The Hillsdale students are home for the holidays, which gives me an opportunity to conduct some interviews. The timing worked to set up a chat with one of my favorite writers, Jay Nordlinger of National Review.
As mentioned previously, I’m filling in this week on The Michael Koolidge Show and reconnecting with some of my favorite guests. Near the top of that list is U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
Johnson was nearly left for dead in his fight to win re-election to the Senate, but fought hard a defeated Democrat Russ Feingold by a couple of points. Now he returns to D.C. for a final term with Republicans in control of the House, Senate, and the Oval Office.
Here’s our conversation, in which we discuss Obamacare, border security, and manufacturing jobs, among other things:
I’m filling in this week on The Michael Koolidge Show and took the opportunity to connect with an old friend, Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas. Sessions also serves as part of the leadership team in the House as Rules Committee Chairman.
I struck up a friendship with the Congressman while he was Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and in the midst of helping to engineer the big GOP wave election of 2010. A part of that effort was in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, where Bobby Schilling would go on to victory. Sessions joined the show often and just hasn’t stopped since. He always does well enough to be invited back.
This time we talked about how the House leadership team plans to work with President Trump. Specifically, we discussed the path forward on health care reform. Last May, Sessions introduced the only bicameral piece of legislation to overhaul Obamacare with Senator Bill Cassidy. It’s called The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan. Really, it is. You can read about it here.
During the interview we also touched on tax reform and how the GOP can avoid the electoral wipeout that greeted Democrats after they pushed forward a number of liberal proposals from 2008-2010.
The Hillsdale/Talkers Panel: Thom Hartmann, Hugh Hewitt, Joyce Kaufman, Joe Madison, Larry O’Connor, and Chris Stigall
It was an honor to be part of a big day recently at the Hillsdale Kirby Center in Washington, D.C. The Hillsdale College/TALKERS magazine Presidential Election Talk Radio Debate brought together six of the biggest names in talk radio, along with Talkers publisher Michael Harrison, for a 90-minute forum on the Presidential race, the media, and the state of talk radio.
The event was moderated byHarrison and the panel of participants included Thom Hartmann, Hugh Hewitt, Joyce Kaufman, Joe Madison, Larry O’ Connor, and Chris Stigall.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to talk with author Nicholas Eberstadt about his new book, “Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis“. He’s a political economist who holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute.
In the book, Eberstadt contends there is a huge population of men — one-sixth of all prime-aged men in America — that is not only without jobs, but has stopped looking for jobs altogether. All of this amounts to a hidden time bomb with far reaching economic, social and political consequences.
I truly enjoyed this conversation with Milwaukee radio legend Charlie Sykes. His new book, Fail U, is a great read, featuring chapters exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, and the hysteria surrounding “triggers,” “micro-aggressions,” and other forms of alleged trauma.
We also spent some time near the end of the interview examining the current state of conservative talk radio and what might happen after the November election. Listen to the full chat below: