Americans are divided as ever. We are unwilling to listen to those with whom we disagree, even if they are in our same “party.” In Episode 32, Michael Johns (Co-Founder of the Tea Party Movement and Former Presidential Speechwriter) and I break down the causes. Michael explains how Congressional leadership has demonized dissent and why we should have listened to George Washington and stayed away from the two-party system. We also consider a few solutions: term limits, transparency, and more.
In addition, we cover controversial policy topics such as immigration, trade, and gun control. Michael describes how he thinks a trade war might pan out for Americans, how DACA has been used as a political tool, and why the law is not a sufficient deterrent to criminals.
Be sure to tune in for a thought-provoking episode.
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Michael Johns is a co-founder of the Tea Party movement, a former presidential speechwriter to George H.W. Bush, and former policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. In this first part of our interview, he gives us the story behind the Tea Party movement. It was, and is still, an inclusionary, grassroots movement based on three principles: adherence to the constituition, limited government, and low taxation. The decentralization inherent in the Tea Party and its broad founding principles made it easy to get involved in––and nearly impossible to oppose. However, it meant that leadership would often be blamed for events that were out of their hands.
Be sure to tune in to an objective, in-depth analysis of the Tea Party’s rise and culmination.
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Stephen Lusk is a Young Voices Advocate and senior Marketing major at Mississippi State University, where he serves as the Chapter President for Young Americans for Liberty. He has written multiple articles for RealClearPolicy and Y’all Politics. Today we discuss his upcoming article on Mississippi’s censorship of books from two prisons. Additionally, we cover his article on the decline of labor unions around the country. Be sure to tune in for a thought-provoking conversation.
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Michael J. Hout was a junior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in early 2017 when he decided to leave the Democratic Party. This came after he volunteered for the Obama reelection campaign in 2012, for the Clinton Campaign in 2016, and various state elections in Georgia. Additionally, he served on the National Council for the College Democrats of America as the national chartering director. Today he is a self-described classical liberal and independent.
He comes on the show today to detail why he left.
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In this episode, I analyze the White House’s immigration plan. We go in-depth on the research and data behind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), family-based migration, catch and release, and more. I cover immigration trends and how removals and detentions have shifted under the Trump Administration. Another important immigration topic is the movement of illicit drugs into the country from Mexico and China.
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I talk with Austin Petersen, the runner-up for the 2016 Libertarian presidential nomination and now-Republican candidate for the US Senate. Austin tells us about how his libertarian background will influence how he governs as a Republican. Additionally, he discusses his stances on issues such as taxes, government spending, immigration, and more. Be sure to tune in for a thoughtful conversation. … More Ep. 27: Austin Petersen, Republican Candidate for Missouri’s Senate Seat
In this episode Economist Daniel LaCalle and I analyze the new tax code in the United States. We discuss how simplifying the tax code will actually help bring capital back into the United States. The conversation includes repatriation, the state and local tax deduction, the interest deduction cap, and more. Be sure to tune in and check out our previous discussion on Bitcoin. … More Ep. 26: The US Tax Code with Economist Daniel LaCalle
In this episode Economist Daniel LaCalle and I discuss bitcoin, its rise and fall, and what its future holds. He describes how we can expect cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, to compete with traditional fiat currencies. In the process we learn some precautions investors should take before investing in the volatile currency. Be sure to tune in. … More Ep. 25: The Rise of Bitcoin with Daniel LaCalle
In this episode Arpit Chaturvedi explains the process behind drafting, researching, and passing a piece of tax legislation. We discuss the research that goes into deciding the proper rates at which to tax individuals and corporations. Additionally, we learn a few ways to ensure informational and economic equity in tax legislation. Arpit describes some alternative tax solutions in the United States, such as a value-added tax. Finally, he discusses the Cornell Policy Review’s plans for 2018. … More Ep. 24: How to Make Tax Legislation with Arpit Chaturvedi
In this 18-minute episode, I analyze three new California laws in-depth. The laws have to do with hiring, paid maternity leave, and gun ammunition restrictions. Additionally, I take a look at the British National Health Service crisis: More than 50,000 non-critical operations have been cancelled. … More Ep. 23: New Laws in California and Britain’s Holiday Health Crisis