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Hi everybody -- to the latest moment the front of the judge Joseph the presentation a weekend now it's back to work back to -- your chance to bed about what the things have been bothered you if you want the parties.
You -- to sporting events you want to pick -- a paper and were engaged by the public about what's happening politically.
Joining us this hour dance scene -- former chief spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority.
In Iraq an adjunct senior fellow for the Middle Eastern studies -- -- can get that.
And he's the author of start -- nation that book is available right now.
And also he should I say that he is at the council for relations so Boise qualified to talk to me one of the few intellectually you can keep up with me you know went -- congratulations.
You know and it's been a while -- a -- last time I was here.
It went very well the judge was out that day rabbit it was over the holidays.
And you guys typically is we're listening to right now played great music you know in the lead in to the accidentally helps except the only moment that I thought was a little awkward is when you guys played SuSE studio -- Collins who bothers -- we started dancing -- that that was weird because no one listening -- dancing -- and I had to be subjected to the visual of senior.
It's look up IC three cameras right -- the -- dot com you're watching as I now I'd pull out I Zoellick to watch you dance my.
-- is like dance fever yet unfortunately Phil Collins all his music he broke -- he sick of it and to win over the place until he -- something aren't so that's it's -- and pay we have a lot to -- -- talk about number one the president United States on on Friday I think has an extraordinary meeting with Republicans.
-- -- -- -- My reaction was the following I am a little bit of a C span junkie and MC span -- for a number of reasons not the least of which is I'd love.
Watching prime minister's questions.
In the UK where the opposition party gets to pummel.
The prime minister of the UK with questions and you just watch his back and forth and it goes on every single week when I worked in Iraq I work with a number of members.
Of the British foreign office from -- and they some of these guys were involved in preparing the time prime minister Blair refers weekly.
Questions -- weekly debate and it's a fantastic dynamic I think we should have more of -- the only thing I didn't mean the -- Obama came off great.
Don't -- I didn't like his all the Republicans in their look like.
Schooled children yeah well -- Obama look like large and in charge.
And I would like a little more opportunity for Republicans to not just be asking questions but to being gauging a bit and and -- getting some time to maybe answer some questions -- The -- he's up on stage he's looking down at those questioning that ought to do right now any ideas.
You really should be on stage anyone with president does not belong with the people I mean at the very least she's at the head of the table of he's sitting right and is that the podium -- -- -- so.
By nature to risk and I think the reply and -- suggesting that the administration requested that it be alive till.
While they -- I think it was savvy move it was a savvy move to make him look like he was in charge and he was dominating into your point he was looking down at them.
I think the administration was.
Quite -- and orchestrating this event.
Let's listen to a little of it and I think there's going to be more of it I believe that this is the beginning.
Of the administration.
Taking in some of the Republican program simply because of their reality and the reality is -- public does not like speaker Pelosi.
At a public does not like it neither did a -- -- Senator Harry Reid this guy's second win reelection -- the -- United States is just too Smart and savvy to think I'm gonna still I would stake my -- eight.
-- congressional leadership.
Here's a little of another rising star within the Republican.
Caucus he is congressman Mike Pence.
He -- to present flat out into tax cuts.
Will you consider supporting across the board tax relief as president Kennedy did -- what you may consider across the board tax cuts.
Could be for example.
Greater tax cuts for people.
-- billion dollars.
I may not agree to a tax cut for Warren -- Very good illustration.
But any says am -- gonna commit to anything but he he really -- -- Mike -- Mike -- did not have a chance to respond directly.
He went on to say the president's administration's policies.
Tax cuts did not work look at the mess were -- that's not really each world.
Right the the reason we are in the economic mess today is not because.
Of President Bush's tax cuts an -- to the contrary.
There -- number of congressional Democrats today.
That are arguing against the -- expiration member at the end of this year the bush tax cuts expire it's in the new budget so there right so there will be in a built in increase.
In marginal tax rates and then we're making over 250000 and they -- at right many -- -- -- job creators.
Many congressional Democrats are urging of some congressional Democrats are urging -- Obama now is not the time.
To impose on this economy and effective tax increase by the way.
Brian if you look.
And it a couple of the president's other proposals like his bank tax -- which will be about you know 120 billion dollars if you look at the resolution fund the too big to fail resolution fund which is this fund that's in the in the regulatory financial regulatory reform Billiton -- and through congress right now.
It's equivalent of an assessment or tax but 150 billion dollars she just take those two elements -- equivalent of -- about a quarter trillion dollar -- trillion dollars out of the economy right now and the question many people are asking interestingly enough and particularly some Democrats in those in swing districts is.
Is now the time to be plucking all of this capital could be active private capital out of the -- yeah.
Mean you wanna put in you want to put in these blanket.
Spending bills taken out of our deficit bridging the money handing it to be able wanted to sleep and believe the money that they -- into the -- -- on the didn't pass rate.
Let's listen to president Barack Obama also at the retreat.
The marriage counseling session that they won through theory is -- congressman Roscoe who knows him from his days.
In Illinois -- Springfield cut seven any.
President I heard echoes today.
A state senator that I served with in Springfield and there was an attribute and characteristic that you had -- That I think served you well there one of the keys was.
You roll your sleeves up you worked with the other party and ultimately.
You were able to make the deal and now.
Here's here's an observation over the past year in my view.
Hasn't been in -- Bloom here and did work together.
Effectively on a whole host of issues one of our former colleagues right now running for governor.
On the Republican side.
In the Republican primary -- course the running ads of him saying nice things about me.
-- -- Although that's the that's one of the points that I'm I I made earlier.
-- we've got to be careful about what we say about each other sometimes.
Because it boxes us in in ways that makes it difficult for us to work together.
Because our constituents start believing us.
They don't know sometimes this is just politics where you get us bill.
Or folks on my side.
So what are we saying it -- yeah.
If you keep calling me -- socialist.
If you keep Sam -- destroy America.
And then the other hand you wanna go you can -- -- back boxed yourself then you can -- along with a program that like for example.
If I proposed building renewed nuclear power plants throughout the country.
How do you possibly go along with -- socialist.
And that coming.
Yes right but what was interesting is in the same.
-- form another.
Republican member of congress pointed out to President Obama that.
The Republicans have put forward ideas.
-- Obama may not agree with those ideas but the Republicans are putting forward ideas and the administration's response -- the presence responses.
You're the party now you have no ideas and in fact pres Obama the respondents and it's not true during the state of the union I said I welcome.
You're ideas and wet this -- Republican member of congress pointed out his.
President go listen to Vice President Biden go listen to Rahm Emanuel go listen to David Axelrod over the last number of months.
They've been inheriting this this talking point the Republicans have no idea to put put no ideas to putting nothing -- And they actually I thought it was an amazing thing on the one hand to your point Brian the president pushed Republicans to say -- boxing ourselves and you can't negotiate if you demonize my plans there's no way you could ever then.
Move your own people to support some middle ground on the one hand on the other hand.
The -- Republicans did box the president in a little bit 'cause they got him.
To admit to acknowledge that they have had some ideas and that is contrary to the message at the White House -- has been putting out the other.
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