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The Regulatory State

Saturday, June 25, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

If you listened to Hewitt and Arnn yesterday (subscription required) you heard a lot about the Churchillian vision for a united Europe and what the European Union has actually become.  Hewitt kept discussing Brexit in terms of throwing off the regulatory state.  With Obamacare, people are sort of getting a taste of the regulatory state – but even that is indirect, coming to the average consumer in the form of longer lines, higher co-pays and more costly insurance.  The European regulatory state is far more onerous, but it to remains relatively unobtrusive to the average consumer.

As a consultant to manufacturers, many of whom sell their goods into Europe, I have a taste of the European regulatory state that I thought I would share.  Most people have heard about “conflict diamonds.”  That is to say diamonds mined in countries that are in a state of conflict with the West in some fashion, they engage in slavery or other generally considered illicit practices.  There was a DiCaprio movie about them some years ago and the Brosnan Bond film “Die Another Day” was about Bond uncovering a huge operation for laundering such diamonds and then using the profits to conquer the world.  Well, there are more than just conflict diamonds, there are conflict minerals generally, and thus in steps the EU.  (For the record, Dodd-Frank contained conflict mineral provisions as well, but it was tacking on to an existing EU effort.) Continue Reading


Understanding Brexit With Larry Arnn and Andrew Roberts

Saturday, June 25, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

Below is the audio of two conversations from this week.

On Monday, I spoke with British historian and Bradley Prize winner Andrew Roberts about the momentous choice facing Britons. Roberts, who was in London for our chat, was strongly pro-Leave.

On Friday, with the history-making vote in the books, Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, also a historian of Great Britain and a biographer of Winston Churchill, joined me to discuss what it all meant.

Listen to these two conversations and you will be as informed about Brexit as 99.9% of those on American television commenting on the huge shift towards freedom that occurred Thursday:

Audio of Andrew Roberts:


Audio of Larry Arnn:



GOP’s Cleveland Message to Trump: You’re Fired

Friday, June 24, 2016  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

by Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy

In less than a month, the GOP will choose its nominee in Cleveland, a city reveling in its first major sports championship since 1964. Until the Cleveland Browns season begins, Cleveland is for winners. Donald Trump has promised to make America great again, but is Trump capable of delivering a win for the GOP and the country? His responses to the Orlando massacre suggest otherwise. Continue Reading

Hugh And Donald Trump Talk 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Audio:


The Transcript:

HH: Pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show now Donald Trump. Mr. Trump, welcome back, good to have you again.

DT: Good morning.

HH: We have had an unusual relationship this campaign season, wouldn’t you say?

DT: Well, I think it’s been good. I respect you, and I think it’s been good. I think it’s been fine.

HH: It’s been very good. What I’d like to do, though, rather than our usual interview, is give you some of my recommendations on how to beat Hillary and get your reactions to them. Is that good with you?

DT: It’s okay. Fine.

HH: First one, because this election is going to be about terrorism, I think you ought to name either Tom Cotton or Chris Christie as your vice president, because Cotton’s, as, he’s a Senator now, but as an Army Ranger, he sought out and killed terrorists, and Chris Christie prosecuted them. What do you think of those two guys?

DT: Well, I think they’re both great, and they’ve been very supportive. And we have a lot of support. You know, it’s interesting, we have much more support than the press lets you believe, tremendous support. And you know, they may go and say well, here’s a rogue person from the Republican Party, and we definitely have the people’s support. You see that. You even see that in the polls. We get hammered for four weeks unfairly by the press, and the polls are just about even, and she’s spending a fortune, and I’m not. So we have a lot of support. I think we’re going to do great. But I like those two guys a lot. I think they’re terrific guys. Continue Reading

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