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2/4/2014:Oh my God. Could it be true? Have they actually released the bi-annual Congressional Budget Office's outlook on the budget and economy, entitled "The Budget and Economic Outlook 2014-2024 Appendix... (falls asleep and snores, audience laughs) Labor Market Effects of the Affordable Care Act, a Jack Reacher Mystery"?
GRETCHEN CARLSON: A stunning report just released by the Congressional Budget Office
WOLF BLITZER: There is a potentially explosive Congressional report...
DIANE SAWYER: ... big new report ...
I can't believe I fell asleep during that. I was nearly a third of the way through the title. I wonder why there's so much excitement about the CBO report.SEAN HANNITY (2/5/2014): CBO's projecting that this debacle will cost nearly 2 1/2 million jobs.(audience laughter)
STEVE DOOCY (2/4/2014): Is Obamacare killing the American dream?
LOU DOBBS (2/4/2014): ... higher deficits ...
STUART VARNEY (2/4/2014): ... an extra $1 trillion dollars added to the deficit ...
REP. MICHELE BACHMANN, R-MN (2/4/2014): ... $10 trillion dollars to the deficit ...
STUART VARNEY (2/4/2014): They will employ far fewer full-time people, more part-time people.
ELISABETH HASSELBECK (2/4/2014): Is this the American way? I'm not sure.
You seemed pretty sure... that it's not. But there was only one small problem with the apocalyptic predictions from the CBO, in that the report did not in any way say any of those things.2/5/2014:That sounds like a guy who's ready to get the fuck out of there. So, the three main talking points against Obamacare are, according to the CBO, not true. I think we know what this means.
REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, D-MD: The net effects of the Affordable Care Act is actually to reduce our national deficit, isn't that right?
CBO DIRECTOR DOUGLAS ELMENDORF: That's right, Congressman.
REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, D-MD: All right. You point out that there's "no compelling evidence that part-time employment has increased as a result of the Affordable Care Act". Is that right?
CBO DIRECTOR DOUGLAS ELMENDORF: Yes that's right, Congressman.
REP. BILL PASCRELL, D-NJ: So in other words, this isn't employers cutting jobs. It's newly empowered workers choosing to go a different path.
CBO DIRECTOR DOUGLAS ELMENDORF: Yes.
(in pirate voice) Ay! The storm clouds gathered quickly that day on the Bullshit Mountain. As word spread that this new Obamacare act would help end job lock! A scourge affecting many families who don't take entrepreneurial chances, or who stay in dead-end jobs so that the tumor on their arse doesn't leave them homeless.
In fact, job lock is something the residents of Bullshit Mountain used to oppose.REP. PAUL RYAN, R-WI (5/20/2009): The key question that ought to be addressed in any health care reform legislation is, are we going to continue job lock, or are we going to allow individuals more choice and portability to fit the 21st century work force?Geez, more choice, that sounds like it would be pretty good. And what will become of that statement, now that we find out that the new health care law does just that?
REP. PAUL RYAN, R-WI (2/5/2014): Because of government policies, as the welfare state expands, the incentive to work declines.You know, like Social Security incentivizes Americans to not die at their job. (audience laughter)
NEIL CAVUTO (2/4/2014): So it actually incentivizes indifference.
STUART VARNEY (2/4/2014): Now it's free medical care thrown at extra millions of people who have an incentive to go on that and not work.
LOU DOBBS (2/4/2014): The government is effectively incentivizing Americans to stop working.
Well hey, it's nice to witness the birth of a new talking point. And if giving someone health care is all that it takes to get people to stop showing up to work, I don't know why we don't chip in and get Lou Dobbs some health care! (audience laughter and applause)
And you won't believe what these lazy poors — who've been sitting around biding their time at their two jobs just waiting for the day they could ride the Uncle Sugar train to Medicaid town — are going to do with their newfound windfall.STUART VARNEY (2/5/2014): Obamacare is a disincentive to work. The CBO admitted it this afternoon. Why don't you just spend more time with the family, let somebody else work, you go on Obamacare? ... Stay home, spend more time with the family, let somebody else pay for your health care!(sarcastically) Yes! Spend time with your family. Help raise your children in a more hands-on fashion. Create stability. Mehhh. (audience laughter)
What the hell?? You're conservatives! I thought you guys loved family!SEN. MARCO RUBIO, R-FL (8/30/2012): Family is the most important institution in society.The most important! The family must be protected from asteroids, nuclear weapons, dudes in love! They have to be protected!
MONICA CROWLEY (10/1/2013): ... the good core family unit ...
SEN. MIKE LEE, R-UT (10/11/2013): Protecting the family is the single most important part of our agenda.
But now that I think about it, when family clashes with capitalism around the holidays, conservatives throw family overboard. Yo capitalism, I got your back, bro.HEATHER CHILDERS (11/28/2013): Many retailers are opening their doors this Thanksgiving, not even waiting for Black Friday.(audience laughter)
GRETCHEN CARLSON (11/26/2013): For a long time into my career, I worked on the holidays, cuz that's the way it worked.
FOX NEWS GUEST (11/28/2013): If you're a retailer, you open your doors because that's when people go out, that's when they spend. And guess what? It's not so much like ditching your family. One of my favorite things to do is go with the family. That way, everybody spends money, we create capitalism, and keep this economy going.
No, no, he's right. Some of my fondest memories as a child were... creating capitalism with my father. (audience laughter and applause) You know, it's interesting, I remember he used to come in my room and he'd go:
"Hey son, wanna go out and create consumer confidence in the bricks and mortar retail sector of the economy?"
"Gee, you mean it, Pops, do you mean it?"
"I sure do, son. Grab some liquidity, and meet me downstairs. Oh, and by the way, I'm not banging your nanny, I'm exploring burgeoning markets."
(audience laughter and applause)
♫ And the cash in the cradle and the silver spoon....
In fact, watch this LEGO news anchor....
(wild audience laughter and applause)
Watch this LEGO news anchor try and teach his co-host the true meaning of the holidays.11/28/2013:(shocked audience laughter)
HARRIS FAULKNER: I'm down with the closing the stores on Thanksgiving. It's enough already. I'm serious.
GREGG JARRETT: Really? Seriously?
HARRIS FAULKNER: Why are you surprised?
GREGG JARRETT: Free enterprise?
HARRIS FAULKNER: You know, look, people should be at home with their families. That's just my little opinion. I'm not the law in this.
GREGG JARRETT: OK. I just was thinking of capitalism and free markets and letting people do what they want to do.
Somehow, "I think people should spend Thanksgiving with their families" turns into "well, I guess if you're a Communist...." (audience laughter) Because apparently, on Bullshit Mountain, corporations aren't just people, they're better people than you. Corporations are the good people, not the jackass two-legged kind, who don't want to man the perfume counter at Macy's cuz it's "Christmas Eve". It's just like that inspiring scene in Braveheart.WILLIAM WALLACE: They can take our lives, but they can never take OUR FREEDOM TO WORK AT BEST BUY OVER THE HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!OVERTIME!!!!! (wild audience cheering and applause)
We'll be right back.
Jon then had another excellent segment where he took the bigots to task that were angry over Coca-Cola's multilingual "America the Beautiful" ad.
Jason Jones then filed a must-see piece about how the Koch brothers tried to buy a local election in Iowa.
Last night, Stephen looked at Bill O'Reilly trying to make the decision on Keystone XL for Obama, and then on some of the horrid conditions reporters have found in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics.
Stephen then had another Tip/Wag segment about TSA agents and the First Amendment when it comes to speed traps.
Jon talked with actor George Clooney on Wednesday night, and then last night talked with reporter Robyn Doolittle about Toronto mayor Rob Ford, which went long. Here's the unedited interview in three parts.