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RealClear Radio Hour – The Hops & Hobbits Podcast, Part 1

23 Nov

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Presidential Drinking Habits Revealed

NOV 22, 2014

Mark Will-Weber, historian and author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking,describes presidential drinking habits from Washington’s whiskey distilling to Obama’s beer brewing, Jackson’s raging Inauguration party, Harding’s clandestine golf course swilling, FDR’s martini nights with Churchill, and LBJ’s drunk driving.

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Daily Caller – Professor Gruber and the Progressive Dream Team

18 Nov

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Professor Gruber and the Progressive Dream Team

Nothing makes the nation’s political class more discomfited than when one of its own is caught speaking the truth. As L’Affaire Gruber shows, were it not for the ubiquity of cheap video recording, the power of modern search engines, and the tenacity of citizen journalists, conspiratorial guidance spoken in private would remain private, safe from the prying eyes of the public. Gone are the days when the Legacy Media might be counted on to serve up smoking gun evidence of lies and deceit used to turn one sixth of our economy over to government central planners.

The tortuous passage of the inappropriately named Affordable Care Act was shepherded through Congress thanks to a phalanx of lies now being revealed. One of the legislation’s key architects, MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, has been on the stump for years earning hefty fees promoting the eponymous Gruber Microsimulation Model upon which claims of the Act’s economic sustainability were based. Problem is, honesty got the better of him, lecturing his colleagues on how the whole program was a carefully crafted exercise in deception.

It’s not the duplicity that’s news here. Lying to the electorate is a long-established tradition of both our major political parties. What’s new is the chortling professor’s gleeful disdain for “the stupidity of the American voter,” whom he is proud to have deceived because “I’d rather have this law than not.”

Of course, this raises some uncomfortable questions.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Mass Fiscal Alliance

17 Nov

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Keeping Tabs on the MA Legislature

NOV 15, 2014

Rick Green, entrepreneur and Chairman of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, argues that better government is smaller, and explains how he seeks to engage with both allies and opponents to promote that perspective. He also tells the story of MassFiscal, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization he founded to promote transparency on Beacon Hill through its Legislative Scorecard.

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RealClear Radio Hour – The Legacy Project

16 Nov

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The Legacy Project

November 15, 2014

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Andrew Carroll, founder of The Legacy Project and Here is Where and editor of the New York Times bestseller War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars, describes what prompted his vocation for preserving history and how his projects have grown in the 16 years since The Legacy Project was founded on Veterans Day in 1998.

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Daily Caller – Watch For the Return of Congressional Earmarks

11 Nov

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Watch For the Return of Congressional Earmarks

Huzzah, the Republicans have gained control of both houses of Congress! The era of Big Government is finally coming to an end!

Just kidding, folks. Putting your faith in politicians’ ode to small government is truly the triumph of hope over experience.

Thomas Jefferson is said to have opined to his friend and rival Alexander Hamilton that the British System was the best system of governance ever developed, except for the corruption. Hamilton’s reply? “Oh no, my friend. It’s the corruption that makes it work.”

Welcome to the new Washington, same as it ever was.

The power of the purse, subject only to President Obama’s lame duck veto, has now been delivered to Old Bull McConnell and his trusty sidekick Business-as-Usual Boehner. With Tea Party mavericks’ influence vastly diluted by the GOP’s lopsided victory, the smart money is on the spending spigots soon returning to their wide-open settings. It’s fun playing the Party of No when you are in the minority, but after you finally claw your way back to pole position to dispense the goodies, the temptation to do so usually proves irresistible.

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RealClear Radio Hour – The Berlin Wall After 25 Years

9 Nov

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Resistance Movements and Fall of the Berlin Wall

NOV 8, 2014

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Lawrence Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, recounts stories of the anti-Communist resistance movements throughout Eastern Europe that sustained peoples’ hopes through the dark days of the Cold War and contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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“Tear Down This Wall”

NOV 8, 2014

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Peter Robinson, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and host of Uncommon Knowledge, tells how he became President Reagan’s speechwriter at 26, what inspired Reagan’s famous line at the Brandenburg Gate, and the behind-the-scenes controversy over those four words.

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Daily Caller – Can Big Data Help Eliminate Voter Fraud?

3 Nov

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November 3, 2014

By Bill Frezza

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Can Big Data Help Eliminate Voter Fraud?

Conservatives take it as a matter of faith that voter fraud is rampant. Liberals take it as a matter of faith that concern over fraud is merely a cover for voter suppression. Where does the truth lie? Can we resolve this argument based on the facts? We may soon find out.

In Frederick County, Maryland, an election watchdog group is suing the OId Line State over alleged voter fraud. Another “gotcha” moment for conservatives or proof of voter suppression?

Neither. The plaintiffs in this suit are pioneering a new approach to determining whether fraud exists, and who might be its perpetrators. Their approach is elegant, simple, and purely fact-driven. It places no undue burden on legitimate voters, while it deters those ineligible to vote. It violates no one’s privacy. And it provides a template that can be used in every county of the country to either root out voter fraud or demonstrate its absence. Both sides in this debate should hail it as the answer to their prayers.

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