NRO’s Jonah Goldberg joined me this morning to continue a discussion I began with Tevi Troy last week about Troy’s article on the widening split between the national GOP base and the conservative intellectuals rooted primarily in NYC and DC:
HH: Joined now by Jonah Goldberg of National Review, the author of the famed G File, which you can get in your email box every week if you’ll merely go to www.nationalreview.com and subscribe to it. Jonah, a good Monday morning to you.
JG: Great to be here, Hugh. I, for one, like you in the new timeslot. But I get to hear you more, which is great, so…
HH: You’re the one. You’re the one who said, of the Bennett people who have been writing me, you’re the one. So we miss Bill a lot, but you’re the guy. Jonah, before we go to talk about Tevi Troy and the roots of #NeverTrump, I have to play for you, because it’s just perfect for you. Look, I get up so early, I got to hear the President in Germany this morning. My guess is you did not get to hear the President in Germany this morning. Am I right about that?
JG: You make it sound like I missed out, but no, I did not hear the President in Germany this morning.
HH: This is a very important moment in the President’s rhetorical arsenal. I want to play for you cut number 22:
BO: We see some of these trends in the United States and across the advanced economies, and these concerns and anxieties are real. They are legitimate. They cannot be ignored, and they deserve solutions from those in power. Unfortunately, in the vacuum, if we do not solve these problems, you start seeing those who would try to exploit these fears and frustrations, and channel them in a disruptive way, a creeping emergence of the kind of politics that the European project was founded to reject, an us versus them mentality that tries to blame our problems on the other, somebody who doesn’t look like us, or doesn’t pray like us, whether it’s immigrants or Muslims or somebody who’s deemed different than us. You see increasing intolerance in our politics. And loud voices get the most attention. It reminds you of the poem by the great Irish poet, W.B. Yeats, where the best lack all conviction, and the worst are full of passionate intensity.
HH: Jonah, the clichéd nature of that is so awful in the morning, but I have to get your response to it.
JG: Yeah, look, I mean, obviously I don’t know like some of the same political trends that Obama is pointing to. At the same time, you know, this, it’s classical Obama in his self-exoneration from the very trends that he is condemning. Continue Reading
I may have mentioned before my woodworking hobby. Yesterday I was in the hardware store picking up paint and shooting the breeze with the clerk while the colors blended. He started talking about his woodworking habit and quickly pictures were whipped out as we showed off our projects to each other. I have just finished making some box joints for a project. Most people appreciate the beauty of a box joint, but it was a pleasure to talk to someone that knew how difficult it is to make them well. There is a different level of appreciation when you know what is involved in accomplishing something.
On Friday the Chicago White Sox pulled off a rare enough triple play, but moreover it is the first 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play in major league history. Everybody thinks “cool.” But unless you know a thing or two about baseball, you cannot really appreciate the play. Buried in the middle of this quite odd sequence, and easy to miss, is the fact that after the tag at first, the player authoritatively throws the ball to home from his knees! Go ahead, try it, I dare you. That’s a lot of arm. The more you know, the more you appreciate something. Continue Reading
I was joined Friday morning by CKE CEO Andy Puzder who is one of the most articulate and persuasive of America’s business leaders:
HH: This is my segment of greatest impact. It’s 8:30 in the East, 5:30 in the West. And in California, the 55 Freeway headed into the coast from the Inland Empire is jammed. The 405 is jammed. In Phoenix on AM960, people are going to work. Of course, all across Atlanta and Washington and St. Louis and D.C., all the freeways are jammed, in New York, etc. They’re all people going to work. And that’s why I asked Andy Puzder to join me. Andy is the CEO of CKE Restaurants. Now Andy is a lawyer. But he was such a good lawyer that Carl Karcher asked him to come in and actually run Karcher Enterprises after him. And CKE owns all of Carls, Jr. and Hardee’s, and you see Andy a lot on CNBC and the other business channels. And I want people to understand, especially those of you who are going to work this early, especially those of you who own businesses, what this minimum wage dispute is about, because in Phoenix, you’re going to be voting in the fall on a $12 dollar an hour minimum wage. California just adopted a $15 dollars an hour minimum wage. Andy, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, thanks for getting up early to talk about this subject to this audience.
AP: Great to be here, Hugh, good to hear from you.
HH: Let’s begin with the basics. You employ a lot of people. How many people work for CKE?
AP: For the company itself, there’s about 10,000 employees. If you look at the system overall, which includes our franchisees, it’s closer to 75,000 people in the United States, and another 15,000 overseas.
HH: All right, so it’s a lot of people that depend on your company being healthy, a lot of families that need their jobs. What do you think of the $15 dollar an hour minimum wage, or even the $12 dollar an hour minimum wage that’s going to be on the ballot in Arizona?
AP: Well, I hope it stays on the ballot. One of the big surprises in California was that there was an initiative on the ballot that was supposed to be voted on in November. The polling was showing that it didn’t have popular support, that people were not going to, that they felt $15 dollars an hour was too big an increase. And so surprisingly, very surprisingly, the Governor, Brown, and the Legislature, Democrats, passed a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage bill despite the lack of popular support. And in fact, Governor Brown had stated, and I’m going to quote him here, he said raising the minimum wage too much would put a lot of people out of work. And he concluded that there would be, there won’t be a lot of jobs. So he knew about the bad impact, but they went and passed it anyway. So it’s, it was a big surprise here. But I can tell you generally what the impact, economic impact would be from raising the minimum wage to either of those amounts. Continue Reading