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Obamacare Cools To Room Temperature

Tuesday, January 26, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The mouthpiece for the left declares that Obamacare is on the shelf. Very high up. Out of reach, in fact.

Congressional Democrats seem to see that electoral disaster is looming. What they do not seem to realize is that next year’s tax hikes will keep the economy stumbling along and that the massive deficits they have created –not Bush-related, not caused by the Great Panic of ’08-09– are driving the public to a state of political activity against them that is unprecedented. Democrats have spent all the money and trillions more, and the only solution is to replace them from top to bottom and hope that the GOP has recovered its commitment to deep cuts in spending and fiscal sanity while maintaining their willingness to fight the war as a war and not as a prolonged judicial proceeding.

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“Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Tuesday, January 26, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Cosmic is the new book by Frank Cottrell Boyce, and because it is so (1) affirming of the role of fathers, (2)enthusiastic about space, and (3) a wonderful read, I interviewed the first children’s author in the ten year history of my program today. Even if you don’t have kids to read it to or with, you will enjoy Cosmic, but if you do have children, they and you will love it.


Here is the audio of the interview with Frank Cottrell Boyce.


What Should I Tell GOP House Members?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I will be one of many speakers at the House Republican Retreat this weekend. I will use the time to speak some about smart immigration reform and about the new media gap –which Scott brown closed, long may his example live– but will ask my audience today for their suggestions as well.

David Brooks today offers three key paragraphs which should also be read not just by the House members but by every center-right candidate in the land:

In fact, this country was built by anti-populists. It was built by people like Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln who rejected the idea that the national economy is fundamentally divided along class lines. They rejected the zero-sum mentality that is at the heart of populism, the belief that economics is a struggle over finite spoils. Instead, they believed in a united national economy -one interlocking system of labor, trade and investment.

Hamilton championed capital markets and Lincoln championed banks, not because they loved traders and bankers. They did it because they knew a vibrant capitalist economy would maximize opportunity for poor boys like themselves. They were willing to tolerate the excesses of traders because they understood that no institution is more likely to channel opportunity to new groups and new people than vigorous financial markets.

In their view, government’s role was not to side with one faction or to wage class war. It was to rouse the energy and industry of people at all levels. It was to enhance competition and make it fair -to make sure that no group, high or low, is able to erect barriers that would deprive Americans of an open field and a fair chance. Theirs was a philosophy that celebrated development, mobility and work, wherever those things might be generated.

Hamilton and Lincoln were men of vision and enthusiasm for the future, certain of the country’s ability to grow and take a rising population further and further towards greater and greater freedom and prosperity. Brooks is absolutely right to remind the modern GOP of these towering examples of robust central government, even as it must necessarily demand the immediate, significant downsizing of non-essential federal functions and the out-of-control spending that is threatening the future of the country. (Really, it is. It is a menace, but very few people seem to believe this.)

Suggestions on other message points can be sent to me via

I have opened a thread at the Hughniverse for longer suggestions and debate on this subject.

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