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Andy Puzder On Nomination Battle

Monday, February 27, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

CKE CEO Andy Puzder joined me this AM to talk about his nomination to become Secretary of labor and why he withdrew:




HH: Are you disillusioned?

AP: Well, I don’t know about disillusioned, I’d say well, you know, first, as we can all see, I mean, as everybody knows, the left is trying to sink as many of the President’s nominees as possible. So in that sense, it really wouldn’t have mattered what I believed or who I was or what the process was. They were going to campaign against me as a means of hurting the President. And once the hearing, once my hearing was delayed and it was delayed a number of times, they saw some Senators wavering, and the left went in full throttle. So, but more particularly, I think my problem was that the unions and the Democrats didn’t want a successful businessperson who understood what it takes to create jobs and economic growth running the Department of Labor, you know, particularly one who might actually have been successful at helping the President create jobs and generate economic growth. And personally, I don’t believe their concern was that I would be bad for workers. I think their concern was that I would pursue policies they opposed, and that workers would benefit. So the implications of that for the left would really have been devastating. And obviously, if we had economic growth and more jobs, employers would start competing with each other for employees, which would increase both wages and benefits without government mandates or coercion, which is something the unions and big government progressives really don’t want to see, because it would confirm that no matter what the mainstream media’s been telling working and middle class Americans, pro-growth economic policies are in fact in their best interest, and big government’s not. So that’s a message unions, progressives and Democrats don’t want out there. So for years, I’ve been effectively on your show and others making the case as to why government regulations kill jobs and would have, and I would have done so as secretary of Labor, which is why I think the left opposed me and engaged in this enormous campaign to wear down my support. These other issues they raised in the process, which really were the ones that ended up sinking the nomination, were really only pretextual, because, and they were totally, and in addition, they were false.

HH: That’s what drives me crazy, Andy.

AP: If I had supported this $15 dollar minimum wage, Obamacare and the overtime rules, these other issues wouldn’t even have come up, or if they did come up, they would have been laughed away. And I think everybody in Washington knows it. So I think the process is definitely defective, but you know, when there’s a campaign like this against you, it’s very tough to overcome.


Hugh Talks To Sean Hannity at NRB

Monday, February 27, 2017  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Audio:


The transcript:

HH: Joined by very special guest, a long-time friend and the nicest guy in the radio business, Sean Hannity. Sean, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, good to have you here this morning.

SH: My friend, how are you? It’s always good to be with you. And you look, why do you wear a suit in the morning? Do they make you do this at Salem Radio?

HH: Because Dave Santrella and Phil Boyce are here. My bosses are here.

SH: I, you, there’s nothing that you can do to get me in a tie except pay a lot of money.

HH: Did you wear jeans to the White House when you sat down with the President? Did you wear jeans?

SH: It’s the only time I put on a full suit.

HH: All right, I got it. Admission against interest.

SH: (Laughing)

HH: Hannity, I’m looking at this poster here, Let There Be Light.

SH: Yeah. Continue Reading

What Is Church?

Sunday, February 26, 2017  |  posted by John Schroeder

The question posed in the title of this post is pretty fundamental.  There are vast differences even inside Christianity about how to answer it.  It delineates one of the bigger divides between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants.  I am not going to pretend to provide any sort of serious theological answer to it here.  However, I am currently reading “Democratic Religion from Locke to Obama: Faith and the Civic Life of Democracy” by Giorgi Areshidze, a work of political philosophy, and needless to say it has a lot of discussion about the role of church in our democracy.  I am not far enough into it to render any sort of discussion of the book itself, but it was on my mind when I drove past the single most liberal church in my neighborhood this Saturday past and it occurred to me that as fundamental are the differences between Catholics and Protestant on the title question, the differences are even more fundamental between the Left and the Right.

Stated directly, and of course generally for there is a spectrum here, the Left views church as a place to do good – or at least what they think is good.  The Right views church as a place to learn what is good, and for many to be made good.  Put another way, the Left assume we are good and views church as an instrument to exercise that good.  The Right, by contrast, assumes at a minimum we do not really know what is good, or better that we simply are not good, and that the church is the place where we learn good.  The Left subjects the Church to its will; the Right subjects its will to the Church, or in the Protestant view to the deity the Church represents.

It is this last restatement of the basic division where the rub lies politically, for it is the subjugation of the will that the Left contends is both unreasonable and unfree.  But that is only true if one assume the will is good.  If the will is not good, then it must be subject to something to find good.  The Left believes the will of the people adequate to define good.  But that strikes this person of the Right as wholly inadequate.  If our will is not good, how can it of its own accord define good?  Further, the will of people generally cannot possibly be good – there is simply too much evidence to the contrary around us.  From the person that ignores traffic laws to almost run me over to the various genocides of history it is a priori evident that good is not the natural state of human will. Continue Reading

Getting To The Roots

Sunday, February 26, 2017  |  posted by John Schroeder

So much of what roils our land today is rooted in simple anxiety – worry – concern – and fear.  The protests, demonstrations and rallies are born, at base, in the feeling of a loss of control and the uncertainty that produces.  All this anti-Trump angst is politically absurd.  He was duly and properly elected.  But on a personal level it is something very real and for some very painful.  It was easy to mock on election night and in its immediate aftermath, but now it invokes a very different response in me.

We mocked Obama and his “hope and change” message, but I think we missed something very important – people really did put their hope in him and that hope has now been taken from them,.  That’s got to be painful.  This was easy for us to miss for our hope resides somewhere very different and it is difficult for us to imagine having that much investment in our government or our president.

On a political level we must continue to oppose – that’s just politics.  But on a personal level It is time to let go of the mockery and the derision and offer comfort.  And in that spirit, I offer the most comforting words I know:

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,  yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!  Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Why not offer them to a worried friend today?

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