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PRESIDENT: CALL AL QAEDA, ISIL, AL-SHABAAB, BOKO HARAM WHAT THEY ARE – 'MURDERERS'
SABRINA SCHAEFFER: There may be different audiences where you use different worlds but the bottom line is that we’re not interested in having the president say radical Islamic terrorism just so we can throw around hysterical comments, it’s because we want to have a better understanding of the threat that we’re up against. If we don’t identify the threat and we don’t really understand or conceive of it, what it is, what’s motivating it? Where’s it come from? How extensive is it, we’re really not going to know how to defeat it. So, I think it’s really important to call it for what it is.
RICH KARLGAARD: Boy, you know I just question that. You know I agree with what everything Steve says but on the wording, I’m not so sure. Teddy Roosevelt said “talk softly and carry a big stick.” I would much rather prefer that that’s what’s happening, I don’t know if that’s happening, I doubt that that’s happening, the world doesn’t seem to think that that’s happening, but let’s just go kill them. Let’s forget the words and go kill them.
STEVE FORBES: Well that’s right. If you don’t call your enemies for what they are, you’re not going to fight them effectively. It’s like calling Nazi’s murderers or Adolf Hitler Al Capone with a German accent. That’s why the world doesn’t think we’re fully serious about fighting these terrorists. The Arabs, the Arab governments, the Israelis are very worried. They don’t think we’re serious about fighting Iran, which is the center of terrorism, or fighting ISIS. So words matter in this case. We are at war, let’s face up to that fact and do the proper policies, which this president is not willing to do. We’ve got the whole world worried that we’re not serious about fighting these people.
MIKE OZANIAN: I think when you weaken our military like our president is doing, when you give Iran or want to give Iran a clear pathway to a nuclear bomb, when you tell the border police not to stop terrorists from coming into the United States, I think that’s a much bigger problem than what you call these guys. So this president is weakening the country’s ability to fight these terrorists. That’s really what I’m concerned about EMac.
JOHN TAMNY: Well I don’t know. I think if people are going around trying to kill people, you can call them murderers and many other insulting words, but I don’t know if words make us safer or change the on-the-ground-reality. I think it’s counterproductive to say that just because you don’t use the right words, you’re somehow soft on terrorism. If we’re going to be at this war per rich, let’s just go out and kill people or the people who mean us harm. The words mean nothing to me.
BRUCE JAPSEN: Well I think that Obama has a lot of street cred on this issue, because overall he did put the bullet in the eye of Bin Laden. But calling them murderers seems ok because it seems like a more prosecutorial term and a term that’s been on the books for centuries. Terrorism is sort of an evolving term.
NEW DRONE SCARES CALLS GROW FOR STRICT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ON DRONES
SABRINA SCHAEFFER: Yeah, right. I’m of course very wary of regulations, and I don’t like regulations that come in the wake of some kind of hysteria. I want to make sure that we are being careful. To John’s point, drones have a tremendous opportunity to be a help to the economy. That being said, we do have the right to some kind of protection for privacy for instance. This is very fast developing technology and it may be the case that state and local laws do need to be tightened up and strengthened just a little bit just to make sure that I am protected if I am outside of my home or my children are outside. You can’t just have your privacy taken away like that.
RICH KARLGAARD: Well we need clear rules. Clearly these drones are not tiny little objects, they’re pretty big, they crash into people and hurt them, and they have the ability to invade people’s privacy. In the last segment we talked about privacy, can you imagine terrorists flying drones over football stadiums or Disney Land?
STEVE FORBES: Oh absolutely. Just as the rise of the automobile, you had rules of the road and things like that to make sure you didn’t have anarchy. That didn’t hurt the rise of the automobile, and in a way it enriched society. So you have this vehicle that can do a lot of good, but in order to do good, you can’t have anarchy. If something’s in my house, invading my privacy- I thought that Kentucky guy did absolutely right. So you need rules of the air, not rules of the road. Rules of the air so these things can prosper and not run into airplanes and invading people’s privacy.
BILL BALDWIN: I wonder if the freedom-loving John Tamny is aware of the fact that model airplanes, which are smaller than drones, have killed people. There was one case where a woman was just walking down the sidewalk and was taken out. There was another one where the radio-controlled helicopter turned on its owner. Just wait until one of these toys take out the elevator flap on one of an airbus. We’re looking for a tragedy here.
JOHN TAMNY: A resounding “no.” Drones have the potential to truly transform how we transact with people. How they sell to us, how quickly we can get goods. Why on Earth would we want something that could truly be transformative let the government in on this? Imagine if we had done that on the dawn of the internet in the late 90’s.
BRUCE JAPSEN: I think if you’re going to fly a drone, you should at least, as Steve points out in the automobile industry, at least have to get a driver’s license or permit to fly it. I know John doesn’t like regulations, but you could have commercial permits for business, and you could have people fly them around. People are flying these into the White House, this is ridiculous. I mean they’re asking for some sort of regulations.
IRS CHIEF SHOULD BE FIRED OR HE'LL FACE IMPEACHMENT
SABRINA SCHAEFFER: Yeah absolutely. He should be fired, he should be prosecuted, we need to remind the American people that our public officials are responsible for their actions. Destroying evidence is very serious. I don’t think that just because we don’t use feather pens and parchments doesn’t mean that the Constitution doesn’t stand and trying to hide behind technology is really a terrible thing that must be stopped.
RICH KARLGAARD: Yeah, yeah. And I think the connection to Eric Holder and to President Obama is there. After all, it was President Obama that said in 2012 that elections were about helping your friends and punishing your enemies. And that’s what the IRS has been turned into.
STEVE FORBES: That and many times over. Not only fired, but prosecuted for prosecuting conservatives, for illegally seizing cash from small business people and not returning it. Flouting the law, ignoring subpoenas and the like. SO you’ve got plenty to not just fire him but prosecute him. He’s turned the IRS into a criminal enterprise. He’s acting like Louis XIV, like the president.
MIKE OZANIAN: You’re absolutely right Elizabeth, he should be fired. I think the solution is to bring Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL that gone after Brady, to bring him into Congress and oversea this.
BILL BALDWIN: Let’s be realistic. Let’s not forget that Koskinen is a loyal team player. He’s been fully supportive of the Obama administration’s efforts to corrupt the IRS. So let’s not look for a resignation or a firing. Let’s go right for impeachment.
BRUCE JASPEN: I don’t think so. I think in the situation here, the investigation has been so partisan. If you look at the Tom Brady thing you had found emails and texts of the ball boys and I think what you’re missing, if there is anything at all, which I don’t think there is, is the texts on the other end. That’s how they got Brady.
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