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Lanhee Chen: Tax Reform Is Long Overdue

Tax Reform

President Trump introduced a significant tax reform proposal that will dramatically lower the business tax rate, simplify the individual tax code, and cut tax rates for many American taxpayers.

While there are still many details to be filled in, the basic contours of and principles underlying Trump’s reform plan are worth supporting.

We haven’t seen an overhaul of our tax code for over thirty years, since Ronald Reagan was president and such major change is long overdue.  And why do we need reform?  To put it simply, our tax rates are too high, the tax code is too complicated, and we have a system that disincentivizes growth and investment, two things our economy desperately needs.

The next few months will bring a lot of back-and-forth and much politicking over the president’s proposed changes to the tax code.  But Republicans and Democrats should agree that our tax system needs to be improved and modernized.  It will help American businesses compete, and American families do better.

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Hugh Hewit Interviews Admiral James Stavritis on China’s Navy

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On this week’s Townhall Review program, we featured a portion of Hugh Hewitt’s interview with Admiral James Stavritis on the latest developments with China’s navy and how that could affect international relations with the United States. The full interview is available here.

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Michael Medved: Divisions Didn’t Begin With Trump

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Looking back on President Trump’s opening months in office, not even the most determined detractors of the president can rightly blame him for dividing the country, since the nation was already deeply divided before he came to office.

Barack Obama lost control of Congress to the opposition party, barely winning 51 percent in his re-election bid. George W. Bush also won narrow re-election and lost both houses, while leftist activists demonstrated to demand impeachment. Bill Clinton actually was impeached.

This bitter, persistent divide stems in part from changes in media: with the rise of cable news, talk radio and the internet, news sources today don’t even pretend to be up-the-middle.

Meanwhile, churches that used to draw congregants of all orientations now identify as unashamedly liberal or outspokenly conservative. Politics is polarized because the public is more polarized, with more Americans living in ideological enclaves where big majorities share the same outlook.

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THR 5/6/17: Trump’s Tax Cuts and Spending Plan

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Economist Larry Kudlow praises Trump’s tax plan on the Michael Medved Show. Mike Gallagher and the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore question whether Trump and the Republicans got steamrolled by the Democrats on the latest budget deal. North Korea expert Gordon Chang talks to Michael Medved about the high tensions on the Korean peninsula and whether the North Korean leader would ever give up his nukes. Retired Admiral James Stavritis joins the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss China’s navy. Speaker Paul Ryan explains a few of the details of the spending plan on Hugh Hewitt’s show. Dennis Prager looks at the latest example of left-wing hate over a recent New York Times column on global warming. Larry Elder points out the hypocrisy of those who attack Dallas Cowboy’s Dez Bryan for his comments on race relations, but not others. Dennis Prager weighs in on the “tolerant” left who made it impossible for Ann Coulter to speak at Berkeley.

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Greg Thornbury: No Questions Allowed

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When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bret Stephens left the Wall Street Journal editorial board for The New York Times recently, the change raised a few eyebrows. Stephens, who had been very critical of then-candidate Trump, perhaps fit better at the “Old Grey Lady,” in this day and age.

Few people, however, thought the move would make national headlines. But then Bret Stephens published an Op-Ed with his contrarian and conservative view that dared to call into question the absolute certainty with which climate change advocate make their apocalyptic claims.

To readers of The New York Times, even casting the slightest doubt on the political agenda of climate change advocates sent liberal readers of the paper into a tizzy.

The message was clear, and it was Orwellian: disagree with the conclusions of the progressive left, and they will silence you, then crucify you.

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Heather Mac Donald on Race Relations 25 Years After Rodney King

The Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald joined the Dennis Prager Show to discuss the 25 anniversary of the Rodney King incident and how race relations and police policies stand today. Prager and Mac Donald discuss her latest column, “Venerating Havoc.” Join Dennis Prager’s premium content website at Pragertopia.com.

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Larry Kudlow Praises Trump’s Tax Plan

Larry Kudlow

Economic analyst Larry Kudlow joined the Michael Medved Show to give his opinion on Trump’s tax plan. Join Michael Medved’s premium content website at MedvedMedhead.com.

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