Rand Paul teams up with Harry Reid, touts their ‘very warm personal relations’

Last month, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) raised eyebrows with his comments about voter identification laws. In Memphis for the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, Paul told the New York Times he thinks Republicans are taking the wrong approach when it comes to the voter ID debate. More recently, Paul touted his “very warm personal relations” with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Reid is supporting Paul’s bill aimed at creating a fund for emergency transportation projects. While Glenn said just a few days ago that he really enjoyed what Rand Paul had to say at a dinner in Texas, Pat discussed his growing frustration with Sen. Paul on radio this morning.

“I'm starting to sour. Someone help me… I need a Rand Paul lifeline,” Pat said. “He endorsed Mitch McConnell in Kentucky… That kind of seems like a betrayal. [Then the] voter I.D. thing a few weeks ago… Something else we're finding out this week: [He is] pretty good friends, has a pretty good relationship with Harry Reid.”

When it comes to the voter ID laws, Stu failed to understand where Paul is coming from. He ran through some statistics that show nearly all demographics support some sort of voter ID.

“Let me give you some of these numbers. Voter ID is among the most popular things that a Republican ever speaks of… Among various demographic groups, who opposes voter ID? What percentage,” Stu asked. “Among men, 19% oppose it. Among women, 19% oppose it… Retirement age people, 18% oppose it. Young people between 18 and 39, 18% oppose it… How about white people? 17% oppose it. But you'd expect that because they're evil white people… African-Americans, only 26% oppose it… Only 32% of Democrats oppose voter ID.”

With that in mind, one has to wonder why the Republican Party doesn’t make a bigger issue out of the policy. Furthermore, why is Paul encouraging the GOP to not make a big deal out of the issue?

“We like Rand Paul, and he does things well… I think he's trying to play the game, which is the opposite of what his dad played. His dad was Dr. No, and he said no to everything,” Stu said. “He's trying to say, ‘Well, look, we don't want people to be offended’… That doesn't seem to be his thought process on a lot of other issues – minimum wage, tax hikes on the wealthy. All these things are, around the country, very unpopular… But he still talks about those.”

Another head scratcher is Paul’s recent praise of Reid. During an appearance on CNBC, Paul explained how his new legislation would pay for emergency transportation projects with repatriated taxes. The bill has apparently garnered bipartisan support, including Reid.

“Senator Reid and I actually have very warm personal relations and we’ve been meeting informally for months, both us and staff, to try and do something good for America,” Paul said. “I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy. I like Harry Reid personally. I’m working hard with him.”

“Now, I know we're supposed to love everybody, get along with everybody,” Pat said. “I don't get the political gamesmanship of being polar opposites on the political spectrum and then you pal around with the guy. You don't have to hate him, you don't have to spit on him as you pass him in the continue building… [But] I don't understand how that happens. When you're diametrically opposed. You don't agree on anything that's good for America supposedly. How is it possible?”

The interesting thing about Paul is that he is so strong on so many issues, and he has attempted to bridge gaps between the GOP and certain demographics in ways few others have. Ultimately, Pat and Stu look forward to having the opportunity to ask Paul about many of these things in the future.

“Beyond this particular issue, he's known for being soft on the border. He's been in touch with that sort of Chamber of Commerce sort of position,” Stu said. “Again, we can't say enough that Rand Paul is really, really freaking good on a lot of things and has stood up for a lot of important issues, at times where it's been really tough to do so. And in many times he's been one of the only people out there doing it.”

“So this is not to say Rand Paul has all of a sudden gone from this wonderful guy to this terrible guy,” he concluded. “That's not what we're talking about. But these stances have added up lately, and it's something I think worth talking to him about.”

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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.