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
In this episode, I go in-depth on the history of net neutrality and the FCC beginning in 2002 and ending with the 2017 decision to repeal net neutrality. We discuss the different ways broadband providers and internet service providers have been classified under the Communications Act of 1934 as well as how courts have ruled on net neutrality in recent years. … More Ep. 22: An In-Depth History of Net Neutrality
On December 22, 2017 President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most significant legislation of his presidency. I review the changes to the corporate tax code in this second part of Bills with Luke Scorziell’s series on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We compare the corporate tax rate to countries around the world and analyze the bill’s changes to business deductions. To round out the discussion, I provide and overview of some of the long-term and immediate effects of the legislation. … More Ep. 21: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Change Business Taxes
On December 22, 2017 President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most significant legislation of his presidency. In the twentieth episode of Bills with Luke Scorziell, we dive into the details of the new law. Specifically, how the tax reform bill affects individual taxpayers. From the new tax brackets to the repeal of the individual mandate to the expanded child tax credit, we cover it all. Stay tuned for objective, well-researched analysis on the new tax code. … More Ep. 20: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Individual Tax Reform