There was a LOT to talk about today. The President’s immigration meeting yesterday was stellar, fascinating and truly hammered away at ANYONE who thinks he isn’t mentally capable of being the CIC. There was also a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean, far enough from land to not be catastrophic. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5253011/Massive-7-6-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-Caribbean.html) However, the famed “3-judge panel” overseeing redistricting did render a somewhat catastrophic verdict against the Republicans in the NCGA saying the congressional districts they drew in 2016 were NOT legal. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/10/federal-court-voids-north-carolinas-gop-drawn-congressional-map-for-partisan-gerrymandering/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_with_top_mostshared_2_na&utm_term=.49853a5e08bb)
One has to wonder at what point the judiciary is acting in either a partisan way or as version 2.0 of the legislature. The courts to this point have pretty much affirmed that partisanship is acceptable in map drawing. At any rate, Jan 24th is the deadline for the NCGA or the US Supremes must take a look. (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article193814154.html)
Donald Bryson, newly named as the incoming president of the Civitas Institute joined us to discuss his transition from AFPNC to the new gig. We went through a bit about the success of tax reform in NC and statewide as well as discussing the horrendous decision by the Asheville city council to outlaw homeowners from renting their property via short term rentals like AirBNB and VRBO. (http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/01/09/asheville-downtown-vacation-rentals-airbnbs-banned-6-1-city-council-vote/1019195001/#new_tab)
We also discussed the issues he feels are important to Civitas including but not limited to legislative rankings, property rights, school choice, taxation, regulation and incentives. In the end we touched on occupational licensing and how it has been exposed as being truly corrupt by the folks at the Institute for Justice. How on earth could it be that eyebrow weaving requires more education than being a paramedic? (https://spectator.org/licensing-is-a-racket/)
The top of the second hour kicked off with additional judicial overreach in the form a California federal judge stopping the President from repealing former President Obama’s executive order creating the DACA program. It strains the credulity of the court to see how the creation of an executive order carries more legal standing than undoing it. There is no DACA law on the books and this will likely be overturned. It is, however, a huge waste of taxpayer resources once again using the judiciary for partisan purposes.
As we continued with the second hour we reviewed the horrific consequences of the new tax law that have created new jobs, higher wages, expanded 401k investments and a host of other outcomes completely missed by the political left. Nancy Pelosi literally said it was, “one of the worst bills” ever considered in the US history. National Review did a stellar job on this one. (http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455241/trump-gop-tax-cuts-are-basically-bataan-death-march)
But we were far from done. The Committee to Protect Journalism has given the President the title of “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” in spite of never having jailed, harmed, or killed a single journalist. For some reason North Korea’s leader escaped such an award as did the leader of Venezuela and every other “truly oppressive” country on the planet. Thus the “Committee” rendered itself meaningless beyond repair. (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/09/trump-takes-top-honors-press-oppressors-awards/1017934001/) To receive such an award, you really need to be proven to have “oppressed” someone which simply has not occurred.
Utility companies are joining the list of companies benefitting from the new tax cuts and they’re CUTTING rates. Several of them at this point have decided to give a lot of the savings back to customers in spite of democrat assertions that companies are evil and will only help their corner offices. Here’s hoping that Duke Energy joins the movement, but I won’t hold my breath. (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/utilities-cutting-rates-cite-benefits-of-trump-tax-reform/article/2645375)
The last two topics were worlds apart from the previous discussion. But the Gov of Washington deserved a bit of attention for saying that today’s children only have about 59 days to be saved from Global Warming. Why 59 days? Because that’s when the legislature in his state will be wrapping up business and he wants them to enact a carbon tax to save the planet without a single shred of evidence that anything Washington does will make a difference. Nope, didn’t make that one up either. (http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/09/washington-governor-claims-just-59-days-to-save-children-from-global-warming/)
And finally a touching note to all. 27 year old Holly Butcher passed away recently. No, she wasn’t a friend, but her final “note” was posted on social media where it has been shared thousands upon thousands of times. She died of a rare cancer that primary effects young folks and her life was extended by a year with blood donations. Her note summarized the importance of things in life and was a great perspective about how the little things shouldn’t bother us. You can read and should read the story here: http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/01/10/27-year-old-dying-womans-heartbreaking-letter-goes-viral.html