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Monday, March 18, 2013
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Two Visions of America
Guests: Juan Williams & Mary Katharine Ham

"As alert Americans know, President Obama is trying to fundamentally change the USA; he sees our system as basically unfair and wants to provide more to those who don't have very much. The Republican Party says the President's social justice outlook is damaging the country and that he's creating a nation at war with itself, with the affluent versus the non-affluent. Over the weekend, conservative Senator Ted Cruz of Texas delivered a very emotional speech, saying his father came from Cuba 'with $100 and didn't speak a word of English.' Cruz says his dad made it on his own without government assistance and that's the way this country is supposed to work. But President Obama has a very compelling story himself; his father abandoned him, he was raised primarily by his maternal grandparents in Hawaii, he had few resources, yet he rose up to become the most powerful man in the world. How much the system helped Mr. Obama is unknown as his college records have been kept private. We don't know the extent of affirmative action, we don't know how much the government subsidized his climb to the top. It would be very helpful to have that information, simply to be fair to the President and his vision. There is no question that President Obama believes his success is partly due to government, which goes to his famous line, 'You didn't build that.' So the battle lines are now drawn between two very different visions for this nation. In the end, one side or the other is going to have to prevail."

The Factor asked Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham to choose sides in the struggle over the optimal size of government. "I'm on the side of big government," Williams said, unsurprisingly, "because activist government recently got this country out of recession. They bailed out Wall Street, which is doing very well for a lot of people, and activist government is helping out our seniors." Ham came down firmly on the Ted Cruz side of the argument. "When you have an activist government that is doing too many things, they become corrupt and wasteful and pretty bad at helping people. It doesn't allow for innovation or new ideas because the government is a pretty clumsy instrument for that." The Factor provided first-hand testimony of how big government and its concomitant taxation can harm people: "For the past few years I've been doing radio Talking Points, but I just stopped because my tax burden is so high that it wasn't worth it, and three or four people have lost a portion of their work."
Cracks in the GOP?
Guests: Brit Hume

After Republicans Sarah Palin and Karl Rove took some shots at each other over the weekend, The Factor asked Brit Hume whether the feud is more evidence of a major fissure in the GOP. "I think this is much ado about not much," Hume opined. "These are the kinds of skirmishes that can happen in a party after a disappointing loss in a big election." Hume added that Republican infighting is nothing new. "The party has always had a segment for whom no one was conservative enough. When Ronald Reagan was president, some people complained about him, saying even he wasn't conservative enough."
The Latest on the Jodi Arias Trial
Guests: Monica Lindstrom

32-year-old Jodi Arias is on trial for murder in Arizona, charged with shooting her former boyfriend and stabbing him 27 times. Defense attorney Monica Lindstrom theorized why the case has garnered national attention. "This is a death penalty case," Lindstrom began, "and it also has all the craziness of a horror movie. We've got young people who had a sexual relationship and there is a pretty defendant charged with a heinous, brutal murder." Lindstrom suggested that some recent developments may portend ominous news for Arias. "She was on the stand for 18 days testifying and the jury had over 220 questions for her. They asked her things like, why should we believe you now and why didn't you call the cops? It sounded to me like they had no sympathy for her and they weren't believing what she had been saying."
St. Patrick's Day Special
Guests: Jesse Watters

FNC's Jesse Watters bravely waded into the frequently-drunk, green-clad revelers at New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade. "Life's too short," one young man told him, "so you have to have a good time" Another teen said, "I'm a distinguished honor roll student and I've been smoking marijuana for three years." Watters entered the No Spin Zone and recapped his adventure among the inebriated. "It was eleven o'clock in the morning," he reported, "but people were already absolutely soused - it was pure debauchery with people throwing up. One side of the street was all families, but other blocks were filled with high school and college kids who had Gatorade bottles filled with vodka. But most people were pretty well-behaved."
Why is the Colorado Media Ignoring Jessica's Law?
Guests: Bernie Goldberg

Bernie Goldberg tried to explain why the Colorado media have largely ignored the state legislature's refusal to pass a version of Jessica's Law. "If Colorado local TV is typical," Goldberg said, "only 20% of the stories on local television are longer than one minute in length. 40% of the entire newscast is filled with sports, weather, and traffic, and only 3% of the newscast is taken up by local government. We don't know that there's collusion between the Denver Post and the Democratic Party, but it certainly looks suspicious." The Factor complained that the Denver media is basically in bed with Democratic politicians: "The press is not reporting the news anymore, it's in business to promote a certain candidate, and the Denver Post is propping up the Democratic Party."
Carolla vs. The Huffington Post
Guests: Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla recently conducted a contentious interview with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom about minorities, education and welfare, after which the Huffington Post accused Carolla of racism. Carolla fired back at his critics with both barrels. "There's a problem and I'd like to look at the problem honestly," he said, "but we can't solve it if you're calling everyone attempting to solve it a 'racist.' Liberal politicians should stop saying 'the system is broken' when they're in charge of the system! The first thing you need to do is admit there's a problem and the problem is a lack of parenting, single-family parents, and the perpetuation of poverty because of this. Then you have to be willing to judge, and they will not judge!" The Factor concurred that much of America has become a judgment-free zone: "No judgments are made about fathers abandoning their children or the girls who are getting pregnant. We know the left is never going to confront the problem."
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
Graehm and Linda Cree, Austin, TX: "We thought you lost the first interview with the Denver Post editor because you lost your cool. You have now won the argument."

Scott Moore, Austin, TX: "'In God We Trust' was not on our paper money until 1957. Your statement to not use money if we object makes YOU the pinhead of the week, O'Reilly."

Tom Peterman, Clyman, WI: "Bill, you and Lou Dobbs are both wrong. Trying to repeal ObamaCare is not a dumb idea."
When "sorry" is not enough
If you harm another person, saying "I'm sorry" is not always enough; you should accompany that apology with some form of restitution.
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