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|Guests:Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes|
"The grievance industry believes that requiring IDs to vote is a right-wing plot to deny some Americans their voting rights. 33 states currently have voting ID laws, with more states considering it. The left denies any voter fraud, which is absurd. Just this month, North Carolina launched a huge investigation into voter fraud, with accusations that some folks voted in two states. Also, at least 81 North Carolinians voted in 2013 after they died! Most precincts do have control over the voting process, but there is no downside to having one system for the whole country. Enter former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and former President Bill Clinton, who propose that all Social Security cards have a photo ID attached, which would serve as a voter ID. This makes sense because all Americans are required to have a Social Security card, but the far left still objects over 'privacy issues.' What privacy issues? Does a driver's license violate your privacy? This is a ruse because the grievance industry wants people to think the Republican Party is suppressing votes, and if you take that issue away they have one less thing to whine about. Andrew Young and Bill Clinton, both Democrats, are doing the country a service. Let's get the pictures on the Social Security cards and stop the nonsense."
The Factor asked Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley to opine on the Social Security card idea. "The reason Bill Clinton and Andrew Young want to do this," Colmes surmised, "is to stop the right from whining about people not having the right identification. Voting ID fraud doesn't take place at the voting booth, it happens when you register to vote." But while Colmes basically dismissed voter fraud, Crowley described it a major problem. "Fraud is widespread and it is very real. A million people who are dead are still on registered voting rolls across the country. My issue with the Social Security card is that this would be the federal government doing this, I think it should be left to the states." The Factor took issue with Crowley's "states rights" argument, saying, "National elections are very important and Social Security cards provide a uniform ID for everybody in the United States."
|Guest:Senator John McCain|
Senator John McCain, who has urged the Obama administration and the West to help Ukraine fend off Russian aggression, joined The Factor from Latvia. "I would rush defensive weapons to Ukraine," he said, "along with body armor, night vision, intelligence capabilities, and economic assistance. Their country has just been partially dismembered despite a solemn treaty, and Russia is about to do the same thing in eastern Ukraine and they may do the same thing in southern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin has said the worst thing that happened in the 20th century was the breakup of the Soviet Union, and he wants to restore the old Russian empire. But President Obama won't even give Ukraine defensive weapons, this is another total failure and lack of leadership and a fundamental misreading of Putin."
Tuesday being April 15th, The Factor invited Fox Business host John Stossel for his libertarian perspective on the complex tax system. "This is the tax code," Stossel said, pointing to three massive volumes on the desk, "and there are 75,000 more pages of explanations. So nobody can understand this stuff! You have to go to politicians and kiss their ring and give them money to get special breaks. Then there are subsidies that even the lawyers don't understand." The Factor added that the IRS is hardly the only tax collector: "We're paying 40% to the federal government in income tax and more to the state, and then everything we do is taxed. I'm pessimistic and say this will never be reformed, things will not get better in the tax realm."
France, with its 35-hour work week, is now forbidding many companies from contacting their employees after work hours. Genevieve Wood of the conservative Heritage Foundation opined on the French work ethic. "There's something to be said for having time off," she admitted, "but I don't think anyone is saying that folks in France are working too hard. Most folks in France get at least six weeks of paid vacation and there is no place that is more of a 'nanny state." It's their health care and their pension and their work, everything is regulated. France is out of step with where the modern economy is going." The Factor pointed out that the French way of life does have its charms: "Their economy is not nearly as vibrant as the USA, but people live pretty well over there, we're not talking about the Third World."
|Guest:Lis Wiehl & Kimberly Guilfoyle|
Legal wizards Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl examined the tense showdown in Nevada, where rancher Cliven Bundy defied the feds who want him to pay grazing fees for using federal land. "The federal officials," Wiehl reported, "were met with hundreds of protesters who were in favor of Bundy. The government pulled back, saying it's a 'public safety' issue, but Bundy is still on the hook for $1 million in grazing fees and taxes." Guilfoyle contended that Bundy and his supporters are on the wrong side of the law. "They say it isn't federal land, they say it belongs to the state and that they've been grazing on this land for years, but it does belong to the federal government. I think the government should settle this for something less than $1 million." But The Factor predicted, "He's digging in, I don't think he'll pay a dime."
|Guest:Pastor Robert Jeffers|
With Easter just days away, The Factor explored the notion of an afterlife with Pastor Robert Jeffers. "We can't prove anything," Jeffers conceded, "but for every human desire there is a corresponding reality in nature - we get thirsty because there is water, we crave physical intimacy because there is sex. And the reason we may desire immortality is because it really exists. Then look at the near-death experiences that millions of people claim to have had, which suggest there is consciousness that transcends brain waves. But I think the most compelling evidence for life after death is that the body of Jesus has not been found in 2,000 years. That's not theology, that's historical fact. Something big happened in Jerusalem and I believe it was the resurrection." The Factor concluded, "I've always felt there is a battle between good and evil and if there is a heaven you have to earn your way in through your actions on Earth."
|Gerry Kendall, Winnipeg, Canada: "Eric Holder's problem is his thin skin, not his black skin."|
Michael Gardner, Jacksonville, FL: "Senator McCain is a fool and Putin is not a villain. He's just doing what's best for Russia."
Charlene Richard, St. Louis, MO: "O'Reilly, correct! Our allies would not support military action in Ukraine. And neither would the American people."
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