House Republicans are focused on rolling back new government regulations they believe will cost jobs and prevent the creation of new ones. Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs is sponsoring a bill to postpone new government rules on how farmers, ranchers and anyone else using pesticides must change in order to protect nearby water supplies. What do the regulations demand? What would it cost business owners in time, paperwork, and jobs? Would the rules even result in cleaner water? We ask Gibbs, who also says Democrats who don’t see this as a job creation bill are not talking with any small business owners.
Archives for October 2011
Steve Jobs: An American Story
On Wednesday, Apple Computer Chairman Steve Jobs died at age 56. He is being hailed as one the greatest innovators in American history and in the same league as Thomas Edison. Guy Sorman of the Manhattan Institute’s ‘City Journal’ says the story of Steve Jobs was only possible in America. Why does he believe that? What is unique about the American marketplace and our institutions that allowed Steve Jobs to be such a success? What did he understand about American consumers that other entrepreneurs did not? And why would it be much tougher for Jobs to start his business today? We discuss it all with Guy Sorman.
Three Martini Lunch 10/6/11
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are glad the GOP presidential field is finally set, even though many conservatives are disappointed that Sarah Palin will not be running. They also discuss the incredible accomplishments of the late Apple Chairman Steve Jobs. And they wonder why President Obama is appointing Colombian singer Shakira to a special commission on Hispanic education.
More Heat on Holder Over Gun Scam
Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating Operation Fast & Furious. That’s the operation that intentionally placed firearms in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The weapons have been found at numerous murder scenes, including the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. New documents suggest Attorney General Eric Holder knew far more about the operation than he admitted to Congress in recent testimony. So what does this mean for the investigation? What does it tell us about Holder? How was the operation really about clamping down on gun owners in the U.S.? We discuss it all with Rep. Gosar.
Rolling Back Regulations
House Republicans are targeting more new Obama administration regulations that it sees as unnecessarily burdensome of business owners and stifling job creation. Why is there a new rule on cement plant emissions? What impact would it have? Are emissions that bad? How do Republicans react to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson saying it isn’t her job to worry about the economic impact of new regulations? Will this legislation actually foster new job creation or just prevent the loss of others? And will this bill get any traction in the Senate? We ask Oklahoma Rep. John Sullivan, vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
Three Martini Lunch 10/5/11
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Daniel Foster of National Review Online enjoy watching Senate Democrats thwart the president’s jobs bill. They also explain why the Occupy Wall Street protesters are nothing like the Tea Party and they discuss the strategy of fighting childhood hunger with muppets.
Mullen ‘Failed Our Troops’
On Friday, U.S. Navy Admiral Mike Mullen stepped down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. What were Mullen’s most important moments in prosecuting the war on terror? What was his major contribution? How was his approach to the job much more political than any of his predecessors? Why will he be best remembered for his impact on the culture of the military? Why does retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis say Mullen failed our troops? Why was his handling of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” burdensome for commanders and troops? And what does Col. Maginnis expect from Mullen’s successor, U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey?
Three Martini Lunch 10/4/11
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Daniel Foster of National Review Online are happy that President Obama is finally admitting America is worse off than we were four years ago. But will he admit any of it is his fault? They also regret that we won’t get Chris Christie’s candor in the GOP presidential debates. And we try to figure out why Vice President Biden claimed to have no idea who Van Jones is.
Obama’s ‘Political Gimmick’
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert joins us as Congress returns to Washington. Gohmert rips the president’s jobs bill as nothing more than a political stunt and urges lawmakers to pass his ‘American Jobs Act’ to lower corporate tax rates. He also urges his House GOP leadership to get going on appropriations bills – even if Senate Democrats will never approve them. But Gohmert aims his strongest criticism for House GOP leaders who agreed to let massive defense cuts be the result if the supercommittee fails to reach a consensus on slashing spending in the years ahead. He accuses the GOP of ‘gambling away our national security’. We discuss all these issues with Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert.
A Moment in Time
On October 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” to win the National League pennant for his team. Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca served the pitch to Thomson, and 60 years later he is setting the record straight. Why does he say Thomson’s homer was the result of the Giants stealing signs between pitcher and catcher? Did Thomson himself ever admit to this? How did that home run impact baseball? We ask Ralph Branca, who is now 85 years old and author of the new book “A Moment in Time”. He also tells us what was it like to stand next to Jackie Robinson on the day Robinson broke the color barrier and how much he wishes he still played for the Dodgers when they finally won the World Series in 1955.