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Well the ground zero mosque controversy continues to grow supporters are screaming freedom of religion.
Opponents are making -- a campaign issue and now let's put President Obama and majority leader Harry Reid.
On opposite sides for more I'm joined by former Arkansas governor and host of Huckabee.
Like Huckabee thanks for joining us today we appreciate it thanks it's been an interesting debate over the last 48 hours to present coming out saying first.
Go freedom of religion it sounded to me like he was saying let's build -- -- steps from ground zero and -- came out and clarified those statements.
And now I'm completely confused govern -- -- before you make of the president well it.
First of all he made the comment at -- Ramadan dinner at the white house on Friday so he's got a captive audience who is gonna love anything that he says about yes they should build a mosque.
The interesting thing the very thing he started with -- let me be clear.
And then for the next few hours he muddied the water more than anything he could have -- Saturday after being clear.
He said let me clarify so apparently the clarity of Friday night was lost by Saturday.
When the political ramifications.
Started piling in on him.
Well that was my question was this merely a response to Democrats -- are probably Barea says the -- made those comments that they're hearing it back count.
This is the last thing Democrats need they've already got a Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters.
Up to their neck in ethics alligators after Nancy Pelosi said she would drain the swamp the swamp is packed right now.
And the last thing they needed was one more controversy and the president himself steps -- it up to his waist.
And it puts a lot of Democrats in a tough position because the obvious question that you -- a Democrat do you agree with President Obama.
-- that issue though let's be very let me be clear.
Let -- know -- -- about whether there ought to be a mosque that's the right that anyone has.
It's not about whether it's legal it's whether it's right.
Now if the Muslims are really serious about trying to build -- -- and understanding.
Did you don't start by poking both eyes of the people who live in new York and whose feelings are still pretty dog -- raw.
After nine years having watched 2500 of their fellow citizens murdered in cold blood.
By fanatic Muslims this is just the last thing that that the people of this city left right in the middle except for Bloomberg seem to want.
But -- it -- -- clear about this question okay.
You would support the construction of a mosque virtually anywhere else he would have no problems with that that's the ride of did the followers of Islam to to build a mosque just like followers of Jesus could build a church in the followers.
Of the town that could build a synagogue that's fine.
But if you were going to bill would say.
A shrine to maybe German history right next step outs which I think that could be problematic would be -- of course they would so its its proximity as the real estate agents would say it's location location location.
You quote from Gerald Jerry Nadler he's a representative.
Who represents lower Manhattan is in touch with these folks here's what he had to say.
Government has no right.
And no business to comment one way or the other on whether a church or synagogue or mosque should be should be anywhere so long missing meet the legal requirements do you agree with that.
To a point once again it's not about what's legal what's about what's right what's best now here's another question.
The lost in all of this is that saint Nicholas Greek orthodox church was actually crushed by the towers falling.
They've been trying to work on building it back and there'd been a constant battle with the Port Authority.
The question is why isn't the same kind of conciliation.
Being given to saint Nicholas Greek orthodox church as has been given.
To those who want to put the mosque there we seem to be bending over backwards to politically accommodate.
The builders of the mosque why are -- working just as hard for saint Nicholas Greek church.
And I should they and I should point out here and we mentioned Harry Reid -- and your intro.
He actually disagree with the president today and said -- and walked way back from this thing which I think is more political calculation and they anything else Harry Reid is in a tough race for his wife and I think he understands that.
The president did him and the rest of the Democratic Party no favors.
-- -- would need to do a slightly different topic -- -- just as discussion of stimulus money going on out there the administration has only spent a third of the stimulus money earmarked mark to get this economy moving at this country out of recession.
It's been spectacularly.
Unemployment still at nine point 5% what should happen to that money governor.
Well one of the things that could have happened should have happened is still could happen would be something that deals with the infrastructure of the overall economy something that actually stimulates.
Economic activity I'll give an example.
The air traffic control system in this country is incredibly antiquated.
We have the Jetsons technology in the cockpit of the airplanes we have Flintstones technology on the ground.
We're still using 1940.
Radar based technology to guide planes.
So what that means for you and me as passengers it means that we -- spending a lot of time flying around in circles -- necessarily.
We're sitting on the ground we're wasting there's about a 40% fuel waste because of this 40% that we could say.
That was keep -- -- next gen system.
It would cost approximately forty billion dollars that think of the savings.
Airlines like American delta southwest talk about 700 billion dollars in fuel savings that here's the other piece of that.
Human capital how many business deals don't don't get done because somebody whose party to the business deal has to say I'm stuck on the tarmac.
How much social capital that we lose because a mom never gets to her kids because she stuck on -- tarmac and can't get home to see the damn that was their title this sounds a lot like a frequent -- speaking at a traffic what.
It's it's an economic issue for the nation even if a person doesn't fly every American is affected by the inefficiency of the current system.
Because our economy moves as a result of that you create spacing that is realistic.
You create a air traffic control inbound outbound that's not point a to point B but that is actually.
Being maneuvered -- satellite technology would allow.
And you're gonna save millions of dollars empower people to fly who couldn't fly.
Maybe even take off that up costs for the -- on the blank and the.
I think that stuff are able Governor Huckabee thank you for coming -- we appreciate it.
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