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Talking With Chuck Todd About BuzzFeed

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd joined me this morning to talk about what I call the “clickbait McCarthyism” of BuzzFeed’s decision yesterday to publish a salacious and discredited 35 page hit piece on the president-elect.  Pardon my laryngitis-impaired voice, but the discussion on standards for reporting and commenting is an important one:




Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Chair of Financial Services Committtee

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Congressman Jeb Hensarling joined me this morning to talk “repeal and replace”:




HH: Voice challenged today, but I wanted to come to work, because I wanted to talk to this man, Representative Jeb Hensarling of the 5th District in Congress of Texas. He is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, very crucial in the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Chairman Hensarling, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, I apologize for my voice. I feel fine. I just don’t sound so good.

JH: Well, that was going to be my first question, Hugh. I hope you feel better than you sound.

HH: Yeah, I feel really good. Tell me, Mr. Chairman, last night, the Senate passed the budget resolution, which sets in part in motion the reconciliation process. Now, if it passes the House, and it will, it says by January 27th, you’ve got to come up with repeal and replace. Is Financial Services one of the two committees that will be working on that in the House?

JH: No, it is not. We are working on Obamacare’s brother called Dodd-Frank. And what Obamacare is to family health care, Dodd-Frank is to household finances. So our committee is not specifically involved in the repeal of Obamacare, but as a member of Congress, I’m thrilled to be able to vote for it.

HH: Now which committees do get it, Mr. Chairman?

JH: It would be the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee.

HH: All right, now I would assume then reconciliation, part 2, which is the 2018 budget, might indeed deal with Dodd-Frank, because that’s the other killer on the economy. Do you think that’s possible?

JH: Well, I do think it is possible. We can’t quite get to it all, but we can get to a lot of it through this reconciliation process. Now not one in a thousand really understand what that is, but essentially, it means in the Senate you need 51 votes instead of 60 votes to move legislation forward. And so it’s kind of inside baseball on how it can be used, but there are aspects of Dodd-Frank, which frankly, is just really retarding economic growth. It’s hurting households in their credit cards, their checking accounts, their mortgages. Small business lending, Hugh, is at a 25 year low. Entrepreneurship is at a generational low. And Dodd-Frank has a lot to do with that. So we’ve got to do our own version of repeal and replace of Dodd-Frank. A fair amount of it, not all of it, can be done through reconciliation, and we already have the replace bill. It’s called the Financial Choice Act, which stands for creating hope and opportunity for investors, consumers and entrepreneurs, and it will end bank bailouts. It will promote economic liberty and financial independence. It will promote capital formation. It has regulatory relief for struggling community financial institutions. We’re losing one a day due to Dodd-Frank. Good stuff, I might say. Continue Reading

Hugh on Hardball w/Chris Matthews and Andrew Sullivan

Wednesday, January 11, 2017  |  posted by Duane Patterson

Delegitimizing The Government

Wednesday, January 11, 2017  |  posted by John Schroeder

Sometimes, rather than read a story, you need to scan all the stories, and look at a calendar.  If you did that yesterday and into this morning you noted something extraordinary.  On the first day of Trump appointment hearings and Obama’s “farewell” (in quotes because I don’t think he is going anywhere) address, really the first functional day of the Trump administration, was all sorts of stories about dossiers and plagiarism and religious protests.  Do you think that timing is coincidence?  Moreover, for every dossier story that popped up last night and this morning (dozens and dozens)  I have only seen one story – one – that bothered to check out what can be actually checked out in that unsubstantiated mess of rumor.

What we have witnessed in the last twenty-four hours is not news – it is a concerted effort to delegitimize the Trump administration as it begins.  I am not accusing anyone or group of a conspiracy here, nothing that grandiose.  This is simply the latest and most dangerous expression of the fear and angst that has gripped the left, in the government, in the media, and elsewhere, as what they thought was there permanent majority crumbles under them.

What is most deeply troubling about this is not that Trump has opposition, even vehement opposition – it is the lengths to which that opposition is willing to go.  It is one thing to oppose, it is another thing altogether to try to undermine public confidence in the government itself.  The closest the right as ever come to this in recent years is the birther movement and that had about as much traction as a Smart Car on an icy street among legitimate players in the conservative movement.  (I know, I know, the president-elect was birther #1 for a while – but not at anytime during his campaign or since has that been true.)  I will not deny that the right has its share of conspiratorial nonsense.  But garbage floating around in the blogging underbelly of the Internet is something altogether different than serious reports in every major news outlet in the nation – none of whom ever treated the birther story with other than the mocking contemptuousness it deserved.

Of course, there will be immediate cries that this was contained in an intelligence briefing given the president-elect and therefore has more weight than the birther thing ever did.  Just remember, no one has politicized the presumably non-political agencies more than Obama and those agencies are still under the control of Obama appointees.  This had to be leaked – who did the leaking?  My money is on one of the political appointees.

It is one thing to oppose the government – it is another thing altogether to destroy the confidence in it that makes the nation actually function.  On the one hand you debate – on the other hand you give people a reason not to abide by the law, which will inevitably lead to lawlessness.  But it would seem that, particularly on the left, we can no longer tell the difference between those things.  In the end such is an expression of narcissism where people feel their personal stances are so important that there are no limits on what they will do to achieve their ends.  It is self-absorption, pure and simple. Continue Reading

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