The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels on American Radio Journal


Radio Program Schedule for the week of December 20, 2014 – December 26, 2014

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Alex Epstein from the Center for Industrial Progress about the moral case for using fossil fuels
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on how congress killed a corporate welfare program
  • Eric Boehm is joined by Glenn Spencer of the Workplace Freedom Initiative for a Watchdog Radio Report on an NLRB ruling that puts employers at a disadvantage in union elections
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on why the CRomnibus bill was short-term pain that could yield long-term gain

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor from the PA Manufacturers Association and Kevin Shivers from the PA chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business have a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion on lawsuit abuse with Darren McKinney of the American Tort Reform Association
  • Lowman Henry highlights the real meaning of the Christmas season

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This Week on American Radio Journal: Judge Andrew Napolitano


Radio Program Schedule for the week of December 13, 2014 – December 19, 2014

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of the book Suicide Pact about the expansion of Presidential power
  • Andy Roth has the Real Story on the impact of the Club for Growth
  • Eric Boehm and Katie Watson have a Watchdog Radio Report on states seeking to take power back from the federal government
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on the U.S. Senate release of the report on CIA interrogation activities

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with David Spigelmyer, President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition
  • Eric Montarti and Frank Gamrat look back at the big issues of 2014 on the Allegheny Institute Report
  • Beth Anne Mumford from the PA Chapter of Americans for Prosperity has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on the need for a Paycheck Protection law

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey


Radio Program Schedule for the week of December 6 – December 12, 2014

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor from the PA Manufacturers Association and Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation discuss what the new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate means for Pennsylvania with U.S. Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on Attorney General Kathleen Kane
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey joins us this week on Lincoln Radio Journal!

What does the new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate mean for Pennsylvania? Find out from U.S. Senator Patrick J. Toomey this week on LRJ!

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Prashant Khetan from Cause of Action about the White House obtaining confidential taxpayer records from the IRS
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind how congress might deal with the impending fiscal cliff
  • Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle have a Watchdog Radio Report on states going to court over President Obama’s immigration executive order
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on why some governors may lead the 2016 presidential pack

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Kane is Not Able


Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Politics, the saying goes, is all about timing.

If that is so, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe was a man ahead of his time when last year he introduced a measure calling for the impeachment of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  Metcalfe based his call for the attorney general’s removal on her refusal to defend the state’s statute prohibiting same sex marriage.  The specific statute aside, defending existing state laws is a core duty for a state attorney general.  Failing to do so was indeed a dereliction.

Metcalfe’s efforts went nowhere, but a string of recent events have eroded confidence in the attorney general who has at a minimum engaged in bizarre behavior and verbal miscues and, at worse, may herself be a law-breaker for having potentially violated grand jury secrecy provisions.  Even the news media, which hailed her as the second coming of Barack Obama, has fallen out of love.  Many now question her ability to continue in office.

It is true most Pennsylvanians don’t wake up in the morning thinking about their attorney general.   Although it has risen above the other statewide constitutional offices (treasurer and auditor general) in profile, the attorney general is not generally subject to the same media scrutiny as governors and U.S. Senators.

But, since Pennsylvania attorneys general frequently try and sometimes succeed in achieving higher office, their performance is worth noting.  After her solid election victory in 2012 Kane herself was viewed as a rising star.  Like Ernie Preate, Mike Fisher and Tom Corbett before her she was expected to seek higher office. Now there are doubts she will even finish her current term.

For those who are unaware, the Office of Attorney General holds significant power.  The attorney general is not merely an elected paper pusher.  He or she is vested with sweeping investigatory power, including the ability to authorize wiretaps and to prosecute.  We task our attorneys general with everything from fighting illegal drugs to rooting out Medicaid fraud.  We trust them with overseeing our state’s charitable organizations, and count on them to work cooperatively with local police. This is a serious office conducting serious business.

But the evidence now reveals the current occupant is not up to the task.

Several weeks ago Attorney General Kane was injured when her official state car crashed into another vehicle.  Weeks went by before the media, and by extension the public, were made aware of the incident.   Interestingly, the timing was intertwined with an investigation into leaks of grand jury information in which the attorney general was expected to testify.  Such leaks are a crime, so if it is proven Kane was a party to them she likely would be compelled to leave office immediately.

Then there is the issue of competency.  After exploiting the Jerry Sandusky scandal for political advantage her office concluded then Attorney General Tom Corbett acted appropriately in conducting the investigation.  She declined to prosecute after a sting operation found several Philadelphia lawmakers allegedly taking bribes.  The Philadelphia District Attorney is now on the case.  Kane zigged and zagged on the e-mail porn scandal, ultimately claiming some of the e-mails contained borderline child pornography. Her office retracted that statement, but not before it made national news.  Kane and her office received yet another black eye when they cut a plea bargain with former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission executives indicted under her predecessor.   They received no jail time for their misdeeds.

The question now is: what next?  If Kane is found to have leaked grand jury information she will clearly have to resign.  If she is exonerated there will be no criminal charge, but the state will be left with an attorney general who has failed to uphold state law, refused to follow-up on investigations, left corrupt government officials off easy, and has a penchant for mis-speaking.

The simple solution would be for her to resign and allow incoming governor Tom Wolf to appoint her successor.  That would take partisan politics out of the equation.  Or, she could limp through the next two years leaving it up to voters to decide whether or not to give her a second term.

Or perhaps, someone could place a call to Daryl Metcalfe.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  He is a former executive assistant to the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.   His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: National Iron and Steel Museum


Radio Program Schedule for the week of November 25, 2014 – December 5, 2014

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Joe Trojcak author of Focus on Your Light about how to be a successful entrepreneur
  • Joe Geiger of the First Nonprofit Foundation has Jim Ziegler from the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum in the Community Benefit Spotlight
  • Beth Anne Mumford from the Pennsylvania Chapter of Americans for Prosperity has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on our state’s lack of economic competitiveness

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This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Jonathan Last author of the satirical book The Seven Deadly Virtues
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on how congressional Republicans will respond to the President’s executive order on immigration
  • Eric Boehm and Bruce Parker have a Watchdog Radio Report on the Jonathan Gruber/Obamacare flap
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on why President Obama is both a winner and a loser on immigration

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When Gridlock is Good


At both the state and national levels voters have opted to put into place divided government with Democrats in charge of the executive branch and Republicans holding large majorities in the legislative branch.  The differences between the two are stark and deeply ideological.  This leaves very little room for compromise and suggests a two-year period of gridlock lies ahead.

If so, it will reflect the will of the electorate.  The recent election was not about finding common ground, it was about changing course.   In the last six years voters nationally have twice elected Barack Obama to the presidency, while delivering one or both houses of the congress to Republicans.  Government, like the electorate, is deeply divided.  That is not a negative; it means our system of representative government is actually working and is reflective of the nation at-large.

Given the Leftward bias of the mainstream news media we can expect coverage over the next two years to be heavily slanted in favor of President Obama and incoming Governor Tom Wolf.  This despite the fact neither can claim a mandate. Barack Obama’s party has lost over 70 congressional seats during his terms of office.  He himself said his policies were on the ballot.  They were and voters soundly rejected them.  Governor-elect Wolf won the “anybody-but-Tom Corbett” election even while voters sent enhanced Republican majorities to each chamber of the General Assembly.

Executives get to set the agenda so both President Obama and Governor Wolf will push their respective policies – while congress and the state legislature reject them and offer their own paths forward.  This will inevitably give rise to a spate of headlines and editorials lamenting the “obstructionist” Republicans standing in the way of the Left’s version of progress.

But stand in the way is exactly what Republicans should do.  At the national level it would be a mistake to interpret the election results as voter desire for compromise.  The campaigns, especially for U.S. Senate seats, were clear, as was the voters’ rejection of the Obama agenda.  At the state level, polling revealed years ago the voters’ desire to replace Tom Corbett.  It didn’t matter who, or what issues the Democratic nominee ran on, voters were not going to re-elect the incumbent.

To effectively counter Democrats and their allies in the news media, Republicans are going to have to up their game.  GOP congressional leadership in recent years has been mediocre at best, inept and ineffective at its worse.  With majorities in both chambers the time has come for Republicans to put forth a proactive agenda to solving the nation’s problems, pass it, and put it on the president’s desk.  If the president opts to use his veto, so be it.  Republicans could then enter the 2016 election cycle having done their job and with a clear message to put before voters.

Meanwhile, back in Penn’s Woods, the gridlock which gripped state government during four years of total Republican control can only be expected to get worse.  To capture his party’s nomination Tom Wolf had to move far to the Left to eclipse such ultra-liberals as Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord.  This leaves him little room within which to maneuver.   Republicans increased their majorities in both the House and Senate; then elected new leadership in both chambers far more conservative than the ones they replaced.  Those legislators cannot give into the Wolf policy agenda without betraying the voters who elected them.

So what should Republicans do?  As saying goes: “Dance with the one who brought you.”  Stay true to the party’s principles. Resist the urge to compromise just to silence media critics. And, put forth workable pro-growth policy solutions to the problems that confront our state and nation.  The president and the governor may or may not go along, but passing the wrong policies just for the sake of passing something will long term do nothing to restore our state and nation.

(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.)

 

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Challenges Facing the New Governor


Radio Program Schedule for the week of November 22, 2014 – November 28, 2014

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  •  Eric Boehm has news headlines from http://www.PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor from the PA Manufacturers Association hosts a Capitol Watch look at the old challenges facing the new governor with Gene Barr from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry and Neal Lesher from the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why government gridlock can be good
What challenges will Governor Tom Wolfe face in his first term in office? Find out this week on Lincoln Radio Journal!

What challenges will Governor Tom Wolfe face in his first term in office? Find out this week on Lincoln Radio Journal!

This week on American Radio Journal:

  •  Lowman Henry talks with Robert Graboyes from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University about the current Obamacare open enrollment period
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind defeat of the Keystone KL pipeline
  • Eric Boehm and Rob Nikolewski have a Watchdog Radio Report on the impact of falling gasoline prices on state budgets
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on improving mental health care for children

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