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Hugh Hewitt: Phase Four Legislation: What Should Be in It?

Congress is going to pass some sort of “Phase Four” relief package—simply because it must. It will likely be the most significant piece of spending legislation in my adult life.

What should be in it?

We absolutely must rebuild our defense industrial base. A strong defense will be essential for our response to the government whose negligence visited this pandemic on the world: the Chinese Communist Party.

Any subsequent help to the private sector cannot be advanced without liability protection. Federal law must preempt all state tort law concerning liability for coronavirus-related claims of negligence and intentional injury.

The collision with China has also put a new focus on Big Tech. These companies need to be pressed to side forthrightly and finally with the American republic that created the free minds and free markets that gave them birth.

“Phase Four” is shaping up to be the “law of a legislative lifetime.”

There’s no time to spare.

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Hugh Hewitt: The Coming Battle Over COVID

The vast fiscal crisis descending on states as a result of COVID-19 will challenge them all.

But the financial burdens brought about by massive tax-revenue losses caused by the virus should not be conflated with the preexisting financial conditions of many states.

Some states will try to secure financial bailouts for long-practiced profligacies and do so at the expense of the more thrifty, prudent states.

New York Governor Cuomo has been raising his voice, literally, trying to divert attention from this core dilemma, using the genuine suffering and an anti-McConnell press as a shield. But Governor Cuomo shouldn’t be allowed to cloud the clear vision of the massive problem.

The coming debate really isn’t about Trump, Cuomo or McConnell. It’s about structural federalism, the genius of our republic.

This isn’t about grace. Much grace, in the form of vast grants of funds, has already been given.

It’s about federalism.

And it’s about prudence.

That which gets rewarded gets repeated.

If we reward that financial mismanagement, we’ll get more of the same.

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Lanhee Chen: The Schools: A Key to America’s Reopening

California’s governor recently floated the idea of reopening the state’s K-12 schools as early as July. It’s an idea that should be applauded and encouraged in other states. Reopening America’s schools is not only important for the future of our kids, but also for bringing our workplaces back online and jumpstarting the economy.

One of the few glimmers of hopeful news we’ve heard about the coronavirus is that it tends not to be as deadly or harmful for school-aged kids. Even so, reopening the schools has to be done carefully and with special attention paid to the students, parents, teachers and staff who might be at greater risk.

Classrooms and student interactions will need to account for social distancing norms to help prevent the spread of the virus, and not all schools can begin at the same time. But re-opening our schools should be a priority for policymakers as we try to bring America back from the depths of this horrible disease.

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Nation Begins to Emerge From Shutdown

Townhall Review – May 2, 2020

Hugh Hewitt talks with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton about the latest spending challenge, Phase IV of the CARES Act.

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talks with retired Army Lt. Colonel James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation about North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un and General Mike Flynn.

Mike Gallagher give his opinion of YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram and what appears to be their censoring of content they don’t agree with.

Sebastian Gorka turns to author and columnist Victor Davis Hanson to talk about President Trump’s daily press briefings on COVID-19.

Hugh Hewitt talks with Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Public Policy, about that school’s adaptation relating to COVID-19.

Sebastian Gorka talks with former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky about the fight pending on Capitol Hill regarding the “Vote by Mail” efforts from Democrats.

Hugh Hewitt and historian Arthur Herman talk about how American business can help us recover from the COVID-19 plague.

Dennis Prager talks with Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute, about how our preoccupation  with safety and its cohort, fear, have almost become a religion.

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Jerry Bowyer: The Cultural Component of Our Recovery

We’re now engaged in a national discussion about how to balance public health and economic health.

It’s the right discussion to have.

We need to embrace both as goals, not sacrifice one to another. But I’d like to add culture to the equation. Quarantines are essential during a pandemic. Economic growth is essential too, because poverty kills.

But so are certain cultural institutions and patterns. Private associations can also be essential. Churches, synagogues and recovery groups stand between us and despair and between us and death.

No. I’m not calling for civil disobedience by worshippers.

But, I am calling for civil officials to obey their mandate to uphold the public good by fully counting the cost of what is shut down—and for how long it’s shut down.

As we move toward resumption of our activities, our public servants should give deference to what is the most life-sustaining public gathering for tens of millions of Americans.

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