Crom Carmichael Explains Infrastructure Spending, Billionaire Special Interests and the Redistribution of Income

Crom Carmichael Explains Infrastructure Spending, Billionaire Special Interests and the Redistribution of Income


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 explain the Biden infrastructure bill, special interests that benefit from it and the difference between a millionaire and a billionaire.

Leahy: Joined as we almost always are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning.

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael.

Leahy: Well, they’re going to build an infrastructure, maybe. What are they going to build in Washington Crom?

Carmichael: Well, the infrastructure bill pattern is similar to the so-called $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. Nine percent of it was for COVID relief and over 90 percent was for other stuff. They just called it that.

Leahy: Gee, I wonder who got the other stuff.

Carmichael: Well, special interests of a whole variety. Now the infrastructure bill, and this is a good question. If I were to say the word infrastructure, what do people think?

Leahy: Bridges, roads, airports.

Carmichael: Highways, things like that. Things that are built to last very long periods of time.

Leahy: 50 years.

Carmichael: Generally you think of something with steel or concrete.

Leahy: Generally.

Carmichael: That’s kind of what you think. Well, less than five of the two-point three trillion is for roads, bridges, and highways.

Leahy: Okay.

Carmichael: Another two percent is for airports and ports.

Leahy: It’s even worse than the COVID bill.

Carmichael: Even worse.

Leahy: It’s only seven percent.

Carmichael: But let’s remember, it’s only seven. Let’s remember that when Biden was the vice president led by Obama to pass an $8 billion shovel-ready bill. No one could ever name anything that was built with eight billion dollars. In fact, Obama even joked, it’s hard to be shovel-ready. I guess there wasn’t any. And then the Democrats laughed because they all knew that the $8 billion for so-called shovel-ready stuff were going to special interests.

And so that’s what’s happened here. Now, the remaining almost 500 billion, now of the two-point three trillion so-called infrastructure bill, less than 25 percent is actually labeled under the category of transportation. Of that 70 billion is for mass transportation relief. Now, excuse me, 80 billion is for mass transportation. Did you know that the COVID relief bill had 70 billion for mass transit?

Leahy: Interesting. I didn’t know that.

Carmichael: But now you’ve got 80 billion on top of the 70 billion. So you now have $150 billion for mass transit. Now, you may recall, in Reagan’s years the mass transit, by the way, is for very isolated areas, and most of them are blue. So this is really a throw down or a throw-up, whatever you want to call it, to big labor.

Leahy: It’s a redistribution of income.

Carmichael: It’s a redistribution of income without the accompanying tax because these are not tied together. They don’t pass together. One can pass and the other can fail and it would still pass, which would drive our federal deficit. Biden has also said that this money is being spent over eight years. So this could be similar to the Keystone pipeline and the projects could be started, and then projects could be defunded.

And so that’s possible. But here’s where the money is being spent, it’s being spent on buying millions of cars. Electronic vehicles. It’s being spent on 500,000 charging stations. It’s being spent on tens of billions of dollars of green stuff. Now, when I say green stuff, the U.S. government doesn’t build anything. It doesn’t make anything. So what you have is you have dozens of billionaire special interests who pull themselves up to the table and have gotten the Democrats. Because Republicans are not going to sign on to this. This is a billionaire’s special interest bill where over one and a half-trillion dollars is going to billionaires.

Leahy: When you say that, be more specific about which billionaires. Billionaires who are making electric vehicles?

Carmichael: Yes. That are making electric vehicles or making the charging stations or making the other things that are so-called green. And so the executive, this is a lot like what we were talking about with Senator Mark Pody who said if you are going to buy condoms under this particular bill, you have to buy a particular brand name.

Leahy: Right. Whoever makes those is the one benefiting.

Carmichael: It’s the one benefiting. That’s the one that had the lobbyist get their name in that bill to force taxpayers to spend more money to buy their products. That’s exactly what is going in here. And this is why big business now is so supportive of Democrats. They don’t want the taxes and they’re going to fight the taxes, and they’ll probably win most of that battle.

But what they are going to get is trillions of dollars of spending, because this is on top of the $1.9 trillion so-called relief bill, which, as we said, is only nine percent of that. So you have 1.7 trillion-plus 2.3 trillion. That’s $4 trillion. Trillion is a number that most of us can’t even talk about.

Leahy: You can’t comprehend how big it is.

Carmichael: And somebody was talking about 100,000 Brazilians. And I asked somebody, is a Brazilian, more than a trillion? (Laughter)

Leahy: Crom, that’s kind of funny.

Carmichael: These words. It used to be a billionaire here or a billionaire there. Now it’s literally a trillion here or a trillion there.

Leahy: And this all began with if you remember that famous statement by former minority leader in the Senate, Everett Dirksen? He said, a billion here or a billionaire there. Sooner or later, it adds up to real money.

Carmichael: And I want to try to put this into context in terms of just the multiples of it. If you have one dollar, that’s not a lot. If you have a thousand dollars, that’s not a lot.

Leahy: No.

Carmichael: But if you add three zeros, it’s a million.

Leahy: That’s a lot.

Carmichael: Okay, well, it’s a lot compared to a thousand.

Leahy: It’s a lot compared to a thousand. It’s for an individual.

Carmichael: Yes, well, the point I’m trying to make is that a person who has a million dollars is in pretty good shape. But if they retire on a million dollars, they’re going to live a modest life in retirement. If you add three zeros to a million you have a billion. Now, that’s way up there.

Leahy: Now that’s real money.

Carmichael: That’s real money. For the average American, that is an astounding amount of money. Add three, zeros to a billion, and you get a trillion.

Leahy: It’s really hard to conceptualize that.

Carmichael: Here’s the key thing. It’s a thousand times more. Just as each one that we’ve talked about is a thousand times more. When you get to where you are at a trillion if we start getting to where we’re throwing around trillions, that leads to hyperinflation. At some point, the jig is up.

Leahy: Aren’t we on a path to hyperinflation though?

Carmichael: It’s interesting. A friend of mine said, you know, the stock market tends to go up more when Democrats are in office than when Republicans are in office. And I scratched my head about that, and I went and looked and it’s true. But Democrats spend a whole lot more money than Republicans do when they’re in charge. And the greater the government spending, the more liquidity there is. And the moral liquidity goes to find places to land which is in the asset class. Now, Democrats claim that they are for the little guy, the opposite is absolutely true.

Leahy: Totally the opposite. There was a congressman from Indiana named Congressman Banks. He was on Tucker Carlson last night, and he said, look, let’s face it. Right now, it’s the Republican Party that’s the party of the middle class and working Americans, not the Democratic Party.

Carmichael: No, no. But this gets a little bit like your Victor Davis Hanson. All of these things, which is the up is down and down is up. Left is right, right is left. This is exactly the same thing. The Democrats have to trick people who are in the middle class or who are lower-income, they have to trick people to vote for them because all of their policies hurt the middle class.

Leahy: And the way they trick them is, they tell lies constantly. And they’re repeated by the mainstream media and Big Tech.

Carmichael: And then they give them a few hundred bucks.

Leahy: Exactly.

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Peter Wood Author of 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project Talks About His Book and What Inspired Him to Write It

Peter Wood Author of 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project Talks About His Book and What Inspired Him to Write It


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. –  host Leahy welcomed President of the National Association of Scholars and author Peter Wood to the newsmakers line to discuss what prompted his new book, 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.

Leahy: We are delighted to be joined on our newsmaker line by Peter Wood. He’s the President of the National Association of Scholars and the author of 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project. Welcome, Professor Wood.

Wood: Well thank you for having me.

Leahy: Well, look, I was watching CSPAN the other day, and there you were making a logical response. Very compelling. I was delighted to hear you talk about your response to The 1619 Project. Tell us a little bit about The 1619 Project and what’s wrong with it.

Wood: About a year and a half ago, in August of 2019, The New York Times ran a special edition of its Sunday magazine. They titled it The 1619 Project.  So literally what the project is, is it’s a 100-page newspaper supplement. What it did was declared that the real history of America began in the year 1619, when a ship brought 20 some slaves to what was then Jamestown, Virginia. That was the claim made.

And from that point on, according to The New York Times, and its principal author of this a woman named Nikole Hannah-Jones, America was a slaveocracy. That was the beginning of White supremacy and the beginning of 400 years of misery, oppression, exploitation of black people by White people. This wasn’t just an ancient history lesson, though.

The claim was that everything that’s happened since then has been through the filter of White supremacy. So The 1619 Project goes on to declare that America’s founding principles were a sham and illusion that were never intended to be taken seriously. That the American Revolution was fought by the White colonists in order to preserve the institution of slavery from the threat that the British might abolish slavery.

That Abraham Lincoln was a racist who created the Civil War in order to exile Blacks from off the shores of North America and on and on. This is kind of an elaborate fantasy that tells the tale of things that truly never happened and distortion of things that really did happen.

Leahy: How can such distortion of fact be presented by The New York Times as fact and then be sent into virtually every one of our K-12 public schools around the country?

Wood: Well, it’s a wonderful instance of how propaganda works. You set up some lies and you repeat them endlessly. You pay people to repeat them for you, and then you recruit people who don’t know any better to amplify them. So what The New York Times did was link with the Pulitzer Center to turn this into a curriculum and then recruit school districts around the country and history teachers to start teaching it. And that’s exactly what they’ve done.

The New York Times has spared no expense. Many millions of dollars. It did a television advertising campaign for the first time in the history of that newspaper. It has been presenting it as fact to all the world. And low and behold, the Biden administration has bought into it. So we now have a presidential endorsement, as well as all of the apparatus that a wealthy newspaper can bring to the table.

Leahy: So I guess you’re based in New York City yourself now aren’t you? Isn’t the National Association of Scholars in New York? Are you based in New York?

Wood: I certainly am. My offices are on Madison Avenue, right in the heart of Midtown. So I’m in the belly of the beast.

Leahy: You are in the belly of the beast. By the way, I’m just going to put a plugin here for this. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Nashville, Tennessee has become a center for conservative media. The Daily Wire with Candace Owens, run by Ben Shapiro is in Nashville. Sean Davis of The Federalist is in Nashville. Out Kick the Coverage with Clay Travis and Jason Whitlock are here in Nashville. Of course, The Tennessee Star Report is in Nashville. I’m just going to give an open invitation to the National Association of Scholars to please consider moving to Nashville.

Wood: (Chuckles) Well, stranger things have happened. I have noticed that Nashville, Tennessee has become one of the islands of sanity, relatively speaking, in this dire time.

Leahy: More specifically, it would be Middle Tennessee in the state of Tennessee. The city of Nashville is a little bit woke, but you can come here and help fix that. By the way, just in case you’re considering it, we have no state income tax in Tennessee. (Wood moans) Nor is there any city tax. So just think about it. How did you decide that you’re going to take the effort to put together 1620: A Critical Response.

Wood: Well, it wasn’t a hard decision. For my sins I get The New York Times delivered to my door every morning. So I woke up that morning and read what was in this magazine. It was a jaw-dropping experience. I know enough American history to recognize falsehoods when I see them. So the next day, I called my staff together at the National Association of Scholars.

That was before we’ve been shut down and sent to the four winds. And we decided that we needed to make a concerted effort to repute this thing. We started calling up historians and getting them on tape and interviewing people about it. And after a few months of that, it was clear that there was enough going on that something more was needed. So I began working on that book.

Leahy: So the book 1620 A Critical Response to the 1619 Project as a counterpoint to what happened in 16 19 in Jamestown, Virginia, when 20 African Americans or Africans were brought to Jamestown, you focus on 1620 when something else happened.

Wood: Yes. In November of 1620, a small ship had made its way across the Atlantic had been blown off course and ended up off the coast of Massachusetts. We know that ship is the Mayflower. It had on board about 102 passengers. And of those, fewer than half were people that we now call Pilgrims. The rest were settlers that were hoping to become farmers in Northern Virginia.

They were very unhappy to be off the coast of Massachusetts and declared that they were going to go their separate ways. The religious centers, the pilgrims that originally were from Holland thought that was a bad idea. They negotiated. They quarreled. But ultimately they came up with a short agreement that we call the Mayflower Compact, which set up rules.

Basically, they decided since they were now outside the territory controlled by England, they were going to have to be self-governing. And that meant figuring out a way to live together despite their religious and political differences. So what that did was it became something like an early version of the Declaration of Independence. It was a charter for how to govern themselves. Despite their differences, it pointed to basic religious freedom.

They decided they were going to tolerate one another. They were going to live under the rule of law, and they were going to respect those laws by electing their own leaders and legislating their own rules. That Mayflower Compact eventually became the template model for how Americans would govern themselves. First in New England and around the rest of the country. It’s set up the pattern of a small town that was essentially self-governing and never got forgotten.

Leahy: Exactly. Now, Here’s what’s interesting. My question to you. So your pushback on 1620 was published in November. What has been the response to your pushback?

Wood: Well, the conservative response has been tremendous. The book has sold very well and is getting lots of interviews like this one. The response from The New York Times has been crickets. Of course, they don’t take notice of anyone who criticizes them. I would say that it’s becoming clear to many millions of Americans that this thing is in their schools. Their kids are coming home with very strange stories about the American past. Almost everybody now has heard of critical race theory and these ideas that America is a slaveocracy or White supremacy has invaded everything and that implicit racism is everywhere.

The 1619 Project was the launching platform for those ideas where this stuff first entered the mainstream, so to speak. So I think we have a culture war. The old culture war is back with a vengeance. This time around it’s trying to throw sand in the eyes of Americans. To understand our past we have to understand it as a place that is fundamentally and deeply unfair, and that racism is at the heart of everything that goes on. I think there’s an appetite by Americans to push back against that.

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From Cook to CEO, Founder Lenny Magill Tells His Inspiring Personal Story

From Cook to CEO, Founder Lenny Magill Tells His Inspiring Personal Story


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. –  host Leahy welcomed Founder and CEO Lenny Magill in studio to continue his personal story from restaurant cook to CEO.

Leahy: We’re talking with the founder and CEO of the Glock Store, Lenny Magill. So we’re following your personal story. There you are. You’ve moved from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You had your first job as a cook at Bob’s Big Boy in San Diego, and you’re about to change jobs. Tell us about that.

Magill: Well, I saw, like I said, all the waitresses were making all the money in tips, and I thought, hey, I’d like to be a waiter. I just need to make more money. And I was taking a bus to work one day and there was a sign in this little ice cream shop called Farrell’s Ice Cream that said, we’re hiring. And I went in and I said, I want to be a waiter. And the guy says, oh, wait, we typically don’t hire people as waiters.

We’d like you to be a busboy or a cook and then we’ll move in the waiter position. I said, look, dude, I’m already a cook and I hate it. I want to be a waiter, and I can see that there’s more money on the table. He was from the East Coast and I was from the East Coast, and we kinda hit it off a little bit.

And he kind of liked me. And the one thing I said, well, what’s your problem? What do you need? He said, well, we got a lot of college kids here and they don’t want to work both Friday night and Saturday night. I said, look, I’m not going to college. I’ll work both Friday and Saturday night.

Leahy: And you sold him. So you identified his problem and you solved it.

Magill: That’s exactly right.

Leahy: And you provided a solution to his problem. You were willing to do it.

Magill: That’s exactly right. And you know what? It was interesting because a lot of the kids, they just want to go out and party. And I said, Hey, I need to make some money. I have to make money. So what happened is I went in and I became a waiter, and it was really a good opportunity for me because I met a lot of people. And it was one of those restaurants where the waiters would sing, Happy Birthday. Remember those?

Leahy: I do.

Magill: It was an ice cream place, but also a regulars place. They had restaurants like burgers and fries. So but it’s really about the ice cream. They had the big ice cream Sundays and all the crazy stuff. And they’d run around and play music. And then we’d sing, Happy Birthday, get all the waiters together. And so people would come in.

Leahy: It was an event.

Magill: And they would come in and I made a big deal out of it. And I was really successful.

Leahy: A little theatrical presentation of the birthday.

Magill: Exactly. So I started to get regulars. People would come in and say, hey, I want him. They’d wait for my table.

Leahy: They want Lenny’s table.

Magill: So one year, okay. I did this for, like, two and a half years. And I met a lot of girls at this thing, too. (Leahy laughs) I got a lot of phone numbers and all this fun. But one year this guy shows up and he’d been there several years. He had three or four kids. And he’d always bring his kids in for these parties.

And he says, hey, you know, you’ve got a pretty good voice. He said I work at the radio station. And he said, why don’t you come down and just hang out and see, maybe you can do some intern work. And I said, fine. So I actually went to this radio station, KCBQ in San Diego. And he introduced me to some of the disc jockeys. And they helped me put together a tape. I put together an audition tape.

Leahy: So you did an audition tape to be a singer?

Magill: No, to actually be a disc jockey to be a disc jockey. Dean Goss was the guy. Dean Goss. He was a big hit. In those days KCBQ was a big AM radio station at that time before FM really kicked in. Even before talk radio, it was really just music. And the disc jockeys would be playing actually, Wolfman Jack was actually on that station two years before that. So it’s a big deal, big place. And I was just running around.

And so I made the tape and I sent it out. I actually got some offers from these little towns to be a disc jockey. Like in Walla Walla, Washington, and Belmont, Texas. And I was like oh, I’m not going to move out of San Diego to go there. But meanwhile, I’m still waiting tables, making some money. And I’m kind of playing at the radio station. And then I thought, well, you know what? Maybe I should explore this a little bit more.

And I went to a college class and I took some radio or media classes, that kind of thing. And one day some kid stands up in the class and he says, hey, I work at a radio station and it’s a real small station. It’s broadcast out of Mexico, but we’re looking for someone to come down and help us do some intern stuff. And I said, well, I help out. And no one else did. And it was actually a soul station. They played soul music.

Leahy: Was it in Tijuana?

Magill: It was in Tijuana broadcasting out of Mexico.

Leahy: Right across. It had like an X something?

Magill: Yes it was XHRM. 93 Star five. And so I went there and it was a soul station. And it was very small. And it was owned by a guy who owned a radio or a record store. And he was basically interested in selling records. And this is before the Internet and all the other stuff and before digital.

Leahy: When there were record stores. When Tower was starting to get started.

Magill: He had a small little record store in the section of town where they are playing soul music. And he controlled that. He had a small little thing. So one day there and I was doing news. I was cutting news.

Leahy: So you are in Tijuana?

Magill: No, we would actually record it on tape.

Leahy: And you recorded it on tape and shipped it and they’d broadcast it.

Magill: It was pretty old school, but at the end of the day, I learned a whole lot about production. I learned a whole lot about the radio business. And then one day, I went to the owner and I said, hey, well, how does anybody make any money around here? Because I wasn’t getting paid. He goes, well, son, you’ll sell advertising. And I thought, well, okay. So here’s what happened.

I swear to God. The first day he gave me this little rate card, he said, go out and sell some ads. So the first day he says, I’ll give you a 30 percent commission, which is a lot, as you know in the radio business. But it’s a small station. So the first day I went out and sold $1,000. I had a contract for $1,000. Came back. He says, where’s the check? And I said, well, I got a contract. He goes, it doesn’t mean anything. You need a check. So I went back and got a check, and he was like, oh, okay. Hey, wow. You’re the real deal. So I made 300 bucks.

Leahy: 300 bucks?

Magill: And it was incredible. That was like, 1977.

Leahy: And what are you thinking?

Magill: I’m thinking oh my gosh.

Leahy: He gave you 300 bucks.

Magill: When it cleared he gave me 300 bucks.

Leahy: When it cleared.

Magill: So I said this is something. So I actually got into the advertising business, and I started selling advertising. And what happened is I became Super successful selling advertising as I was the number one sales guy. He loved me. I got a new car.

Leahy: You are thinking, alright. This is great!

Magill: So now listen, one of my top advertisers was Coca-Cola. and I used to go to Coke, and we had no numbers, okay? No arbitrary numbers, nothing to justify a buy.

But the guy liked me. The guy at Coca-Cola was named Steve Horowitz and he was from the East Coast. And he and I got along. He was a sports fan. I played sports in high school, and so we kind of had a good thing going. So he said, one day to me says, hey, I want to meet with you and tell you, I’ve got a job offer for you. I said, well, okay. He was one of my big guys because he would give me the leftover money when he would buy ABC and CBS. But at the end of the month, he’d have the $3,000.

Leahy: A little extra he’d just give it to you.

Magill: And he says, I’m going to go ahead and be the general manager of this new television station and it’s on Cox Cable. It’s Channel Two. He said it’s a brand new thing. We’re selling cable TV. We’re going to make a station, and we’re going to sell ads around it. And I want you to come work for me. And anybody in the radio business wants to sell TV advertising. So I said ok, I’ll come with you. So I quit my radio job.

I actually quit my waiter job a couple of months before that and dove into this TV thing. And what happened after that was pretty interesting because we had this brand new station. And Cox Cable owned it. Now Cox is a huge corporation but they had this little thing they wanted to start in San Diego back in 1981. And so what happened is we were selling ads around, like, Leave It to Beaver and Mr. Ed and all these old TV shows. And then they brought on this new thing. It was called Cable News Network. And they would have this other new thing called ESPN.

Leahy: ESPN. I wonder what that is?

Magill: So I would walk into a car dealer and I’d say, hey, look, I’ve got this new network. It’s all sports all day, 24 hours called Entertainment Sports Programming Network. And I want to sell you some advertising. The guys look at me and go, no one’s gonna watch that. (Laughter) And I’ve got this other station. It’s all news, 24 hours. Cable News Network. He says, no one’s gonna watch that.

Leahy: So it was the hardest sell in the world.

Magill: It was the hard sell because no one understood what it was. There are no numbers, nothing. So it was a good start. And that’s what got me into the TV business. And then one of my customers was in the gun business. And that’s how I got into the gun business.

Leahy: That’s how you got in the gun business.

Magill: Yes. So what he owned is an indoor range and I did some commercials for him. And that’s how I got into production, too. So I’ve got a big YouTube presence, as you may know. And I did some commercials for him. And the commercials were super successful. And he and I became buddies. And I did a whole bunch of other work for him. A lot of video work. And I got into the gun business. And all of a sudden, I was the gun video guy. And I did videos for Colt, Smith and Wesson, and all these other people in the gun business. And then I did a TV show for ESPN.

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Glock Aficionado Lenny Magill Continues the Story About His Journey to Becoming the Founder and CEO of

Glock Aficionado Lenny Magill Continues the Story About His Journey to Becoming the Founder and CEO of


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. –  host Leahy welcomed Founder and CEO of the Lenny Magill in studio to continue the story of how he came to be the leading manufacturer of Glock parts, pieces, and accessories.

Leahy: We are in studio with our Guest Lenny Magill, the founder, and CEO of the Glock Store. On the web at So you’ve been very successful with your gun videos. You decide to open up a facility in San Diego, and that does well.

Magill: Well, yes. We were starting to sell and manufacture Glock parts, pieces, and accessories. And we had so much traction, really once the Internet started to happen. And we started doing a catalog of lock pieces and parts. People started walking into the facility. And we weren’t really set up as a retailer, but they wanted to buy pieces and parts.

So we opened up a little retail store, and it became very popular in San Diego. We bought a bigger building, opened up a bigger store, and it was a big hit. And so obviously, the business got larger, larger, and larger. And the larger you are in California, the more they penalize you. (Laughs)

Leahy: Exactly. They penalize success.

Magill: The more successful you are, the more they penalize you. It’s brutal to do business in California. And we saw the writing on the wall that it’s just not going to scale out. We cannot grow a business in California without just being attacked by these legislators and lawyers out there who are looking to pounce on any misdoing. And my wife does a lot of the HR work, and she says that it’s impossible to stay compliant in California.

Leahy: When did you just decide I’m going to leave California?

Magill: About three years ago we decided we’re going to expand outside of California. And we wanted to move the corporate headquarters out of California. So we looked at Texas. Looked at Nevada. Looked at Arizona. Looked at Florida. And looked at Nashville.

Leahy: And how did Nashville come on your radar?

Magill: Well, my wife’s from Dalton, Georgia.

Leahy: Ah ha!

Magill: And I’m from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Leahy: So sort of in-between.

Magill: No trees, no water. Nevada, no trees, no water. I mean, relatively speaking, Texas, no water. Flat, boring. It’s an island. Texas is really if you think about it’s a great state in many ways but it sits out there by itself. So we wanted to be able to attract people to come to the Glock Store. And Nashville is a perfect location. In fact, the statistics I read, I guess Nissan put this out, that 70 or 80 percent of the population in the United States can drive to Nashville within a day.

Leahy: Exactly.

Magill: Which is amazing.

Leahy: That’s why we’re sort of a distribution center as well.

Magill: And plus, there’s water, there are rolling hills, there are trees, there are animals. It’s just a beautiful place. And there are no taxes. (Laughter) I mean, California is punitive in taxing. I like I said, it’s not only the taxes but the fees and fines and other things that they pile on top of businesses that people don’t even see.

It’s kind of under the radar money that they just collect and they’ll throw anything, they’ll throw some supplemental taxes sometimes because they need money. I mean, they did this little scheme the other day where it’s called CalSAVE. And basically, they said, we’re going to start taking money out of your check to save for you.

Leahy: Oh, how nice of them.

Magill: Now listen to this. It was automatic unless you opted out. You had to say, no.

Leahy: The old opt-out ploy.

Magill: Yeah. Now here’s what they’re doing. They’re collecting this money and some people say, Oh, Yeah, that sounds like a great idea. I don’t know that this state will ever be able to give it back. So it’s pretty crazy. Nashville was such a great choice in so many ways. And we’re so happy to be here. We’ve opened up a 75,000 square foot building right there at 1930 Air Lane Drive.

Leahy: 1930 Air Lane Drive. A little birdie told me you might be having a soft opening today.

Magill: We are. It’s perfect timing to get here. It’s April first and it’s no fooling. (Leahy chuckles) We are soft opening. The Grand opening will be May 15. I’m hiring people. So I’m looking to hire.

Leahy: You are hiring people?

Magill: I am.

Leahy: If people want to apply for a job, just go to

Magill: Yes, they can do that. We have a careers button there. Click on that and send a resume. And you can always call us.

Leahy: So what are you looking for? What kind of people are you looking for?

Magill: Well, I’m looking for some high-level managers, to be honest. I’m also looking for shipping, handling, receiving people, and assembly people. We manufacture pieces in parts, so we have to assemble them to package them and get them ready for shipping. And then, of course, people for the retail store. Firearm trainers were always looking for.

Leahy: How many people you looking to hire?

Magill: Well, we have 100 people in California. We’ve got about 25 here right now, so I need to hire another 75 people.

Leahy: if you’re listing and you need a job.

Magill: Yes.

Leahy: Go right now to Don’t wait. Apply. And then they’ll go in. They’ll go to the HR Department, which is run by a very nice person, I hear.

Magill: Well, my wife is in charge of it. She doesn’t run it. She likes to say, he’s higher up on that level. (Laughter) But we certainly have an HR Department. We are looking. Like I said, one of my immediate needs is some facility managers. Whether they be shipping managers or overall managers of the facility itself. So we are hiring and it’s a great opportunity. The business is booming and it’s going to continue to grow. We’ve got some great opportunities here not only in Nashville but nationwide because we are a website and we ship orders. We’re shipping up to 2,000 orders a day.

Leahy: My head is spinning. That’s a lot.

Magill: It is a lot. It’s crazy.

Leahy: And it’s all because you didn’t want to be a cook anymore. (Laughter)

Magill: Well, it’s interesting how the world works. My take is really it’s about the people. Remember, every time you meet someone, do something good for them, and the world will open up to you. And be kind and be considerate and just always be aware of that.

Leahy: So if you want to get a job, go to That’s

Magill: That’s exactly right. Thank you. Yes.

Leahy: And there are a lot of people here. We’ve been hit hard in Nashville by all of these rules and regulations that have been put out in Davidson County I’m sorry to say by our Democratic Mayor, John Cooper. We have another description for him but I won’t use it right now. But it’s not a kind description. But I think he deserves it. But he’s been shutting down a lot of restaurants and making it hard for them to make a living. If you’ve been a waiter or a waitress or a cook and you’re looking for a job,

Magill: Absolutely. And we don’t encourage people to wear a mask in our place. So how about that?

Leahy: I like that even better!

Magill: In fact, I encourage them not to wear a mask.

Leahy: I like that even better.

Magill: I like to see people’s faces.

Leahy: Lenny Magill, I’m so glad you are now a Tennesseean.

Magill: Michael Patrick Leahy, thank you so much. I am so glad to be here as well. Thank you very much. Thank you to the people of Tennessee and Nashville in particular. They really embraced us. It’s been wonderful.

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Tennessee State Senator Mark Pody Weighs in on the Movement Against the Federal Government Usurpations

Tennessee State Senator Mark Pody Weighs in on the Movement Against the Federal Government Usurpations


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 State Senator Mark Pody to the studio to discuss states rights and the federal government’s continued usurpation of authority.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by our good friend, State Senator Mark Pody. Mark, the big question for you now with the legal but not legitimate Biden maladministration in power in Washington, it’s more obvious to those of us who love the Constitution in our country that the pushback has to come from states who have for a century allowed the federal government to usurp their powers. And that comes from the state legislatures.

Pody: That’s exactly right. And the Constitution, how we were set up. If we go back, remember that you had 13 original individual states that said, we’re going to come together on certain issues to form the federal government. And they were very specific about what powers and authorities that the states are delegating to the federal government. The federal government does not delegate any power and authority to the states.

And the states said anything that we’re not giving you as a federal government and the 10th Amendment says it remains with the state. It remains with the state. Including in the Constitution, it says the states are supposed to be the ones that set up how elections are done. Well, if we watch what’s happening in Washington, D.C. right now, they’re trying to set how elections are going to be done.

Leahy: That’s unconstitutional.

Pody: That’s exactly right. So the states have to stand up. We have to say that you are overstepping that power and authority, and we reject that. We literally would need to as states to reject it. Even the state legislators, they’re the ones that created the individual cities and counties. It wasn’t that the cities and counties in Tennessee form together to form the state.

The state said, we’re going to make these counties, and here are the authorities and boundaries that you have. And here are the rules that you got to abide by. It is the state legislatures that are actually the strongest entities. If we would use that bond together, we could step back against the overreaching federal government. And if we don’t, every single year, the federal government comes and they’re going to take a little bit more and more and more of our power and authority. And they do it by one thing.

They bribe us. They give us money and everybody’s afraid. Well, we’re going to lose federal funding. I can’t tell you how many times I hear that. Well, we’re going to lose federal money. I would wish that we don’t get any of this kind of federal money. Let’s do it on our own. I just don’t want to be responsible for that federal debt either. Do what we do as states and push back.

Leahy: Now, you brought up the topic of federal money. I’m going to throw you a curveball.

Pody: Yes, Sir.

Leahy: Are you ready?

Pody: Yes!

Leahy: I’m winding up. Here it comes.

Pody: All right. This is going to be all about money.

Leahy: Yes. So I have this idea. One of the reasons why our K-12 public schools are doing so poorly is because the federal government is setting forth a series of rules and regulations that are just stupid and forcing K-12 public schools to follow those rules and regulations. Now, as you know, in the financing of our K-12 public schools, about 40 percent of it is local. 50 percent is from states. And 10 percent from the federal government.

Pody: Yes.

Leahy: So here’s my theory. Here’s my idea. I’m trying to see if I could get members of the state legislature to consider this. And by the way, if you looked at the compliance costs of complying with all these stupid federal regulations, my guess is that they give the state 10 percent. But probably the compliance costs are about another four percent. So the net is maybe six percent. This is my theory. I haven’t investigated it yet. Here’s what I would really like to see.

I would like to see the Tennessee General Assembly pass a bill that says, you know feds, that 10 percent you give us, you can keep it. Take your 10 percent and keep it. And meanwhile, all your regulations, we don’t want to follow them and we’re not going to follow them. And I float this idea out and many state legislators kind of roll their eyes like that could never happen.

Pody: What do you think? I think it would be a terrific idea. I’m going to give you just a prime example. They were in committee and we were going to get $5 million literally, almost $6 million from the federal government. And in that bill, in that money they were going to give us, they said, you have to start now. This was to the Department of Health. They said you have to start using this name-brand condom. And it was going to cost us $80,000 more. And I went and I said, wait a minute.

Leahy: How does the federal government get to tell, where does this come in in terms of this particular brand?

Pody: I’m going to get you here.

Leahy: I mean, they purchased for the distribution of free condoms to the citizens of Tennessee.

Pody: And Tennessee was just using generic ones as well. You can’t use generic free condoms you have to use these name-brand condoms, even though it’s going to cost you $80,000 more.

Leahy: I didn’t know. Where is it said that it’s the role of the state government to distribute condoms?

Pody: It’s not. It is not our role.

Leahy: Apparently, they’ve been doing it with offbrand condoms

Pody: Yes. So federal funding was giving this. So the argument was Pody, do you want to get this $5 million? If you do, you have to accept that somebody, and I’m sure there has to be a contract somewhere, somebody with these name brand condoms in Congress. But they said, you have to use these condoms. So the question is, do we pay this extra $80,000 to get that $5 million? But there are so many incidents like that that when you’re trying to get so-called free money, it’s not free money.

Leahy: It’s always got strings on it.

Pody: It’s always got string. The same thing in the Department of Education, just exactly like you’re talking about Here’s the money and you have to use it exactly this way, that way. And in education, I’m going to tell you, no matter how much money we give, they’re going to always find ways to have needs for more. And it’s not up to us to do every single thing for every single person in Tennessee. That’s not government’s role. A government’s role is to protect our institution, individual rights, and freedoms and not to do for the people, the things that we’re supposed to do for ourselves.

Leahy: Now, one thing that I’ve noticed and I think this may be new to you that we started The Tennessee Star, the only conservative news outlet in all of Tennessee surprisingly four years ago. Been doing great. And we’ve been doing this show here to The Tennessee Star Report for about two and a half years. We’ve expanded to other states.

Pody: Florida. Congratulations.

Leahy: Oh, okay. I was going to tell you, we just launched Florida. We’re going to launch Florida, April 21 St, The Florida Capital Star. And the reason we’re launching it seems to me the leader in the pushback movement against the federal government usurpations is Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida.

Pody: Yes.

Leahy: That’s one of the reasons. And we’re told by the people down there that the legacy media is not getting him a fair shake. We believe that to be true. One of the bills that they’ve considered down in Florida has to do with pushing back against Big Tech censorship. There is a similar bill under consideration here. I wonder if you could give us an update on where that particular bill is? What are its components? And where does it stand?

Pody: Sure. And I will tell you that as legislators on the Senate side, the Republicans, we actually try and communicate with each other on a fairly regular basis. Just within Tennessee. So it’s not uncommon for us as Republican senators, just to be saying, hey, what’s going on and who’s carrying what? And so when this was heard that this was happening, Senator Mike Bell kind of texted and said, hey, I’m going to be interested in running this bill, and we all kind of said, okay, we don’t need 10 bills doing the same thing.

Leahy: Smart.

Pody: So we said, go ahead and you take care of that. So I’m not sure where Senator Bell’s bill is, but he is working on a bill, something like that for Big Tech.

Leahy: Okay, good, good. I’ll be curious to see that. And we’ll get Senator Bell in here in studio to talk a little bit about it in the near future. Speaking of which, the Tennessee General Assembly has another month or so to go?

Pody: We should be out by the end of April. I’ve been up here now for a while that I get to kind of see as committees are shutting down, and we’re going into final calendars and such the number of bills that we have are starting to be heard to get through. And almost all of my bills. I only got a couple left that I got to go through committees with, and we’ll be done. We’ll be just voting on the budget.

Leahy: You have a couple bills still in play?

Pody: I do. In fact, I had one bill that went to summer study yesterday, and it was a great bill. It was terrific.

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