Ryan Retires

Ryan has exacted revenge on the party for his forced-Speakership.

Paul Ryan announced that he’s not running for re-election. This was not a surprise. Ryan has been in Congress since 1999. He became Speaker in 2015 when John Boehner resigned. Boehner had lost the confidence of his caucus. Ryan was the only choice to hold the fractured Republicans together. It was clear that he did not want the job.

Ryan has achieved one of the two planks he’s spent a career trying to achieve: tax reform. Entitlement reform evaporated from the docket this year due to Trump tantrums. Ryan has three children on the brink of their teenage years. He’d prefer babysitting them than the President. He also does not want to take the blame for a massive blue wave.

115-congressIt’s becoming clear that Republicans are going to lose in November. They are going to lose big. This only increases the odds that you might see Nancy Pelosi or Steny Hoyer take the gavel. Ryan was a huge fundraiser for vulnerable Republicans, which is now less effective. The focus shifts from battles for leadership positions instead of saving vulnerable seats. Even Ryan’s safe seat is now vulnerable. The D has $2.3 million while Ryan had $10 million in the bank. A new Republican starts at zero. Ryan has exacted revenge on the party for his forced-Speakership.

Internal polling must be a bloodbath. As of today, 43 Republicans are retiring, resigned, or are running for other offices. Democrats only need a pick-up of 24 seats to retake the House. Republicans hold 246 seats while Democrats hold 187. Two are currently vacant. Cook Political Report says 29 Republicans are toss-ups while the Democrats have three. There are 50 likely Republican seats with 13 likely Democratic seats. There are 179 solid Democratic seats with 161 solid Republican seats. That is a lot of vulnerability for Trump’s party. The most energized group of voters are young, single, college-educated women. They are Democrats.

Why should libertarians care? Ryan was essential in milking good economic policy out of the President. Ironically, Ryan and McConnell are more responsible for the successes libertarians like than Trump. With a Democratic Congress, the eager-to-please President will try to rack up wins large enough to keep a smile on DiFi’s face through 2020. The drama of impeachment would also follow.

“279: Bad Trump – Tariffs, Amazon, Death Penalty”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle and Chris Gault talk about Trump’s recent decisions to kill drug dealers, place tariffs on China, fight with Amazon, and place troops on the border.

Show Notes

1. Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

2. Tariffs

3. War on Amazon

4. Trump Sends Troops to Border

Other:

Prof. Ben Powell debunks the following three popular myths about immigration:

  1. Immigrants are a net drag on our economy
  2. Immigrants steal our jobs
  3. Immigrants depress our wages Additionally, Professor Ben Powell examines how immigration is related to foreign aid, prosperity, property rights, crime, welfare, voting, citizenship, and more.

Credits: This lecture was delivered in 2009 at the Metropolitan State College of Denver School of Business, as part of the Exploring Economic Freedom Lecture Series, directed by Prof. Alexandre Padilla. This video was produced and directed by Scott Houck, and edited by Adrienne Christy. Video production provided by the Educational Technology Center at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Video used by LearnLiberty.org with permission.

Donald Trump is part of a much bigger phenomenon, explains Professor Steve Davies. Filmed by the Rubin Report.

“278: Sinclair Broadcasting, Laura Ingraham and David Hogg, Encrypted Phones”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price discuss the left and right argument over propaganda in the Sinclair Broadcasting must-reads and Laura Ingraham boycott. They also discuss the ending of the PragerU lawsuit and the FBI’s desire to end phone encryption. (more…)

“277: How Social Media Affects our Brains, Minds.com CEO Bill Ottman”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle looks into the effect of social media and smartphones on our brain. Spangle then speaks to Minds.com CEO and co-founder Bill Ottman. Minds.com is a free-speech platform that seeks to cure the problems of the major social platforms. The episode ends with “How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day” by Tristan Harris and Quit social media by Dr. Cal Newport.

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia:
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention –
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia?CMP=share_btn_tw

Mark Zuckerberg Is Calling for Regulation of Social Media To Lock in Facebook’s Position – https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/22/the-real-reason-mark-zuckerberg-calling

“How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day” by Tristan Harris – https://youtu.be/C74amJRp730

Quit social media by Dr. Cal Newport – https://youtu.be/3E7hkPZ-HTk

“276: Omnibus Bill, FOSTA and CLOUD Act, Leaving Facebook”
by We Are Libertarians

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We Are Libertarians with Chris Spangle
March 28, 2018

Chris Spangle and Harry Price discuss big spending Republicans and their omnibus bill, the passage of the CLOUD and FOSTA acts, and how to leave Facebook as a business invested in the platform. Get your copy of ‘No More’ by Zach Kincaid at http://rotgutcountry.com/wal.

“275: Facebook Commits Suicide”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price discuss the beginning of the end of social networks as they give in to leftist censorship. We also discuss the re-election of Putin in Russia.


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