BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Who's happy and who's to blame? Brian thinks Obama is playing a dangerous game by not budging in negotiations and, in turn, bringing the country closer and closer to the fiscal cliff. Plus, Brian wants to know why the President is negotiating a package with Bloomberg News, and not with John Boehner. He looks into these critical issues with today's guests.
"THERE'S NO WAY YOU CAN SPEND AT THIS LEVEL WITHOUT EVERYBODY PAYING FOR IT!" Syndicated columnist and NY Times bestselling author Mark Steyn weighed in on President Obama's spending and tax reform ideas. Steyn said, "What's important to the President is that he keeps government spending high. He's not going to cut any of that; and at some point, he's going to need the money to pay for that."
USA Olympic and World Cup Soccer Champion and TV sports commentator Brandi Chastain talked to Brian about what it is like to be a sports commentator. "I'm putting the game first...I'm not there to bash anybody, I'm really just to keep the integrity of the game, to share what's happening, and to hopefully give insight to the viewers..." Chastain also talked about her campaign Don't Wait to Vaccinate, which encourages everyone to get vaccinated for the flu and stay healthy.
Brian sat down with Governor Robert Ehrlich (R-MD) and talked about President Obama's strategy with the fiscal cliff. He explained that Obama's strategy behind the message is either all an effective negotiating strategy or it is "my way or the highway." "It's either A or B," said Ehrlich.
Later in the hour, Deroy Murdock, a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service, talked to Brian and Governor Ehrlich about the murder-suicide committed by Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs, and also about how the race card has been played out in the news and politics. Murdock weighed in and said that the left plays the race card too often.
Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum stopped by and weighed in on the President's plan for the fiscal cliff. "I am not convinced yet that this government is willing to take away the mortgage rate deduction... With the real estate market how it is now, I think that's a major hit," said Hemmer. He went onto say the same thing about the charity deduction, because charities will take a huge hit if their deduction is taken away as well.