Saturday, March 05, 2022

Universal Basic Income Pro and Con, topic of The Bastiat Society of Nashville Monday March 7th meeting.

AIER’s Bastiat Society program in Nashville will host an event with Robert E. Wright and Aleksandra Przegalińska.

A balanced assessment of the potential benefits and costs of adopting a universal basic income policy, UBI Pro and Con explores arguments for and against Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposals. After defining UBI, providing historical examples, and describing recent UBI experiments, the speakers will summarize each argument in favor of UBI and immediately follow it with the best known rebuttal. Topics include UBI’s potential effects on educational attainment, the environment, family structures, democracy, government budgets, health outcomes, jobs, labor force participation rates, political party alignments, and poverty.

The Bastiat Society of Nashville’s speaker series is co-sponsored by The Beacon Center of Tennessee & The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) (affiliated with Middle Tennessee State University).

 Eventbrite Ticket Required. Register Here.

More about the speakers:

Robert E. Wright is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is the (co)author or (co)editor of over two dozen major books, book series, and edited collections, including AIER’s The Best of Thomas Paine (2021) and Financial Exclusion (2019). He has also (co)authored numerous articles for important journals, including the American Economic Review, Business History Review, Independent Review, Journal of Private Enterprise, Review of Finance, and Southern Economic Review. Robert has taught business, economics, and policy courses at Augustana University, NYU’s Stern School of Business, Temple University, the University of Virginia, and elsewhere since taking his Ph.D. in History from SUNY Buffalo in 1997.

Aleksandra Przegalińska (Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Warsaw, 2013) is Vice Rector of a major business school in Warsaw, Poland called Kozminski University. Aleksandra is a prolific author with significant followings on LinkedIn (ca. 10,000 followers), Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Her podcast, Something Singular (“Cos Osobliego”) is sponsored by Microsoft and Dell. As Vice Rector of the best business school in Central and Eastern Europe, she is widely known in European academic circles, especially AI ones, and enjoys regular research residencies at MIT, AIER, and Harvard University. Previously, she co-authored Collaborative Society with Dariusz Jemielniak, published by the MIT Press.Register here.

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Thursday, March 03, 2022

FIRST TUESDAY Welcomes GOP Legal Guru JOHN RYDER Tue, Mar 08 Brentwood

John Ryder has been a fixture in Tennessee Republican Politics for decades. A member of the TN SEC and the RNC, he chaired the RNC's Redistricting Committee in 2012 and served as General Counsel from 2013 through 2017.  In Honor of long-time Host Tim Skow... please Join Us & Hear what John Ryder has to say about the State of our Great Country!

Mar 08, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

LUDLOW & PRIME,   330 Franklin Rd Suite 226B,

Brentwood, TN 37027, USA


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Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Morgan Ortagus don't know much about history, don't know much geography.

by Rod Williams, March 2, 2022 - Morgan Ortagus was interviewed by talk radio show host Michael Patrick Leahy recently and it was revealed she doesn't really know much about the district she hopes to represent in Congress. 

She doesn't know which interstates run through the 5th Congressional District. She does not know who Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was. She could not name Kix Brooks as the owner of the Franklin winery she said she had visited. She was unfamiliar with NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip, and could not name Ray Blanton as the Democrat governor who served time in prison for crimes committed while in office.

This was embarrassing. I wonder what else she doesn't know. Also, she revealed, she does not drive.  That sounds kind of out of touch and elitist. You don't have to drive a car or know those things she didn't know to be a good Congressman but I tend to think one should know a little bit about the state and district and people they hope to represent. To listen to the interview, follow this link

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At-Large Metro Councilmember Steve Glover Resigns. Resigns due to health challenges.

Steve Glover addresses the "Let us work" rally August 
2020, opposing the mayor's lock-down policy.

 by Rod Williams, March 2, 2022-  Steve Glover has resigned his seat on the Metro Council. I have known Steve was having health issues but I do not know and do not think Steve has made public the nature of his health issues. He has been absent from several recent Council meetings.  Previously, a regular poster to Facebook, he has been mostly absent from Facebook for some time. 

Steve was elected as a Council-at-large member in 2019.  Prior to that, he had served as a district Council member and prior to that, he had served as a member of the School Board.

Steve Clover has served with distinction and has accomplished an almost impossible feat in heavily Democrat-leaning Davidson County. He managed to get elected to a county-wide office as an unabashed conservative.  While he did not have to run with the albatross of the Republican Party label around his neck, he did not shy away from taking conservative positions.  Steve opposed higher taxes and reckless spending and was reliably conservative on issues before the council. He did not shy away from letting it be known he was a supporter of Donald Trump for president.

In 2020, when the Council passed a 37% tax increase budget, Steve led the effort to pass an alternative budget with much less of a tax increase (link). While that effort failed, Steve fought hard. 

When Metro Public Schools awarded Meharry Medical Group a no-bid contract worth up $18 million for just four-and-half months of work assisting Metro Schools in developing Covid-19 vaccine plans and dealing with other issues surrounding COVA, Steve Glover was openly critical. “Don’t tell me there aren’t other people that are capable of doing this for less money,” he said in blasting the deal (link).

When the Council finally voted to end lifetime health benefits for future members of the Council, Steve Glover voted to end it (link). Steve was an outspoken critic of the Mayor's Covid-19 lock-down policies. When Metro's water system financial crisis emerged and it was revealed that mismanagement had caused the city to reach the point to where the city did not even have funds for emergency water repairs, Steve took the lead in exposing the scandal and explaining the crisis. When most of the Metro Council jumped on the pro-gay or pro-illegal immigrant bandwagons, Steve did not. Time and time again on fiscal matters as well as social issues and simply government efficiency issues, Stever Glover was often the lone voice for reason and conservative values. 

To my friend Steve Glover, thank you for your service to our city. It is not easy being the Lone Ranger.  You were often a voice crying in the wilderness. I admire and respect you. Best wishes for improved health and well-being.  

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Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Sen. Hagerty: Biden administration has pushed Russia closer to China

"The Ingraham Angle" host Laura Ingraham asked Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., how China's "cushion" to Russian President Vladimir Putin affects how President Biden reacts to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

What we've done is actually push Russia closer to China through these activities. Again, Putin has seen the weakness that the Biden administration has demonstrated. Nowhere worse than the fall of Afghanistan, when so many other things began to ratchet up against us around the world. China is watching this very closely. And again, China and Russia have been even closer to the process of this engagement here. I think if you look at what the CCP must be thinking about this, they're eyeing Taiwan very closely. They want to see what the world's reaction is going to be to this, and it's not working out well for the rest of the world, certainly not working out well for Taiwan. But our strategic interests are much greater with respect to China. We think about Taiwan, the semiconductor industry there. We could be in much deeper trouble strategically if China decides to take a move based on what they see happening here with Ukraine.

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Morgan Ortagus to speak to Bellevue Breakfast Club.

From Lonnie Spivak:

Greeting Breakfast Club Members,

It looks like Tennessee's 5th Congressional District will be one of the hottest races in the country now that Governor Lee has signed the new districts into law. If you missed last month's meeting you missed a wild one with Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles, and State Senator Mark Pody, and March will be another awesome meeting as we welcome Tennessee newcomer Morgan Ortagus.

We will meet Saturday, March 5th,

Plantation Pub, located at 8321 Sawyer Brown Rd., Nashville, TN 37221.

The meeting will begin between 8:30 - 8:45 am.

Morgan Ortagus is running for Congress in Tennessee’s Fifth District with President Trump’s “complete and total endorsement.” She is an active U.S. Navy Reserve Officer and a business executive, who is running for Congress to stop Democrats from destroying all the good work accomplished by President Trump and his administration. For Morgan, it’s personal: she served in President Trump’s Department of State.

In the Trump Administration, she worked closely with the White House on the historic Abraham Accords that brought peace deals between Israel and UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan. Traveling with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to more than 50 nations, she coordinated messaging campaigns and responses to sensitive and high-profile foreign policy actions, from hostage negotiations to the U.S. campaign against Huawei’s 5G expansion in the West. She led U.S. government efforts to push back against sophisticated Chinese, Russian, and Iranian disinformation campaigns, and was instrumental in the United States’ determination of the Chinese government’s genocide against the Uyghurs.

Morgan worked her way through public high school and college, in an array of jobs, including as an Applebee’s waitress and hostess. In business, Morgan has worked with clients in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She is currently a national security contributor at Fox News.

Morgan and her husband, Jonathan, have a daughter, Adina, who is the light of their lives. They live in Nashville and attend Congregation Sherith Israel.

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Who is supporting Morgan Ortagus? A broad spectrum of Republicans. The Republican establishment "establishment," and the Trump establishment.

by Rod Williams, March 1, 2022- Who is supporting  Trump-backed Tennessee 5th congressional candidate Morgan Ortagus?  It seems to be about everybody outside of Tennessee from across the Republican spectrum.  The most important supporter, of course, is Donald Trump, himself.  However, some Trumpinistas are pointing out that she has the support of “establishment” Republicans, "Neo-cons,"  and "RINO's."  People with ties to the Bush presidencies or the campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney and Rubio's primary campaign are in her camp. There was a time this would have been considered a good thing to have a broad spectrum of support.  Not now, however. Now, having a broad spectrum of supporters can hurt you. In many cases, Trumpinistas or more Trumpian than Tump and they expect Trumpian purity. 

A website called The National Pulse pointed out who some of the people are who are sponsoring a fundraiser on her behalf as if this was a negative thing: 

Among the special guests featured at the upcoming Washington, D.C. fundraiser are establishment conservatives including Senator Lindsey Graham – who Trump recently blasted as “a RINO” – as well as Freedom Caucus-basher and Paul Ryan ally Dan Crenshaw.

But even worse than Graham and Crenshaw are the co-sponsors of the event – including officials and commentators who have ruthlessly bashed Trump. ...  But even worse than Graham and Crenshaw are the co-sponsors of the event – including officials and commentators who have ruthlessly bashed Trump. Co-sponsor Reginald Brown served as deputy general counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Samantha Dravis worked as an attorney on Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, and Alex Lawhon was a Regional Finance Director for McCain’s 2008 campaign.

I have reservations about Morgan Ortagas's candidacy, primarily because she is an outsider.  That she is a beautiful woman is not a negative thing in my view.   My reservation is that I would simply prefer someone who knows the district and did not just move here to run for Congress and to me, that is how it looks.  However, the fact that Ortagas has a broad range of support is not, in my view, a negative thing. 

Morgan Ortagus's endorsements from outside Tennesee continue to mount. Last week, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo endorsed her.  I am not sure how much influence all of these outside endorsements will have in Tennessee, however.  Outside endorsements of the caliber she is getting, mean lots of campaign cash to saturate the airways and the mailboxes of voters and that can be a deciding factor in a campaign. 


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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Former Attorney General Bill Barr says the 2020 presidential election was not stolen: 'Trump lost it'

 Former Attorney General Bill Barr says the 2020 presidential election was not stolen: 'Trump lost it'

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CPAC, an old and respected event, has descended into a carnival of liars, nut-jobs, and a celebration honoring insurrectionists.

by Rod Williams, Feb. 26, 2022- I have attended CPAC on two occasions and loved it. The top luminaries in the conservative movement spoke, breakout session had a scholarly discussion of political philosophy and public policy, and conservative authors discussed their latest books. You can read about my experiences at this link, this link, and this link

While the massive vendor's hall may have had groups advocating some causes I was not ready to join, there were no nut-job groups and certainly no white nationalist or "hate" groups.  Libs of course find advocates of border security and opponents of normalizing of gender dysphoria and sex change for children to be "hate" groups, but that is not my standard when I use the term. There were few crazies at CPAC and none on stage and I had an enjoyable experience, at times exhilarating, and came away feeling better informed and motivated. 

This year nut-job Congressman Marjorie Taylor Green is a featured CPAC speaker. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a Q-anon supporter.  She was a regular contributor to a conspiracy website. She has supported almost every right-wing conspiracy theory circulating. She touts the Pizzagate theory, the Clinton Kill-list, mass shootings as a false flag theory, and 9-11 as an inside job theory.  She has advocated executing Democrat politicians.  She has equated the Democrat Party with Nazies. She continues to claim Trump won the election in a landslide and that the election was stolen.  Her Covid-19 theory is that Dr. Fauci is criminally liable for helping create the virus as a bio-weapon. She has suggested that space lasers caused fatal wildfires in California. 

In addition to featuring Marjorie Taylor Green, CPAC is going to be a big Trump rally.  I am over CPAC. I no longer feel at home in what has become the contemporary Trump-era conservative movement.  I long for a return to conservative sanity. 

Thankfully there are still plenty of real conservatives and conservative publications, it is just that have been dwarfed by Fox News and the Trumpinistas.  If you want conservatism not contaminated by nut-jobism, one can read National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, and others.  One of my favorites is The Dispatch. Below are portions of a Dispatch fact check from Friday's CPAC.

Fact Checking Claims on Vaccines, Election 2020, and January 6 From CPAC

Friday’s speakers made statements that have been repeatedly debunked.

by Khaya Himmelman, The Dispatch, Feb. 26, 2022  - The agenda for the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference was diverse, with events like “Breaking China’s Power: No more ‘10% for the Big Guy’” to “Silly Doctor! Sex Changes Aren't for Kids.” It was also full of misinformation. 

Some was subtle and amorphous, and some was blatant and specific, but the most noteworthy examples touched on three categories that The Dispatch Fact Check has been tracking for some time: vaccine misinformation, election misinformation, and the events of January 6. Here’s a roundup of some of the most significant claims that came out of the second day of the four-day event. 

Fair use does not allow me to reprint the whole thing, so I will summarize. CPAC had a panel on Covid-19 that featured Leila Centner, the head of a Miami private school. She had banned teachers at her school who got vaccinated.  “I really don’t want teachers to get shot,” she said “because we don’t know of the possibility of the vaccinated impacting young unvaccinated kids.” This is called "viral shedding" and is simply false. Shedding can occur only in vaccines that contain weakened versions of the targeted virus. The Covid vaccine is not that kind of vaccine. There is no virus in the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition to this misinformation, there was more anti-vaccine misinformation spread at CPAC. If you can access the full article, please do so to see what other Covid-19 lies were spread.

There was a lot of repeating the lie that the 2020 election was stolen. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana spoke early in the day on a panel titled “Fighters on the Front Line,” in which he declared that he would “never, ever apologize for objecting to an unconstitutional election.” He provided no evidence that the election was “unconstitutional,” but the audience cheered in response. 

Later in the afternoon, Josh Mandel, Ohio Republican Senate candidate, similarly said: “I want to say this very clearly and very directly, I believe this election was stolen from Donald J. Trump.” He was also cheered on by an audience. In that same speech, he called Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger “traitors,” and said that “we should abolish the January 6 commission and replace it with a November 3 commission.” Mandel also claimed that he was certain Trump won Ohio by an “even higher margin” than he did. 

That is only part of it.  It appears that claims of a stolen election were a major theme of the conference.  The prosecution of those who took part in the January 6th riot is presented as the Justice Department having “abused their power to punish Trump supporters,” and to having “criminalize political dissent."

It is unfortunate that CPAC, an old and respected event, has descended into a carnival of liars, nut-jobs, and a celebration honoring insurrectionists. 

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