Hot Fudge Sunday April 17

Sundays bring us the political talk shows. If you see something interesting on one of them, jump on the comment board and talk about it. Unsurprisingly, the national budget and debt are the major topics of the week, though there’s a touch of Libya as well. According to Politico, here is the lineup for this week’s shows:

Timothy Geithner

Meet the Press (NBC) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), will talk about the national debt. Lee was elected with a Tea Party campaign, and opposes raising the debt ceiling.

This Week (ABC) — Geithner makes an appearance here, too, with four Republican House freshmen: Representatives Joe Walsh (R-IL), Renée Ellmers (R-NC), Allen West (R-FL) and Steve Sotherland (R-FL); and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, all talking about the national debt.

Face the Nation (CBS) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), whose budget plan passed the House with only Republican votes, and Senate “Gang of Six” member Mark Warner (D-VA), will talk about the future of government spending.

Rep. Anthony Weiner

State of the Union (CNN) — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), and Tea Party darling Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), will discuss budget issues. Former CIA Director Michael Hayden talks about the latest in Libya, and former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister discusses the recent spike in gasoline prices. Finally, Presidential candidate Donald Trump will talk about US foreign policy toward China and Libya.

Ray LaHood

Fox News Sunday — This week, Fox News acknowledges that Democrats also have opinions on the budget. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) talk about government spending and debt. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks about the safety of our nation’s air transportation, after the discovery of several sleeping air traffic controllers led to the Federal Aviation Administration’s chief’s resignation.

Newsmakers (CSPAN) — House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) will most likely be talking about Libya.

Political Capital (Bloomberg TV) — White House Budget Director Jack Lew will talk budget.

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9 Responses to Hot Fudge Sunday April 17

  1. Mr. Universe says:

    Testing. Some issues with the domain transfer.

  2. mclever says:

    Thought it seemed awful quiet around here…

  3. WA7th says:

    I eventually figured it out and updated the link, but for a few hours before that I sat in the dark in a cold sweat, wrapped in a blanket with a throbbing head, hands, and legs, puking hot steam and wishing to die.

  4. Mr. Universe says:

    Sorry, everybody. Remapping the domain to the new registrar is taking longer than I thought. Sunday doldrums with support staff I guess. We’ll get it going as soon as we can.

  5. WA7th says:

    Just to help alleviate the doldrums a little:

    Recent political rhetoric often reminds me of this clip
    from my favorite National Lampoon LP.

  6. dcpetterson says:

    Something to ponder during this quiet time and the current Republican shenanigans.

    With just one day left for Americans to file their tax returns, the super wealthy can look forward to paying significantly less than they would have two decades ago: Since 1992, the average federal income tax actually paid by the wealthiest 400 households in the country has fallen from 26 percent to 17 percent.

    How many of us pay more than 17%?

  7. rgbact says:

    Nationalist Party strong showing in Finland elections. Nationalist candidate running first in France. Another reason that amnesty is gonna go nowhere in the US. Wonder which GOP candidate will pick up the anti-immigration mantle. Romney was strong on this last time-but seems more focused on economy this time around.

  8. shortchain says:


    I don’t seem to recall that either Finland or France have histories that are highly correlated with ours. Why should their current state correlate with our near future?

  9. rgbact says:


    Good points on immigration. I moved the conversation back to this thread, since I think I mistakenly posted in another. Anyway, that may be why Romney has dropped the immigration issue–fear of alienating Hispanics. There is a political risk there–but there is also a large niche of voters to appeal to. I’m just interested in who takes a stab at capturing these voters in the GOP primary, will Obama punt on this issues in 2012, and also whats going on overseas with our suddenly less tolerant European friends.

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