David Gregory analyzes this morning's Meet The Press – the importance of character education in our nation's schools, Mayor Bloomberg's comments on the "Buffett Rule", and the larger questions for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
We took the program on the road this Sunday to New York to help kick off NBC's Education Nation. Despite the focus on education here at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the debate in Washington remains centered on taxes and the charge by Republicans that the President's proposed "Buffett Rule" amounts to class warfare.
Independent Mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg disagrees with the "Buffet Rule," telling me the proposed tax increase is "just theatrics."
"If you’re going to raise taxes, you’re going to have to raise taxes on everybody," Bloomberg said. "I would suggest 2 or 3 percent on everybody – for the average person that’s a hundred fifty bucks. For the wealthy it’s a lot of money. That’s the only way you’re going to get something through congress."
On the other side of the globe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said peace should come through negotiations between the two sides.
"The Palestinians want a state but they have to give peace in return. What they're trying to do in the United Nations is to get a state without giving Israel peace or giving Israel peace and security. And I think that's-- that's wrong. That should not succeed. That should-- that should fail. But what should succeed is for them to actually sit down and negotiate with us to get two states for two peoples-- a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state."
Watch my entire interviews with the Prime Minister and the Mayor on our website. Also, you can see our roundtable discussion on the state of education in America. I was joined by Former Secretary of Education, William Bennett; former Secretary of Health and Human Services and current president of the University of Miami, Donna Shalala; PBS’s Tavis Smiley; and the CEO of the Special Olympics, Tim Shriver.
We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet The Press.