The 'T-Word' Resurfaces in Washington

A quick trip around Hannity's America...

The "T" Word

It looks like the corrupt politics of Chicago may have now made their way to Washington. Thomas Lauri, a lawyer for Chrysler Corporation bondholders, reported a month ago that the administration threatened to use the White House press corps to destroy his client's reputation if they opposed the administration's actions.

Now, Ohio Congressman Steven Latourette is bringing to light an e-mail exchange between Chrysler's restructuring expert Robert Manzo and the administration's attorney Matthew Feldman:


REP. STEVEN LATOURETTE, R-OHIO: And sadly, this is from an e-mail that was submitted in the bankruptcy court up in New York. Well, Mr. Feldman's first response via e-mail, not real grown up. It says, "I'm not talking to you. I'm now not talking to you. You went where you shouldn't."

Well, Mr. Manzo apologizes in a subsequent e-mail and it comes back, "It's over. The president doesn't negotiate second rounds, we've given and lent billions of dollars so your team could manage this properly. And now you're telling me to bend over to a terrorist like Lauria?" Mr. Lauria is the lawyer who represents the Indiana teachers' pension fund. "That's BS."

And the next day, of course, we have the bankruptcy?


So let me get this straight: Now we can use the word "terrorist" to describe a lawyer like Thomas Lauria, but not an actual terrorist like Usama bin Laden?

Playing Dodgeball

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius dropped by ABC News' "This Week" Sunday to talk about health care reform, but on the subject of how the administration plans to pay for their proposal, she didn't exactly have all the answers:


KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: The status quo is not an acceptable alternative.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: The only acceptable course of action is to do exactly as the president says.

SEBELIUS: And Congress knows that, the providers know it, the hospitals know it. That's why people are at the table working this year on health reform.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS: And if it's not paid for he'll send it back.

SEBELIUS: I don't know the details.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Send it back?! You think a few extra trillion dollars tacked onto the deficit scares us?

SEBELIUS: I think what he wants is for Congress to pay for it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: He wants Congress to pay for it. You're not willing to say right now, you're not willing to make a veto threat? Not now.

SEBELIUS: Well, I don't think veto threats at any point are particularly helpful.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Making a veto threat means you have to stand on principle. We don't do that in this administration.

SEBELIUS: What's better is to come to the table and get something done.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Reform at any cost! There are plenty of great-grandchildren out there to foot the bill.


If the Obama administration honestly believed that it could fund this plan without adding to the deficit, a veto threat should be on the table. Looks like another one of those empty promises from the anointed one President Obama.

No Food for You!

A new Associate Press report says the so-called stimulus plan is actually penalizing many Americans currently on unemployment.

Because the president's stimulus raised unemployment benefits by $25 a week, now some families have been bumped out of eligibility to receive food stamps.

One man in Georgia was told that his monthly income is now $21 too much to receive food stamps, but if it weren't for the stimulus, he would be receiving around $300 every month in stamps. Instead, the AP reports he was forced to visit food pantries just to get by.

So let this be a lesson to all members of Congress out there: It's always a good idea to read the bill before voting on it.

CK Controversy

Designer Calvin Klein is known for many things, among them his racy ads. But many New York residents are up in arms over his latest billboard, which is massive, sexually explicit and impossible to miss.

The billboard shows what seems to be a teenage girl engaged in a threesome with two men, and below them is a third male with his pants and his shirt unbuttoned.

To those at Calvin Klein: Those who want to buy pornography are free to do so, but please don't force it on the rest of us, especially America's children.

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