Get organized: Ohio, Virginia critical

Some new polls came out today - Gallup is back up to a 5 point lead for Romney but they are still an outlier poll. Most polls have Romney up 50-47 fairly consistently. But how is he doing in the swing states? One new poll today showed Romney pulling even with Obama 48-48 in Wisconsin.What can you do and where can you do it in order to help push Romney over the finish line first?

"So last night it's about 11:00 and just got yelled at by my wife and she, you know, she's yelling at me about this interview that we did with this ‑‑ the father of slain Navy SEAL in Benghazi and I didn't respond quickly enough that the president and the vice president were dishonorable when I was asked, and I hesitated and she's like, the answer is yes! Dishonor!" I'm like, yes, dear. Yes, dear. So that, right after that I was thinking, I should leave the state. And I was thinking, "We should go to Ohio." Because as I'm looking at everything, this really is going to come down to Virginia and Ohio. And I can't figure the people in Ohio out. I can't. I don't know what ‑‑ but just like when you're watching the debate the other night, I'm in Texas and so I'm watching this from Texas and I'm thinking, "What are you doing?" Well action I'm surrounded by Texans. All of the Texans. We all had our guns out shooting at ‑‑ getting ready to shoot them in the air, you know? That debate wasn't made for us. That was made for, what, a couple of counties probably in Ohio. That's who they're talking to. Well, I'd like to talk to those people in Ohio. I'd like to know what's really going on, on the ground in Ohio," Glenn said.

"We went to Free PAC and I spoke there and there were 8,000 people and it was on fire. And people were working all day, they were going out door to door. So I wrote to Matt Kibbe yesterday and I said, what are you guys doing in Ohio? Can we come and cover any of this stuff in Ohio and maybe we'll do, you know, a rally or whatever, but I'd like to talk to the people in Ohio and I'd like to cover the people who are going door to door. I'd like to cover the 9/12 project. I'd like to cover the TEA Parties. I'd like to cover the people who are actually out on the streets and going door to door. I'd like to ‑‑ I'd like to find the people who are doing it and hold them up. And also encourage them, kind of being there ‑‑ I'd like to be there with a little cup of water as they run by to the next door just, 'Grab the water. Go.' Because it is going to come down to Ohio."

"Now, I don't know how many people are still out there that think, 'It doesn't make a difference' or 'I'm not sure if I'm going to vote' or, 'I don't know, if the weather's fine.' But this makes a huge difference. This makes a huge difference. And I want to speak directly to libertarians here. Don't make the mistake that people made in France after the turn of the century or the last century, you know, the century before, two centuries ago ‑‑ okay, the French Revolution. Don't make that mistake that Thomas Paine made. Revolutions or collapse is not a good thing."

"Now, I don't agree, as you know, I don't agree with everything Mitt Romney says, but I do know this: The guy prays on his knees and the guy is humble just like Abraham Lincoln. If you read the stuff on Abraham Lincoln, you read his first inaugural address, he ‑‑ I don't agree with everything Abraham Lincoln was saying in retrospect. He was like, 'You know, we can't really take this on, you know, but we have to keep the union together' and blah, blah‑blah. But he wasn't making it about slavery, even though he was trying to solve slavery. He believed in that. He just didn't believe in it this way and that wasn't his main priority. His main priority was to save the union. It wasn't until he fell to his knees and said, 'What do you want? What is it you want? You want me to ‑‑ you want me to free the slaves? Fine, I'll free the slaves. I'll make that the number one priority. Help us.' That's when everything changed. But you have to be humble and on your knees.

"And may I ask you, do you believe Barack Obama is either of those things? There is a huge difference. One is offering you free stuff and an easy life and free money and free Obama phones and free everything. The other is saying, 'Look, this is going to be tough, but it's worth it. We can do it. We can create jobs.' He didn't say 'Let's destroy the car industry. He didn't say that.' What he said was let's do this the right way. Let's have them go through a structured bankruptcy. Let's have them go through their books and see where they need to shed so they can restart and survive." You had Barack Obama give GM a short‑term fix. Long‑term GM does not survive unless it ‑‑ because it's going to go bankrupt again. And it will not survive. It can't be ‑‑ it has to go through the reset process so it can restart. We're going to go through some pain. Which do you want it? Do you want honor and integrity and merit? Do you want something that's lasting and real, or do you want a short‑term fix? There's a lot of Americans that want a short‑term fix. It is ‑‑ we have waited too long. All of us. All of us. Ronald Reagan talked about it, JFK talked about it, FDR talked about it. He said at some point, FDR said he thought it was going to be in the 1980s and he said it would be irresponsible, but they did it anyway. But he said, we're going to have to pay for these sins probably by the 1980s. It will collapse."

Well, we knew this. Our whole life I've heard, you know, 'This is not going to last. It's going to collapse. It's going to collapse. It's not going to last. You can't keep doing this stuff. And you're going to have to pay for it.' So we've known. Well, now is the time to pay for it, and every single day that goes by, it gets worse. And it's going to get harder. And we are going to end up like Greece if we go down the same path as Greece, which was... a giant federal bureaucracy where everybody was on the dole, there was no real work ethic anymore.

"Do you know in healthcare, do you know that Barack Obama in the healthcare bill has now described a full‑time workweek as how many hours? Thirty. Since when is it thirty‑hour workweek, France? When did that happen? That is now the official workweek according to the Barack Obama healthcare program. Thirty‑hour full‑time workweek. It's forty. This is the kind of stuff they did in Greece, and we'll end up like Greece."

"So I just want to ‑‑ I want to find out what ‑‑ who are these people in Ohio. I need to understand you. Because Ohio, we've always ‑‑ I've always understood you. You're good, decent, hard working people. What ‑‑ what kind of black spell has been cast on Ohio? I don't understand it. I really don't. And I want to understand it. I'd like to next week suggest ‑‑ and believe me when I wrote, you should see the e‑mail chain now that's going through the company. 'Oh, dear God. What?' But last night about 11:00 I wrote to the staff and I said, 'I'd like to be in Toledo, I'd like to be in Columbus and Cleveland and maybe Fort Wayne, Indiana and maybe Virginia next week. And I'd like to do the radio and television show and then maybe, you know, maybe something, some sort of a rally or something at night. But I want to meet the people who are actually out doing the work, and I want to understand what do you think is at stake and I want to understand what has happened in Ohio and then I want to ‑‑ I want to hand you that glass of water on your way."

Stu, however, wasn't as optimistic that Glenn would be in Ohio considering he just spent a lot of money on a special set for election night, not to mention the lack of notice for doing radio and television in a different state.

"So you want to put together something in Ohio with all of this notice of zero workdays?" he asked Glenn.

"Yes. I think it's a great idea," Glenn said.

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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Dates:
June 15-17

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Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

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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.