This week, Greg Gutfeld, host of Fox News’ The Five and Red Eye stops by to talk about his new book The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage. Also, Romney visits Costco, fiscal cliffs, incentivizing birth rates, Jon Stewart vs. Greg Gutfeld, “The Boss” becomes the “The Man”, big box store heath care, a tax plan debate, and a Ricochet Podcast tribute to jazz great Dave Brubeck.

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There are 16 comments.

  1. Inactive

    The free year of National Review didn’t do me much good since I already subscribe. I have a better idea: Stream Red Eye so that Ricochet members can watch Gutfield’s show at a more reasonable hour.

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    • December 6, 2012 at 4:56 am
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  2. Member

    So, Walmart, one of the few employers that offers any healthcare to part time employees, stops doing it because of Ocare, and this is a conservative problem? The decision is over a year old anyway. It’s being brought up now just to bash Walmart more.

    • #2
    • December 6, 2012 at 5:35 am
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  3. Member

    And another thing! If Gutfeld needs a place to write offer to let him do it here.

    • #3
    • December 6, 2012 at 5:36 am
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  4. Member

    The declining birth rate is a much bigger deal than people realize, as is the destruction of the two-parent home.

    But again let’s kick the social cons to the curb. 

    • #4
    • December 6, 2012 at 8:15 am
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  5. Inactive

    Not something I need to see before bedtime. Nightmares ahead!

    EJHill: The alternate photo theme: · 7 hours ago
    • #5
    • December 6, 2012 at 8:52 am
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  6. Member

    You can’t give Mitt Romney a mohawk? 

    Well, the non-mohawk Mitt Romney didn’t succeed, so it couldn’t have been worse…

    • #6
    • December 6, 2012 at 9:23 am
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  7. Contributor
    Bill Waldron: Not something I need to see before bedtime. Nightmares ahead! · 32 minutes ago
    EJHill: The alternate photo theme: · 7 hours ago

    I put more Ricoteers in therapy… Yoo & Epstien may have to defend me…

    • #7
    • December 6, 2012 at 9:44 am
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  8. Contributor

    The alternate photo theme:

    • #8
    • December 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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  9. Member

    Bring back Oderus Urungus!


    • #9
    • December 7, 2012 at 1:08 am
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  10. Thatcher

    The last discussion surrounding charitable giving is really the heart of the matter. I also have some friends, liberal, but not whoppingly so, who have often said “I don’t mind paying extra in taxes to help people”. I’ve thought of this (in a way) as a cop-out. It’s like buying absolution through something they can’t really control anyway – they’re going to get taxed no matter who’s in office. So they’re OK with it, taxes, in general.

    What’s lost in this is responsibility. The neighborhood. Your own family, close and distant. Your colleagues at work. That is where charity, support, and friendship begin. That is a community. A tax receipt sent to DC, funneled through the parasitic host that is the federal bureaucracy, and then transferred via EBT card keeps those people you’re purporting to help both at bay (meaning not in your living room), in subsidized housing (where you will never live or visit), and keeps them permanently enslaved to your unsolicited charity.

    Call me crazy, but that really seems like a cop-out, and in a way, cowardly. If you really cared, you’d be ladling soup somewhere.

    • #10
    • December 7, 2012 at 6:16 am
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  11. Thatcher

    And another thing: What really, really bends my 9-iron is all the talk of American greed, this love of money, selfishness, etc. The US is the number 1 private charitable donor in the world. Even if you add up the next few highest countries, we are still number 1 – by a factor of 2x/3x. It is not even close.

    Where does the bulk of that giving come from? The 1%. Those evil, heartless bastards. Tax them even more, so as to reduce their available income that they might direct to charities they care about! Immediately!

    It’s really never been much clearer that Obama and statists in general are really interested in power, and specifically, telling people what to do. I suspect the bulk of these clowns got pushed around like the milquetoasts they are when they were kids, and this is why they loathe independence and self-reliance, because it’s something they’ve never been able to be.

    Without a community organizing grant in hand.

    • #11
    • December 7, 2012 at 6:22 am
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  12. Thatcher

    One final thought: Rob’s right on putting big ideas out there. Playing defense and responding to the enemy’s moves is a sure-fire way not to win. No war is won by failing to take the fight to the opponent. You cannot win by reacting, no matter how many times Die Hard movies have tried to prove that this is true.

    So take the fight to them. Offer and challenge. Let them demonize plans that balance the budget. Which led me to this question on the podcast, as I was running around Vermont in 25 degree weather with a light strapped to my forehead: Where is Paul Ryan? And why isn’t he front and center now in terms of the fiscal talks going on? He did put a big idea out there. It’s an idea that needs to be shouted from the rooftops, repeatedly – and let idiots like Biden demonize the thing they cannot possibly understand. That magical kingdoms do not inevitably continue forever. Sometimes they do not. Sometimes they wind up in the ashbin of history.

    We need to avoid the view from the ashbin.

    • #12
    • December 7, 2012 at 6:47 am
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  13. Member

    I am going to take issue here with Our Genial Hosts.

    How can you spend the first few minutes of the podcast excoriating Romney for his horrible campaign that threw away victory, etc. etc., quoting Mitch Daniels at Yale, then launch right into the next topic on the declines in the American electorate as they eschew marriage, stop having babies, and all of the other European declines?

    If the concern about the changes in the electorate (which I believe is quite valid, listen to R Salam on this Banter) are appropriate, Romney’s problem was not his campaign- it was the fact that he is Romney.

    I think that the entire party needs to reassess itself because it does not do the work needed to address the ever larger cohort of what formerly constituted “Reagan Democrats” in Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. (con’t)

    • #13
    • December 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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  14. Member

    There are strong and legitimate needs to address health care on a national basis, realistically, not impossibly. There are strong reasons to speak about jobs for the less educated class more specifically than the tops down “trust me” methods. Yet all we do is talk about reducing government and cutting budgets, which to an unemployed former union member means “kill my unemployment check”.

    Barack Obama was far more insulting to Middle American “bitter clingers” than was any mention of “the 47%”. Why did they vote for him anyway? Because they figured they would still benefit from his programs- including spending.

    At some point, we need to show that we can take off the green eyeshades and pay attention to the people who are looking for a way out. We can be just as budget conscious- but tone matters, and sadly, so do optics.

    We thought that the public would look at promises, decency, and a peerless track record instead of a rich guy from a rich family with his own perfect family who seems to never have had to worry about anything and has an elevator to take his boat down to the water at his ocean-front home.


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    • December 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm
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  15. Member

    BTW, after trashing Romney’s campaign yet again in the latest Uncommon Knowledge, as though changing the campaign messaging system would have brought blissful victory, John O’Sullivan and Jonah go on to talk about the same issue of the changed electorate looking for Julia’s protector.

    Consistency, please.

    • #15
    • December 13, 2012 at 2:49 am
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  16. Inactive

    First, Rob says he is going to look at the bright side of things which is contrary to his personal on the podcast, and then Peter jumps all over Romney by praising some has-been named Daniels.

    Sure, it pays to listen to the Mitchster, but heavens, where was he during the election cycle?

    I just don’t think much of the Mitchster as he was just Monday Morning Quarterbacking. Come back in a minimum of 4 months and then talk to us.

    Peter, Mitt did the best any Republican could have done. Sure, Newtonrye would have handled the attack on Mitt better than Mitt, but the point is, he would have been eviscerated by the attacks Obama would have levelled against him.

    Mitch Daniels? You betcha. It is unfair to be comparing an unvetted Mitch versus Mitt who was under fire for six month to a year. Very unfair and it makes me sick to hear people talk like that. As if they could have done better.

    • #16
    • December 14, 2012 at 1:33 am
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