Three Things You Need to Know - January 23, 2018

Shutdown Averted

The crisis has been averted, Armageddon is put on hold… PEACE IN OUR TIME! Well, for another three weeks at least. The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to open the government back up for business. The great government shutdown of 2018 turned into little more than a three day weekend.

Apparently - in order to get this done - Republicans promised to immediately proceed to discuss immigration reform and DACA. Sure the Democrats come out of this looking kind of silly, but look what is now part of the GOP platform. Amnesty. That sure wasn’t the case during the primaries. Just ask Marco Rubio. He’d probably be President right now if it had been.

Democrats will eventually get their amnesty vote, but not everyone is happy. In the weeks leading up to the shutdown, the left was ironclad in their opposition, but only sixteen held strong yesterday. A civil war is brewing within the Democratic Party. The old guard led by Schumer are living on borrowed time. Their days are numbered. Wanna know what the future looks like? Check out some of the loudest opposition voices yesterday.

Bernie Sanders cast his “no” vote and then proceeded to go on an epic tweet rant. We all know his Socialist past, but he’s now joined by a chorus of new young up and comers. Luis Gutierrez - the representative from Illinois - said:

“They caved. They blinked. That’s what they do.”

Who’s the they that he’s referring to? The Democratic establishment. You see, Gutierrez represents the new blood. You’ll never hear the words revolutionary or radical spoken from these new rising stars, but that’s exactly what they are. In the late 80’s Gutierrez was a member of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party, a Marxist -Leninist group. He’s also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is praised by the Democratic Socialists of America.

Kamala Harris has been called the “female Obama.” The one-term junior Senator from California is already being groomed for a run at the White House. She also voted against ending the shutdown and harshly criticized Schumer directly after the vote. Harris helped create California as a Sanctuary State, advocates free college, and was part of Al Gore’s group of Attorney Generals that looked to prosecute companies for questioning climate change.

Other notable “no” votes include Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Radical progressives, overt Socialists, and Marxists. This is the direction the Left is sliding. The field is literally wide open for someone sane to come in and make a difference. An independent candidate might have more of a shot now than ever before. I wonder what Marco Rubio is doing in - say - 2020?

Turpin Family Update

Eight shiny new bicycles glistened in the sun on the front lawn of the Turpin family’s Fort Worth home.

A neighbor, Ricky Vinyard, remembers seeing the bikes and thinking they were perfect gifts for the large family.

Until he noticed the bikes were still untouched months and months after Christmas.

Their intended recipients never got to enjoy them.

The bikes were still there when David and Louise Turpin foreclosed on the trashed house. The ever-growing family left Texas behind and headed West in search of fame and fortune.

Louise chose to move to California because she wanted to be closer to Hollywood.

Louise was consumed with becoming a reality star and she believed that her 13 kids were the key to making her famous.

She was convinced they were going to be the next “Kate Plus 8” or 19 Kids and Counting.”

Louise even gave all her children names that began with the letter J, just like the famous Duggar family did.

When police arrested David and Louise last week, they were trying for a fourteenth child to help their delusional chances of getting their own show.

In a weird twist of fate, Louise and David got their wish. They are finally famous. Every day they can be seen on national television. Every day we gawk at their freakshow life.

But as we watch the Turpin’s story of heartbreaking abuse and neglect unfold in front of our eyes, let’s remember that we are NOT watching a reality TV show. This is real life. These monsters imprisoned, starved, and tortured their own children. The damage these 13 children endured at the hands of the people who are supposed to love them the most is more tragic and shocking than any show on television.

The Notorious R.B.G. on the Silver Screen

RBG is an epic motion picture coming soon to a theatre near you.

Imagine if Fox News produced a documentary about a current Supreme Court Justice, like Neil Gorsuch. Seems like the kind of thing Fox News might do. But it would be slammed by the Left as totally partisan propaganda. A legitimate news network like CNN would never make propaganda like that. Remember? Facts first. Apples are apples and all that.

A documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. It’s titled RBG – get it? And who produced it? CNN. The news network describes Ginsburg as a “cultural icon.”

When has any conservative human ever been called a cultural icon?

At the premiere, the “Notorious R.B.G.,” which is the hip nickname her fans gave her, was introduced by Robert Redford. After a standing ovation from the crowd, which included CNN boss Jeff Zucker, Ginsburg was interviewed onstage.

It’s bad enough that a Supreme Court justice allows herself to be paraded like a popstar, rubbing elbows with Hollywood and CNN. But then the interview turned to the #MeToo movement. The crowd waited in hushed silence as Ginsburg recalled her own harassment as a Cornell student in the 1950s. She told of a chemistry professor who offered to give her a practice test, which she accepted. But when she showed up to take the real test the next day, it was the same “practice” test he’d already given her. “And I knew exactly what he wanted in return,” she said.

The crowd waited for the next part of the story. But that was it. No more story detail.

It’s very strange to hear a Supreme Court Justice, sit in front of an audience and convict her former professor of sexual harassment without sharing any additional evidence. In trying to support the #MeToo crowd, she accidentally illustrated the biggest pitfall of this movement – convicting people before they’re proven guilty.

That seems very wrong of a judge to do.

Ginsburg also forgot to acknowledge the #MeToo victims of the man who appointed her to the Supreme Court – Bill Clinton.

This is the problem with the radical Progressive agenda, not even a 25-year veteran of the Supreme Court can keep up with the inconsistencies. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase justice is blind.

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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.