BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Are the rumored cuts the threat, or is Obama's scaremongering the real peril? Brian thinks that Obama has overplayed his hand, and that for once, the Republicans actually won! He looks into the effects of the sequester with his guests.
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Bret Baier, anchor of Special Report, weighed in on the automatic spending cuts that started this past Friday and whether or not the effects of the sequester are as "dire" as the President made them seem. "I really do think that the President, the administration, believed that just by the force of popularity, the force of going out and campaigning at these different places talking about the dire consequences of the sequester, that they could force Republicans to change. And they didn't," Baier said. He talked about the change in coverage of the White House by many media outlets, including The New York Times and Washington Post.
"The president looks foolish!" NY Post columnist Michael Goodwin stopped by and weighed in on the president constantly overplaying his hand. He said: "This idea that the budget must always go up and up and up, and that there's never any way to cut a penny without the sky falling, I think that the Republicans have shown this time that that is a false argument the president made."
"Is it as bad as the administration originally said?" FOX News' Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry talked to Brian about the sequester and about the controversy between the White House and Bob Woodward. Henry said that we are going to have to wait and see if Obama was exaggerating or not: "Two or three weeks from now when people are getting furloughs and whatnot, it might be a lot worse than it looks right now and that's going to be the key moment."
After having a debate with Brian about the nutrition of an Oreo, Tucker Carlson, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller and FOX News Contributor, talked to Brian about whether the sequester taking effect is actually a win for Republicans. "It feels that way... I'm so unused to seeing Republicans win anything, but it seems like that may have happened... The president may have gone too far," Tucker said.
Actor, director, producer and author, Kevin Sorbo, talked to Brian about the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me, which he wrote a chapter of. Sorbo explained that he learned a lot from Billy Graham, including the important life lesson "don't blame, take action." Sorbo, a resident of California, also weighed in on the economy and gave his two cents on the recent tax hikes in the state.
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters talked to Brian about his latest book Cain at Gettysburg and the upcoming sequel coming out in May, Hell or Richmond, which covers the bloodiest month in American history. "I'm just trying to get Americans to inform them about their history, to get more Americans interested in our history," Peters explained.
Senator John Cornyn stopped by and compared the presidencies of Bush and Clinton with the current presidency of Obama. "Not since FDR have we had a president that believed that the rules didn't apply to him and that he didn't have to do the hard work of governing," Cornyn stated. He went onto explain that since the 2010 elections, there has been no pivot to Obama's presidency, which has made the president feel even more emboldened.
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