Monday, February 5, 2018

2-6-18 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Ryan Olson: The Challenge of Forming Students into Skilled, Responsible Citizens
2. Lowell Ponte: The Progressive Future - Money for Nothing
3. James Hirsen: Remembering Dennis Edwards of The Temptations
4. Tudor Dixon: Teaching Our Children about American Exceptionalism and Freedom
5. Kerry Lutz: Schumer/Pelosi - The Bitter, Ugly Faces of Defeat
6. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: The Fall of Wells Fargo

The Challenge of Forming Students into Skilled, Responsible Citizens
By Ryan Olson, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia

Kids today can be demanding, defiant, mouthy, disrespectful, and fiercely independent. “At no time,” lamented school principal Hilderbrand Pelzer III in The Philadelphia Citizen, “has educational work been so difficult for teachers,” because they must spend their time dealing with “challenging student behavior.” But think of your own childhood. Were you a model of saintliness? Teachers have a nearly impossible job because humans aren’t born acting like angels. We’re “crooked timber,” the philosopher Immanuel Kant said. All of us require efforts to shape our “crookedness” - to find meaning and purpose, especially if traumatized. [more...]

The Progressive Future - Money for Nothing

In 2012 the City of Stockton in California’s Central Valley declared bankruptcy. Now, six years later, it is about to become the first American city to experiment with “universal basic income,” simply giving people money for nothing, no questions asked. This is the next great liberal utopian scheme: give everybody a guaranteed income from the government whether they need it or not, as Craig R. Smith and I document in our book Money, Morality & The Machine. While President Trump is trying to make jobs easier to get, the Left aims to make working unnecessary. When families become hooked on free lifelong income of, say, $1,300 every month, Progressives believe a majority will vote for Democrats forever to keep the free cash coming. [more...]

Remembering Dennis Edwards of The Temptations

Last week the world quietly lost an icon of the music world. I had the privilege of touring with Dennis Edwards in the 1970s, when he sang with the legendary Motown group, the Temptations. I also worked with him in the studio and heard his performances up close and personal, accompanying him as part of the band. He was simply the best singer I have ever heard. The heart of a true artist holds within it the capacity to transport a receptive soul. That was Dennis Edwards, my singing influence, my brother in spirit, my friend. [more...]

Teaching Our Children about American Exceptionalism and Freedom
By Tudor Dixon, CEO of Lumen Student News providing unbiased news to America’s middle and high school students

Unlike CNN and other mainstream media, we believe America is an exceptional country, and we’re not afraid to show it. While politicians like Bernie Sanders want to turn America into a socialist Scandinavian country where everything is “free,” the sky is always blue and the grass is always green, we’ll emphasize that it was free enterprise and less government regulation that drove the engine to create new medicines and procedures to make us healthier, or that profit motive was what led Apple to create the iPhone or Uber to challenge the heavily regulated and unionized taxi industry. Lumen Student News is delivering 10 minutes of news to middle and high schoolers every weekday, year-round. [more...]

Schumer/Pelosi - The Bitter, Ugly Faces of Defeat

Watching the [Deep] State of the Union Address, one could not help but be shocked at the petulant vituperative Democrat Congressional delegation’s demeanor. The angry scowls, the refusal to respect, to applaud or stand up for the improving employment picture - both minority and female, economic expansion and the hope for a better tomorrow. These positive uplifting themes were met with icy silence and a refusal to acknowledge... that is, with the exception of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who looked like a puppy unsure of which master to follow. [more...]

The Fall of Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo stock is down 9% following the announcement that the Fed was penalizing the financial institution. The central bank cited “widespread consumer abuses” after it was made public that Wells Fargo created millions of fake customer accounts. And the Fed is coming down hard, putting a limit on Wells Fargo’s entire assets, the first time it has done this in history. This means that Wells Fargo will not be allowed to expand until the Federal Reserve sees fit. Wells Fargo is the second largest bank in the U.S., managing $2 trillion in assets, second only to JPMorgan Chase. Wells Fargo is now facing the toughest penalty issued by the Fed. [more...]

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