Three Things You Need to Know - December 18, 2017

Democrats Want This to be Watergate With a Passion

All Democrats want for Christmas is impeachment.

Their best hope for seeing President Trump removed from office is special counsel Robert Muller’s Russia-collusion investigation. Now they’re terrified that Trump might fire Muller while the investigation is still under way.

Last week the Justice Department provided Congress with a large batch of text messages from former members of the special counsel’s team. Many of the text messages were hostile toward Trump. Several Republican congressmen are criticizing the integrity of the special counsel, adding fuel to Trump’s claim that the investigation is a “witch hunt.”

As if things aren’t dicey enough already, over the weekend, a lawyer for Trump’s transition team suggested Muller inappropriately gained access to thousands of transition team emails from government servers. Legal analysts say Muller didn’t break any rules, but the debate is giving Republican critics more reason to cry foul.

So now, Democrats say the Right is trying to shut down the whole investigation. Democrats have never been so concerned about the rule of law. Yesterday, former Attorney General Eric Holder weighed in, because it’s so important and helpful when former Attorney Generals weigh in. He tweeted that firing Muller was an “Absolute Red Line” – in all caps.

Holder also said he spoke “on behalf of the vast majority of the American people” in warning Republicans that any attempt to remove Muller “will not be tolerated.” I love how Progressives automatically assume that they speak for the vast majority of America.

Meanwhile, President Trump told reporters Sunday night that he is not going to fire Muller.

Democrats simply want to get to the truth in this investigation – as long as that truth leads to the outcome they desire, which is Trump’s impeachment. Democrats so desperately want this to be bigger than Watergate, which is saying something, because they worship Watergate like a sacred holiday. Why? Because it ushered in a golden era for them.

Three months after Nixon resigned from office, Democrats gained 53 seats in Congress in the 1974 midterm election. Republicans wouldn’t gain control of both houses again for 20 years. The 1974 midterm marked the most magical liberal transformation of Congress in history. That is why they worship Watergate, and it’s the same reason that the biggest wish on their Christmas list this year is an airtight indictment of Trump from the special counsel.

Banning Words at the CDC

Vulnerable. Entitlement. Diversity. Transgender. Fetus. Evidence-Based. Science-Based.

These are the seven words that the Trump Administration has reportedly banned the CDC from using in its 2019 budget proposals.

If this is true, it’s a clear attempt to target progressive causes and an early Christmas present to those hungry for red meat.

After the report on the ban was published in the Washington Post, the CDC’s director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, insisted that “there are no banned words at CDC. We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs.”

But the damage was already done.

Everyone on the left is outraged about the supposed ban.

And I have to say, I understand the feeling. I’m NEVER happy when words are banned.

If this was the Trump Administration’s way of “de-politicizing” the CDC, it kind of backfired.

It just makes Republicans look like they hate science and trans-people. Do we really want to send that message?

Here’s what I think. The CDC, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, should stick to controlling and preventing disease. That’s it. Their budget of $7 billion should all go to doing that and nothing else.

If they just stick to that blueprint, there is no need to ban any words.

Obama's Blind Ambition

Remember that scene in Saving Private Ryan, where the fear frozen soldier watches his buddy get killed by a knife-wielding Nazi? It’s probably the most gut-wrenching and fast forwarded scene in the movie. The scene is so hard to watch on multiple different levels. Being paralyzed by fear AND enabling evil are two things largely unfathomable to most people. Politico published an article yesterday alleging the Obama administration was living and playing out that scene over and over again for the sake of the Iran deal. Fear and ambition caused them to look the other way while evil grew at unprecedented levels.

Project Cassandra was launched by the DEA in 2008. Over the following years they would be successful in mapping out an intricate web of global Hezbollah financing operations that included drug trafficking from South America, money laundering in the United States, and weapons procurement in both Syria and Iraq. Hezbollah was being run like the Corleone family, and the DEA had them dead to rights. Their criminal financing networks were mapped out and their agents were identified.

There wasn’t a power on earth strong enough to stop Hezbollah from going down after all this evidence. That’s what the DEA figured. It turns out they never could have imagined the power of Obama’s ambition. Reconciliation with Iran and a nuclear deal that would catapult his legacy to new unreachable heights was the only thing his administration was interested in. Former members of Project Cassandra allege that their agents were purposely stonewalled in order to keep Iran happy. While Iran and Hezbollah were carving up the Middle East, planning terrorist attacks and raking in billions in drug money, the Obama administration was looking the other way with visions of a sugar plummed nuclear deal dancing in their heads.

If this Politico story is accurate, this is Obama’s legacy. His blind ambition - not only - enabled Iran and Hezbollah to become the major power in the Middle East, but they did it by corrupting our values, flooding our streets with drugs and used our own businesses to launder the money back to the Middle East. All this for a nuclear deal that could have been nothing more than a smoke screen. A distraction that a legacy crazed US President would easily jump at to quench his unbridled thirst for ambition. And like that scene from Saving Private Ryan, we may one day see this moment in our history as the most gut-wrenching and fast forwarded moment in modern history.

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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.