Commentary

Obama Sets Regulatory Record

A recent report concluded that the federal government added 43 major new regulations last year, increasing regulatory costs by more than $22 billion.  This brings the Obama regulatory record to a stunning 299 major new regulations at a cost greater than $100 billion per year. And expect another surge in President Obama’s final year in office.

If you wonder why the economy is not growing, this is one primary culprit. If it takes several years and thousands of dollars to get permits to start new projects or hire new people, growth is killed. The tax code, environmental regulations, labor protections—these are mostly there to protect things as they are, or used to be. What we need is a dramatic cleaning out of the clogged up tax code and regulatory system in Washington, not adding more.

Our economy is growing at almost precisely half the rate it grew from 1950-2000. We need regulatory reform, not more regulatory growth.

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Hewitt: May Freedom Long Endure

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This year’s Fourth of July comes amidst tumultuous times for our nation and for the world. The terrorist attack in Istanbul was—of course—only the most recent atrocity: Before Istanbul, there was Orlando, and Brussels, and San Bernardino and Paris, and the list could go on and on. And there are more threats to our freedom than radical Islam alone…

We have internal threats to our freedom—things that whittle away at our rights—like the Supreme Court that that (increasingly) takes core decisions out of the hands of the American people and their elected representatives.

It all this points to the fact that freedom is no longer the norm.

It is the exception to the rule. Freedom—as Reagan said—“is never more than one generation from extinction.”

As you take time with friends and family this 4th, savor the still beautiful fact that we are indeed free … and then join me as we redouble our individual commitments to fight to do all we can in order that freedom—unfettered freedom—and that it may long endure.

From all of your friends at the Salem Media Group, Happy Independence Day!

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Medved: Cinematic Enchantment, for a Change

Occasionally, Hollywood releases diverting fare for kids but only rarely do family films qualify as dazzling works of art.  But Steven Spielberg’s The BFG—“The Big Friendly Giant”—is a gorgeous, touching enchantment, destined to become a classic. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 best-seller, the movie follows an orphan girl into Giant Country where a huge new friend protects her from his scary, ravenous neighbors.

Every image glows with warmth and affection, the computer animation is breathtaking, and John Williams, as always, contributes a heart-tugging, glorious musical score.

Spielberg turns 70 this year, but he’s working at the top of his game: 2012’s Lincoln is probably the best film ever made about a president, last year’s Bridge of Spies was a masterful Cold War thriller, and now The BFG is a work of genius, with a dreamy, childlike quality that will delight both kids and parents.

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THR 7/2/16: “Hillary Clinton Put Politics Ahead of the Americans of Benghazi”

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Dennis Prager honors Independence Day by sharing his thoughts on the inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Mike Gallagher talks with New York senatorial candidate Wendy Long about the SCOTUS decision on abortion rights. Prager weighs in on the terrorist attack at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo tells Hugh Hewitt how the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton, and Democrats all combined forces to hinder the Republicans’ investigation into the Benghazi attack. He told Hewitt that “Secretary Hillary Clinton put politics ahead of the Americans of Benghazi.” Marco Rubio is running for the U.S. Senate and sits down with Michael Medved to talk about it. Hewitt speaks with former New York Times London Bureau Chief John Fisher Burns about Brexit. The WSJ’s Kimberly Strassel joins the Mike Gallagher Show to talk about her latest book, “Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech.”

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Mohler: A Stunning Decision

The Supreme Court recently struck down a Texas abortion law intended to protect women’s health.

The liberal majority on the Court insisted, in the words of the Washington Post, that “Texas’s arguments that the restrictions were meant to protect women’s health were merely cover for making abortions harder to obtain.”

Conservative Justice Samuel Alito counters this in his important dissenting opinion when he points out, “The law was one of many enacted by states in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal in which a physician who ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia was convicted for the first degree murder of three infants who were born alive and for the manslaughter of a patient.”

Justice Alito is absolutely right. It was in the wake of the tragedy of the Gosnell case that many states did rush to enact restrictions that would prevent similar atrocities from happening in their own states.

The Court struck down laws saying that they had nothing to do with women’s health, when there was a very clear case to be made that women’s health was exactly the issue, if not the only issue.

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Medved: Focus Attacks on the Most Vulnerable Democrat

Hillary Clinton is one of the most unpopular politicians in America – with a negative rating of 55 percent according to a recent poll. Donald Trump should focus all criticism on this vulnerable opponent, rather than attacking more popular figures like President Bill Clinton and President Obama.

Though Obama won re-election with 51 percent of the electorate, a higher percentage now express a positive view of the president. The problem with Trump’s charges that Obama secretly sides with Islamic terrorists isn’t just their outrageous, conspiratorial nature but their dubious political impact. Even if Trump managed to hold every one of Romney’s 62 million voters he would still need to persuade some 6 percent of voters who backed Obama twice to switch their allegiance.

It won’t help to launch attacks on a lame duck chief executive enjoying a new burst of popular support, when he could aim more profitably at the weak candidate actually opposing him.

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Hewitt: Happy Independence Day

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It would be very difficult to overstate the significance of the UK’s vote last week to exit the European Union. The very fact that a nation of 65 million people with 40 years plus of membership in the EU has voted to sever ties is nothing short of remarkable.

It was remarkable because, in part, no one saw it coming. The latest polls seemed to give the edge to the “remain” camp.

Nigel Farage of the UKIP, the UK Independence Party, and one of the proponents of exit even conceded early in the evening, only to declare later on that, “dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.” Both Farage and the other big winner of the pro-Brexit side—London’s former Mayor Boris Johnson—have said that the date should be marked as Independence Day.

As we approach our own Independence Day we ought to celebrate a victory for our friends across the pond. For indeed, the Brexit vote is a victory for self-governance … it was a victory for freedom.

So: to all of the friends in our audience and now to all of our friends across the Atlantic: Happy Independence Day.

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