It's Time for America to Unite Behind Ted Cruz

The establishment in D.C. --- and the media, for that matter --- just don't get it. They have theirs and, quite frankly, could care less about you and your family.

Ted Cruz had great results on Super Tuesday, with definitive wins in Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas. The actual delegate numbers as of now are Trump 285, Cruz 161, Rubio 87, Kasich 25 and Carson 8. This is truly a two-man race. And it is time for everyone to get out of their dream world and recognize this. Every candidate without a mathematical path to victory must get out and unite behind one candidate.

The establishment wants Marco Rubio to be that guy because he has played in the government. He's become one of them, and the elites in Washington have no intention of changing the status quo. But Marco Rubio has become part of the problem, entrenched with the establishment.

If you've ever been to Washington, D.C., you know the architecture of the buildings. These guys go to work every day in historic buildings and say, 'Dig me. Look how important I am.' And some people in the government actually believe, 'This is never going away. We'll never lose this. We've been through worse times than this.' No, we haven't. Nineteen trillion dollars in debt? No, we haven't. The public as angry as they are now? No, we haven't. The only other time it's been like this was the Civil War. You couple the Civil War with $19 trillion in debt, and it doesn't last.

I heard on Fox News this morning, and I think it was in Oklahoma and Texas, people voted for Cruz because they want an outsider because the government doesn't work. And at Fox News, of all places, they said, 'Well, that's crazy because he's part of the government.' No, he's not part of the government as people understand it. He is fighting the government, as people understand it.

As an "outsider," if Ted Cruz were to get out of the race, many of his voters and numbers would go to Donald Trump, the other "outsider." Nobody is saying that about Marco Rubio. The vast majority of Rubio's votes would go to Cruz.

Here's the way to do it: Ted Cruz should request a meeting with them. (They won't meet with him because they're all too egotistical right now. They all believe that they're somehow or another going to pull this miracle off.) Ted Cruz should offer them --- either in a private meeting or on the air --- to make Marco Rubio his vice president. He should offer to make Ben Carson my HHS person or his Surgeon General. He should offer to make Rand Paul his Treasury Secretary. But, the point is, he should say we're going to move together as one. Because together as one, we can change the world.

For the good of the nation, for those people who say that Trump cannot be the president, Marco Rubio needs to get out of the race. Ted Cruz is the only one that can beat Donald Trump, and he's the only one that will beat Hillary Clinton. And that's not me --- those are the polls.

The candidates and the establishment need to put the people ahead of their own wants and desires. They need to put the right thing for our nation ahead of their own needs and desires. And that's really hard to do. It takes a man of great character to do it.

As I sit in Washington, D.C., I can see the skyline. I'll bet most people don't even know why this isn't a huge skyline. Everything is so expensive in Washington, D.C., and you know how to reduce the costs? You build taller buildings. So, why don't they build taller buildings in Washington, D.C.? It's the Washington Monument.

The buildings in D.C. are low because of the monument to George Washington. This man and his integrity, his love of country and his willingness to serve his entire life at his own expense must be remembered and must be honored. And so we don't let any of the buildings pass the height of the Washington Monument.

But that lesson is forgotten. Too many people don't look to the giants of the past and say, 'This is really about serving people. This is about the people who are struggling every single day. This is about those people that in the winter have a house and put a blanket across the hallway because they can't afford to heat the whole house.'

We have to start thinking about those people, not the people who are in limousines, not the people who are flying on their private jets, not the people who are going to make it.

If the GOP wants to survive, they better start moving as one.

Ted Cruz can beat Donald Trump. If 'We, the People' move as one and unite behind Ted Cruz, he can beat Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He's the only one who can --- and the American people are the only ones who can put him in that position. Because the Washington elite and the government just don't get it.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

Featured Image: A rainbow appears over the Washington Monument during a brief shower as the early morning sun rises, on February 25, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."