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14 April 2018

Episode 312 – Stimulus Trump

 

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – You don’t go around proposing $1 trillion in infrastructure, stimulus spending if you will, if you’re not ready to make deals with people that have to actually legislate them.  By the by, when Obama proposed this – I went and looked this up.  I asked the question to start the program today: Was Obama’s porkulus, succubus stimulus bill more or less than $1 trillion?  Check out today’s transcript for the rest….

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Mike:  Kevin D. Williamson, another point of view here, “A 100 Percent Tariff on Motorcycles?”

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 As surprising as it sounds, I think that President Trump might be confused on a policy detail. He says that an unnamed country imposes a 100 percent tariff on U.S.-made motorcycles. This may be the case, but if it is, I am unaware of it and can find no evidence of it. I’ll update if somebody corrects me.

What is certainly is happening is that the United States is considering a 100 percent tariff on European-made motorcycles. [Mike: You people who like to ride Husqvarna and BMW – what’s another European-made motorcycle? I can’t think of one. Ducati. There’s got to be some from Deutschland.] This is part of a dispute about beef, with the steak-and-burger lobby looking for retaliatory tariffs on key European imports in response to European regulations regarding U.S.-origin beef and meat products. U.S. producers use certain hormones that are banned in the European Union.

Punishing U.S. consumers to subsidize a politically influential industry: That’s a great policy if you have a large cattle-ranching operation — or if you fancy paying twice as much for a Ducati.

UPDATE: India and the Maldives do have a 100 percent tariff on some imported motorcycles. It’s a bad policy for them, and would be a bad policy for us.

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Mike:  Rich Lowry, who is the editor of the National Review says this, “Domesticated Trump.”  There’s a decepticon that’s alive, someone that claims to be a conservative – by the by, Lowry was also in the never-Trump camp, just for a point of reference here.  If people in the elite establishment like Rich Lowry start going Trump, you know that Trump ain’t Trump anymore.  Okay?  That’s the point here.  You’ll know that Mordor and the $4.5 trillion all-you-can-eat buffet just smacked him down.  You don’t go around proposing $1 trillion in infrastructure, stimulus spending if you will, if you’re not ready to make deals with people that have to actually legislate them.  By the by, when Obama proposed this – I went and looked this up.  I asked the question to start the program today: Was Obama’s porkulus, succubus stimulus bill more or less than $1 trillion?  All of conservativedom, even five years after the – I found headlines when I was searching for this – I’ll read you some of the headlines I found from back in 2009 when President Obama and Nancy Pelosi proposed $835 billion in infrastructure.  That’s what the porkulus, succubus stimulus was, “infrastructure.”

January 25, 2009, New York Times, “Republicans Are Resistant to Obama’s Stimulus Plan.”  January 27, 2009, “Republicans strongly oppose Obama stimulus plan,” Washington Times.  February 9, 2009, “Support for Stimulus Plan Slips, But Obama Rides High.”  January 29, 2009, Slate.com, “The logic behind Republican opposition to Obama’s stimulus package.”  February 29, 2012, “Why Stimulus Fails.”  This is a cover story from The American Conservative Magazine.  Let me read you the pyramid, the setup.

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Last fall the president called for a second stimulus package of $450 billion . . . former head of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, argued that a second [plan was a good idea] . . .  such as a February 2009 report from the American University . . .

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Mike:  February 18, 2014, “Republicans Attack Obama Stimulus Package on Fifth Anniversary,” five years after the porkulus, succubus stimulus plan passed, we were having parties, attack Obama parties.  [mocking] “We know that this Keynesian economics stimulus stuff doesn’t work.”  Yet Franklin Delano Trump proposes it and, [mocking] “Hey, this guy is awesome!”  Back to Rich Lowry.

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I agree with everyone that it was the best Trump speech yet. [Mike: It was, as teleprompter Trump speeches go. In other words, the president is becoming a president. He’s growing out of the role of mere peasant citizen and is being groomed and wooed into becoming one of them. If you don’t oppose it, you ultimately surrender to it.] It’s been mystifying for a while why Trump wouldn’t just do a few simple things to sound a little more unifying and normal, and tonight he did them. [Mike: Again, if there’s a decepticon, a fake conservative out there, it’s Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review.]He denounced bigotry, struck an optimistic tone, invoked the American story, associated himself with many sympathetic people in the balcony and ended by saying God created us equal. None of this is difficult to do or costs Trump anything. Indeed, Trump delivered his core message . . .

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Mike:  That’s what Christopher has been saying all morning long.  Tell everyone what you’ve been telling me all morning.  When I asked you about last night, what did you say?

Christopher:  The speech was pretty much the same script he’s been saying for the last year and a half.

Mike:  You said you were listening to it, nodding your head going what?

Christopher:  I’ve heard all this, except for the infrastructure package.  And that’s just the same that any president has done in the past, every president.

Mike:  This was the same speech, just with a few sympathetic notes thrown in, all hail the Navy SEAL lady up there, all hail the –

Christopher:  They clapped for like three minutes.

Mike:  Right.  Let’s identify with some people that are awesome Americans.

Christopher:  Let’s recognize these people who sacrificed.

Mike:  Other than that, same speech, right?

Christopher:  Pretty much.

Mike:  But not delivered in a way in which those previous speeches were delivered.

Christopher:  President Trump delivers a speech differently from that.  He’s different from any other president.

Mike:  But last night he could have been President Bush.   He could have been Obama going left and right on the teleprompter.

Christopher:  Very much so, yeah.  But he was Trump.  He delivers things differently.

Mike:  He was kind of Trump, Franklin Delano Trumpobama.

Christopher:  He did mention Eisenhower there.

Mike:  It’s a funny thing that on November 13, 2016, a document was released by the Trump transition team that said they knew what the Tenth Amendment was, and that they knew there were some things that the federal government should not be doing and only the states should be doing, or could do them.  Okay.  Other than the regulations, can we find one?  It’s interesting to note, peculiar to note that if you were to purchase a copy of Tom Woods and Kevin Gutzman’s book Who Killed the Constitution?, one of the chapters, there’s an entire chapter about the interstate highway system.  Remember, the title of the book is Who Killed the Constitution?  To have a chapter in it about the interstate highway system implies, and the book makes the case, that the interstate highway system is part of what killed the Constitution.  Why?  Because there is no congressional authority to build roads.

At least Ike tried to make a head fake towards the Constitution.  [mocking] “No, no, this is about the Department of Defense.  We have to transport things from point A to point B.  We have to transport implements of death to kill, maim, and bomb people from point A in Florida to point B in California.  We gotta have a road to drive the giant rockets on, folks.  Come on.”  That was the lame point about interstates.  I hope that I can avoid the telephone call, although I’m perfectly happy to explain this to you, about the reason why Congress does not have that power.  If you don’t believe me about the interstate highway system – I realize that ship has sailed.  We’re not going to put it back in the harbor long as we’re America.

If you want the skinny on this, read James Madison’s veto of the Bonus Bill.  Read it.  Go ahead.  I challenge you to.  It’s January of 1817.  A bill was sent to President Madison to build an interstate highway and canal system basically.  Madison vetoed it.  Madison said: I have to veto this.  I told you idiots that if you wanted to do it, that you needed to amend the Constitution so that the general government would have the authority to do it.  We don’t have the authority.  You don’t have the authority to do it.  That’s why I’m going to veto it.  Don’t give me the garbage about infrastructure projects.  This is pork.  This is what used to be called pork.  This is old-fashioned Mordor.  This is a sop to old-fashioned Mordor.  Hey, we’re open for business.  We got off to a little bit of a rocky start, but we’re open for business.

By the by, another disappointment last night.  Did you hear anything about un-funding, de-funding, taking out the baby killers at Planned Parenthood?  Absolutely nothing.  Not a word.  Not a peep.  Nothing.  So the title President Donald Delano Trump fits.  By the by, I seriously would love to hear from another human being today, other than me screaming at myself in my headphones.  What was your take on all this?  Were you changed?  Did you jump out of your chair chanting, “USA! USA!” a couple times last night?  By the by, what about this nonsense about going to Mars?  Did you hear that?  Do a word search in the text of the Trump speech last night for planet.

There’s one more digital media file I’d like to add, and that’s the discussion about: And putting a man on another planet.  Putting a man on another planet?  Where might we find the space bus in the Constitution?  I feel like I’ve begun a brand-new career here now after predicting the Trump win, after saying it could be a long-term game changer, and if Roe v. Wade is repealed as a result of this presidency it will be a success, and it still will be just based on that.  After last night, folks, this was as – here’s how Lowry describes it.  Don’t listen to me.  Listen to a decepticon:

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Indeed, Trump delivered his core message, in way that was domesticated to the presidency. A key question is whether if he gets out of his own way a little bit and let’s the haze of constant controversy lift, his polices will actually have some of the cross-partisan appeal you might except. [Mike: In other words, populism.]

It was truly bizarre to see Republicans standing and cheering the passages on protectionism and infrastructure spending, but this is the change Trump has wrought in the party. We still don’t know where Trump will end up policy-wise on these matters–he seemed to tip-toe up to endorsing a border adjustment tax, but he didn’t go all the way, and he mentioned the $1 trillion number on infrastructure without explicitly saying it would all be more spending. He was also vague on the Obamacare replacement.

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