Weekend Watchdog

Bill Scher

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked.

And on Sunday at 4 PM ET, tune in to Air America Radio’s “Seder on Sundays” program, where I’ll offer the Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up.

For former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y. (ABC’s This Week): To stimulate the economy in advance of a possible recession, you and Sen. John McCain propose cutting the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%.

But the Congressional Budget Office analysis found that cutting the corporate tax rate is “not a particularly cost-effective method of stimulating business spending: Increasing the after-tax income of businesses typically does not create an incentive for them to spend more on labor or to produce more, because production depends on the ability to sell output.”

Now knowing that your proposal is not particularly cost-effective, will you follow expert advice and revise your plans?

For former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass. (Fox News Sunday): You were challenged this week by the Associated Press after you claimed, “I don’t have lobbyists running my campaign.” In fact, the AP listed three registered federal lobbyists who serve on your campaign team.

How can you serve the public interest in the Oval Office when you have people on your campaign whose job it is to lobby the federal government on behalf of corporate interests?

For Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (Fox News Sunday): After the House voted to close the tax loophole that gives hedge fund managers a lower tax rate than other working Americans, you played an instrumental role in having the Senate kill the proposal last month.

As lightly regulated hedge fund managers played a significant part in creating the current mortgage crisis that’s further dragging down our economy, why did you go out of your way to protect them?

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