First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2013 holiday decorations and asks every American to remember what our military families and servicemembers often experience during this time of year, and the sacrifices they make to proudly serve all of us. December 4, 2013.
Peterson said his homeschooled son Nick isn't allowed to participate in school activities. He has six kids that are all homeschooled as they noted how other homeschooled families were close, faith driven. He said fellow parents are in a co-op to share their expertise.
Peterson tried to sign his son up for the public school wrestling team until he got turned down due to insurance coverage. He agreed with Ingraham that the public schools don't want the competition from homeschooled students. He has gone to the school board and said it will be addressed after the holidays. Ingraham spoke about how this happens all over the country at various levels.
Allen wrote about the class divide in Silicon Valley where there are the worker bees and then the high tech workers. She said we are graduating too many STEM workers who don't end up in STEM jobs which are being filled by foreign workers from India. She said that by using visas, American workers are being squeezed out of jobs. She said there will be little mobiity for them as they are endentured workers. She said they should come under regular immigration laws and aren't planning to stay here. She said if the market isn't manipulated, prices will go up as well as wages.
Poe stated that President Obama has flouted laws which are unconstitutional actions and that Congress members are worried he will do this with ObmaCare, but thinks amnesty and immigration reform won't happen. Ingraham said the administration will rebrand their immigration push and flout laws and pointed out how giving immigrants jobs that Americans could do is a tough sell.
Poe has violated the Constitution by giving waivers for special groups and setting up the country as an banana republic. Je noted that his staff can't sign up for Obamacare and that the security on the website for users.
Fournier said the press can cover the Obamacare problems when one-fifth of the economy is affected. He said when leaders lie or are incompetent, it should be highlighted. He agreed with Ingraham that the Obama administration is more interested in the politics rather than the policy and government, but that this has been the case since the Clinton administration. He pointed to Bush putting the surge in Iraq ahead of public opinion which put the country in a better position for a time.
Fournier said his piece on the administration changing his team was written to the White House, not just aides but the president themselves. He noted that Reagan and Clinton did make critical adjustments, but sees no hint of this with Obama.
Fournier said that the administration has to sell Obamacare but not oversell or spin. He said the American people aren't as dumb as politicians think and are better informed. He said Obama is losing the young, his best supporters and agreed with Ingraham that this will all be problematic for Hillary Clinton.
Brooks expressed concern about the insecurity of the Obamacare website according to hearings he was a part of. As a result, he would not recommend anyone signing up over the website as there is little hope of fixes due to the size and complexity of the site.
Brooks also expressed concern about CGI Federal getting a no-bid contract on the Obamacare site. He noted they have done unsatisfactory work on previous government sites and were rejected for the CMS. He stated that this is a Canadian company where the profits will go and that one of the executives is a former classmate of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Brooks also pointed to a social science military site that CGI failed on.
Brooks doesn't think President Obama's Obamacare PR campaign won't work as the whole program itself isn't working. He predicts millions more Americans will lose health care from their employers due to the rising expense of health care for insurers. He feels this is purposeful so that the US will go to a single payer system.
Brooks said as long as the Democrats are in power, there will be no redress for these failures and that this may give advantage to the GOP in 2014.
Pruitt said the ACA gave a choice to states to set up a state exchange or not. Oklahoma didn't set up an exchange and thus wean't beholden to the subsidies or penalties for not signing up for health care. He thinks on the merits that there is a good chance that the case can be won. He said the administration is trying now to change the law after it has been passed. Any fix would have to come via the Congress. He said the HHS cannot put forth a regulation as the IRS would enforce the penalties.
Pruitt talked about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case about refusing to adhere to the ACA mandate to provide contraceptives for employees. He stated this is a religious freedom matter. He said while this is a for-profit company and isn't aware of non-profit companies that are suing.
Laura Ingraham guest host Raymond Arroyo spoke with Tim Conway, author of What's SoFunny?.
Conway described Don Knotts as one of one of the nicest men around. He spoke of how Carol Burnett invited him to be on her seminal comedy show and Arroyo praised the camaraderie and openness of the show. Arroyo praised the improvising done on the show by the performers.
Conway compared the show's spontanaity then versus the scripted nature of today's comedy shows. He said he's turning 80 years old and has done what he's wanted to do and now is doing some writing. He spoke warmly of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. He also talked of being a "regular" on "SongeBob Squarepants". He and Arroyo noted that it is hard to findquality fare on television today.
Laura Ingraham guest host Raymond Arroyo spoke with Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.
Donohue said the Catholic Church has been conservative on social issues and more liberal on economic and social justice issues. He said Pope Francis exhortation is mostly about the Catholic Church's need to evangelize with smallerer paragraphs being devoted to other issues.
Donohue noted that the Catholic Church isn't for socialism or communism's effects but that anything the church says about economics won't be paramount. He pointed out how much the economy has suffered under President Obama's statism policies.
Donohue was startled that the Obama administration wants to move the US embassy to the Vatican based on economic and security grounds and is suspicious about it all, given the administration's antipathy to the Vatican. He also said three Catholics went to Obama to pull back on the contraceptive mandate with Obamacare and that White House aide Valerie Jarrett nixed it. This was foolish, given that the Catholic bishops have supported Obamacare. He said the Supreme Court hasn't addressed the big issues that will be faced with the Hobby Lobby case. He contends the administration wants Catholic hospitals to perform abortions.
Donohue spoke of an ad on a billboard criticizing opponents to Christmas in society. He said a life size Nativity scene will go up in Central Park.
Buchanan said the healthcare.gov site is better but that now insurers are having big issues with the program. He said the political damage has been massive for Democrats. He responded to AG Pruitt of Oklahoma's contention that the courts will have to decide about whether people in state exchanges will have to pay penalties for not signing up for Obamacare.
Buchanan said China's true character as it has strengthened economically as it has flexed its muscles in the South China Sea where it has established air superiority in this zone. He doesn't know how some sort of conflict among the US, Japan and China doesn't ensue over disputed islands. He and Arroyo noted how US airlines kowtow for permission to go into disputed air spaces.
Buchanan stated that the US Navy strength has been halved and diminished, and that the US will be under stress to assert itself against the Chinese.
Buchanan explained that he feels the Iranians are not crazy enough to go for an atomic bomb immediately as they know they could be bombed by the US. He predicts they will quietly strengthen quietly to be the biggest player in the Middle East. He thinks the US would be foolish to provoke them at this time and favors Obama's stance.
Buchanan and Arroyo commented on China's rising power via their space program and compared it to the decoine of the British Empire. He said the rise of Islamic radicalism and the unrest in the Middle East make the area a volatile ticking time bomb.