This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Kyle Pomerleau Talks Tax Burden


Radio Program Schedule for the week of July 26, 2014 – August 1, 2014

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Kyle Pomerleau of the Tax Foundation about the tax burden of U.S. workers
  • Eric Montarti and Josh Eberlyexamine the impact of a recent court ruling on municipal employee residency requirement on the Allegheny Institute Report
  • Anna McCauslin of Americans for Prosperity-PA has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on how the state got into the current pension crisis

Income-Tax-Burden

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Kyle Pomerleau of the Tax Foundation about the tax burden of U.S. workers
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind the growing controversy over “economic patriotism”
  • Eric Boehm and Chris Butler have a Watchdog Radio Report on a small peach farmer in Alabama being forced out of business by the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on how the current scandals could hasten the abolition of the IRS

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

http://www.lincolnradiojournal.com

http://www.americanradiojournal.com

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Pension Crisis


Radio Program Schedule for the week of July 19, 2014 – July 25, 2014

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • David Taylor hosts a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion on what happens next with public sector pension reform with Kevin Shivers of the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and with State Representative Steve Bloom (R-Cumberland)
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on the immigration crisis

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Jason Fichtner from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University about the failure of the home mortgage interest deduction to spur middle class home ownership
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on conservative wins in run-off races in Alabama and North Carolina
  • Eric Boehm and Benjamin Yount have a Watchdog Radio Report on the impact of illegal immigration on non-border states
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on trickle-up poverty

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

http://www.lincolnradiojournal.com

http://www.americanradiojournal.com

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Huddled Masses


statue of libertyThe flood of illegal immigrants crossing America’s southern border has become a crisis.  Those arriving are not “undocumented” or “refugees,” what is occurring is a blatant disregard for the immigration policies of the United States, however flawed those policies may be.  We are not dealing with immigrants “yearning to breathe free,” rather this is Mexico and the countries of central America dumping their economically dispossessed, gangs and criminals on our doorstep.

This is a humanitarian crisis, with reports of the bodies of small children washing up on the shores of the Rio Grande.  It is a law enforcement crisis as drug cartel “coyotes” transport illegals across the border for money.  It is a political crisis as leaders of both parties have been unable to come together to develop a coherent immigration policy.  It is a foreign policy crisis as Mexico detains one U.S. Marine who accidentally wandered into their territory while sending tens of thousands across our borders and suffering no ill consequence.  It is a constitutional crisis as our president refuses to perform his sworn duties and enforce the immigration laws passed by congress.

The degree of President Obama’s arrogance on this matter was on full display last week as he played pool and drank beer during a visit to Texas rather than tour the border and holding facilities.  Imagine the uproar if President Bush had gone to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and instead of delivering a substantial address while standing in front of the St. Louis Cathedral he had gone off for some Beignets at Café du Monde?

Media reports would have us believe that those flooding across the U.S. border with Mexico are small children looking for a better life in the United States. They are often referred to as “dreamers,” an effort to slap lipstick on the immigration crisis pig.  While some are small children, the fact is criminals, drug dealers, and those sick with infectious diseases are also arriving in the current wave.  And how does it benefit those who are small children to separate them from parents and send them into camps filled with miscreants and disease?

The preponderance of the blame for this situation lays with the president and his administration whose refusal to establish effective border security and whose political pronouncements telegraphed an open border policy to Mexico and its southern neighbors.  Administration spokesmen engage in Orwellian double speak, a frequent dialect in this White House, claiming the borders are more secure than ever.  Really?  So the most secure border ever has resulted in a wave of illegal immigrants that have so overwhelmed the system more border control agents are attending to basic human needs than providing security?

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once said no good crisis should ever go to waste. By that he meant a crisis gives the president the opportunity to take actions he might not otherwise be able to take.  That is why the Obama Administration has allowed the current immigration crisis to occur.  It was predictable and encouraged and designed to help the president achieve his personal political goal of letting tens of thousands of new immigrants – who will become dependent on the government services his party champions, and ultimately voters for future progressive regimes.

Against the backdrop of this harsh reality Republicans and responsible Democrats in congress must act quickly to change current law allowing those who have crossed the border to be sent back immediately.  The current process is unenforceable, unrealistic and partially to blame for triggering the crisis now unfolding.  Then, steps must be taken – including the deployment of troops – to seal off the nation’s southern border.  And finally, congressional leaders must come together to craft a reasonable and enforceable immigration policy going forward.

A nation is not truly a nation if it cannot control its own borders.  The time has come for us to regain control of ours.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)

Permission to reprint is granted provided author and affiliation are cited.

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

This Week on American Radio Journal: Lou Barletta Talks Immigration


Radio Program Schedule for the week of July 12, 2014 – July 18, 2014

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with U.S. Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA) about the immigration crisis on our southern border
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on congressional efforts to get more money for the Highway Trust Fund
  • Eric Boehm talks with Travis Perry of Kansas Watchdog for a Watchdog Radio Report on local codes enforcement gone wrong
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on Hillary Clinton’s move to the Left
loubarletta

U.S. Representative Lou Barletta is a guest commentator this week on American Radio Journal.

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry gets details of a new statewide poll on internet sales taxes from Andrew Moylan of the R Street Institute
  • Fritz Heinemann of Economic Pennsylvania is in the Community Benefit Spotlight
  • Anna McCauslin of Americans for Prosperity-PA has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on the Export-Import Bank
  • Lowman Henry has a tribute to the late Richard M. Scaife

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

http://www.lincolnradiojournal.com

http://www.americanradiojournal.com

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: State Government Gridlock


Radio Program Schedule for the week of July 5, 2014 – July 11, 2014

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association hosts a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion with Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation and with Kevin Shivers from the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business about how labor unions are blocking needed state government reforms
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on how recent rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States have swung the pendulum back toward personal freedom

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation about the Supreme Court’s end of term rulings
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on GOP chances of regaining control of the U.S. Senate
  • Eric Boehm learns more about the Export Import Bank from Dan Ikenson of the CATO Institute on this week’s Watchdog Radio Report
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on misperceptions about the Hobby Lobby case

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

http://www.lincolnradiojournal.com

http://www.americanradiojournal.com

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

The Pendulum Swings


pendulum swingsWhen history looks back at the just completed term of the Supreme Court of the United States it will view it as the end point of the pendulum swing toward an imperial presidency and the beginning of a return toward a government more respectful of constitutional rights.

In an amazing set of landmark decisions handed down by the high court during the last week of its term the justices have placed limits on executive power, upheld the constitutional prerogatives of congress, reaffirmed the constitutional prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures, validated religious freedom, and protected Americans from forced association.

It is an enduring tribute to the wisdom of our Founding Fathers that the government they established during the Constitutional convention of 1787 and the subsequent addition of the Bill of Rights devised a system of government that, however tenuous, works to this day.  In this case, a president found that although he has a pen and a phone, the constitution is a more powerful instrument.  And, even when a feckless and inept congressional leadership allowed itself to be run over roughshod by an autocratic administration, the third branch of government – in this case the judiciary – stepped forward to reassert the primacy of the constitution.

Individually the court decisions covered a wide range of issues with each case posing a threat to constitutional rights. The common thread was in every instance the court did what the founders envisioned it doing and protected the liberties granted to us by our Creator and spelled out in our nation’s governing document.

While most of the cases were decided by narrow 5-4 majorities, a cause for concern moving forward, the Justices did unanimously rule against the President’s usurpation of congressional confirmation powers by upholding the right of the U.S. Senate to decide for itself when it is in fact in session.  At specific issue were appointments to the National Labor Relations Board made by the president while the senate remained in session but not fully present in the capitol.  The president argued that was a recess during which time he could make appointments without senate confirmation.  The court ruled otherwise, bringing to a close the presidential end-run around congress and the constitution.

In a major win for individual rights, the court held that the federal government cannot require family-owned corporations to provide contraceptive benefits to employees if it violates their religious beliefs. Under the Affordable Health Care Act the administration had sought to force the national craft chain Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Products in Lancaster County to provide such benefits despite their religious objections.  While the ruling was narrowly applied to corporations in which the corporation is indistinguishable from the family that owns it, it did mark the first time the high court has extended religious freedom protections to corporations.

The court also issued a sweeping ruling protecting the privacy rights of every American by requiring law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant before looking at the contents of an individual’s cellular telephone. Chief Justice Roberts humorously observed that “the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.”

President Obama was not the only one reeled in by the court’s recent rulings.  Ruling in an Illinois case the Justices collared public sector labor unions that had been forcing thousands of in-home health care workers to pay union dues. The court held that practice violated the first amendment rights of workers who might disagree with union policy and political positions.

Thomas Jefferson once observed that: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time by the blood of patriots and tyrants.”  In his time there was little recourse to obtain liberty than by armed rebellion to win and protect it.  He and his compatriots embarked on a Great Experiment to provide a peaceful means of refreshing our God-given rights.  This past week, for the time being at least, the experiment worked.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and 

host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.)

Permission to reprint is granted provided author and affiliation are cited.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Pension Reform, State Budget


Radio Program Schedule for the week of June 28, 2014 – July 4, 2014

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with George O’Connor of Chime Media about the threat of Chinese economic warfare
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind the Thad Cochran win in the Mississippi U.S. Senate race
  • Eric Boehm and Benjamin Yount have a Watchdog Radio Report on this week’s Supreme Court rulings
  • Jennifer Stefano has an American Radio Journal commentary on Eric Cantor’s future

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with Nathan Benefield of the Commonwealth Foundation on the latest effort at state pension reform
  • Eric Montarti gets a budget week overview from Dr. Jake Haulk on the Allegheny Institute Report
  • Anna McCauslin has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on Paycheck Protection moving through the state House

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

http://www.lincolnradiojournal.com

http://www.americanradiojournal.com

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.