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Shutdown and Stand-off!

What the heck is going on?                                             

 

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (January 6, 2019)

One quarter of the United States federal government is closed. Unless you are a federal employee or contractor, you probably haven’t noticed this – yet. But the longer this closing goes on, the more impact it will have on ordinary people. For example, the IRS is not processing refunds – not much of a problem so far but will be in another month. And so it goes with several other agencies.

What then is causing all this disruption? Whose fault is it? How will it be resolved?

The U.S. government has closed a portion of its services because of a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over money. Is the dispute over how best to balance the federal budget? Not so lucky. The dispute is over a$5 billion-line-item – which sounds like a lot of money until you realize that the total federal budget is $4.407 trillion. Since one trillion equals 1000 times one billion, the amount in dispute is such a small percentage of the total budget that you couldn’t even get that number on a calculator – too many zeros.

If the dispute therefore  is not really about money, what is the problem? The problem is that this line item is the funding for a series of walls on the U.S. southern border with Mexico wherever the terrain permits. This proposal builds on the experience of the wall in San Diego which has reduced the flow of illegal immigrants by 96% since 1986 (before the wall was built). While it has been spectacularly successful in its intended purpose, however, smuggling especially of drugs has increased dramatically. Therefore it seems necessary to increase staffing and technology at the ports of entry as well as construction of additional walls in order to  effect improved border security.

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Republicans in the secular city: condemned by history?

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (December 15, 2018)

The 2016 update of the 2010 U.S. Census shows the current distribution of the U.S. population at 80.3% urban and 19.7% rural. (Michael Ratcliff, Geography Division, U.S. 2010 Census Report, issued  December 2016)  This simple fact is perhaps the most significant reality in the current political polarization of the United States’ electorate. On its face, it signifies that the current Republican Party is doomed to disappear unless it can make some fundamental changes.

To detail some of the differences between urban and rural realities, let’s look at a few.
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China: What’s Next?

Will the Democrats help China defeat the USA?        

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (November 24, 2018

Former Virginia Governor James Gilmore wrote in these pages. “America today is in a world-wide conflict to determine how mankind will live in the years ahead.  This conflict engages all aspects of national power: military, economic, diplomatic, and the competition of values.” (October 12, 2018) As Chairman of the Gilmore Commission (1999-2003) which presented a comprehensive study of America’s national security status and options, as well as his current position as head of a Washington think tank, Governor Gilmore is widely respected as an analyst of American foreign policy. On my radio show, he added that America is already in a non-shooting war with China. His opinion is shared by many other keen observers.

Governor Gilmore cites a little-known document published by the Trump Administration called the National  Security Strategy (2017), which enunciates clearly the goals of a successful outcome for the United States in the contest with China for maintaining our position as the world’s primary superpower.

Why do we care? Because America’s status as the most powerful nation in the world has been essential to avoiding World War III, since America took over world leadership following World War II. Prior to 1948, under British leadership, there had been two world wars in the prior two generations, both originating in Europe and spreading to the much of the world because of European colonialism and the industrialization of Asian powers.  Keep Reading

Dr. Larry Show (November 14, 2018)

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Discussion with Talk Show Host Larry Friis about the meaning of the 2018 Midterm elections for the future of the Trump administration and the nation’s economy heading for the 2020 election cycle.

Larry B. Friis, MBA, LNHA,  Principal – High-touch Leadership |Author| Keynote – Leadership, Workforce & Motivational Speaker | Advisory Services

Evaluating the Results of the 2018 Midterm Elections

Will the Democrats legislate or investigate?

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (November 10, 2018)

While some contests remain somewhat questionable at this time after the midterm election of 2018, there are some conclusions that seem reasonably certain, even now.

  1. The Democrat Party has been re-established as a legitimate representative of its nominal constituency.
  1. The Republican party has been united under the leadership of the current President.

Up until now, there have really been four partisan cliques in Congress: pro-Trump and anti-Trump Republicans, and “traditional” and far-left Democrats. This election seems to have united the Republicans, partially by the dominant role played by Mr. Trump in the campaign and partially by the retirement of so many of his Republican dissidents.

On the Democrat side, there have been several voices, ranging from the familiar Democrat positions to the socialist positions of the Bernie Sanders clique to the very “far left” of Maxine Waters and her advocates, especially among the newer members of Democratic caucuses. This election weeded out most of the aspiring extremists and re-asserted the Democrat electorate’s preference for the more traditional Democrats. Thus, the influence of “crazy Democrats” has been likewise diminished to some extent by the will of the people. The “crazy Democrats” appear to be disproportionately represented in both houses of Congress compared to the centrist wing of the party. Keep Reading

November 7, 2018 – 2-Hour Special – The Donelson File/The Dr. Larry Show

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Podcast of post-Mid-Term Election results — Co-Hosted by Tom Donelson, CoCo Konski and Dr. Larry Fedewa on meaning of the elections with many guests, including Kevin Corke (Fox News), Larry Friis (host, Freedom’s Voice), L.A Batchelor (The Batchelor Pad Radio Network), as well as other friends who dropped in.

Why Vote on Tuesday?

The U.S. Congress must have operational majorities to function

by Dr. Larry Fedewa (November 3, 2018)                 

The USA is facing again a mid-term election on Tuesday. This is being called the most important mid-term election in our lifetime. Why is it important?

This mid-term is important because it may be our last effort to save our Congress’ role in our government. The Congress is the second of our three branches of government. With the Executive Branch and the Judiciary, the Congress was designed to be a vital player in the checks and balances by which our republic is governed. The most important role of the Congress is to limit the ability of either of the other branches to institute laws or regulations which unduly limit the freedoms of the people. Every single Congressman and Senator is elected personally by the people. Keep Reading

Dr. Larry Show with Bob Livingston (10/31/2018)

Former Congressman, author, lobbyist

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Robert L. Livingston was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election in 1977 – the first Republican to represent Louisiana’s First Congressional District in 102 years. He was re-elected to eleven successive two-year terms.  In 1998, he was chosen by his peers to serve as Speaker-designate for the 106th Congress, but resigned for personal reasons, calling on President Bill Clinton to do the same.

 

Following his departure from Congress in February 1999, Mr. Livingston established a successful lobbying firm known as The Livingston Group in both Washington, DC and in New Orleans, LA.    His recently published memoir, The Windmill Chaser, is receiving enthusiastic acclaim.

 

The Caravan(s) — What to do? Elmer says, “Honduras is Hell!”

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (October 27,2018)

Elmer and I were talking about the Caravan from Honduras. Elmer knows a lot about Honduras. His family migrated from Honduras to the United States when he was fifteen, and went through all the steps to citizenship, which was granted a few years later. Elmer now has his own business, employing three/four licensed plumbers, his wife (who runs the office), and a couple of apprentices. All are from Latin America, either citizens or on the way. Elmer voted for President Trump and intends to do so next time as well. But he doesn’t know what to do about the Caravan.        Keep Reading