Three Things You Need to Know - October 30, 2017

Washington Must Go

First, they came for the statues. Now, they’ve moved onto plaques.

A plaque honoring George Washington at the church he attended for more than two decades — Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia — is being removed after complaints.

According to the church, the George Washington plaque along with a Robert E. Lee plaque, are being removed because “the plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”

Ok, so how does a plaque make someone feel unsafe? It’s like an index card size piece of metal! Most people probably never even noticed them!

If people are really offended by these plaques, they shouldn’t step foot in Christ Church at all.

Both Washington and Lee attended this church for much of their lives. Hence the whole reason for the plaques indicating where they used to sit.

But the church leaders decided to cave to the gospel of political correctness.

They, I quote, “unanimously decided that the plaques create a distraction in our worship space and may create an obstacle to our identity as a welcoming church, and an impediment to our growth and to full community with our neighbors.”

Christ Church, do you really need parishioners who can’t focus on what they came to church to do? You’re supposed to be there praising God, not thinking about how much you hate certain historical figures.

I think worshippers should actually feel more welcome by the plaques. They represent men who were both deeply religious. But they were also men who had their flaws. They sinned just like everyone else. These powerful men weren’t above seeking counsel from God. That’s the beauty of Christianity.

We are human therefore we sin, but we can also be forgiven and try again.

Why Paul Manafort Was indicted

The rumors began circulating earlier this weekend: Indictments in Robert Mueller's Russia collusion investigation were coming.

About 30 minutes ago, we found out exactly what happened. Here's the scoop of all scoops. Pull over to the side of the road, because, whoa, you're going to find this one hard to believe. Paul Manafort is a shady guy.

Yeah, I know. I know. Hard to wrap your head around. Paul Manafort and one of his former business associates were told to surrender to federal authorities this morning.

So here's what they nailed him on: Manafort allegedly set up companies in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in eastern Europe. Since 2006, Manafort has been known for working with working with wealthy oligarchs in Russia, as well as the now deposed former president in the Ukraine.

The FBI has reportedly been on Manafort's trail since 2014, and it appears they may now have a solid case for tax evasion, money laundering, and failing to disclose his foreign lobbying.

The reason this is no surprise is pretty simple: We knew go before he even joined the Trump campaign. This is what he did for a living. He, along with people like Roger Stone, have been lobbying and consulting for foreign individuals and governments for decades. It is one of the reasons why we warned you that Donald Trump could be impeached and Manafort would be at the center of it, before he was even elected.

Some of these people, like the former Ukrainian president, are a little less than reputable, shall we say.

This is almost literally the tax evasion against Al Capone. There's probably a lot more guilt to be found, but this is what we're getting. And they are sending signals that they're going to go after him with absolutely everything, which to me signals they're looking to flip him.

Why on earth the Trump campaign decided to hire a man with this much baggage to run, you know, the campaign, boggles the mind. But there is something missing from this first indictment: collusion. Get ready for a lot more of this to come.

The Knock Out Game

The woman was not moving.

She lay unconscious; her body splayed out on the cold sidewalk.

Four young men approached her.

They immediately took out their phones.

No, not to call the police. To take pictures of their latest victim.

Moments earlier, the woman was simply walking down the street when a man rushed up to her, kicked her in the stomach and sucker punched her in the face.

It’s what’s known as “The Knockout Game” and it is happening in our major cities. Just last week, incidents occurred in New York City, Brooklyn, and Pittsburgh.

The goal is to slug a stranger on the street into unconsciousness. It is usually played by groups of roving teenagers with nothing better to do with their lives.

Teenagers who lack a future, parental guidance, moral values, and basic human decency.

This is what the deterioration of morality looks like in America and it’s going to get worse if we don’t do something about it.

How do we stop it?

It starts with the family. Remember that you are your child’s primary educator. Teach them the value of life. How to treat others as they would want to be treated. To surround themselves with friends who make them better people. There will always be terrible people and needless violence in the world, but we can take preventative action against this behavior.

Education starts at home. Caring and attentive parents are the first defense against the knockout game.

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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:
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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.