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GLENN: Here is George Bernard Shaw, probably the most famous Fabian

socialist, what we would call a progressive here in America.

SHAW: You must all know half a dozen people at least who are no use in this

world, who are more trouble than they are worth. Just put them there and say

Sir, or Madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence? If you

can't justify your existence, if you're not pulling your weight, and since you

won't, if you're not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more,

then, clearly, we cannot use the organizations of our society for the purpose of

keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can't be of very

much use to yourself.

GLENN: Okay. Stop. So, he's saying here we must all know people that, you know,

are a burden to society and just put them in front and say justify your life and

if they can't justify what they do for society, well, then we just will have to

kill them. We don't you don't your life has no purpose to us. Does it's cold and

calculating as someone saying I could put a pillow over the face of a child so,

who are these Fabian socialists? Fabian socialists will make you believe that,

oh, well, that's old stuff, just exactly the way the progressives do now. They

dismiss their history, but can you tell me, can a bad can a bad tree bear good

fruit? Can a seed of can could the Nazis, could could Stalin grow anything that

is good? Could a seed that comes from Stalin grow anything good? Could it?

Philosophically I don't think so. I don't think so. The progressives and the

Fabian socialists want to deny or distance themselves, all the while Hillary

Clinton says I'm an early more than, early 20th century American progressive.

That's who George Bernard Shaw was hanging out with and they had the same

elitist kind of ideas. It is where it is where the idea of eugenics, breed the

perfect race, breed a better voter. So, here's the Fabian socialists, their

plan. These are just their these are just their goals and, again, there's no

Star Chamber here. These are all stated.

No. 1, a strong, centralized government. Do you agree with that? No. 2, a

powerful executive at the expense of Congress and the judicial. No. 3,

government controlled banking, credit, and securities exchange. Do you agree

with these so far? How many ask if you agree with them and then ask how many

have been done. No. 4, government control over employment. No. 5, unemployment

insurance and old age pensions. No. 6, universal medical care, food, and

universal housing programs. By the way, did I tell you in an unrelated move that

Fannie and Freddie, the government, will be underwriting 98% of all loans this

year and they're about to stop all foreclosures. Anyway, I don't know what the

universal housing program here in the Fabian socialist made me think of that,

but No. 7, access to unlimited government borrowing. No. 8, a managed monetary

system. No. 9, government control over foreign aid. No. 10, government control

over all natural energy sources, transportation, and agricultural production.

No. 11, government regulation of labor. No. 12 I find this one fascinating youth

camps devoted to health discipline, community service, and idealogical teaching

consistent with those of the authorities. Who was it that said we should have a

youth oh, I remember. It was Andy Stern recently. Hey, wait a minute. Andy Stern

I know is a progressive in Workers of the World Unite and I know that Richard

Trumpka has been speaking at the Fabian socialist. I wonder no. I'm sure it's a

coincidence. Andy Stern, oh, and the Center For American Progress, John Podesta

and George Soros. Hum. Anyway, George Soros is American Center For American

Progress had this idea that Andy Stern came up with all by himself in complete

complete coincidence. He was talking about we should have 15 to 24 year olds do

community service and we could pay them for it and we'll create a million and a

half jobs overnight. No. 13, heavy progressive taxation.

Have these been done? If they're not finished yet, they're pretty darn close.

So, now who are the world leaders, because, remember, as the world goes into

chaos, who are the world leaders?

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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.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."