Is Barack Obama destroying America in an attempt to create fairness?

Can you believe that Mitt Romney had a secret tape where he said 47% of Americans weren't paying taxes? It's pretty shocking. Unbelievable. How could he just lay out truth like that to an audience of people who want to have smaller government and more personal responsibility. Thankfully the media has been there to expose him. Although it's a little weird that they aren't trumpeting Barack Obama talking about how much he believes in redistribution, especially considering that President Obama seems willing to destroy the country to create "fairness".

Back in 1998, Barack Obama was recorded saying, "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution."

"He actually believes in redistribution. Okay. This is really the one thing about Barack Obama that he has told the truth about over and over and over again, but nobody will believe him! Nobody! He said it before the last campaign," Glenn said.

"How many times does he have to say it before anybody believes him? Let me borrow a phrase from the president of the United States: Let me be clear here to the media, to the registered, to the voting independents. This is not an attack on Barack Obama. It is just a fact about Barack Obama. I understand that most Americans, Americans who believe in the Constitution and our founding principles, they don't want to believe that this man who now holds the highest office in the land, you know, might believe in, oh, I don't know, Karl Marx, but it's time to grow up now. It's time to look at facts. How many times does he have to say? He is a Marxist. Accept the reality and then do something about it. Either embrace Marxism, which is your choice. You can say, 'You know what? I believe in redistributive wealth, too, just like Karl Marx.' That is the main thing. That is the main tenet of Marxism: Redistributive wealth. Barack Obama has made it abundantly clear that that's what he believes in."

Glenn played a montage of clips of Obama deriding the wealthy and talking about redistribution of wealth - all in the name of fairness.

"Again, as I said before, this is all completely understandable. You would have to be ‑‑ you'd have to be some sort of deity, which we know, we know the press doesn't think he's a deity. You'd have to be some sort of amazing deity to grow up surrounded by Marxists, communists, socialists, people who are on the FBI watch list because they're so dangerous. His parents, his grandparents, his mentor, his college professors. He talked about hanging around with them all this college, the Marxists, the radical feminists, the anticolonial isolated. Even his spiritual 20‑year mentor, Jeremiah Wright, all the most important people in his life were strong believers in Marxism and Marxist principles. What chance did this guy ever have to understand capitalism? He's never been around it. Never. That's not a slam. I actually feel bad for the guy. He believes the lie that capitalism is evil and Marxism solves problems. I feel bad for him. He doesn't feel bad for me. And I don't want his opinion. I feel bad that he's going to actually find himself out in the parking lot of the White House in January kicking rocks going, what the hell happened? Oh, I don't know. Marxism doesn't work. But please, for those in the media and on the left, stop with saying, 'You're a racist. Oh, golly gee, the racists just say anything about Marxism.'"

"So the only decision the rest of us have to make is, is this still America? Is this an America that we understand, or have we changed? Is ‑‑ was Newsweek magazine right: We're all socialist now? That's really the only decision left. Are we still the America where a politician can't win a national election where everyone knows he's a Marxist? We fundamentally change, we fundamentally transform in 47 days. If we now know what we know and we open‑eye go right into it, he does fundamentally transform the United States of America in 47 days and that message has already been transmitted to Vladimir."

"If we are not, with the way we are awake now, the way we're awake on the Fed, the way we're awake on the GOP, the way we're awake now, everything changes. We fundamentally transform it again in 47 days, but more to a country that we understand, one that would earn the respect of the people around the world, one that would be truly lifting people up by helping them up, not enslaving them to a system of redistribution. Because see, the last part really about this redistribution is that it can't help anyone up because redistribution trains you to expect to take it from someone else. That's a life of slavery because you can't take it. You have to have somebody else take it for you. And that is a fundamental difference in our country as well."

"See, we've always been ‑‑ we're a representative government, and you can't elect someone, you can't hire someone to do something you yourself can't do. That's not the way it works. You have to have the right and then you hire somebody to represent you in that right. I can't go over to my neighbor and say, "You have too much money; I'm taking it.'"

"So how is it we're hiring somebody to go over to our neighbors and say, 'You have too much money; we're taking it and we're going to give it to these guys over here'? Fundamental transformation. That's the choice. A guy who says, 'I don't believe in redistribution of wealth. I believe in helping people, I believe in working hard, I believe we should protect people for what they've created.' Or, I'll do the wrong thing for the budget out of fairness because I believe in redistribution of wealth.' That's it."

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.