Three Things You Need to Know - January 19, 2018

March for Life

For most of my life, abortion had been a no-go zone topic.

I always shied away from discussing it on radio. I thought it was a discussion that couldn’t do anything positive for my career and there was the fact that at one point, I was very confused about my own position on abortion.

I can proudly say that I am no longer confused.

Abortion is evil and it is wrong.

Period.

On the 45th anniversary of the March for Life on Washington, D.C., I want to take a moment to thank and applaud all the men, women, and children who brave the bitter cold every January to stand up for the lives of the unborn.

YOU are modern day abolitionists. YOU are true heroes.

Thank you for consistently reminding the American people that abortion is a practice that is wildly out of character for our country. We are a people who helped convict the Nazis of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials. We passed Civil Rights. We have a deeply religious and moral foundation. How have we allowed the murder of over 60 million babies since 1974?

Hopefully one day, we will look back at our own barbarism and shudder with shame and disbelief. Let’s pray that we are one march closer to that realization.

The end for government is nigh!

We’re now just a few short hours away from... THE END OF THE GOVERNMENT. It’s an Armageddon too terrible to even think about. Like Voldemort, this is an incident that TRULY should not be named.

I apologize to do this to you, especially if you have small children in the car, but here are the gory details. If Republicans and Democrats can’t come to an agreement on a budget by later today - and this is the part where you may have to cover the ears of your kids - nonessential services AND PERSONNEL may be told to go home!

My God man! This could last days! Will the entire country come to a stop? Oh wait, actually it looks like all essential jobs are exempt and will continue to be manned and running. So really, most of the country probably won't even notice anything happened.

BUT, what about all those “non-essential” workers and even the military? They won’t get paid! Well, actually they will. As soon as the budget is passed, they’ll be retroactively paid if they miss a check. Most federal employees and the military are paid bi-weekly, and it looks like they were just paid 4 days ago. That gives Congress two weeks to get a deal done before people start missing paychecks.

So that’s interesting. It almost looks like a government shutdown is really just a PAID vacation for “non-essential” employees. Why do I get the feeling they’re all sitting in front of the TV right now, praying for an impasse in the same way kids pray for a school snow day?

The truth is, the threat of a government shutdown is the most overhyped and overblown political tool on Capitol Hill. In reality, if a private company like Apple was managed as poorly as the US government, it would be shutting down ALL THE TIME. And they wouldn’t just be sending their “non-essentials” home for a paid vacation, they’d be firing them for good.

In fact, if they could find a way to keep the Department of Defense separate, a government shutdown now and then might actually be a good thing. ANYTHING that forces Washington DC to stare their incompetence in the face is OK in my book.

N.H.S. Crisis

Great Britain’s government health care system is falling apart.

That is not a conservative talking point. The New York Times reported on it this week, with the headline “Britain’s National Health Service in Crisis.”

The head of Britain’s N.H.S. warned that the system is overwhelmed. Last year he requested four billion pounds in additional funding. He only got 1.6 billion. Also last year, 10,000 nurses quit.

The crazy thing about this New York Times report is that all the things conservatives criticize about socialized medicine, all the reasons we say it’s a bad idea and unsustainable, are actually happening. And the New York Times actually wrote about it!

It’s the kind of worst-case scenario stuff that the Left makes fun of the Right for talking about. For example:

Hospital hallways jammed with beds of frail and elderly patients waiting to be admitted.

Outpatient appointments canceled because there aren’t enough doctors to meet demand.

Patients waiting over 12 hours in emergency rooms before receiving care.

Undergraduate medical students being asked to volunteer to help ease the crush of patients.

Two weeks ago, hospitals were ordered to postpone all nonurgent surgeries until the end of the month. Many British hospitals also declared “black alerts,” meaning they cannot meet patient demand. On Twitter, British doctors described their overcrowded hospitals as “third world conditions” forcing them to practice “battlefield medicine.”

The N.H.S. director warned that the patient waiting list will grow to five million people by 2021, the highest number ever.

If this stuff wasn’t in the New York Times, no one on the Left would believe it coming from me.

A British construction worker learned from the news about the latest round of thousands of postponed surgeries. He said, “If I receive a notification, it will be the third time my operation is postponed. This is a disgrace. We injure ourselves while working to pay our taxes, and the government just leaves us to suffer.”

Are you listening, America? Still interested in that Bernie Sanders government healthcare plan?

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  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.

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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.