forces Europe and an expert on Libya. But McInerney says despite our obvious military advantage, this mission is a very bad idea. What are his three major concerns and how are they already being realized? We discuss it all with Gen. McInerney.
Should the United States be involving our military in Libya? What is the mission? Will Congress and the public be consulted as the mission continues? We ask Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. We also talk with Rep. Conaway about his strong opposition to last week’s resolution calling for an expedited withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. The Congressman explains why he believes the mission there continues to be essential and what he learned from the testimony of General David Petraeus last week.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review see improving odds for the GOP in Missouri as Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill confesses to billing taxpayers for the use of her private plane. We also fret over President Obama’s obvious unease and lack of clarity and energy for the mission in Libya. And we learn how Donald Trump would deal with antagonistic regimes if he were president.
In the second half of our conversation, Texas Rep. Michael Burgess draws upon his experience in Congress and as a doctor to lay out the biggest challenges facing our existing health care system and the most efficient and practical ways to improve the system – from changing medical liability laws to giving young people more incentive to take on the years and financial burden of becoming a physician.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review debate the wisdom of the current military action in Libya. They also note the grim anniversary of Obamacare being approved in Congress. And they enjoy the head of Amtrak scrambling to get to a ceremony honoring Joe Biden – because his train broke down.
Texas Rep. Michael Burgess is also a longtime physician. One year after passage of the Obama health care bill explains how the plan is quickly being implemented by the Obama administration, why House Republicans have yet to push for defunding the mandatory spending called for in last year’s bill and what we’ve learned about the new laws in the year since approval. We discuss it all with Rep. Burgess, author of “Doctor in the House”.
Earlier this week, Congress approved another short-term budget resolution, but this time GOP leaders watched dozens of their own members vote no and demand sweeping changes on the spending front. Iowa Rep. Steve King says something even more important is at stake – stopping Obamacare. How are the two issues related? What could be done to block funding in these budget debates? We discuss it all with Rep. King.
John Gizzi of Human Events assesses the natural and nuclear calamities in Japan and what the economic impact may be. He also defends the latest short-term budget resolution offered by House Republicans and sizes up the new landscape of the Nevada Senate race.
Over the past week, some of the most outrageous and incoherent public statements have come from actor Charlie Sheen and Libyan madman Muammar Ghaddafi. So the Capitol Steps bring them together in this week’s selection. Our guest is the Steps’ Brian Ash.