The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 168: Texas, Taxes, and Scandals

Guests: Texas Governor Rick Perry and NR columnist/author Kevin Williamson
May 17, 2013
Direct Link to MP3 File

Direct link to mp3 file

It’s another action-packed edition of the Ricochet Podcast, as we’re joined by Texas governor Rick Perry and National Review columnist and author Kevin Williamson. The governor explains why he won’t accept federal heath care dollars, why the President has come to his state twice in the past month, and what the immigration issue looks like from the perspective of a border-state governor. Plus he personally invites Rob to don a ten gallon hat and shuffle off to Dallas!

Then Kevin Williamson stops by to talk about his new book The End Is Near and It’s Going To Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure  as well as his unique brand of theater etiquette. Also, the growing IRS scandal (Kevin has been doing some superlative writing and reporting on the topic). Finally, James describes what it’s like to live in the anti-Texas, and a primer on how to stop Obama at the mid-terms. 

Music from this week’s show:

Vida La Vida by Coldplay

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks

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  1. Allan Trojan

    Just a technical question:

    Why do you make the direct link to the MP3 file so difficult to find??

    When you click on the Episode link it is not on the new page that you get. You have to right click to get a page with the direct link. Sometimes you even have to click on the link in the new page to get a THIRD page that has direct link to the MP3 file. (For example, that’s what you have to do with Episode 12 of Beltway Buzz). It took me a while and a lot of frustration to learn this trick.

    Is there some conspiracy to try to hide this from those of us who like the direct link??

  2. Allan, 

    The easier way to do this  is to just click on the title of the show and then scroll down to the direct link. We’ll definitely make this easier to find in the next iteration of the site. 

  3. Allan Trojan

    Clicking on the title of the show doesn’t work for me. I just get the podcast but it is not ‘down-loadable’. Maybe it depends on the browser?

  4. Allan, Check your private messages. 

    Allan Trojan: Clicking on the title of the show doesn’t work for me. I just get the podcast but it is not ‘down-loadable’. Maybe it depends on the browser? · in 1 minute

  5. FreeWifiDuringSermon

    Barack Obama’s gangster nickname should be Barry Pineapples.

  6. I. raptus

    I agree wholeheartedly with Peter Robinson about Berlin 1961.  It’s a fantastic book, even if you’re a Cold War history buff.  Even bought a copy of it for my friend to read, and he really enjoyed it too.

    Speaking of which, since I’m looking forward to Peter’s book … What are his favorite Cold War books?

  7. The Mugwump

    I used to ask my students why we call it The Cold War.  Invariably the answer would come back as something like following:  “Well, Russia is a really cold place, right?” 

  8. The King Prawn

    Two Texans…you guys know what you’re doing.

  9. Benjamin Glaser

    This may have the been the best Ricochet Podcast ever. 

    I think we may have one heck of a crowded field in 2016. I can think of 15 people of the top of my head that plausibly would run in that cycle. Good thing most of our “good guys” are young. 

  10. Alternate cover art by EJHill:

  11. John Presnall

    Rob Long first heard that he was the founder of Ricochet by reading Ricochet.

  12. Fynxbell

    Is it too frickin hard to put the mp3 link at the top of the post, rather than have to stretch the box twice to get to the bottom?

  13. Frickin’ fixed, Fynxbell.  

    Fynxbell: Is it too frickin hard to put the mp3 link at the top of the post, rather than have to stretch the box twice to get to the bottom? · 36 minutes ago

  14. I. raptus

    Thanks for the more prominent MP3 link, Blue Yeti.  It had been bothering me too.

  15. Fynxbell

    Blue Yeti,

    Thanks much for the relocated link. Was just a minor annoyance after a day of multiple “minor” annoyances. In a 100 years, who will care?!?

  16. Michael Hornback

    I have two comments.

    One, I really would have liked to hear Kevin asked to compare and contrast his book with Mark Steyn’s.  They seem to have similar views on the medium term but have different views on how it will all end.  I’d love to have them both on to debate this issue.

    Two, I listened to this podcast while taking care of my 8 month old girl, Vida.  She was named, in part, by the song Vida la Viva.  And she has grown to like it so much that if she’s fussy (especially in the car), we can play the song and she’ll perk up and be happy again.  Well, what a surprise to hear that song at the end.  My little girl perked up and I’m sure now Ricochet has another fan!

    Great podcast!  Thank you for all that you do to have such a high quality show.

  17. barbara lydick
    ~Paules: I used to ask my students why we call it The Cold War.  Invariably the answer would come back as something like following:  “Well, Russia is a really cold place, right?”  · May 17, 2013 at 1:32am

    Reminds me of the student who said he couldn’t possibly know anything about WWII as he wasn’t alive the, and later, while reading from his textbook in class, read it as World War eleven.

  18. skoook

    Yes We are Lucky !

    A showcase interview of Rick Perry , who distinguished himself. He was on Percocet a year ago

  19. Doomsdaypicnic

    It’s funny to hear Rob Say he doesn’t have to worry about the IRS because he’s such an infamous squish:

    Compared to Frum, Rob is like Goldwater. So keep your receipts, Rob.

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