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Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch

President Trump has made his choice for Supreme Court, and I think it’s a fantastic one.  Neil Gorsuch is an Originalist, meaning he believes the Constitution says what it means, and not what 9 Justices think it means this week. If the government can redefine the law on a whim, how are we, the people, supposed to know what the law really is?

And conservatives have talked about cutting red tape and getting rid of useless regulations for a long time. It looks like that idea’s time has come. In fact, it’s been tried on a smaller scale and it’s worked incredibly well. Listen in for who did it, how it’s helped, and how it’s getting done here.

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The Red Tape Reduction Act

Doug Black [Wikipedia]

Cutting Red Tape in Canada: A Regulatory Reform Model for the United States?

Canada Cuts Down On Red Tape. Could It Work In The U.S.?

Trump signs executive order requiring that for every one new regulation, two must be revoked

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Partisan Standoff Leaves Supreme Court Seat Empty for More Than 350 Days

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Alternative facts?

This podcast is not going to be a cheerleader for the Trump administration. I still believe that it’s going to be better, policy-wise, than a Clinton administration, but I’ll call out any nuttiness when it happens.

Such as when a spokesperson talks about “alternative facts”. Take a listen and see if you agree with my assessment.

Oh, and one other thing. Has any press secretary for a Democratic President ever been asked to take an oath of truth? Even when repeating the promise of “you can keep your doctor”? Yeah, well check out the videos below to find out.

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ABC’s Jon Karl Tangles with WH’s Sean Spicer, Demands Spicer Adhere to Oath of Truth

Carney Tries To Rewrite Obama’s ‘Keep Your Doctor’ Promise

Nets Spend 12 Times More Coverage on Spicer Fib Flap vs Obamacare Order

Kellyanne Conway: WH Spokesman Gave ‘Alternative Facts’ on Inauguration Crowd

Twilight Zone: Dan Rather Scolds Kellyanne Conway Over ‘Alternate Facts’ Flub

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Is *every* Republican a Nazi? Really?

I’m back to 3 topics this episode, and all, in some way, semi-sorta-related to the recent, peaceful transfer of power in the United States. I talk about the Left running out of adjectives for Donald Trump, given how they’ve misused those adjectives over the decades. I talk about how the outgoing President Obama commuted the sentence of someone who gave Wikileaks a huge treasure trove. And I talk about the closing of a prominent charity, and why it might be closing.

And don’t forget, I want to hear you talk about what you think. Comment here, or look at the sidebar for other ways to get in touch.

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Attacked by Trump, Lewis acknowledges he boycotted Bush inauguration, too

Episode 160: Relief and Concern Over President-Elect Trump

Tapper Notes How White House Used to Be ‘Angry’ and Outraged’ by Manning Crimes

Silence From Networks as Clinton Global Initiative Shuts Down

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Scandal-free? Not so much, actually.

President Obama and many of his supporters have been characterizing his administration as “scandal free”. Really? Something tells me their definition of “scandal” changes based on who’s occupying the Oval Office. Let’s run down a few examples of things that would have dogged a Republican.

And we have some feedback by listener DocH regarding who the extremists really are. (Hint: There are not as many of them as you may think.)

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Celebrities Walk Back Their Promises To Leave The Country If Trump Is Elected

18 Major Scandals in Obama’s ‘Scandal-Free’ Presidency

‘An amazingly scandal-free administration’

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Is he rediscovering limited government?

Is he rediscovering limited government?

Donald Trump has already shown how he can control the media, and how he can own a news cycle. Whether it’s Twitter trolling or being impetuous is something for you to decide, but he really has them jumping. And free speech and limited government has been rediscovered by the Left. Trump is indeed making American great again by helping it remember its core principles.

Even MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell is getting in on the “checks and balances” bandwagon!

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Nets Torch Trump on Flag Burning Ban, Extinguish Clinton’s Ban Support

Let’s make the Confederate flag a hate crime: It is the American swastika and we should recoil it from it in horror

The Confederate Flag In Every State, In Every Form, Must. Come. Down.

Flashback: Clinton introduced bill to criminalize flag burning

Tufts U. student leaders reject free speech measure, call it ‘unsafe’

Trump Gives Victory Speech, Liberals Rediscover Appeal of Limited Government

In Landmark Vote, Senate Limits Use of the Filibuster

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Episode 158: ObamaCare Bails Out Iteself

Costs? What costs?

Costs? What costs?

So, how’s that fantastic government program, ObamaCare, doing? You know, that program that would let you keep your doctor or your plan if you liked it, or reduce your costs by $2,500 dollars per year? The program that, overall, would save us all money? Well, the Washington  Post has  an update, and it seems that the “Affordable” Care Act isn’t very affordable, even for the government that created it. In fact, it’s having to use a 1950s-era law to come up with the money to pay insurers.

And someone you know was trashing ObamaCare recently. See who you can figure out who it was in Name That Quote!

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Obama administration may use obscure fund to pay billions to ACA insurers

Bill Clinton bashes Obamacare as ‘crazy system’ on campaign trail

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Episode 156: Thoughts on a Debate, Part 2

The first Trump/Clinton debate

The first Trump/Clinton debate

This is the second part of my analysis of the September 26th debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As I wrote last time, there was just so much to get into (because we finally got to compare the candidates side-by-side) that I couldn’t fit it all into one episode.

And with the next debate between them coming very soon, I had to get this out before that, which is why you’re getting 2 episodes in one week. But hey, it’s just 10 minutes! 🙂

And you should probably listen to part 1 first. Click here for the audio and the transcript.

Mentioned links:

The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

Economic assistance to countries in the Middle East and North Africa

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Episode 155: Thoughts on a Debate, Part 1

The Clinton / Trump debate

The Clinton / Trump debate

I took some notes during the September 26th debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It was the first time to have a good “compare and contrast” between their policies. I took so many notes that I had to split this into 2 episodes!

It may seem like a lot of time to spend on one debate performance, but we finally got to compare and contrast policy issues directly between the two candidates. For the most part. So I think this is worth the time.

Mentioned links:

The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

Why Hillary never makes Equal Pay Day pay off

Top 1% pay nearly half of federal income taxes

Hey, Barney Frank: The Government Did Cause the Housing Crisis

The successful Clinton economy was based on tax cuts. No, really…

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If you can't vote the candidate, vote the platform.

If you can’t vote the candidate, vote the platform.

Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton. That’s the choice we have this presidential election. Instead of hand-wringing about how we got to this point, I want to focus on the actual decision come November, what I’ve decided, and how I made that decision.

In my mind, neither is a good choice. There’s just no two ways about it. In the past, as a conservative, I’ve had to hold my nose and vote for guys like Mitt Romney or John McCain because the difference between them and their Democratic opponent was so wide, and had such awful policies (or promises of policies) that there was no contest in my mind.

With Donald Trump, I’m going to have to hold my nose, as well as a number of other body parts, because his policy promises today just don’t line up with what he’s said in the past. But I am going to vote for him. In this episode, I discuss the main reason why.

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Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton

Newly released emails raise questions about relationship between State Department and Clinton Foundation

50 GOP national security experts oppose Trump

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Too big to jail

Too big to jail

If it wasn’t clear before, the rule of law is dead in this country. Oh, there are still laws, and you can still be arrested for them, but if you’re part of the political elite, they just don’t apply to you anymore. And there are so many of them, and they are so complex, that you probably break the law many times a day without even noticing it.

“I have nothing to hide”, you might say, and it may be true. But if someone wants to find something, they easily can. But, depending on who you are, it doesn’t matter if they find something; they can shout your guilt to the world, but you will not pay the price.

Yes, this is something of a downer episode, but it needs to be said.

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Quote / CounterQuote

The Federalist No. 62

FBI boss Comey’s 7 most damning lines on Clinton

Comey challenges truthfulness of Clinton’s email defenses

Clinton Is Above The Law, So The Law Is Dead (Matt Walsh)

Here Are 35 Email Lies Hillary Is Still Telling On Her Campaign Website

“A Republic, if You Can Keep It”

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