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In this episode, former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint discusses his old colleague Joe Biden (“He clearly has lost a step”), his old colleague Nancy Pelosi (“A very tough person…she will eventually bring the little rabble-rousers around”), and the current president’s personality (“Perfect…because nice doesn’t work.”) Plus: What is Mitch McConnell doing in the Senate? And can we just go on spending and spending forever and ever?
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Great conversation. Thank you.
Really enjoying these podcasts. The Democrat neighbor who said the Democrats scare her and “I don’t like the way that Trump does things, but I believe he’s doing the right things on most issues” probably speaks for many Americans.
Like the idea of his business training staff for congressional offices. Very entrepreneurial and much needed, I’m sure. In reading about the Awan scandal in Congress, I became aware of how much influence/power Congressional staff can amass. Need good people who know the ropes, can help navigate the sharks…and everyone who wants a piece of a member of Congress.
I hope he and his efforts are real. We need seriousness not drastic cuts. A mild decrease in Federal Spending will solve the problem if we can continue to grow. Even more important than fiscal matters is Bureaucratic power. The Washington bureaucracies are not and can not be made accountable and must be cut, and while we may not be able to cut programs we can send them to the states where some states will cut them and others may learn. We don’t do this because the state government are portrayed as corrupt and inept, that’s why we let the Feds take over in the first place; the Federal Bureaucracy looks and sounds serious. The problem is it’s not real, they are too removed from the people, the problems, the reality which is, after all, what it’s all about. They are simply not accountable and cannot be made accountable because they do not do anything that is real.
Byron, I really enjoy your interviews! I was fascinated to hear the work that Jim DeMint is doing–it sounds productive and smart. Thanks to you both.
FYI there was an error in the first audio file that was uploaded for this episode. If it ends mid-sentence about 27 minutes in, then you just need to delete the file from your podcast app and re-download it to hear the end.
Delightful, informative interview as always. I always wondered why he and Heritage were not a fit but it sounds like this Conservative Partnership Institute has some good things to offer.
All of this UBI, socialism, populism, and fascism stuff is about one thing primarily. You can’t have an inflationist government and financial system when global Labor markets and robots are forcing wages down and destroying jobs. You can’t keep running at 2% inflation anymore. It isn’t going to work. You can’t have anything going up in price except for healthcare a little bit. Of course people want free stuff in this scenario.