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Sean Hannity And Michael Reagan As Out Of Touch With Mainstream America As President Bush

Reported by Ellen - May 11, 2006

Sean Hannity and Michael Reagan, hadn’t a care in the world last night (5/10/06) on Hannity & Colmes about rising gas prices or health care costs (not to mention deficits or FEMA or the war in Iraq) because they both claimed that the economy is just great and that the only thing wrong with President Bush is that he’s not tough enough on immigration and Congressional spending.

Reagan said “The economy’s at the best it’s been in years, there’s more dollars going to the government than at any time, probably in history. Everything is good. More people are working… Republicans should be proud of what they’ve done.”

Hannity said, “Here we have consumer confidence at a four-year high. We have home-ownership has never been higher in this country. We got low inflation, low interest rates. We’ve got an unemployment rate now that is lower than the average of the last four decades in this country. We’ve got incredible prosperity and economic growth.”

Maybe for millionaires, but not for regular people. For example, in an April, 2006 Gallup poll, 63% responded that economic conditions in the country are only fair or poor. Two polls out in May, one from FOX News and one from CBS/New York Times both indicate that the top three concerns of Americans are the economy, gas prices and the war in Iraq.

It’s hard to imagine that people concerned about such things as gas prices and the economy wouldn’t have bona fide reasons for worrying (such as bills rising faster than wages and work layoffs) but Hannity and Reagan tried to make the case that the American public was just brainwashed by the media.

Reagan said, “If you ask the question, are we better off today than you were four years ago, you bet we’re better off than we were four years ago.”

Democratic “strategist” Bob Beckel, the other guest, said that 73% who answered that question in the last Gallup poll said no. Comment: I couldn’t find that poll.

Reagan replied, “73% of the people, Bob, are sitting here and reading the newspapers every day that couldn’t find a good story about the president of the United States.”

Hannity also disregarded the bread and butter concerns of everyday Americans. In his mind, the only thing Americans need are more tax cuts and fewer immigrants. “The only reason that the Congress’ approval ratings have been down and the president’s approval ratings have been down is because they’ve abandoned what I call those Reagan principles. …But now they seem to be getting the message and that’s why we got the tax cuts extended to 2010. If the Republicans take on immigration, …and say ‘we will control the border,’ Democrats will either have to go with the Republican plan or they have to show America that they’re weak on national security, wouldn’t that be what brings back the conservative support? Isn’t that the one missing issue for Republicans?”

Beckel said that the tax cuts give about $100 to those making $50-75,000, but $50,000 for those making $1,000,000. He asked Hannity and Reagan “yes or no” whether they would support a raise in the minimum wage. Hannity dismissed the question without answering, saying, “I don’t want to get into distractions.”

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