Financial Expert Liz Peek Explains the Many Reasons Joe Biden Will Not Stand up to Ruthless China

Financial Expert Liz Peek Explains the Many Reasons Joe Biden Will Not Stand up to Ruthless China


Live from Music Row Thursday 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. – guest host Christina Botteri welcomed Fox Business contributor and Wall Street expert, Liz Peek, on the newsmakers line to discuss the compromising position of Joe Biden and why he will not pushback on China.

Botteri: And on the newsmaker line with us is the one and only Liz Peek. Liz Peek is a Fox News contributor and former partner at the firm Wertheim and Company, and she’s a former columnist for The Fiscal Times, writes for The Hill, and contributes frequently to Fox News, The New York Sun, and other publications.

You can visit her online at You can follow her on Twitter, which I highly recommend @lizpeek. And Liz, you’re here to talk with us about Joe Biden’s China problem.

Peek: (Chuckles) Good morning. Well, he has one. And the problem for Joe Biden is that Americans are increasingly questioning where the Wuhan virus came from. And the mounting evidence is that, in fact, it was created in a lab not originally coming from bats or any kind of intermediary animal.

The Chinese have tested tens of thousands of animals and discovered no such virus exists that they can find it. And even some of our own experts with air quotes, like Anthony Fauci appear to think, yes, this is possible that this came from the lab.

So the question is, what is Joe Biden going to do about it? And I think voters are going to want him to stand up to China on this and other issues, by the way, too. And he can’t. He can’t because he needs China’s help in selling our own or I should say Joe Biden’s own very radical climate agenda to American voters.

Joe Biden basically wants to take offline or incredibly efficient low-cost energy structure and replace it with higher-cost renewables. That will mean everyone’s electricity prices go up and further damage our competitiveness with overseas companies.

And the only way he can even possibly argue that this makes sense is if China does the same thing. China has not done the same thing. They’ve made only the vaguest promises. And of course, China’s emissions are twice those of the U.S. growing very rapidly, whereas ours have not been increasing.

It is completely a fool’s mission to undermine one of the core geopolitical strengths of the United States, such as our incredibly abundant fossil fuel reserves without China making some sort of concession.

And Xi Jinping knows this. He knows this is a very fraught issue for a lot of voters in the U.S. Joe Biden needs his help in terms of Xi Jinping also making climate promises, which so far he’s not done. He also needs Xi Jinping to make sure that we can get back in the Iran nuclear deal.

Right now that’s unacceptable because the Iranians refused to make any changes to the original program. And Xi Jinping has sided with the Mullas and saying, no, no, their original deal is good enough.

Biden, really, if this is the cornerstone of his foreign policy, which it appears to be unbelievable, he needs Xi Jinping to work with him and get this done. But the most important thing probably is that the Chinese may have compromising information about the Biden family.

We know that there are a lot of financial transactions that included obviously Hunter Biden, but also possibly his father, which originated during the time he was vice president and the point person for Obama in China.

A Senate committee basically concluded that, in fact, the Biden’s might have extortion vulnerabilities because of what went on in not just China, but also other countries. And the FBI, let us not forget, is investigating Hunter’s activities for possible money laundering.

It’s a criminal investigation, again, involving his transactions in China. So I think the Chinese government is absolutely ruthless. They will not at all hesitate to leak out damaging information about the Biden family unless Joe Biden kind of plays along.

And I think this was true when Joe Biden was elected as true. Today, the media and social media giants covered it up and stood in the way of American voters finding out about these compromising situations in China.

Now, pretty much it’s gotten out there and I think this is potentially a huge problem for Joe Biden but also, let’s face it, for the United States.

Botteri: Yeah. You’re not kidding. That’s quite a lot to take in. I think the question that a lot of people have is, what can Joe Biden do? What can he get? What can he offer? What does he have that China wants? Is it to stand aside and let China just take over Africa in its entirety?

Is it to allow no change in their emissions standards? I guess, to their credit, China hasn’t made any promises that they’re not fulfilling. They’ve basically said, what? The U.S. cut our emissions? No, thanks. (Peek chuckles) No, we’re not doing that. But even if they did, would they?

Peek: I think you ask a good question. What do they want from Biden? What they want from Biden is basically for the United States not to impede their march towards supremacy. They want to be the number one industrial nation in the world.

Obviously, they’ve made enormous progress towards that end. But Trump was a hiccup. He was a speed bump. I think President Trump did our nation a great service by calling out China’s truly criminal activities, stealing billions, hundreds of billions of dollars, according to some government sources, in our intellectual property, cheating the United States on trade, but also the world on trade.

China is a bad actor. It has never gone along with the strictures of belonging to something like the World Health Organization, as we have seen recently, or the World Trade Organization.

They cheat, they lie. They do whatever is necessary to further their own cause. We had a President, briefly who put America first. There’s no question that Xi Jinping puts China first.

Okay, that’s acceptable as long as he behaves within the norms of conventional international behavior. But he does not. And I think the answer to your question is he wants Joe Biden basically to ignore what’s going on in China in specific about the virus.

Joe Biden will orchestrate a pretend investigation. He’s asked our intelligence agencies to double down on their investigation. He will go along with a rebooted WHO investigation. The World Health Organization.

None of those things is going to get anywhere because the Chinese are basically not allowing their scientists to talk to the Western investigators. They’re not allowing those investigators into the lab to look at their research materials for their procedures.

Little by little, though, it is coming out that this is probably the origins of the virus. And I think what they’re going to demand is that basically, the West do nothing about it. You’d be interested to know, maybe, and your listeners might be interested to know that Australia, to their credit, actually did challenge the origin theory a year ago about where this virus came from.

Australia really demanded answers and was very aggressive about it. In response, China has unleashed an unbelievable trade war against Australia, for which about 20 percent of their exports go to China.

China and Australia have very big trading relationships. China has blocked or sanctioned or now prohibited the importing from Australia dozens of goods. That’s how seriously they are on the attack on this and how aggressive they will be.

What we need to do and what Biden may or may not be able to do is really get the entire EU block and the UK organized with us demanding answers from China and putting out their potential penalties.

Whether it’s trade sanctions or whatever that result if, in fact, China does not cooperate. I don’t think Biden will do that. I don’t think he has the forcefulness to do that. And as I say, he has seriously serious vulnerabilities if he does.

Botteri: You mentioned the pretend investigation, and I just can’t help but wonder are there any real investigations in the Biden administration right now having to do with the serious issues? Are any of the investigations real?

And then something else that kind of struck me. I’m not the person who came up with this, but I think it’s a very provoking thought and one that we should all remember. And it is this. In China, globalism is nationalism.

Peek: Yeah, that’s exactly right. And that has served them well. Again, whatever serves China’s interests are acceptable to China is acceptable to China. And certainly globalism and the fact that the United States will enter into agreements, for example, the Paris Climate Accord is an absolute horror for the United States.

And sadly, because we have this climate-industrial complex now in the U.S. and so little real analysis of the costs of the kind of measures that Joe Biden wants to put through. There is nothing that Xi Jinping would like better than to have America try to cut our emissions in half, as Joe Biden has promised.

Look at California. California is a state which has embraced renewables with great enthusiasm, and their electricity costs are nearly twice that of the rest of the country. Their gasoline costs are probably 30 percent.

Botteri: And growing. Liz Peek, thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you come back again soon.

Peek: Thank you.

Botteri: You always a delight. Thank you so much.

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Crom Carmichael Examines the Curious Disposition of Republican Ben Sasse and Biden’s SALT Wound

Crom Carmichael Examines the Curious Disposition of Republican Ben Sasse and Biden’s SALT Wound


Live from Music Row Wednesday 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 who referenced a recent piece by Republican Senator Ben Sasse and the intellectual property of vaccines.

Leahy: We are joined in studio, as we almost always are, at this time of day, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning.

Carmichael: Good morning Michael.

Leahy: We had Lenny Magill on yesterday. He was great.

Carmichael: Oh. What a blast. I missed that. He’s so much fun.

Leahy: Just so everybody knows, we went to the grand opening of the Nashville Glock Store on Saturday at 1930 Airlane Drive. Still open. And they gave us a gun, a customized Tennessee Star gun, a Glock 17. Even though we didn’t have a formal competition, Crom, you were a better shot than me.

So you are going to be the owner of that gun. I’m ordering and purchasing myself a separate gun, probably a Glock 19. I’ll go and look at it. But we’ll put the Tennessee Star logo on that one as well. Now, the Glock 17 in the Glock 19 what is the difference between the two?

Leahy: I don’t really know, except I’m told that a Glock 17 has a longer barrel.

Carmichael: You told me that the other day.

Leahy: Yeah, I think so. But we’ll see. I’m gonna go there and it’s just sort of fun. And then you and I will be competing occasionally back and forth just to see. Because I am a competitive person.

Carmichael: My high school football number was 17.

Leahy: Well, there you go. It just sticks in my brain that you’re better than me Crom so I’ve got to work on it.

Carmichael: It might have just been that one day.

Leahy: I don’t think so. We know you are better but I got to work on it anyway. I like talking about that because it’s fun. They’re fun people. And the energy over there, the interest in understanding how to use guns and Second Amendment rights. It’s very very strong.

Carmichael: Their training is second to none, which means it’s the best.

Leahy: It’s the best. Crom, one thing that’s always so interesting dealing with you, is that you have such an active mind. You read so much and you really examine issues. Every time you come in, you tell me, well, I was reading this. I was reading that. So you’re a voracious reader.

Carmichael: Voracious. Word of the day.

Leahy: Voracious. (Carmichael laughs) Word of the day. Voracious reader.

Carmichael: There are two articles that I want to talk about during this segment that are really kind of interesting. One is Ben Sasse who is the Senator from Nebraska who sometimes will go off half-cocked and say things that just make no sense at all.

Leahy: He’s a Republican. He’s an odd duck.

Carmichael: He’s an odd duck. That’s a great way to put it. And sometimes he says something that’s profound in a positive way. And then other times he will say something that you just scratch your head and say, why on earth would you say that?

Leahy: That’s a good description of Ben Sasse.

Carmichael: Except, in this case, he actually wrote an article, which means he had plenty of time to think about it, which even makes it a bigger head-scratcher. But Here’s the title of the article. The U.S. Can Stop the Pandemic Encounter China.

And he’s calling on the U.S. under Biden, which is almost hysterical, to vaccinate a billion people around the world by Thanksgiving.

Leahy: What? This is Ben Sasse the Republican?

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: Oh, Ben.

Carmichael: Now, here’s the problem. The problem with that, first of all, manufacturing vaccines is not something you go down to your corner drugstore and ask them to whip up a vaccine. It is not easy to do the materials that go into vaccines.

I’m not going to say that you can’t find them because you certainly can. But making vaccines is not easy. And so the process itself, you can’t just job that out. You can’t just hire subcontractors to go make vaccines. That’s number one.

Number 2, there’s the know-how to making vaccines and the know-how to making a vaccine is something that falls under the category of either corporate secrets or IP intellectual property. And Ben Sasse while he acknowledges that what Biden is talking about doing of where they take away the intellectual property of big pharmaceutical companies in regard to the vaccine, he then essentially proceeds to just ignore what he acknowledges.

Leahy: This has all the earmarks of a disaster.

Carmichael: Well, it’s not possible is what I’m saying. If you try to set a goal that is completely unachievable and you do it because you would like to achieve it. It’s just a dumb idea. And it’s a dumb idea not because it wouldn’t be nice if it could be done.

It just simply can’t be done. You can’t give away your intellectual property. First of all, if you did give away your intellectual property around the world, it wouldn’t mean that the people around the world would know how to manufacture a vaccine properly.

But once you do give it away, then you’ve given away billions and tens of billions of dollars of value. And you’ve done it for no, particularly good reason because this would fail anyway. It’s kind of a shame to see a Republican almost like he’s whimsically sitting there having a cup of coffee in the morning saying, you know what?

I’ve got a great idea. Let me just snap my finger and we’ll have a billion people vaccinated by Thanksgiving. That’ll be the goal, and we’ll do it. This reminds me of Biden the other day saying that he has appointed somebody to review the global supply chain.

And that was all he said. I’m going to review the global supply chain. Of what? Everything. Biden makes many statements that are just ridiculous. But that one that even the press corps had to be laughing up their sleeves saying by God this guy is a fool. So that was kind of an issue.

Leahy: Let me just, please. One comment on Ben Sasse. He’s 45 years old, some younger guy. But I think this is an example of people that have spent too much time reading books and not doing things. He has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a Masters of Arts in Liberal studies.

Carmichael: Maybe that explains it.

Leahy: I think so.

Carmichael: Because in Harvard, that’s a snap your finger school now. (Snaps) Snap your fingers. We fixed it.

Leahy: He has a Master of Arts in Liberal studies, no surprise from St. John’s, and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. He worked in the George W. Bush administration as a policy guy. That means he snapped his fingers and made-up stuff.

Carmichael: That helps under explain it, too.

Leahy: He was the President of a small University, Midland University in Fremont, and was elected first in 2014. Reelected in 2020. He was one of seven Republican senators voting to convict Donald Trump of incitement of insurrection in the second trial. The guy has never had a job in his life. And you can tell there’s a flaw in his thinking. That’s his problem.

Carmichael: He’s a very bright guy, but he’s just simply an impractical guy. And he also apparently doesn’t know how to treat people equally. Because if he thinks that what Trump did on January sixth by giving a speech was inciting a riot, then he needs to learn how to apply the law equally to everybody.

But let me jump to another subject because it’s also kind of interesting. And this one has irony just written all over it. Bernie Sanders has come out and publicly stated that he will not support a tax increase of any kind if it includes doing away with the state and local tax limitations.

In the 2017 bill, what Trump and the Republicans passed, and I don’t think any Democrats voted for, but maybe a few did. Let’s just say it was the Trump bill. What Trump did was he cut taxes. But he also reduced a lot of the write-offs that people could have. And one of the write-offs that Trump and the Republicans did away with is being able to deduct your state and local taxes.

Leahy: Which is, in essence, a subsidy of high-income tax states. Blue states.

Carmichael: And it really helps the millionaires and the billionaires because that is where state and local taxes hit the hardest. So Trump did away with that deduction. And Bernie Sanders says he will not vote for a bill that puts that reduction back in.

The Democrats from New York and California say they won’t vote for a bill that doesn’t include it. There are other Democratic Senators but Bernie now has come out on that one particular issue. So I think that Biden’s tax increase bill is dead water.

Leahy: And it’s called state and local taxes or SALT. And so Bernie Sanders is…

Carmichael: Rubbing salt in Biden’s wounds.

Leahy: Very good.

Carmichael: Thanks for the setup. (Laughter)

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Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe Weighs In on the Killing of 800,00 Jobs by Death Tax

Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe Weighs In on the Killing of 800,00 Jobs by Death Tax


Live from Music Row Wednesday 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 Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line to outline his latest article which addresses the Biden death tax that would kill 800,000 jobs.

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by the very best Washington correspondent in the country. The Washington Correspondent for The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network, Neil McCabe. Good morning, Neil.

McCabe: Good morning, Michael. A pleasure to be with you.

Leahy: Every time I turn around, you’re breaking a new story. Your story was filed and published yesterday at The Tennessee Star. GOP’s Top Dog on Ways and Means: Biden’s ‘Death Tax’ Scheme Kills 800K Jobs. Tell us about that.

McCabe: Well, Kevin Brady is the ranking Republican on Ways and Means. He was the chairman from November of 2015 until the Republicans lost control of the Chamber after the 2018 midterms. He was the key guy writing the 2017 tax bill. Kevin Brady is from Texas.

He has a personal and emotionally vested interest in the state tax because his father was an attorney who was shot and killed in a courtroom when Brady was 12 years old. And he watched what the estate text did to his mother and his family.

And he became sensitive to how it was affecting other people in his area because there are a lot of people with small businesses, small farms, and ranches in his district. And in the 2017 tax bill, the House bill eliminated the estate tax.

The estate tax or death tax is you pay taxes all your life and whatever is left over when you die, the government wants to tax it again. That’s why it’s called a death tax. It is opposed by the life insurance lobby. And when that 20 17 House bill went to the Senate, the state tax was put back in by Senator Mike Rounds from South Dakota with the help of John Coon.

John Coon, who ran I don’t know if you remember this, Mike, but John Coon defeated Tom Daschle, who was the majority leader. He was a Democratic leader in the Senate. He defeated the sitting majority leader of the Senate. And his campaign pledge 12 years ago was he would eliminate the estate tax.

But when the Republicans had the chance to get rid of the estate tax in the 2017 bill, Coon and Rounds put it back in. And they were able to raise the caps so that going into this tax year and the state tax doesn’t affect you unless you have an estate over 11 million for an individual and over 20 million for a couple.

So for most people, it isn’t really an issue. But because it’s still on the books, you can always tamper with the rates. If it’s been eliminated, trying to put it back in the tax soda is a much more difficult thing. And even at $20 million, which seems like a lot of money, if you own a farm and you have three combines that you paid $600,000 for and then you have some land and then you have a barn and then you have a house and then you have a shed and then you have some trucks.

All of a sudden, it’s very easy to get to $20 million, but it’s not in cash. So what ends up happening to family-owned businesses and farms and ranches is you have to sell the farm to save the farm. It’s just ridiculous.

Leahy: It’s crazy. What’s interesting here is how anti-small business and anti-middle-class American the Biden administration is. Crom Carmichael has some overall questions for you on what’s going on with that tax legislation.

Carmichael: Neil, there are three big pieces of legislation. The great big giant tax bill, and then two great big spending bills. The so-called infrastructure bill and the so-called family bill. What I see from where I’m looking is I don’t think the infrastructure bill will pass with anything more than what Republicans are willing to agree to. And I think the family bills dead to water and the tax bill is dead in the water. What are you hearing?

McCabe: I’ll tell you right now, everybody’s talking about how Biden is going to have trouble getting things through the Senate. I’m telling you right now that Biden is going to have trouble getting things through the House. And Kevin McCarthy is restoring the Whip.

It’s something he never did when he was the Whip. (Leahy chuckles) But as a majority leader, he’s finally putting the stick to these Republicans. And the Republicans stay firm. They’re only down something like three seats. If McCarthy convinced four Democrats to flip parties, he’s the Speaker of the House.

That’s how close this thing is. And you have a number of House Democrats who are frightened about what’s coming at them in 2022. This state tax thing is very dangerous because Brady told me that if this thing goes through, it’s 800,000 jobs out the window.

There’s no greater destroyer of family-owned farms and ranches and businesses than the state tax. And it’s insane how it’s just wiped out. When you look at the Midwest or these great farm areas and you wonder why do we have all these corporate farms and we no longer have family farms, it’s because of the estate tax.

And there are companies that suck up all of these farms at the estate sale. Going back to Biden’s program, what I think you’re really asking is have the wheels fallen off the cart for Biden? Yes. Biden has completely run out of time. I’ve said this over and over again. He has no more runway.

He just announced he was going to take the sanctions off of that German pipeline to Russia, the Nord Stream Two. Well, do we have an ambassador to Germany? No. Do we have an ambassador in the UK? No. We don’t have ambassadors in Canada, Afghanistan.

Japan we just nominated Rahm Emanuel. But South Korea, England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, the Vatican, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Australia, we don’t even have ambassadors nominated. Those are the easiest things to do.

Leahy: And he’s not doing it.

McCabe: There just isn’t time to get things done.

Leahy: Speaking of time, Neil, we have one political question for you. If you could wrap your mind around this one for us.

McCabe: Sure.

Leahy: In the Senate in 2022, the Republicans have a disadvantage in terms of the way the seats play out. But if you look at key states that are currently represented by Democrats, one state is New Hampshire. The incumbent is Margaret Hassan.

I think that’s how you pronounce it. H-A-S-S-A-N. Apparently, the Republicans there are trying to get the very popular governor, John Sununu Jr. to run for governor. The polls show him with a five or six-point lead. Will he run for the Senate in New Hampshire? Will he beat Margaret Hassan?

McCabe: Yes. And I wrote about this for The Tennessee Star. This is one of the three seats that the Republicans can flip to take back the Chamber. And Hassan, she barely beat Kelly Ayotte. And that’s only because the Democrats bussed thousands of students from Massachusetts who pretended that they had moved to Massachusetts and they did same-day registration and they lied and said that they were residents of New Hampshire.

They had just moved there that day. And pretended they were going to spend the rest of their lives in New Hampshire. And as soon as they voted, they went back to take their midterms.

Carmichael: Has New Hampshire changed that law?

McCabe: They have changed that law. A student ID is no longer accepted as part of their voter ID law.

Leahy: Hooray for New Hampshire!

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Author of ‘Government Ruins Nearly Everything,’ Laura Carno Weighs in on Biden’s Address to Congress and Lies About Guns

Author of ‘Government Ruins Nearly Everything,’ Laura Carno Weighs in on Biden’s Address to Congress and Lies About Guns


Live from Music Row Monday 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 Laura Carno the author of Government Ruins Nearly Everything to the newsmakers line to weigh in on Joe Biden’s continued lies about guns and our rights as American citizens.

Leahy: On the newsmaker line right now is our good friend Laura Carno. Laura is the author of Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from Uncivil Servants and also has a very interesting article up about her analysis of President Biden’s address to Congress last week. Good morning, Laura Carno.

Carno: Good morning. Thanks for having me.

Leahy: Well, we’re always happy to have you on. You live in the great state of Colorado, which once was red, then kind of went purply blue. And what are the odds of bringing Colorado back into the fold?

Carno: Our governor has been pretty draconian on lockdowns. He’s recently announced that it’s sort of like, if it pleases the Crown, might I meet with my friends in public?

Leahy: (Laughs) That is funny.

Carno: (Chuckles) I’ll tell you what. Some folks here have memes of Governor Polis with a Crown on all of the Royal adornments. But he has recently said that the mask mandate is lifted for people who are in groups of mostly vaccinated people. And I live a little bit out of town, not quite in the country, but on the edge of the country.

And nobody hears wearing masks anyway. And we haven’t been for a very long time. And so he’s really out of touch with rural Colorado, for sure. But I think that some of his policies during these shutdowns have been more than most people can take and outside of the Denver Boulder Metro area. I think there’s been some overreach and hoping that enough voters see that.

We elected Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert last time from the Western Slope. And I’ll tell you, she is a firebrand and she is standing up for Colorado. So we’ll see if her type of politics inspires enough people to kick out the Democrats.

Leahy: I know the answer to this question, but Governor Polis loves lockdowns in Colorado. What political party is he affiliated with?

Carno: I’m going to go with Democrat.

Leahy: (Laughter) Ding ding ding. That is the right answer. Steve Glover is here.

Glover: I was just going to say, is that your final answer?

Carno: It is my final answer. And I’ll tell you, Councilman Glover, I have enjoyed listening to your analysis this morning and wishing that even in Colorado Springs, which was once a very Republican, conservative, reliable area of Colorado, even our Republicans in Colorado Springs have just lost their way.

And I thought, gosh, I would love for you to do a class for how to get more good Republican City Council people elected. Because really the local level, I actually have a group called here where we keep an eye on the schedules and local government. We would love to have people like you and our local government here.

Glover: Thank you for saying that number one. That’s very kind. And number two, it’s interesting you say that because I’m going to work and that’s one of the things that Michael and I are going to talk about a little bit towards the end here today. I’m bringing people together because Republicans if we don’t start standing back up again, the battle is already hard enough to win as we go forward. We’ve got to do like, what you’re doing right now. We’ve got to speak out. We can’t be afraid and we have to be Americans. So thank you for what you said. That was beyond kind. Thank you.

Leahy: Laura, let me just kind of come back to a theme here that Steve Glover and I have been talking about this morning which is the need for Republicans to fight back. The need for Republicans to be engaged. You’ve got a very interesting piece that provides an assessment of the speech that the current occupant of 100 Pennsylvania Avenue, President Biden gave to the joint session of Congress.

It was sort of a Micab theater situation, wasn’t it? All of them had been vaccinated. They’re all wearing masks. They’re all separated by, I don’t know, six feet or something. There’s a small crowd there. A lot of what he said there, I know this will be shocking to our listening audience. A lot of what he said you reported just wasn’t true.

Carno: (Chuckles) And specifically about guns. And folks can find this article at I wrote it for the Independent Women’s Forum. And in case you didn’t watch it, and you just wanted to look at the gun control portion, I took that part out. There’s a quick four-minute video on it. And then I also transcribed that.

So you can read that without having to listen to the commander in chief if that fits better for your stomach this morning. He said the exact same things he always says about gun control and his opinion about the need for more gun control and for Congress to take action. He implies that he will take action if they don’t.

He has implied that in the past. But he just continues to lie. I take it sort of paragraph by paragraph and say, here’s what he said. And then let’s unwrap that a little bit and what was untrue and why. And there are places where he’s just flat out lying about things.

Leahy: Yes. He also said something that I found very interesting. He said, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute. Well, that’s quite interesting. I’m going to read the Second Amendment. It says the following: ‘A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’

Carno: Right. And let’s remember that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, none of that is a list of rights that we citizens may have. They are restrictions on the government. We are born with our rights. They simply are our rights. And during the founding, our founders were very, very clear. Here are the limits on the government.

They had come from a place where the government literally lorded over you. Literally, they were people with birthrights to be more equal than the citizens. And our founders were clear. So when it says, shall not be infringed, that means shall not be infringed by the government. And so they are our rights.

But it has gotten so twisted in the century since and certainly in the last number of decades. But I’ll throw one out there. The President said we need a ban on assault weapons, and I always call it so-called assault weapons, because that’s not actually a category in high capacity magazines, which we would usually call standard capacity magazines.

But he’s referring to the 1994 assault weapons ban when he says that after it expired that all these gun deaths went up. That’s just not true. It’s been very well documented that the 1994 so-called assault weapons ban had no effect on crime. And I link to some research on that. It had no effect. It’s been very well documented. He’s just lying to the people.

Leahy: Well, Here’s one question that I would pose to the current occupant of 600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He says no amendment of the Constitution is absolute. He’s referencing the Second Amendment. What about the Sixteenth Amendment, which says Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes? Gee, that would be one if you want to say amendments aren’t absolute. That would be one that I would be looking at.

Carno: That sounds like a great topic to write on. (Leahy chuckles) Thank you.

Leahy: You’re welcome, Laura. Hey, please, please, please write it. And then I want to see what you have to say.

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Independent Women’s Forum President Carrie Lukas Discusses Newsweek Piece and Strings Attached to the American Families Plan

Independent Women’s Forum President Carrie Lukas Discusses Newsweek Piece and Strings Attached to the American Families Plan


Live from Music Row Monday 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 President of the Independent Women’s Forum Carrie Lukas to the newsmakers line to weigh in on her recent Newsweek piece and concerns over the American Families Act proposed by Joe Biden.

Leahy: Now on the newsmaker line Carrie Lucas, who is the President of the Independent Women’s Forum, has a great article out on Friday about three things to look out for in the American Families Act.

I’ll just read the first line. The media’s hyping President Biden soon to be unveiled, American Families plan as the surefire way to not only solve the problems of stressed-out working moms and dads but also to usher in a permanently booming economy. Carrie, what’s wrong with that picture?

Lukas: Doesn’t it sound just lovely? The problem, of course, is that all of this is imaginary, especially when it comes to the idea that President Biden is not talking about how to pay for any of this, other than taxing the fabled rich. But of course, we all know that the rich become a lower and lower threshold, and then it ends up being the income creators and job creators.

So that backfires on just about everybody. But parents should be warned about if this is really what they want for their kids, kind of being forced into this government program. That’s really is what it is. It’s a very big government view of how our family should run.

Leahy: What’s interesting about this is that I was talking with Steve Glover here in the studio during the break about the utter failure of American institutions and the institution of the federal government it looks like under Joe Biden is just spending and spending and spending. I’m tempted to say, like drunken sailors, but that would be an insult to drunken sailors. So this child care spending one trillion dollars. But for what?

Lukas: Yeah, it’s funny. I feel like one of the things I found most telling and that people should pay attention to when they hear this talk about especially about the child care and the preschool program that it’s free preschool now is one of the things that’s going to be promised. And it’s funny because the Biden administration and their paperwork promoting this, they point to a really obscure study saying gosh, you see, this is so great when we invest one trillion dollars in preschool and seven dollars in return, because kids are so much better off, et cetera.

But the funny thing is that they pointed to this kind of a really small study of 80 kids, and it was from the 1970s or something really long time ago, not at all applicable to a program that’s supposed to provide a preschool for every American child. And what they avoid talking about is the existing pretty big federal program that is specifically about providing a preschool to thousands of three and four-year-olds today. And that’s Head Start.

And guess why they don’t want to talk about Head Start? Because there have been studies of Head Start’s efficacy to see what are the results. Does it help people or kids who participate in Head Start better off later in life? And that’s because they can find exactly zero evidence that anybody has any lasting benefits from Head Start participation. So this is a lot of money, and it’s a lot of money that will have very little impact.

Leahy: Steve Glover in studio here, who was formerly a member of the Board of Education here in Metro Nashville. Carrie is saying something interesting. You’re shaking your head up and down.

Glover: Oh, yeah. Headstart has no impact. Now I’m going to get in trouble for saying that but Carrie’s exactly right. When I was on the Board of Education, we talked about this, and I don’t want to interrupt her time, but we’ll talk about this as we go forward, but everything she’s saying is spot on. Everything. I agree. That’s why I’m shaking my head.

Leahy: Yes. Carrie is absolutely right. Is this just basically another handout to teachers’ unions?

Lukas: You know, it’s interesting. Yeah, I think it is. And it’s funny that it comes out and it comes after the tremendous you think about the institutions that failed us during COVID. Well, I’m a mom of five here. I got five kids in a public school in Virginia, and my kids just started going back to in-person school about a month ago.  I’m lucky that I could work from home.

I have the wherewithal to help my kids through it. But, man, these public schools have let down kids, especially kids without much parental support just unbelievably. So what is the government doing now? They say, let’s double down on this model and have it expanded so that we have three and four-year-olds being failed by the same horrible government school approach.

And let’s extend it on the other end and have community colleges basically be defacto in a free to the taxpayer responsible to no one. It’s really terrible. And I think the problem always is that Democrats are in a constant bidding war. There’s no amount of money that they will ever offer that they say is enough.

The Republicans can never outbid them. But I think parents should think about it for a second and say, do I really want the government to say that I can essentially have free or heavily subsidized child care starting at the first moment of my kids’ birth?

Is that really what I want? Do I really want the government telling me, because obviously, this is going to come with a lot of strings. It’s going to be a government-approved facility that is heavily regulated and comports with all of these government requirements. That means that you can no longer, if you’re out there and you can take time off from work all of a sudden to care for your own kids, it’s going to become foolish.

Why aren’t you going back to work right away? They don’t need mom and dad, you can just stick them in a daycare center for free. Why wouldn’t you do that? Why would a grandmother who’s currently helping out that’s stupid. You should go ahead and just use the government-run schools. It’s a really weird moment in America where we’re saying that the government’s going to pay people to get out of the house and take over child care for you. I don’t think that’s what a lot of Americans want.

Sure, they want more support. I think there’s a lot of recognition that working parents need help. They should be able to keep more of the money they earn so that they can make choices that make sense for them. And that may mean child care for people. I wish we would focus on increasing the supply of child care and different kinds of child care. Things like home-based care so that people had more options and better flexibility. But I don’t want to put the government in charge. And I bet a lot of mom and dads are going to agree with that.

Leahy: You said something interesting. You have five children and they are currently enrolled in Virginia public schools. When you look at what’s going on right now, do you begin to have second thoughts about keeping them in public schools?

Lukas: Yeah, I sure do. And in some ways, we could probably swing pulling a kid or two from public schools and moving them to private school. But I sure wish I was given a voucher. I wish I had access to the public school money and the taxes that we’re paying to support our public schools and could take it back and make a different choice for my kids.

Or at least had schools that were that cared about me as a parent and were responsive to us. And I really think that this is a moment where people have asked absolutely seen the problem with the government assigned public schools, because the schools here in Virginia, have not seemed to care at all. They’ve been hemorrhaging students.

A lot of families who have the capability have pulled their kids from public schools. There’s a lot of families who really can’t afford it financially, and they’re stuck with it. They’re not responsive to places like us. I sure wish they would. I feel like school choice is an issue that’s time has come. And we should all be demanding money that should follow the child. The private schools here in Virginia all opened in September and are providing five days a week full service.

Leahy: So they’ve been doing the job. Steve Glover, Metro Council Member-at-Large here in Nashville, has a question for you.

Glover: Very quickly. Alexandria, Virginia, I think used to be, I don’t know if they still are, but it used to be the top public school system in the country. Just out of curiosity, are you even close to that one? Is that part of the one you’re talking of, or where do you think it is now?

Lukas: I’m in Fairfax County right next to Alexandria. But the thing that is very telling is that Alexandria has even done a worse job than Fairfax County. We’re at least now providing in-person service. I believe that Alexandria still has zero. And throughout the entire year, they are not opening their doors to kids in person.

Glover: Democratically run state.

Lukas: It’s been really unbelievable. So they’ve been a Democratically run state situation I have lived here.

Leahy: Kind of crazy. So, Carrie Lukas, a great, great article that you wrote for Newsweek, and we look forward to having you on again. What’s next on your agenda? We have another minute in the interview here.

Lukas: The other one to really look out for is this idea of government paid leave because that’s one that sure sounds nice. It sounds like, who doesn’t want a lot of paid time off from work. But that is going to come with a lot of strings, a lot of costs, particularly women who are going to be losing some flexible work opportunities. That’s one of the things I’m going to be really focused on.

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