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David Davenport: What Kind of Country Wants Media Stars for President?

Compromise

Social media blew up when it appeared that Oprah Winfrey might run for president.  Think of it:  two billionaire media stars who had never held political office running for president. Only in America.

But the deeper question is why voters are turning in this direction?  Besides their obvious frustration with politicians, voters seem more interested in making statements than actually governing. We don’t know what policies Oprah might follow and, even after a year, Trump’s policy approach is still taking shape.  But they do make a statement.

A related problem is that the presidency is becoming all bully pulpit and no real leadership, all hat and no cattle as they say in Texas.  We want superheroes and action, not mature deliberation.  What passes for action in Washington these days is party-line votes and executive orders, not working through complex issues.

Citizens have duties, too, and we shouldn’t vote just to express frustration, but to guide the policy and governance of the nation.

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Salem Media at the White House As Tax Reform Effort Begins

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Townhall Review – September 21, 2017
Mike Gallagher and Hugh Hewitt are invited to the White House to interview President Trump and Vice President Pence. President Trump discusses healthcare and media bias, while VP Pence discusses the administration’s focus on tax cuts and foreign relations. Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, joins Larry Elder to talk about Trump’s executive order on healthcare. Grover Norquist, founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform, sits in with Dan Proft to share insights on President Trump’s tax reform. Hugh Hewitt invites Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S, Ron Dermer, on to discuss the conflict between the Kurdish and Iraqi forces in Kirkuk. Dennis Prager looks at a piece from author and playwright Andrew Klavan in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Lanhee Chen, of the Hoover Institute, and Cory Garner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, discuss the future of healthcare.

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Lanhee Chen: A Step In The Right Direction On Health Care

Tax Reform

So far this year, Republicans in Washington have been unable to fulfill their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s been a source of great frustration to those around the country who have suffered under the weight of higher health insurance premiums, and fewer health care choices.

To help address these problems, President Trump signed an executive order that will, hopefully, increase access to lower-cost plans and expand choices for consumers across America. It would make it easier for employers—particularly small businesses—to band together to offer cheaper insurance. The order would also expand access to so-called “short-term” plans that offer fewer benefits for a limited duration of time, but at much lower cost.

Is the executive order the same as repealing and replacing Obamacare? Of course not. But could it have an impact for some Americans who have struggled under conditions created by Obamacare? Absolutely. Congress should continue to work with President Trump to deal with the challenges and problems created by Obamacare. The future health of our health care system depends on it.

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Albert Mohler: A Statement Of Direction On Religious Liberty

Billy Graham

The President’s recent signing of his executive order dealing with religious liberty was much anticipated by all concerned with First Amendment liberties in our fast-changing nation.

An executive order is not legislation and it is never a substitute for legislation.

And yet an executive order can impact the entire executive branch for the duration of a president’s administration.

In his order, President Trump directed, “It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.” Here’s how we should understand it: This is the president’s statement of direction.

The executive order also—and this is significant—effectively reverses the contraception mandate of the Obamacare legislation and thus addresses an immediate issue in America’s public life.

No: It’s not substitute for legislation. But it is a signal of direction and that’s significant … it’s yet one more reminder of why elections matter.

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