Dr. Susan Rice - Amb. to the U.N.
Sen. dick Durbin - (D-IL)
Sen. Lindsey Graham - (R-SC)
Gregory: What’s happening in the Middle east?
Rice: we will stand up for freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of protest whether in strong allies of America like Bahrain
or states like Wisconsin
Gregory: I heard Khadaffi killing people -
how dangerous is Libya?
Rice: It’s extremely dangerous
Gregory: how much
Rice: Protesters are at almost as a great risk as a cast member of Spider-Man
Gregory: my god - what about Bahrain?
Rice: we’ve been very clear in demanding that they please stop crushing democracy
Gregory: can the government survive?
Rice: sure - Obama will probably even be reelected
Gregory: how much democracy are we willing
Rice: why not have representative government and human rights?
Gregory: but people are confused - you say don’t support abuse of human rights and yet you
come on my show
Rice: good point
Gregory: Doesn’t the U.S. get to determine what happens in every country in the Middle East
Rice: no it doesn’t
Gregory: oh - so sad
Gregory: the U.S. chose to make Mubarak leave Egypt without imposing a new friendly government - wasn’t that a mistake?
Rice: you have some funny ideas Fluffy
Gregory: what if dangerous scary religious
fanatics take over?
Rice: I’m not prepared to talk about the 2012
Gregory: aren’t you terrified of Muslims?
Rice: No I’m not Fluffy
Gregory: Didn’t you anger scary arabs by not condemning Israel at the U.N.?
Rice: I don’t care - we’re trying to make peace Greggers
[ break ]
Gregory: Lindsay isn’t Obama terrible and inconsistent on Middle East democracy?
Graham: no actually - but he’s too timid on Iran
Gregory: will there be a government shutdown?
Durbin: we can’t allow that to happen - our troops could run out of bullets
Graham: after years of lean spending from 1980-2008 Obama suddenly increased the federal budget 80%
Gregory: is there any room for compromise?
Durbin: we already cut $40 billion
Gregory: no you didn’t cut anything - you just spent less money than before
Durbin: balancing the budget is the last thing you want to do in a recession
Gregory: what about ending collective bargaining for state workers?
Graham: Obama is biggest spender since
World War II!
Graham: it is inappropriate for a federal official to weigh in on whether the Wisconsin policy is right
Durbin: the governor is trying to destroy unions
Graham: there was referendum held in Wisconsin to end collective bargaining and it was approved
Durbin: no there wasn’t
Graham: But if there had been I wouldn’t be lying
Graham: it was wrong for Obama to express a position on Wisconsin because the governor there is right and we must all support him
Durbin: you’re from South Carolina - how is it
Gregory: Bowles and Simpson says we should cut social security OMG I knew it!
Durbin: members of the debt commission are meeting in a local Washington DC Starbucks trying to find a way to cut Medicaid
Gregory: why won’t your cut entitlements!?!?!
[ starts sobbbing ]
Gregory: hold on - I want to challenge Graham on whether Obama is a terrible President for not cutting Medicare
Graham: We must be courageous and raise the retirement age to 70
Durbin: Social Security has no impact on the deficit
Gregory: [ hands over ears ]
lalalalala I can’t hear you
Graham: let’s be like Saint Reagan and Saint Tip O’Neill and make old people work it’s very disappointing we’re not doing this
[ break ]
Gregory: Is Wisconsin the Tunisia of labor rights?
Granholm: public employees accepted cuts but the governor insisted on breaking the union anyway
Gillespie: Obama shouldn’t have inserted himself on the Wisconsin debate - he should leave that to Senators from South Carolina
Gregory: is this about energizing the base?
Ford: Obama is right - this is an assault on unions
Santelli: those fucking coddled public unions are costing America
Gregory: I see
Santelli: union are terrorists attacking the rest of us
Gregory: Don’t we need to slash spending?
Granholm: People don’t care about spending or the debt - they want goddamn jobs
Gregory: who is winning the austerity conversation?
Ford: I am
Gregory: aren’t all Democrats a bunch of demagogues?
Ford: we must give up all Social Security benefits until we are 70!
Gregory: are the GOP willing to strike a Grand Bargain?
Santelli: the public is going to be thrilled with any politician who promises to eliminate Social Security- so Obama should definitely go first
Gregory: Government shutdown
Granholm: oddly people don’t seem like that
Gillespie: Obama increased spending 24%!
Gillespie: Consumers won’t buy stuff because of the high federal debt and interest rates are so high no business can borrow
Audience: that’s not true
Ford: people don’t want jobs -- they want Social Security slashed
Christie: we must raise the retirement age!
Santelli: we have no choice we must slash spending now!!
Ford: Clinton created a surplus
Santelli: that was a totally different era - there was a dot com revolution and the cold war was ending
Gregory: Of course - and that’s Meet the Press