Democratic Candidate: "You never, I repeat never attempt to pay off the national debt."

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With the mainstream media focused on the presidential election it is easy to forget about all of the Congressional ones, but it’s important that we don’t. Why? Well, just think about how long it’s been since Congress has passed a budget – three years …but who’s counting (aside from every hardworking, tax-paying American… so about 50% of us)?

If our non-budget isn’t enough to convince you these elections are important, Gary Latanich will. Gary Latanich is a Democrat running for office in Arkansas. Latanich’s budget ideas are so ridiculous and reckless this segment may actually make you think about moving to Arkansas so that you can vote against this guy.

What’s his strategy to tackling our national debt is simple:

“You never, I repeat never attempt to pay off the national debt.”

Why? You ask.

“When you pay off the national debt, what you’re basically doing is you’re taking money that would have been used to buy goods and services and you’re paying down debt. Those are dollars that would have bought products that are now not buying products. So imagine what happens – those products aren’t bought, inventories accumulate, people get laid off.”

A comment this ridiculous left Glenn with only one thing left to say, “Think about it.”

“We always joke at the studio, whenever you don’t have a way to make your argument, all you do is say something crazy, and then you just follow that up with “think about it.” That’s the only thing that you could say with this is, think about it,” Glenn joked.

Gary Latanich wasn’t done yet, though, the audio of the interview continued.

“What about a family budget?” the reporter asked Latanich. “Is it just a crazy argument to sort of compare my family and my family budget with the government budget?”

“Absolutely crazy,” Latanich answered. “There’s no connection with the issue. I mean, if you go home at 2:00, no rush hour. Do we all go home at 2:00? No.”

“What?” Pat asked confused.

“Think about it,” Glenn joked. “No seriously, think about it.”

The nonsense continued:

“If you save all of your money over an entire year, you’ll be rich. If a nation saves their money for a year, we are all bankrupt because there’s no sale, there are no jobs,” Latanich continued.

Glenn jumped in, referring to an article he saw similar to this argument about how the rich don’t create jobs that only consumers do.

“Well, yes, I guess in the short run, if we're all going out and buying televisions, yes, we create jobs, because somebody has to make those televisions,” Glenn explained. “So yes, in the short run, but if you are buying the televisions on debt, eventually the only jobs that are created are collection agency jobs, people who come to your house and repossess it. Those aren't jobs we should be creating.”

Stu pointed out that this philosophy is the whole idea behind the stimulus. “Go out and buy as many televisions as you can right now on your credit card, and then we’re going to create jobs.”

“It was the lie that we bought into with George W. Bush,” Glenn said, “Go shopping.”

Glenn explained that if that had been the suggestion for us back during the Great Depression our grandparents would have never accepted it. “Don't go shopping. That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard. First of all, what jobs are we creating? You're going shopping. What are you going to buy, clothes? Tell me the clothes that are made here in America. Are you going to go buy toys? Tell me the toys that are made here in America. Whose jobs are you creating? You're not creating the jobs that are actually creating the product. You're creating the jobs that the stores of the cashiers.  That's the job you're creating, the cashier jobs. Those are not jobs that show us as leaders of the next century,” Glenn said.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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