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“Baltimore Riots, Low Growth Economy: The Wages of Folly” By Clark S. Judge

Tuesday, May 5, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

Baltimore Riots, Low Growth Economy: The Wages of Folly
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc. chairman, Pacific Research Institute

You don’t often see the wages of folly come due all at once. But in less that 48 hours last week, the nation was presented with two bills for the last six-and-a-half years.

On Monday night, rioting broke out in Baltimore. We all know the immediate cause, the funeral of a young man who died while in police custody and the utter inability of the government of Baltimore to deal with the unrest. But as many have suggested, the outbreaks occurred in areas of the city where unemployment is as high as 50 percent and (thanks to a pervasive welfare state and the culture it has fostered) the normal nuclear family’s presence may be approaching zero. Continue Reading

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The Export Import Bank Debate

Tuesday, May 5, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The debate over whether or not the GOP-controlled Congress should reform and reauthorize the 80 year old Export-Import will absorb a lot of D.C.’s attention in the next two months.  I am a strong proponent of re-authroization for reasons described in detail here.

On Monday’s show I hosted former ExIm Board Member (and my law firm colleague) Dan Renberg and columnist and AEI scholar (and my former editor at Regnery and colleague at The Washington Examiner) Tim Carney to knock the issue around for an hour.  It doesn’t get much more fair and balanced than that:




HH: We now turn to the grit and the down and dirty of American Beltway politics, the Export-Import Bank. And you just said to yourself what? And I here to tell you that this is the most divisive issue among the Republican caucus in the Washington, D.C. area. I learned that all last week. So I brought two experts back. Dan Renberg was on with me last week. You know Dan. He was a member of the Export-Import Bank board of directors from 1999-2003. Do I have that right, Dan?

DR: You do. Thank you, Hugh.

HH: He is one of my colleagues, a partner of mine at Arent Fox. And in studio with, and he supports the bank, and in studio with me opposing the bank, Tim Carney, who I must admit was my editor on the Mitt Romney book I did in 2007. He is my colleague at the Washington Examiner where he is the senior editorial columnist. And he is a visiting fellow with our friend, Arthur Brooks, who is a member of the editorial board. So I have more conflicts of interest in this studio than I’ve ever had at one time. And I’ve got to be abundantly fair, even though I support the Ex-Im. Tim Carney, good to have you on.

TC: Thanks for having me, Hugh.

HH: Okay, because you’re outnumbered by two Ex-Im Bank supporters, I’m going to let you go first. And but that requires that you set up for the benefit of the Steelers fans what the Export-Import Bank is…

TC: Yeah.

HH: And then tell us why you hate it. Continue Reading

Pre-Ordering”The Queen”, The Ex-Im Debate, and Chairman Paul Ryan On The Way Forward From The Congressional GOP’s Budget

Monday, May 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

First, do me the great honor of pre-ordering The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and The Coming Of The Second “Clinton Era.”   It wasn’t a pleasant, but indeed was a very useful exercise to imagine how she might best go about winning in 2016 and surveying the 2016 GOP field against her many and obvious strengths.  It has been 500 years since Machiavelli wrote The Prince.  Time for an update.

THE QUEEN by Hugh Hewitt

Then, prep for Monday’s debate on my show between Dan Renberg and Tim Carney over whether or not to reauthorize the Export Import Bank by reading Monday’s column in The Washington Examiner.
And House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan joins me Monday to talk about the path forward from the Congressional GOP budget as well as how the tax code can be enlisted in the battle against the economic blighted areas within the urban cores of most major American cities.

Audio of Chairman Ryan:



HH: I begin this hour with the chairman of the House Ways And Means Committee, an old friend of the show, Representative Paul Ryan. Chairman Ryan, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you.

PR: Hey, thanks for having me. How have you been, Hugh?

HH: I’ve been terrific.

PR: Good.

HH: And I’ve been talking to Wisconsin people left and right, but not you. I do want to begin, though, with the big headline of last night. A couple of homegrown jihadis show up at an event in Dallas…

PR: In Texas, yeah.

HH: …put on by Pam, in Texas, and they intended to wreak havoc. Luckily, they were brought down by police. How worried are you that there are not just two, but twenty or 200 or 2,000 such lone wolves, they weren’t lone last night, they were acting in tandem, around the country?

PR: Well, and I think you need to count Fort Hood in this category as well. I think that was a homegrown jihadist terrorist attack, even though the government doesn’t classify it that way. And so yeah, of course I’m concerned about these things, and yes, I do believe that ISIS has an international reach, and has the ability, and they’ve shown this, to try and inspire others to act on their own volition. And so yeah, this is a real issue. Continue Reading

“Be The Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide To Raising Whole Children In A Broken Generation” By Marina Slayton and Gregory Slayton

Monday, May 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Mother’s Day is upon up Sunday, and here’s a great gift for the young or soon-to-be mom in your life, from Marina and Gregory Slayton, Be The Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide To Raising Whole Children In A Broken Generation:

Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation.


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