The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Great to be with you today, as always. And we have a number of wonderful guests.
We’re going to touch base with our old friend John Cribb, the author of Old Abe, about Abraham Lincoln. He’s one of my favorites, he’s got a great perspective on lots of stuff.
And Todd Bensman will give us an update from the border. Todd Bensman, of course, is at the Center for Immigration Studies, a super guy, incredible writer. I think his title, I have him on the program pretty frequently, his title is the National Security Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies. And he’s down on the border quite a bit. So we’ll talk with Todd in a few moments.
Okay, but let me set up for you, you’re seeing the news out of Washington, DC. If you’re seeing, if you’re paying attention, many people are on vacation and life is moving on.
I want to draw a few strands of things together. I often tell the listeners…. And if you go to ProAmericaReport.com, you’ll see some of the times I reference Politico.com as one of the places to go to see how the establishment left is thinking.
Politico is based in Washington, DC. It covers politics. You can tell by its name. It is left leaning, but it’s also sort of establishment. You can get a read on what’s going on by seeing what they’re covering. And they have a big piece on the Republican Party in a crisis.
The crisis is the old economic vision of the party and the new one. And there’s a tension between the populism of the Trumpian era on economics and the old guard, the free traders and the people that wanted to limit taxes and all this stuff.
And then on one side, they have Josh Hawley and they have instances of people like Tom Cotton having positions that seem counter to the old guard, the old tax cutting guard and the free marketers, free marketeers.
It’s all nonsense. However, it is the, the division should be between those who use government to grow their power and control of the market and those that are trying to change that dynamic.
So let me give you an example. In the news in the last 36 hours has been the coverage of the massive 1,000,000,000,000 dollar spending bill on, quote, unquote infrastructure. So you say infrastructure?
Oh, boy. Are they going to finally build those rebuild those crumbling bridges? Are we going to get the interstate highway system beefed up? Will they get some fresh airports in, et cetera?
Well, about maybe half could be up to 60% of the infrastructure bill is actually infrastructure. The rest of its all goodies and pork and things rolled in together at the behest of all of the key leaders and legislators, especially senators.
And when you see it become a bipartisan bill, even with just a handful of senators, there’s two things you should know. One, that just means everybody’s getting theirs, including people that are voting against it.
A lot of them are probably voting against it because they have to, but they’re not actually going to get nothing. They’re going to get what they need. And two, it means that they want it to pass, because if the U.S. Senate wanted to stop, any Senator wanted to stop a bill like this or at least make a stink, they could.
But the system is set up that if you make that stink, they’ll make you pay on other stuff. And so everybody sort of gets coopted along the lines. I’m not actually complaining about it. I’m describing it to you because you should know the reality.
But here’s what’s different about this moment. We now have seen in the last year. We’re not talking about a half a trillion. We’re not talking about a trillion. We’re talking about 5-6-7-8, excuse me, 7 trillion dollars spent directly from the government.
Now, where do you get that? They haven’t raised our taxes enough. They haven’t changed the fees. Well, they’re just printing money. And this is why inflation is guaranteed. And, you know, immediately after this trillion dollar infrastructure bill is considered and perhaps passed, the Democrats have a 3.5 trillion dollar one they want to add.
So what’s happening here? What’s happening is the dramatic centralization, dramatic pulling towards the capital – I’m talking about Washington, DC, and the federal government – the power. Because who has the power of the money and control, has the power of what’s going to happen. If you don’t think that it matters, who has money, especially coming from the government, you just don’t understand human beings.
For example, Illinois, California – Illinois, especially, is the one I know best – New York State to some extent, but then local cities, for sure. But let’s just use Illinois.
Illinois is broke, was broke actually, because they had overspent, overpromised on their pensions. They’d overspent on their stuff. They could, there was nothing they could do. And so they got massive bailouts in the last year from all these COVID relief projects, money that transferred into these places to stabilize their pensions.
You say, well, that’s probably okay, isn’t it? Because you don’t want the pensions to go belly up? Well, it depends what you mean, because the only way to pay for it is for you and I to pay more taxes or inflate your way out of it, inflation. And that’s where we’re headed.
So we’re seeing massive spending. And when you hear somebody writing in Politico about how the Republicans are changing their position, they want more government activism to say, stop the trust, the antitrust, stop the monopolies or the dominant nature of certain aspects of the economy now. Think Amazon, think Google, think the Big Tech.
They say, well, this is a foreign thing. The Republicans are supposed to be free market. No, I mean, that may be true. I’m not sure it was always completely true, but what in this case it means is that certain people, Hawley is the one I can think of.
But others are looking at it and saying the government’s controlling the economy already, it’s not like it’s actually free and fair and out in the market. It’s being not just steered by the government, it’s dominated by the government.
And so you have to figure out how you possibly good, how you possibly can go forward if you just have a smothering government, you see. And the smothering government is now being dominated by those who have the power to control the agenda.
And so what Hawley is trying to do is say, well, the old model is not working because we’re all losing out. What can we do to change the direction? What can we do to change how it’s gone? That’s what’s happening.
Now, again this week, a lot of attention on Hungary, right? Tucker Carlson’s over there. And Tucker Carlson is talking about the border most of the time. And I don’t know if he’s doing more segments from there, but I will tell you, he’s so far covered the border. I haven’t seen all of his coverage.
But one of the more interesting things in Hungary is the dramatic decisions of the government to direct people’s lives in favor of things that they think are good.
For example, there is policies – tax as well as direct payment policies – to incentivize families, to incentivize children, having children and raising children. To incentivize families with a mother and a father and the father, one person can be the homemaker caregiver and the other can be working.
In other words, survive on one salary, which is one of the things this candidate in Ohio, JD Vance, is running on. He said a number of us we should have an America where people can afford to go and have one person work and the other person take care of the kids, because otherwise you’re having to put them in daycare and pay for it anyway.
But the point here is Hungary has had policies that are exactly aimed at incentivizing what they believe is the positive way to have a society work. In America right now, we’re having a government that is growing in power to serve the powerful elite.
But the incentives for legislation and other things are not in a direction at this point that you can say confidently is leading to human flourishing.
One example, we have an education system that disproportionately puts our children into a system where they’re taught, first, not to really appreciate the country the way we all thought we did.
But more importantly, lots of times to be undereducated and underperforming, especially in city schools. That’s government control, totally government dominated. You have to be able to buy your way out of that and have a desire to do that, to have anything different. That’s a totally broken system completely. And higher ed is another example.
So the point here is you’re not seeing a change in the Republican policies like Politico wants you to. What you’re seeing right now is a realignment of America to understand that the elites, that the people with power and in charge, are not looking out for the rest of the country.
You want another good example? Fentanyl is killing 100,000 Americans every year. It comes from China, mostly through the Mexican border. And those people that die, and I was on an interview with, a TV interview with somebody who said, you know, those are low income folks.
And the fact is that what we did, what we have seen is that it’s not being attacked, not being stopped. Why? It doesn’t really affect the elites the way it affects other people. That’s my opinion.
Alright, I got to take a break. When we come back, we got lots of great interviews. Please visit ProAmericaReport.com. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report, be right back.