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David Davenport: The Green New Deal Looks Red to Me

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Green New Deal?  It’s freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s revolutionary scheme to reinvent the entire American economy.  She calls it “the Great Society, the moonshot, the civil rights movement of our generation.”

But look a little deeper and you’ll see different colors:  the blue of progressivism and mostly the red of government spending and debt.  The proposal calls for a breathtaking $90 billion in green initiatives.

Even mainstream Democrats are hesitant about this sweeping effort to reinvent the economy and eliminate income inequality.  But media darling Ocasio-Cortez will make it front and center.

The first New Deal turns out not to have solved the Great Depression as we once thought.  We hardly need a new one. Is it green? Yes. Is it utopian?  Yes.

But mostly it’s the same old liberal blue of government spending and the red of more debt.

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Dan Proft: King’s Legacy Has Become a Shakespearean Tragedy

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.”

That was Rev. Martin Luther King’s appeal to work as soulcraft in his 1967 “Street Sweeper” speech at New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago.

All too often, it seems like those words are something close to blasphemy to Leftist elites who invoke his name while seeking to expunge from history those names King called forth.

Shakespeare—invoked by MLK—has today been dropped by Yale as required reading for English Literature majors. And Yale is by no means alone.

King argued the purpose of education was to, “teach one to think intensively and think critically.”

Today, the politicized professoriate would rather students not think for themselves at all.

It’s a Shakespearean tragedy for black and white alike that so few of today’s students do.

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Michael Medved: An Astonishing Legacy


During the holiday season, an astonishing legacy inspired Seattle. A single, childless social worker named Alan Naiman died of cancer at 63; he had become known to his friends for “unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical,” holding together his battered shoes with duct tape.

But when he died, he left $11 million to children’s charities that helped the poor, disabled and abandoned. He scrimped, saved and invested, while working three jobs, so he could help kids he never met.  Because he left everything to charity, government imposed no “death tax” on his wealth, but had he directed it to relatives, or even designated strangers, the State of Washington would have imposed its crushing estate tax.

This case demonstrates why government should keep hands off honestly earned, previously taxed life-savings, while honoring wishes of the deceased on their designated distribution.

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Heightened Tensions Mark the Nation as Election Approaches


Townhall Review – November 3, 2018

Michael Medved questions the haste with which the lethal attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue has turned political. Hugh Hewitt talks with Lanhee Chen about the latest trends and predictions on the upcoming election. Mark Davis asks Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine Graduate School of Public Policy, about California’s congressional races. Hugh Hewitt is with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to talk about his recent visit to China in an effort to de-escalate tensions. Illegal immigration and U.S. citizenship is the topic for Larry Elder and Constitution Law Professor John Eastman. Michael Medved talks with Paul Kengor, whose children were a witness to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Dennis Prager interviews Bradley Birzer about his book, In Defense of Andrew Jackson. Hugh Hewitt talks with Jan Karon about her latest book set in the fictional village of Mitford, Bathed in Prayer.

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How a Lack of Civility Leads to Mobs and Bomb Scares


Townhall Review – October 27, 2018

Dennis Prager is with John Zmirak, senior editor of The Stream to take a close look at that caravan of migrants heading our way. Hugh Hewitt and Senator Ted Cruz talk about the “suspicious packages” that have been sent to Democrats and the Left’s hatred of Donald Trump. Hugh Hewitt and Senator Ben Sasse examine how all the rhetoric is turning dangerous. Is requiring voter ID racist? Larry Elder has a perspective from the side not normally heard from on the issue…the minorities themselves. Hugh Hewitt talks with Eric Metaxas about his latest book, Donald Drains the Swamp. Michael Medved interviews author, reporter, and former marijuana addict Neal Pollack. Dennis Prager opines on the left’s “mob mentality,” and transgender male athletes competing with women athletes.

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