Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5-15-18 Expert Guests for Your Show

1. Rick Richman: The Historic Opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem
2. Lowell Ponte: Why Obama’s Iran Deal Got Trumped
3. Jeff Ferry: Free-Trade Economists Begin to See the Light on Trade and Globalization
4. James Hirsen: Disney-Owned ABC’s Disdain for Conservatives
5. Sally Pipes: In Progressive America, All Roads Lead to Single-Payer
6. Ryan T. Anderson, PhD: 5 Reasons Transgender Policies are Harmful

The Historic Opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem

In 1995, the United States Congress, on a bipartisan basis, passed the "Jerusalem Embassy Act," based on explicit findings written into the law. The opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem is a historic day for Israel, for the American-Israeli alliance, and for those who recognize that peace in the region requires -- as both Republicans and Democrats legislated two-and-a-half decades ago -- recognition of an undivided city, in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group should be protected, as they have been for the last 50 years by the State of Israel, after the city was reunited by Israel. [more...]

Why Obama’s Iran Deal Got Trumped

President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate President Barack Obama’s Iran deal, said Mr. Obama – a self-described globalist “citizen of the world” – “is a serious mistake.” Two former directors of Obama’s National Security Council committed an even larger ethical breach. Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson in a New York Times Op-Ed called on European nations to withdraw their diplomats from Washington, expel U.S. diplomats from their capitals, and respond to any U.S. sanctions for continuing to trade with Iran by imposing sanctions of their own against the United States. [more...]

Free-Trade Economists Begin to See the Light on Trade and Globalization

For decades, economists have taught David Ricardo’s Law of Comparative Advantage as if it is an absolute law.  But the tide is turning, as some highly respected economists are now moving away from the doctrinaire position that all free trade is always good everywhere, and they begin to acknowledge that free trade and large trade deficits have inflicted substantial harm on the U.S. economy. From the mid-1970s on, growing trade has also meant the growing loss of good-paying jobs to competitor nations. Around the year 2000, the process accelerated. Globalization entered a new phase, which Harvard economist Dani Rodrik has labeled “hyperglobalization.” Three significant effects launched hyperglobalization... [more...]

Disney-Owned ABC’s Disdain for Conservatives

In May of 2016, ABC executives made an inexplicable decision, one that from a business standpoint seemed totally incoherent. The Disney-owned network mysteriously cancelled its second-highest rated sitcom, which made no sense since the comedy had already received two prime time Emmy nominations and was on a solid upward trajectory. “Last Man Standing,” starring Tim Allen, was in its sixth successful season at the time of its cancellation, with an average of more than 8 million viewers for the 2016-17 season. One rational explanation for ABC’s exercise in poor judgment back in 2016 may be that the company has an inherent disdain, as many in Hollywood do, for the show’s conservative-leaning content. [more...]

In Progressive America, All Roads Lead to Single-Payer
By Sally Pipes, President & CEO of the Pacific Research Institute

Senators Chris Murphy [D-Conn] and Jeff Merkley [D-Ore] recently introduced the "Choose Medicare Act," which would give every American the option to buy into Medicare. Their colleagues have already rolled out three other bills that would provide for a more limited Medicare buy-in, a Medicaid buy-in, and a full-fledged, government-run, single-payer system. All of these bills would lead to the same inevitable outcome -- a federal takeover of the nation's healthcare system. Each of the government-sponsored buy-in plans could operate at a loss indefinitely. Private insurers don't have that luxury; they'd ultimately go out of business. This, of course, is the progressives' goal. [more...]

5 Reasons Transgender Policies are Harmful

Who knew that removing the federal government from debates over school bathroom policies would be considered an assault on LGBT rights? That’s the argument activists made when the Department of Education announced that it would be enforcing Title IX the way the federal government always had - up until the second term of the Obama administration. That’s when the Obama Department of Education announced that the word “sex” now meant “gender identity” - and ordered schools to open up their bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and dorms accordingly. In my book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, I write about the controversies surrounding these transgender policies. [more...]

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