Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to analyze the cronyism of a Biden administration.
Leahy: We are joined by our good friend, the original all-star panelist, Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning.
Carmichael: Good morning, Michael.
Leahy: Well, another Friday, another week, almost the fourth full month of the Biden-Harris maladministration. There are crises all over the place. Short gas supplies, the attack on Israelis in Israel, and the border crisis. Jimmy Carter has come back and he’s older and worse.
Carmichael: I think you’re being unkind to Jimmy Carter.
Leahy: You and the former 45th President of the United States agree on that. And I think you’re right.
Carmichael: Carter’s policies were not good because primarily because he believed that the tax rates that existed at that time should not be cut. He was adamant about that. At that time, you hit the 70 percent marginal tax rate at $59,000.
Leahy: That’s pretty quick.
Carmichael: And so it was the combination of the high tax rates and the inflation of the 70s that drove people into higher and higher tax brackets and ruined their livelihoods and created two liquidity crises. But Carter meant well. That’s the difference. Carter meant well.
Leahy: I would agree with that.
Carmichael: His policies were bad, but he meant well. Biden, on the other hand, I’m not going to say that Biden is sitting around saying, what can I do to harm the American?
Leahy: He’s not twiddling his tons like a classic villain, but he’s got villainous character in some regards.
Carmichael: His priorities are villainous.
Leahy: There you go.
Carmichael: That’s the problem, his priorities. His priority is not the typical American middle-class person. His priority is the government and the power that comes from being associated closely with the government. And that’s going to be my theme today and my theme probably for weeks and months to come.
Leahy: It’s a very good theme. And it’s a very succinct way of describing the problem.
Carmichael: If you’re close to the Biden administration, then you’re going to do very well. If you’re not close to the Biden administration, your chances of doing well are still there but in many ways, the Biden administration will be out to hurt you.
The difficulty that Biden is going to have is that his policies because they are so pro-government, pro-cronyism, that only incorporates about 20 percent of the people. The other 80 percent are going to be harmed by these policies, if not directly, indirectly.
When the midterms come up and people look at what’s going on and if they lose in the midterms, which I suspect they will.
Leahy: The Democrats.
Carmichael: Yes, the Democrats. If they lose, then they don’t have the authority and the power to do all the things that they would like to do to help their own cronies. So let me just give a few examples here. Biden picked as Secretary of Labor, a guy named Marty Walsh.
Leahy: Oh, yeah.
Carmichael: Marty Walsh used to be the police chief in Boston. He used to be the Mayor of Boston. What we’re now finding out is while he was the police chief, there was a fellow named Patrick Rose. Have you heard the name Patrick Rose?
Leahy: I have not.
Carmichael: Patrick Rose has just been arrested on 33 counts of sexually abusing children. A lot of this happened while Marty Walsh was the police chief.
Leahy: What’s the relationship between those two guys?
Carmichael: He worked for him and he was arrested. Patrick Rose was arrested for this while he was a policeman, but he got off. And that was while Marty Walsh was the police chief and then he went on to become the Mayor of Boston.
And that’s what made him so popular with Biden is because he was such a union guy. He was such a crony type of person. So the Boston Herald has been trying to get information about this case and about previous cases against Patrick Rose.
And Walsh has done everything he can to stop it. And the new Mayor only relented to give the information after Marty Walsh had safely been confirmed as the Secretary of Labor.
Leahy: How convenient.
Carmichael: So what you have is a person who is completely tainted as the Secretary of Labor but the Democrats simply don’t care because he has a very solid history of supporting unions and government.
Leahy: He also is a big supporter of the PROAct, which is designed to destroy the independent contractor relationship in America.
Carmichael: It’s also designed to destroy the right to work and to force people to be part of a union, which, of course, increases the dues that the union thugs have available to them to help the Democrats. So he’s a perfect person for Biden.
The point I’m making here is he’s terrible for the country. Let me just quote the last paragraph of The Wall Street Journal article. It says, ‘Union corruption is one of the most enduring realities in American life. President Biden is proposing new regulations and supports legislation that would make it much easier for unions to organize American business.
Someone in Congress might ask Mr. Walsh why Americans should believe he’ll fight union corruption when his city may have helped to protect a union chief with a history of alleged predation against children.’
And the point is, is that these guys don’t care about the things that they say they care about. It’s a lot like when I listened to the call with Jim Roberts. What greater act of voter suppression is there for the city of Nashville to try to say that voters don’t have the right to vote on whether or not the tax increase that has just been imposed on them by the council and the Mayor. Why they don’t have a right to chime in on that.
Leahy: After they followed every element of the requirement in the charter to get a petition referendum on the ballot.
Carmichael: And the Election Commission went through a very careful procedure to make sure that this particular referendum met all of the criteria. And as an institution, it’s the one that determines whether or not a ballot initiative is good enough to go in front of the voters. That’s their job.
Leahy: It’s their job.
Carmichael: And they have voted. Then there’s another story about another Biden ally who gave lots of money to the presidency and that was the former President of the International United Auto Union. He’s going to go to prison for 21 months.
And he was the President for four years, and he gave lots of money to the Biden campaign and to Democrats in general, and he’s going to prison for stealing money from the union. Do the Democrats care about this? They’re sad that he’s going to prison. (Leahy chuckles) That’s what they’re sad about.
Leahy: They’re sad he got caught.
Carmichael: Because now there’ll be somebody else. But whoever the next person is, we’ll give money to Democrats. And this is the problem that we have as a country. It is the institutions. And this is why we talk about the need for institutional constraints.
And if you don’t have institutional constraints, then institutions veer in the wrong direction. The Ford Foundation is giving $100 million dollars to Black Lives Matter or to the critical race theory effort. Let’s be very clear. It is essentially a Marxist doctrine.
The government should take control of all resources and allocate those resources according to what the government considers to be best, which is the ultimate in cronyism. And here you had the Ford Foundation who is now giving money to this. But I see some real pushback coming.
Michael, there are some parents in Loudon County in Virginia, and these are just average folks. But they’re Black, white and it doesn’t matter. They are furious that critical race theory is being taught to their children. And one of the mothers got up there and actually read some of the passages from the book. And it had to be bleeped out.
Leahy: It was that bad.
Carmichael: Fox News had to bleep out some of the words as she was reading them. Fox News had to bleep them out because they’re that bad. But these are the books that are being read to and taught to children. And she said, if these words offend you, imagine what they do to our children.
If you’re upset by my reading them to you, imagine what they’re doing to our children. But these board members simply don’t care. They’re following the doctrine.
Leahy: They really are. We’ve got a little bit of a group like that here in Williamson County called Moms For Liberty. They’ve got an event on May 19th where they’re addressing some of these things as well.
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