Three Things You Need to Know - January 29, 2018

The 5G Crisis

Crisis creates opportunity. That’s the way every progressive and big government scheme takes flight. The threat of crisis gave us the federal income tax. The threat of environmental catastrophe gave us the EPA. The horror of people “dying in the streets” gave us Obamacare. And now, the fear of China is causing the government to consider nationalizing the countries mobile network.

Private companies like AT&T and Verizon built the networks you use to make cell phone calls and surf the internet on your iPhone. Call clarity and internet speeds have advanced rapidly over the years. From third generation, or 3G, in 2010 to 4G almost immediately after. But now there’s a global race for 5G, and the US government is scared to death that China will beat us.

In a leaked memo, the plan lays out two options. One: the US government pays for and builds the network. They would then RENT the airspace to private carriers. What could go wrong there?! And Two: private companies could build the network.

How is this even a hard decision? The leaked memo actually states that having private companies build the network isn’t even a real option because it would take too long and… wait for it… the Chinese might hack into it. And there it is. Every time you’re forced into one option due to a boogeyman, you need to take a step back and realize you might be getting manipulated.

This is America. We don’t nationalize private industry. We incentivize and promote competition. The Last time we nationalized an industry we got the TSA. Is anyone happy with the TSA? Show me almost anything built by the government and I’ll show you a private company building and maintaining it better.

The communications industry should be going absolutely crazy over this. Not only would this significantly hurt their business, but it’s a huge slap in the face. The government is saying, we don't believe in you. You can’t get this done, so we’ll do it for you.

We must not let fear of what’s difficult and challenging turn us into the object of our fear. If the government does this, you might as well call the new 5G network The People’s Network or The Democratic People’s Network. Give it a good communist dictatorship homage.

“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.” If we do this we’re no better than the Chinese. The government will have greater power to do exactly what the Chinese do to their people. Listen in on calls, track internet usage, monitor GPS… imagine all the applications 5G will have on our lives in the next decade.

As with all progressive power plays, this isn’t about any tangible or real threat, this is about control. Don’t give it to them.

Steve Wynn Steps Down

In 2018, sexual assault accusations have become a daily, maybe even hourly, occurrence.

This is our new reality.

So, it’s no surprise that over the weekend we learned about allegations against both a Republican and a Democrat.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned as national finance chairman of the Republican National Committee amid dozens of sexual misconduct accusations published by the Wall Street Journal.

The worst of these accusations claims Wynn pressured a married manicurist into sex and then paid her a $7.5 million settlement, according to people familiar with the matter.

Wynn denied all allegations, citing that these accusations are the result of his ex-wife—who is trying to resettle the terms of their divorce.

Burns Strider, on the other hand, does not deny the claims against him.

Strider was the Clinton campaign faith adviser. Female colleagues have complained about him going back to 2007.

He is accused of kissing female peers on the nose or forehead, trying to plan commuting times with them, and sending late night emails that expressed loneliness and poor judgment rather than X-rated material.

Strider’s accusations don’t even begin to approach Steve Wynn level allegations, but nevertheless, people are angry that Hillary Clinton didn’t immediately fire him and that he continues to work in Democratic politics.

Whether you’re Steve Wynn or Burns Strider, in the eyes of the new America—you’re guilty the second someone, anyone, claims you’re guilty. You’re immediately a sexual predator no matter how insignificant or outrageous the accusation may be.

Everyone deserves to be believed, but let’s allow common sense back in our world.

Burns Strider is not Steve Wynn—if, of course, the allegations against Steve Wynn are true.

The People's State of the Union

Have you bought your tickets yet?

If not, it’s probably too late. I’m not talking about Super Bowl tickets. I’m talking about the most self-important political rally of our times…

“The People’s State of the Union.” That doesn’t sound communist at all.

President Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address tomorrow night. So, tonight, several brave American patriots, who are more concerned about everyday Americans than you or I could ever dream of being, are banding together for a preemptive rally to protest what the President says in his State of the Union speech.

But, I thought you just said Trump’s address isn’t until tomorrow night. Yes, but don’t haggle over details like that. There’s no time to listen and critically evaluate what a Republican says when there’s so much hashtagging and outraging to be done.

Who are these patriots organizing the “People’s State of the Union?” Well, there’s Sam from Who’s the Boss, Hulk from The Avengers, and Michael Moore from Flint, Michigan, among others. So, regular people. The event is in Manhattan, one of the areas of the country least associated with the common man. And tickets cost $47.

“In essence, it’s a better reflection of our state of the union based on a more populist point of view, based on the people’s point of view,” said Hulk, who also goes by Mark Ruffalo. “We want to celebrate this moment that we’re in of what is now probably one of the most influential and powerful and really beautiful movements to come into play in the U.S. since the civil rights movement.”

Sorry, Hulk. “The people” aren’t going to rally to your cause, because they know you’re not for them. They’re also smart enough to know that President Trump saying dumb things, or signing a tax-cut bill, is hardly in the same universe as the injustices of the Civil Rights era.

The real people’s state of the union is that they’re not going to spend much time this week worrying about Donald Trump’s latest tweet or your phony exercise in outrage. Not because they don’t care about America or its leadership, but because they’re too busy making a living and raising their family. You know, important stuff.

Next time, you might want to get to know some of the actual everyday American people before you decide to represent them in your anti-Trump rally.

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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.