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Speaker Paul Ryan On The Way Forward, And What Debates Should Be Like

Monday, November 2, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: I’m honored to have join United States Senator Cotton and me the new Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Paul Ryan. Speaker Ryan, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show from the Kirby Center.

PR: Good to be back, thanks for having me. Good to be back. Welcome to the Kirby Center.

HH: You have been here on my show many, many times, but this is the most I’ve had the Speaker on in five years, so I’m very excited. And I’m going to make this a joint conversation about national defense, but first, I heard your comments on ABC. I was on ABC yesterday – a new House, a new approach. In terms of people driving around America, what does that actually mean? You talked in terms of process and regular order, but what’s it really mean to the guy driving a truck tonight who’s just coming home from work?

PR: Well, a couple of things. Number one, it means we run Congress the way it was supposed to be run, the way the founders intended it to be run, number one. Number two, the guy driving the truck, his member of Congress needs to have access to a process so that he can speak for that guy driving a truck, so that his elected representative actually has a say so and a voice in the process. Number three, to the guy driving a truck, he’s driving down this country seeing the country falling apart. He is seeing the country on the wrong track. And if you don’t like the direction the country is going, which we don’t, then we owe it to the country to show them how we would do things differently, put out a very specific, bold agenda how we would do things differently, and let the guy driving the truck decide in 2016 what he wants. We have not given the people of this nation a sufficient choice about how we should take the country going into the future. We’ve been an opposition party, but we have to become a proposition party. So that’s why I laid out the four things that we need to do. And making Congress work better and starting over, but also being an effective opposition party and being an effective proposition party. I think those are very, very important, and that’s the kind of, the discussions that I had with my colleagues about going on offense, going out there and laying out a case for the country as to why we ought to have it all in 2016 – the presidency and Congress. Continue Reading

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Senator Ted Cruz Rolls Out His Tax Plan

Monday, November 2, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: I’m so pleased to begin hour number three with United States Senator Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz, welcome to the program, great to have you.

TC: Hugh, my friend, always great to be with you.

HH: Now I am not going to rehash the von Hindenburg debate. That one’s in the books, and we know what went wrong.

TC: (laughing)

HH: Although I must say when I see you going around saying you want to have a debate with Rush, Sean and Mark Levin, I get a little, my feelings are a little hurt, Senator.

TC: Well, but let’s be clear. The great Hugh Hewitt has already moderated one, and as I have said publicly, you got far too little airtime. I’d rather you were asking every question instead of the handful they gave you.

HH: Well, I’m going to try and right the ship from last week by sticking to economics, because you published on the day of the disastrous debate a tax plan in the Wall Street Journal, which really ought to have driven the debate that night. Let’s tell people about the central aspect of the Ted Cruz tax plan.

TC: Well, it is a simple flat tax. And so for a family of four, the first $36,000 in income, you pay zero taxes – zero income tax, zero payroll tax, zero nothing. Beyond that, everyone pays a flat 10%, and that applies across the board so that the hedge fund billionaire pays the same rate as his secretary instead of paying less, as they often do now. Continue Reading

Political and Religious Priorities

Monday, November 2, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Two very scholarly pieces caught my attention this morning.  One is a review and commentary by Alan Bean in Baptist News Global of the book “Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus” by Reggie Williams.   The other is Mark Tooley’s editorial launching a new journal attempting to do for modern times what Reinhold Niebuhr did with his journal in the build up to WWII.  Both pieces are deeply religious and deeply political.  Both pieces have great points in both arenas.  (Both also have some points in each arena with which one could take exception.)  But it is the tension between the arenas that I find most interesting.

Consider two people, one reads the Bean review and the other the Tooley editorial.  Now imagine that this is the first exposure those two people have ever had to Christianity.  The two people would walk away from their readings with very different concepts of God.  That is worrisome.  That is a sign of imposing politics on God rather than allowing God to impose on our politics.  Before the “theocratic” alarm bells go off, let me assure the reader that such is not what I am calling for.  What I am saying is that for Christians, and certainly everyone involved in these articles are Christians, God should be the unifying concept, not the dividing one. Continue Reading


Washington Post Opinion Columnist Catherine Rampell Defends The CNBC Moderators And MSM Bias

Monday, November 2, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: You get to talk to Washington Post columnists like my first guest, Catherine Rampell. She is an opinion writer at the Post. You can follow her on Twitter, @CRampell, a brief bio by Catherine. Welcome, it’s great to have you on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

CR: Thank you for having me.

HH: A brief bio for people that the Washington Post puts out there, she has previously worked as a reporter for the New York Times covering economics, launching the award-winning Economics blog. She also wrote theater reviews for the Times. That scares me. I don’t know anything about that. Catherine frequently writes about the job market, women in the workforce, housing, taxes, health care, education, various other topics with an emphasis on data-driven journalism. Before that, she worked at the Post as an intern, an editorial writer, the Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, the Village voice, USA Today, NBC and other news outlets. She’s won lots of awards. She is a Princeton woman. So Catherine, let me begin by asking. Your first time on my show, I ask everyone on my show the same two questions. Have you read The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright?

CR: I have not, but please send me a copy.

HH: Oh, I may have to do that. Someone at the Post is going to have to read it one of these days. And was Alger Hiss a communist spy?

CR: My understanding is that the weight of the evidence says yes, although my disclaimer is I’m not a historian or an expert on this, but that’s I think what I learned in school.

HH: Terrific answer. Terrific answer. Well, that’s a start. Now Catherine, how would you put yourself on the political spectrum? Are you a liberal, a lefty, a progressive, how do you describe your own politics?

CR: I would say I’m socially quite liberal, on economic issues, maybe center-left leaning to left, yeah, something like that.

HH: Did you vote for President Obama the last two times?

CR: I did.

HH: And are you pro-reproductive rights?

CR: Yes, I am.

HH: And do you expect to vote for Hillary Clinton regardless of who the Republicans nominate?

CR: Probably, but…

HH: I love you already. Continue Reading

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