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Davenport: Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About the National Debt?

In a presidential campaign, it’s amazing that no one is talking about the national debt. Well, actually someone is:  the Congressional Budget Office issued a report this summer and we should be shocked.

Here are the top 2 things the nonpartisan CBO concluded:

1)     Deficits are growing because spending—primarily on Social Security, health care and interest on the debt—is growing faster than revenue.

2)    The ratio of debt to Gross National Product has nearly doubled during the Obama administration to 75% today, and it is projected to grow to 141% in 2046.

But don’t worry, because the Democrats have a plan:  spend more and tax the rich.  And Donald Trump says when we go bankrupt he will renegotiate our debt.

Is anyone besides me worried about this?  Are we numb to the rapidly escalating debt?  Debt is not only a question of fiscal responsibility, it is a problem of national security.

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THR 9/3/16: ALT RIGHT, Breitbart and the Republican Party

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Mike Gallagher turns to Donald Trump’s Chief Policy Advisor Sam Clovis to discuss immigration and Trump’s visit to Mexico. Hugh Hewitt speaks with CNN’s Jake Tapper about the continuing problems with Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Hewitt continues this line of conversation about the controversial dealings of the Clinton Foundation with Glenn Thrush of Politico. Michael Medved explains that Hillary has no right to label Trump a “white extremist.” Larry Elder tackles the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the nation anthem. Medved addresses France’s recent move to force Muslim women to remove their burkinis at the beach. Jonah Goldberg and Hewitt discuss the plague of ALT RIGHT on the conservative, Republican movement.

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Mohler: Secular Absolutism

Last week, shocking images came streaming from the beaches of France. As Alissa Rubin reported for the New York Times, the photos showed “armed police surrounding Muslim women on beaches and ordering them to remove their modest clothes or leave.”

Many mayors on the Mediterranean coast have adopted legislation making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the ‘burkini’ on French beaches.

What is uniting so many leaders and citizens—across the political spectrum—in France? It is that nation’s absolute commitment to secularity.

In an article for the Telegraph, Tim Stanley points out that the opposition in France to the burkini and to Islam is symbolic of its opposition to any form of conservative religion, any kind of theology that would bring a moral code in conflict with that of the French secular law and culture.

If one were to try to invent a cartoonish distortion of that kind of secularism, one could do no better than what actually happened on French beaches just last week.

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Hewitt: The Resentment Election

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Throughout American history some elections have been driven by resentment and revenge. 2016 seems to me to be one of those.

Only a relatively few voters are marching door to door this year inspired by Hillary Clinton’s or Donald Trump’s personal stories of triumph over long odds or their promises of a new morning in America.

Quite a few voters are campaigning because they are very, very ticked off at one thing or another—or many things.

The real question is what comes after this campaign?

Come January 2017, the Hill has some pretty heavy lifting to do, beginning with a depleted Defense Department and the long-time-coming-but-suddenly-arriving Obamacare death spiral.

Staying clear of the resentment election is going to empower some of the veteran legislators to try to tackle some of the deep seated problems.

Neither of the presidential candidates is going to arrive at 1600 with a mandate. But either is going to have one heck of a headache and not much of a—if any—honeymoon.

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Chen: Bailing On Obamacare

It’s another day, and we have more bad news about Obamacare.

Some of the nation’s largest insurers have decided they don’t want to sell insurance on the law’s health insurance exchanges. The latest? Aetna recently announced it would no longer offer plans on Obamacare’s marketplaces in almost all of the states it currently serves.

The insurer quit because Obamacare is a bad deal for them.

And it’s a bad deal for consumers too.

In many states, patients are facing far more limited choices on Obamacare’s exchanges. In some places, they don’t even have a choice.

Unfortunately, all of this was predictable. Obamacare’s marketplaces rely on the younger and healthier to subsidize the costs of the older and sicker.  That, in addition to government subsidies to help incentivize insurers to participate.

When Republicans in Congress blocked the subsidies, and largely higher-cost patients showed up to buy health insurance, Obamacare’s exchanges were doomed.

A majority of Americans remain opposed to the law.  We shouldn’t be surprised.

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Mohler: Challenges Of The New Marine Corps

The Associated Press recently announced that the Marine Corps is going to try to reach a ratio of 1 to 10 in terms of female to male.

In the same day, CNN reported that “the only female officer enrolled in the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer’s Course has dropped out after failing to complete two conditioning hikes last month.”

It turns out that this particular female officer was the second of only two to have attempted this particular course. This is has led General John Kelly to conclude “if we don’t change standards, it will be very, very difficult to have any numbers—any real numbers come into the infantry.”

When the inclusion of women in all forward combat positions was first broached by the Pentagon, it was claimed that there would be no lowering of physical standards for any combat position.

But the reality is that there is still and will remain a basic difference between what it means to be male and female that cannot be overcome by ideology or even by the Pentagon.

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THR 8/27/16: Trump Makes His Pitch to the Black & Hispanic Communities

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Mike Gallagher speaks with James Toranto of the Wall Street Journal about Donald Trump’s strategy of actively courting the black and Hispanic vote. Michael Medved takes a look at how Trump has been pursuing minority voters and how that could impact his campaign. Hugh Hewitt talks with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, about the flood that has devastated areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Michael Medved believes that America is still the greatest nation on God’s green earth, and the Olympic games in Rio help prove it. The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley, sitting in for Larry Elder, interviews Roland Warren, Care Net President & CEO, about the Black Lives Matter movement that undermines the institution of the family. Dennis Prager says why he believes that the Democratic Party encourages addition to free stuff.

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