We had some technical problem getting her on the show at the designated time, but worked it out. Here is my monologue leading up to her appearance:
There are two noteworthy events I’d like to talk about today. The first is the breakdown of negotiations in Congress over the issue of raising the debt limit. Republicans walked out of meetings with Democrats due to the fact that Democrats would not take tax increases off the table, a requirement for Republicans. The second issue is the new Sarah Palin documentary called “The Undefeated”, which is now scheduled to premiere in Pella, Iowa this Tuesday, June 28th. The reason the movie premiere is significant is because it has received good reviews in advance screening and should go a long way to set the record straight regarding Sarah Palin’s tenure as Governor of Alaska.
First, the debt crisis. The Federal government is currently operating without a budget. Senate Democrats have refused to advance a budget of their own in answer to the House budget, which passed several weeks ago but failed to pass the Senate. It shouldn’t come as a total surprise since the House is controlled by newly-elected Republicans focused on reducing our deficit and the Senate is still controlled by big-spending Democrats.
Because there is no budget deal, House and Senate Republican leadership has been meeting with their Democrat counterparts to address the fact that we are rapidly approaching the debt ceiling, which was set by Congress several weeks ago. Republicans want to reduce spending without raising taxes as a way to pull our economy out of the ongoing recession and balance the Federal budget. Democrats want to raise taxes while limiting spending reductions. Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats broke down last week when Democrats refused to take tax increases off the table in negotiations, something the Republicans in the House have demanded. This sets the stage for a possible government shutdown if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.
As negotiations have broken off, we now appear to see the strategy of the Democrats in Congress. Their idea is to blame our poor economy on Republicans, because Republicans won’t agree to allowing the Federal government to continue to spend, spend, spend.
According to an article in the Washington Post titled “Dems will not shy away from accusing [the] GOP of deliberately sabotaging economy”:
Today Senate Dems went there: They accused Republicans of deliberately sabotaging the economy in order to further their own political interests. And a senior Dem Senate aide tells me that Dems will not shy away from making that case in the weeks to come, if the Republicans keep blocking their efforts to spur job creation.
Senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin made the charge in remarks to reporters today. Durbin said: “Unfortunately our Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are driven by putting one man out of work — President Obama.”
“Do Republicans really oppose a tax cut for businesses that created jobs? This is sort of beyond the pale. If they oppose even something so suited to their tastes ideologically, it shows that they’re just opposing anything that helps create jobs. It almost makes you wonder if they aren’t trying to slow down the economic recovery for political gain.”
Schumer is referring to GOP opposition to a White House proposal for a new temporary payroll tax cut as a means for job creation. Dems want the idea included in the forthcoming deficit deal; Republicans have opposed it, arguing that what we need are permanent tax cuts.
I have two things to say about this. First, Democrats know nothing about spurring job creation. Have we seen a reduction in the unemployment rate over the last two and a half years. The answer is NO. Second, temporary measures are not going to help business leaders plan for the future and expand as they see fit to grow their bottom lines. It just won’t happen. Temporary measures only provide temporary gains in the economy, but that seems to be the Democrat’s strategy: Put something in place today that will provide a temporary boost to the economy to ensure Obama’s re-election next year. They don’t care about the long run, because their plans are to control everything anyway.
This is disgusting. Democrats don’t care about long-term economic growth, they only care about winning the next election. The Republicans are trying to bring some budgetary sanity to the Federal government. Unfortunately, the bully-pulpit still rests with President Obama and he is all-in for continuing to increase government spending. The only thing I need to sight is Obamacare. That alone will force an increase in government spending and soon!
Before I talk about my second point, I want to play a clip for you. This is an appearance by Paul Ryan and Steny Hoyer on Face the Nation a few weeks ago. Who sounds more reasonable to you?
[Audio clip: A – Paul Ryan and Steny Hoyer – 3:46]
The second thing I want to talk about is this Tuesday’s premiere of the Sarah Palin documentary, “The Undefeated”. Why, you might be thinking, is a movie premiere important when our country is facing a debt crisis? The reason, my friends, is simple. We cannot allow the mainstream media to dictate who our candidates for President should be and the only real solution to our debt crisis is electing common-sense conservatives in 2012.
Stephen Bannon, the producer of the documentary “The Undefeated” has chosen to premiere the movie at the Opera House in Pella, Iowa. The venue is well-suited for a premiere, holding around 300 people. Yesterday, even bigger news was announced. Sarah and Todd Palin will be attending the premiere. This will guarantee not only a huge audience, but the presence of national media outlets.
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve heard Stephen Bannon interviewed on television about the movie. One of the interviews I watched was with Sean Hannity. It’s a good way to provide you with a preview of the movie.
[Audio clip: B – Sean Hannity interviews Stephen Bannon – 6:12]
You’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear my interview with Jedediah. You can access the show here.