• With: Ben Stein, Charles Payne, Dagen McDowell, Adam Lashisnky, Charlie Gasparino

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    AFL-CIO PRESIDENT RICHARD TRUMKA MEETS WITH VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AHEAD OF MAJOR UNION RALLIES

    Charles Payne: For a long time I couldn't figure out who was using whom but it's clear unions have the Democrats in the palm of their hands. It's sad on so many levels. For this administration -- which has tried to divide the nation and stoke intense animosity toward people upper rung of the economic ladder and everyone else -- the fact is they are promoting and paying off a truly privileged class at the expense of the masses.

    Ben Stein: This could be the end of public unions as we know them; we have already seen the private sector unions virtually going away terms of power. It is comical that some of these public sector employees -- who do work hard -- consider themselves to be working class. They do not know how privileged they really are.

    Charlie Gasparino: This does seem like the last stand for public sector unions. A state like New York is in such bad financial shape now because of deals made with public sector unions.

    NEW CALL FOR EARMARKS WITHOUT CALLING THEM EARMARKS

    Charles Payne: These old-school lawmakers figured calling earmarks "specific projects" would pull the wool over the eyes of voters. I have to say it seems just like the folks in Washington for decades are as arrogant and tone-deaf as the autocrats being brought down around the globe. Moreover, it's just so insulting. But, the re-labeling is coming hard and fast, ironically the new label leaves much to be desired.

    Ben Stein: Congress must have earmarks... that's how it get votes.

    Charlie Gasparino: This is almost Orwellian. But I don't think it amounts to that much. We are only talking about one percent of the budget.

    MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE SPARKING CALLS TO DITCH FOREIGN OIL NOW

    Charles Payne: We need to do everything we can to get off the foreign oil... most especially using fossil fuels. But the administration's green agenda is preventing us from doing the thing we need to do.

    Dagen McDowell: The only way that fossil fuels or green energy will become economically feasible is if oil and gas get to be so expensive that people can't afford to use them.

    Adam Lashisnky: In short, yes. In long, no. We can't go make policy willy-nilly when the price of oil spikes. This should be a constant policy, not a panicked one.

    Ben Stein: We have been saying this for decades. Every time there is a crisis in the Middle East or a spike in prices, we say that it is time to get off foreign oil... and we never do it! It is almost comical at this point.

    Charlie Gasparino: If the French can use nuclear energy... why can we?

    FOREIGN OIL-BUSTING STOCKS

    Charles Payne: Clean Energy Fuel (CLNE)

    Adam Lashisnky: Applied Materials (AMAT)

    Ben Stein: Toyota (TM)