Three Things You Need to Know – February 8, 2018

Nazi About to Win GOP Nomination

The Republican Party must do more to distance itself from the alt-right. If it doesn’t, people like Congressional candidate Arthur Jones of Illinois are going to create some big headaches. Actually, Jones already is.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Sun Times headline read, “Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in Illinois race for Congress.”

Or this from Huffington Post: “An Actual Nazi is About to be the Only GOP Candidate in a Congressional Race.”

What do these headlines alone seem to be saying? Those Republican bigots – now they’re actually running Nazis for Congress!

It’s not that the headlines aren’t true. Seventy-year-old Arthur Jones is in fact a Nazi. He’s the former head of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee. He has a section of his website claiming the Holocaust is a lie. However, the headlines are misleading because the Illinois Republican Party is not associating with Jones in any way. They issued a statement saying, “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office."

The headache for Republicans is that no one has stepped up to run against Jones in the Republican primary for Illinois’ Third Congressional District. Jones has tried and failed five times before to win the nomination. Now he’s about to become the Republican nominee by default.

Jones doesn’t have any Republican challengers because no Republican has won the House seat from this Democrat-dominated district since 1975. But media coverage heading into the mid-term elections won’t reflect the nuances of this particular situation. Arthur Jones is about to gift the media nine months of Republican-bashing stories about how the evil GOP nominates Nazis.

Arthur Jones is an unashamed racist and Nazi who says he regrets voting for Trump because Trump has “surrounded himself with hordes of Jews.” Anyone with an ounce of common sense can easily see that this guy’s a nobody and a nut-job. But in our current climate, the left-wing media will have a field day tying Jones’ Nazi credentials to Republicans. Republicans better wake up and get ahead of this P.R. nightmare.

And for goodness sake, find a Republican to challenge this guy. It’ll be easy – all you have to do is run on an anti-Nazi platform.

The New Budget Deal

The National debt is over 20 trillion and rising. Now, see if this sounds fiscally responsible. Our annual GDP is 19 trillion, and the fiscal year budget is 4 trillion. That means we’re spending a quarter of the cash we bring in every year. For those of you that are small business owners, would your company survive that wasteful spending? Of course it wouldn’t.

The math simple. It’s the same for you and it’s the same for the United States government, but apparently Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer learned math on Common Core. Yesterday they agreed not to cut this out of control spending, BUT TO INCREASE IT BY 300 BILLION. If approved by the House, the budget would be locked in until 2020.

There’s not even an appearance anymore of anyone in the Senate even trying to APPEAR fiscally conservative. I’m curious, did the Senate Republican leadership all eat a Tide Pod? Is there some new virus that induces high fever and turns conservatives into liberals? This is money that we don’t have, will then have to borrow, and have no plan on paying back. But that sure didn’t stop Mitch McConnell from handing Democrats concession after concession like he was Oprah giving away free cars. You want that program funded? YOU GET A BILLION! Oh, you want that done too? YOU GET A BILLION!

The last time I checked, Republicans controlled every branch of government, so why are they acting like they’re playing this game with less players on the field? If this is the new norm, how bad is it going to get if Democrats take both the House AND Senate after the midterms?

The deal now goes to the House, and if something doesn’t happen to stop this thing we’re in for a dangerous downward spiral of spending that probably won’t ever stop. All eyes are on you Freedom Caucus. You might be our last and only hope. You might be the only remaining conservatives left on Capitol Hill.

Congratulations America. Last year you historically voted for Republicans in the House, Senate AND the Executive. With the inclusion of Amnesty, and now this dumpster fire of a budget, all we’re getting in return is a Republican majority with Democrat policies.

The Importance of the New Gerber Baby

140,000 photos of smiling babies.

All of them beautiful and full of wonder.

All of them unknowingly competing in a cut-throat contest to be the cutest.

Cortney didn’t think her son Lucas had a chance, but she submitted his picture anyway.

It took her five seconds to post his photo along with the contest hashtag.

And then she forgot about it.

A couple weeks later, a letter arrived in the mail informing Cortney and her husband Jason that Lucas had been chosen as Gerber’s Spokesbaby for 2018.

Not only had Lucas won the coveted position and $50,000, he also made history.

Lucas is the first child with Down Syndrome to become a Gerber baby.

The CEO of Gerber explained that “Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby.”

Bravo, Gerber. You have given me hope that humanity and compassion is still alive.

Gerber’s decision to recognize Lucas for who he is—a human being deserving of love, care, and a future—flies in stark contrast to how Iceland and the Netherlands treat people born with Down Syndrome.

Today, 100% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted in Iceland.

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health calculated the cost of caring for what they callously call “a Downer” and publicly shamed a man with Down Syndrome on video because his life costs them almost 10 times the amount of someone without Down Syndrome.

Iceland and the Netherlands, you will be on the wrong side of history. My heart is filled with joy today for Lucas and his parents. Congratulations. I look forward to seeing a lot more of Lucas’ smiling face and bow tie collection this year.

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  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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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.