tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN April 17, 2012 7:00pm-8:00pm EDT
government waste, tax dollars down the drain. we'll tell you just how much. president obama taking on the oil speculators but does the math add up and an american soldier disappearing from fort bragg. her sister joins us. let's go outfront. i'm erin burnett. it was good news and bad news from the pig -- i mean, they'll eat anything. the watch dog groups citizens against government waste. what are those dirty spots? something about them is endearing but not endearing about lawmakers. we got the numbers for fiscal year 2012 so we brought some of these friends along from the farm. probably better than a lot of things they usually eat.
the good news first, pork is down. since the big push to ban ear marks we have seen a big improvement on capitol hill. some good news. earmark spending down 80% from two years ago. that year there were more than 9,000 earmarks which cost $16.5 milli milli billion. the buffet tax would have raised only $4.7 billion a year. the taxpayers that means you are shoveling out $255 million to upgrade these tanks. the pentagon doesn't want the upgrades and the pentagon is upset about the cuts they are facing. if they say they don't need this they probably don't need it. lawmakers from both parties thought otherwise.
pork is bipartisan. $48.5 million for the national domestic preparedness consortium. if you haven't heard of it you are not alone. today it appears it is part of fema. it's a group of university and research centers that take part in antiterror training programs. the red flag, the $48.5 million is more than the president requested in the budget for the program. what does congress know that the president doesn't? $5.8 million for the east west center in hawaii devoted to improving relations along pacific nations. according to citizens against government race the east west center has received ten earmarks worth $104 million since 1997. the state department has tried to kill this organization for years but the center is head quartered in propriations
chairman's state so it lives. oink, oink. there you have it. pork barrel spending alive and well. one senator has made a career out of trying to fight it. senator comes outfront. thought i had a real pig, huh? thanks very much for being with us. let me start off with this question. should we be celebrating the 80% drop that citizens against government waste is talking about in terms of overall spending or are you frustrated by some of the examples like $255 million for tank upgrades? >> any dollar we are spending today knowing that 40% of the dollars we spend we are borrowing is painful for me when i think about my grand kids and your grand kids and our kids' kids. we still have a problem that
politicians want to get reelected based on sending money back home and for economic development or making sure a plant does something the military doesn't want to do. the questions americans ought to ask is how loyal is that for the oath of the constitution that the opposing member took when they thads were going to hold the constitution. it is really frustrating to me that we continue to spend money we don't have. >> technically we don't have earmarks. these things barry count as what would be an earmark. said bring the earmarks back, the transparency is better than this doing it on the sly and hoping that some citizens against government race will find it. >> i would actually disagree with mike rogers.
the first earmarks were presented in a transportation bill in 1982 and reagan vetoed the bill. you can correlate the increase in spending in congress with ear marks. the reason that happened is when you put something in a bill you don't care what's in the rest of the bill, you vote for it because you have an earmark in it. if you don't vote it the chairman says you will never get more earmarks. earmarks become the way of how we grow. there are still tons of earmarks in the bills because we are funding projects that were started before there was a moratorium. >> aren't there some projects you get elected to fight for your people and earmarks are a way to fight for your people which is what you are elected to do, right?
>> you have to put it in context. if the country is strangling on the debt what should be your first obligation? control the spending and eliminate the debt or is it to continue to send money that we don't have back to states to enhance individuals? i would tell you the real way to solve the earmark problem is to embrace the constitution which outlines limited government. if you think about it there's a legitimate role for defense needs. there is not a role to continue to spend money on a defense product that the military does not want. >> and believe me we know talk about oink, oink, the military will take what they can get. they are going to try. senate budget committee unveiled the 2013 budget resolution today. wie have the ryan plan out there. very important senator conrad says he is going to reduce deuce
it simpson bowls tomorrow. >> it is going to takeaway the real discussion. conrad is an honest guy. what he would really like to do is to put a vote on the bore. he will not do that violating the budget act. he refuses to do it so it is a stunt. all it is a political stunt to make sure we less enthe charge. >> i guess i'll take the glass half full and i like hearing someone say i'm going to vote for something that deals with the crisis in the country. outfront next mitt romney claims there is a left wing conspiracy to reelect president
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on oil speculators -- >> we can't afford a situation where speculators artificially manipulate markets by buying up oil, creating a perception of a shortage and driving prices higher. we can't afford a situation where some speculators can reap millions. >> that sounds familiar because almost exactly one year ago the president announced a task force to look into the same thing. >> the attorney general is putting together a team whose job it is to root out any cases of fraud or manipulation in the oil markets that might effect gas prices. we are going to be sure nobody is taking advantage of american consumers for their own short term gain. >> according to newspapers the task force only met a handful of
times and never issued a report. just on the sheer math of this lots of issues. issues going on with speculation and also as prices go up a lot of americans with munnee to put to work end up in investing in oil related funds. a lot of people who are betting on oil -- let me ask you about this. the president has a history of blaming. is this political grand standing given it has happened for nearly two years? >> i would say the president is in a very tough political position. oil prices are clearly something the american public cares about. the problem for the president is and i spent a few minutes on the phone today and a lot of them say the same thing which is that the issue isn't really speculation but more middle east turbulence. so the president can't do very much about that in the short term. what he can do is get more
attention focused on regulating and focusing on that speculation that does have some impact on the prices. >> david, you got the american public when gas prices go up they blame the president whom ever the president may be at that time. george w. bush called for an investigation when he was president. why do you think the american people have consistently blamed the president for gas prices? a lot of it is out of the president's hands? >> a lot of it is out of the president's hands and even more is out of the speculators hands. there is somebody on both sides of the transaction. nobody asks for sympathy for the one who guesses wrong and lost money. the way the president talks in this way, if these investigations didn't cost so much we would call them a cheap point. speculators are trying to price into a barrel of oil everything
that might be known. we are in a moment about extreme anxiety. if the president wants to bring down the price of oil he can release oil from the oil reserve or have a middle east policy that has much more clarity about what is going to be done about the threat from iran. more clarity would be more certainty. >> only clarity that would cause oil prices to go down would be i'm not going to do anything about iran which he can't say. >> or i did it yesterday. >> i did it yesterday and they're not able to do anything back. >> exactly. >> obviously the target of romney for never working a day of her life. one of romney's supporters came out for really controversial comments today. let's listen to what michigan's ted nugent had to say at an nra meeting over the weekend. >> barack obama becomes the
president in november again i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. if you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vial, evil america hating administration i don't know what you're made out of. if you are taking offense at that, tough. our president and attorney general, our vice president, hillary clinton, they're criminals. they're criminals. >> obviously mitt romney talked fondly of meeting ted nugent. today he says he doesn't want to tolerate negative language. >> i think what hilary rosen said is probably not that bad. i would definitely say i would compare ted nugent to bill mar. what they say while it doesn't
have a lot of impact necessarily in the political sphere it is coarse and vial and the kind of thing that most people don't want to hear out of people when they are talking about our national leaders. >> that's a fair point. no matter what your role is when you say something awful the person on your side should call it out as being unacceptable. i want to tell you guys something. herman cain saying he newt gingh no longer has a shot. mr. cain has aspeared on the show a few times. he took his 9-9-9 plan seriously even when he sang songs about pizza. ♪ imagine there's no pizza ♪ i couldn't if i try
♪ eating only tacos or kentucky fried ♪ >> he has a really good voice. his campaign manager blew smoke and his staff launched a rabbit into the air and shot it. last week herman cain released this video featuring chickens. you think mitt romney is going to embrace mr. cain talking about interesting people. there is the dog on the roof incident. >> i think mitt romney is really waiting to develop the muscles on either side of the smile line on the face to freeze the expression of delight.
donald trump, herman cain, ted nugent. there is no controlling what these people are going to do in the next 20 minutes that will horbly embarrass and humiliate you. this may be the week where with the nomination locked up where mitt romney begins to exert discipline on a party. >> maybe mitt romney will be seriously inspired by some of the ads as ridiculous as they are, if they had 1/100th they may be dancing maybe. >> i just saw kevin walking out of here a few minutes ago. i don't think he would advise him to dance. >> i don't know what it will be. it might make him more endearing. israeli defense minister says a preemptive attack goes.
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amish was to have more freedom and more education. leaving the amish was the only option i had to get my education. >> so does leaving the faith to do whatever you are going to do, knock back a few beers and cage fight, that's why we say "jersey shore" for amish. new series premieres tonight. let me ask you why do these kids leave? >> everyone chooses to leave the amish for different reasons. i have to say leaving the amish faith is a decision that is so scary that none of us can really put ourselves in their shoes. for me it was what college do i want to go to. for them they are choosing to leave the lifestyle they have only known. sometimes it's problems at home
and sometimes it's to pursue education. everyone has their own unique choice. >> so interesting when we talk about whether you are in the muslim faith or evangelical people identify themselves as that. some of these leave or drink or using electricity and doing things that are not amish. are they not amish? >> one bmisconception is that everyone follows the same rules. there aren't the same set of rules. there are people who identify as amish who use cell phones. there is no amish person who will look at a car like what is that metal animal. they all come out with a different set of lifestyle. what we do in the show is we follow a group of people who have left but they have come to one town. because when you leave --
>> michigan? >> it's in missouri. when you leave you leave everything you know because their community is tied in one, their religion, school, parents it's all one world. when they leave even if they are from michigan or pennsylvania or ohio they don't know anything. they come to one town in missouri where they have formed this new community where they live together and try to find their place in the world. >> you have been profiling them for more than a decade. you are upper manhattan. >> please. that's east side and west side. >> i can say something there. bottom line, what got you into this? >> i made a film called "devil's playground" when i was younger and then a tv series and this new series which premieres tonight. it's the culmination of a lot of stuff. most people learn their amish knowledge from one of our films
or from witness. it's not about any of these things from the past. it doesn't treat the amish as a punch line or a hidden and strange world. every episode not only shows what these kids are going through but takes an area of amish culture and shows you what it really is. why do the amish shun kids who leave? why do they get together and build barns? how are these kids going through this identity crisis of leaving their faith, how do they find their place in the world? it's a special show that tries to do stuff that i don't think you can see other places on television. it's something we're really proud of. >> and the israeli defense minister says a preemptive strike against iran is possible. and a soldier vanished from fort bragg over the weekend. - ♪ ai, ai, ai - ♪ bum-bum - ♪ bum-bum, bum-bum - ♪ [ ice rattles rhythmically ] ♪ bum-bum, bum-bum, bum-bum ♪ ♪ [ imitates guitar noise ]
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we start the second half of our show with stories we care about where we focus on our own reporting. watch dog groups citizens against government race released their pig book. the number of earmarks declined since a moratorium on them but we are still spending $3.3 billion on pork. while these guys may look cute pork does not when it comes to washington. senator tom coburn came out
front and talked about the waste. we are facing a budgett crisis. he reacted to news that senatet budget chairman will reintroduce the simpson-bowles. >> it is a stunt to try to takeaway the criticism of not having a real discussion. conrad is an honest guy. what he would really like to do is put a budget on the floor and let's vote it. harry will not do that violating the u.s. law, the budget act. he has to do it but he refuses to do it so it's a stunt. all it is a political stunt to make sure we less the charge. at many as 20 prostutes went
to a hotel room in columbia. 11 secret service agents have lost security clearances. warren buffett announced that he has been diagnosed with nonlife threatening prostate cancer. the news comes on the same day that researchers found a new way to treat prostate cancer. nine out of ten patients are cured a year after treatment with no side effects. a lot more testing needs to be done before any of the findings and side effect statements can be confirmed. prostate cancer will kill more than 28,000 americans this year. argentina and spain are in a fierce battle over an oil company. government close to passing legislation. spanish companies controlled it
since 1999. the truth is ypf is about $18.3 billion in value. a recent study shows argentina ranked third in the world in reserves. it has been 257 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. today major indexes with the best daily in a month. the dow up 194 points. just three days after renewed negotiations reemphasized that it never promised to not attack. appeared to throw cold water on the negotiations saying i do not believe the efforts of the international community to stop iran's nuclear program will bear fruit. i spoke with david sanger chief washington correspondent for the new york times and asked what
kind of effect these comments have on the negotiation process. >> the comments you heard today are an effort by the israelis to make sure that these talks don't drag on and that they can happen in a fairly brisk way so that israel would know by the summer or a little thereafter whether or not there is really a negotiated solution here. their big fear is that both the iranians and president obama have an interest in having these talks drag on through much of the year. the iranians because they think it would put off an attack. president obama because he doesn't want to get into a confrontation that would raise oil prices and gasoline prices. >> it seems like iran was saying why don't you lift sanctions, united states which seemed shocking after all of this and there being no takeaway other than people agreed that they would talk again. >> right. and when you talk to the administration about the lifting
of sanctions, the timing of this action for action is the great diplomatic dance here. so the u.s. has a very gradated list of what kind of sanctions they could either lift or just not put in place when sanctions are supposed to kick in in a deeper way this summer. i don't think that will be satisfactory to the iranians who want everything lifted right away. >> it was army day. there was a lot of pomp and circumstance. and then he said and you can see him there with the sunglasses on and i quote if any aggression is made against the iranian territory interest and dignity the nation and armed forces will make the enemies regret it deeply. saying if aggression is made towards us, if we are attacked, never that iran would take the
first step. what defines to iran aggression, threats or attack? >> that's a good question because to listen to him you would think he is speaking only of say an israeli bombing raid against their nuclear facilities. it's not clear what their reaction has been to these lesser kind of attacks that we have seen. >> like the scientist murders and things like that. >> you saw accusations from the united states that iran tried to use the force to put together a plot to aassassinate the ambassador of the united states and taken on the actions around the world. those are more like the old cold war small actions that you try to contain. it's not clear what he is talking about that would trigger a bigger iranian reaction. >> president obama has also talked repeatedly about the word containment on his side of things and said iran is not a
situation thad could ever be contained. what does he mean by that? what options does that leave open? >> this was probably the most important thing that happened last month when prime minister netanyahu came to visit president obama. until that time president obama had never said whether or not he thought a nuclear iran could be contained. many people think perhaps it could be that if they got their objective then just as the united states managed to contain the soviet union for half a century it could contain iran. the president came to a conclusion after a fair bit of debate with his staff that the big risk if iran got a weapon is that the rest of the neighbors would get their weapon next, saudi arabia, maybe egypt. the list goes on. he came to the conclusion that if iran was allowed to get a
bomb it would do the reverse of what he is trying to do which is bring the number of countries with nuclear weapons down to zero. now a human smuggling situation. police say a 15-year-old boy is responsible for the tragedy. out front to the story in texas. >> a 15-year-old boy holds a tissue and cries through his first appearance in a south texas courtroom. the boy's name hasn't been officially released because he is a juvenile. he faces very grownup criminal charges. nine counts of murder. 17 counts of smuggling illegal immigrants into the united states. the district attorney wants to try him as an adult. >> i don't care who he is or how old they are. >> last week authorities say the teenage boy was driving this van with 16 illegal immigrants inside trying to speed away from border patrol agents.
>> kind of fish tailed and couldn't control after that. >> hernandez was driving along side and watched it crash. >> the doors was open. that's when all those bodies were pretty much flying in the air. >> in all nine illegal immigrants were thrown from the van and killed. seven others were injured. federal authorities also arrested six adults connected with the human smuggling operation. federal officials say the van picked up the illegal immigrants from a stash house. authorities say the teenage boy says he was coerced and told his family would be killed if he didn't drive them past the check point. >> south texas officials aren't buying it at all. >> we have not found evidence as far as him being coerced or his family being threatened. >> and it's amazing to see this,
the image of his hands. do you know how this kid got caught up in this operation. >> we read a six page criminal complaint that federal authorities have filed. there is talk that one of the adults who was arrested perhaps recruited him and that one of the adults was offered to drive this car and be paid $40 per person. that person didn't want to do it and then recruited this teenager. all of this is early information at this point. clearly this young man is saying that he felt threatened and felt that he had to do this to protect his flaem. that is an argument that is not sitting well with official whose don't buy that story. >> they are saying not matter what his age is he should face a full brunt. is there any talk of leniency given his age or does that appear to be off the table? >> that was one of the questions
we asked. what struck me when i heard about this story and you have a 15-year-old person nine counts of murder and 17 counts of human struggling. these are extremely serious charges. they want to try him as an adult. we asked if there was hesitation of filing these charges and he said i'll go after anyone putting others at risk. they need to be put away. they put their community in danger. they can kill you in a second. no special treatment for these low lives. the tide seems to be turning that a lot of these people hearing of kids caught up in these situations aren't getting a lot of sympathy these days. >> thank you very much. next details about middleton's wild night and the latest about the soldier who vanished from fort bragg. her sister outfront.
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a baseball personalized by babe ruth. prebidding continues online. which brings us to tonight's number, $140,000. that is the current bid on this baseball. this is pretty amazing. it says opening at fenway park. it is 100 years old. it was the first ball ever pitched during a professional baseball game at fenway park. hunt auctions expected this ball to sell. maybe this one hundred year baseball was not juiced. to the other circle where we reach out to sources around the world. human rights abuses are not stopping. we asked how the government is reacting to the report. >> government denies a lot of the findings of the amnesty
international report which says a lot of the reforms were half hearted and the security forces are randomly detaining people and people are being beat while they are in detention. the government says it has instigated a lot of reforms for instances of receiving extra training and saying a lot of the reforms that they have to start simply take time because they have to go through their parliament. if you look at the police force it simply take as lot of time to train that many police officers. that, of course, for the opposition is not enough. they say more needs to be done. they say a lot of the protests here have very, very real grievances behind them. >> thanks very much. now to paris where kate middleton's younger sister was caught on camera with a man brandishing what might have been a fake gun. she was at a dress party or a
kinky party possibly. >> they must be horrified. officially pippa is not a member of the royal family. buckingham palace is refusing to comment on her. the fact is she is the sister of kate, prince williams wife and the future queen of england and her conduct does refrekt on the royals. check out the raunchy costume bash. kinky masks. and then there was this. gun incident. one of her wealthy pals here waving a pistol at a photographer. it may have been a toy gun, who knows. the queen is unlikely to have been amused. >> thank you. now checking with anderson. what's coming up? >> we have breaking news, warren buffett battling cancer. his reaction to the news and how
he plans to address it. also keeping them honest on the program, politicians forcing votes on bills they know has no chance on passing in congress may be because of that. gas prices and the so-called buff buffet bill and we'll talk about those who went against the president. >> looking forward to it. a 23-year-old army soldier from fort bragg in north carolina is missing tonight. police say she could be in danger. >> at this point in time we received information during the course of our investigation that she might be in danger. we are asking anybody with information to with detectives so we can find her and help bring her home to her family. >> private first class kelly bordeaux has been missing since saturday morning.
she was last seen leaving a bar called froggy bottoms in the early morning hours of april 14th. she is a health service specialist in the 44th medical brigade. ft. bragg is forwarding all inquiries to the police department since she disappeared off base. her sister traveled to find her. shes outfront tonight. thank you for coming on. what do you know at this point about your sister's disappearance? >> essentially just that she's missing and we have to find her. >> have police told you if they have any sort of a lead, any kinds of suspects, any information at all? >> i'm just trying to stay out of the way of the investigation. i just want to find my sister. i know i have confidence in the police department here at fayetteville. i know they're going to do the best job that is possible.
and i have the -- i just really believe in them. >> olivia, i know u.s. army officials were just finding out tonight that they say that your sister may have left the bar, got a ride home with an employee. they have a text message they don't know whether she sent or someone else sent that said she got home safely. did you talk to her that night? was that text message to you? >> i talked to her friday afternoon. i did not talk to her friday night. >> what was the conversation like? >> it was just personal stuff. between me and my sister. >> you were close? >> oh, absolutely. she's my baby sister. >> my understanding is she's been married for a couple years. did she have a good marriage? was there any sort of conflict there that you can share? >> no. mike loves my sister.
mike loves my sister incred be i. their marriage was their marriage. i mean, it's what she wanted. she married him because she loved him. he married her because they were in love. that's what young people do when they're in love. they get married and make the best of it. >> and what else can you tell us about her, what sort of person she was? >> she was the most amazing person. she got straight a's in high school. she was a self-motivated individual. a lot of people didn't have direction after high school. she knew she wanted to be successful. she enrolled herself into college and got started right away and she joined the military because she knew that that was going to better her life. and so she just did the best she could. she wanted to make her family proud and she knew joining the army was going to do that. she's loved by all of her friends and family and we all just really want her to come home.
>> police have said that they believe she may be in danger. i know you heard there the police official saying that as i introduced you. did they tell you why they think that? >> because she's missing, i would assume. >> she hasn't reached out to anyone. i would imagine you and her husband would be the first two from what you're saying. but nothing that you're aware of? >> no, ma'am. >> so are you going to stay there until you get answers? or what are you going to do next? >> i'm going to find my sister. that's all i can do. >> is there anything else that you would want to say to her? >> just to come home. that's it.
i just want her to come home. >> all right. well, olivia, thank you very much. >> thank you. i appreciate your help. >> we appreciate your coming on and telling your sister's story. we're going to take a break. we'll be right back. a good stra. the same goes for my retirement. with the plan my financial advisor and i put together, a quick check and i know my retirement is on course. [ male announcer ] with wells fargo advisor's envision plan, you always know where you stand. in fact, 93 percent of envision plan holders say they will retire on their own terms. get started on the plan you need today -- wells fargo advisors. together we'll go far.
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should be on the mind of every single american. why? well, because for all the talk about -- by the candidates -- about who pays and and who doesn't, there's a much bigger problem. the tax code. the numbers are absurd. according to the nonpartisan group, our tax code is -- well, it's unbelievable. it's full of things that cost taxpayers $1.3 trillion every year. and this year alone 45% of small businesses reporting spending more than 80 hours a year, two full weeks dealing with federal taxes. maybe the best example of the absurdity is -- well, this. this is the country's current tax code. i want to make sure everybody knows here. this is what it would be if i printed it out but i didn't want to murder that many trees. the tax code is just pretty vile. this is out of control when you look at these numbers. simplifying the code will reduce the cost, the burden, compliances for companies and
people. it will spur economic growth. let's forget about the gimmicks and work towards reform. america can and must do better. everyone agrees that these papers are absurd. while we're at it, it's like things who own this 100-year-old baseball i'm excited i get to hold again. quarter million dollars. what if i -- oh. yeah. that could happen. but maybe the person who gets that money wouldn't have to pay special taxes if we had a simply tax code. coming up tomorrow, inside the world's most exclusive fraternity, a look inside the white house and the president. we're looking forward to that. we'll follow the fate of this ball. i really can't get over the fact that it's a quarter million dollars. i've never held anything worth that much money. maybe i won't give it back. "anderson cooper 360" starting "anderson cooper 360" starting right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com thanks. good evening, everyone. we begin tonight keeping them honest. president obama doing what presidents do in election years when they know they've got