To many, it's the indefensible argument: defending the free market around the EpiPen's 400% price increase. To many though, this a call to action for the government. Congressmen on both side of the aisle are seeking to launch an investigation. But does the government have this authority, responsibility, and/or duty when no laws have been broken?
Defending the free market doesn't mean condoning the action to increase the price of EpiPen; however, just like one business can freely increase the cost, another can emulate the product and sell it cheaper. Just like the "Pharma Bro's" $18 to $750 markup on a HIV medicine last year, the free market found an alternative: a $1 pill.
Later in the broadcast, the University of Chicago is telling incoming students not to expect "safe spaces" or "trigger warnings." The blowback is unbelievable.
Before the Clarkcast went on-air, Matt quickly wrote down a partial list of problems plaguing our nation (in no particular order):
• U.S. debt approaching $20 trillion
• Interest payments alone on the debt will be the biggest line item on our budget
• U.S. credit rating downgraded
• Healthcare hosts skyrocketing; big insurers getting out of the “Marketplace"
• Further racial divide in this country
• Little interest to harden our electrical grid against EMP attacks, solar flares
• Nuclear deal with Iran
• Leaders refuse to call out any form of Islam
• More than half of America receives government assistance
• IRS targeting of conservative groups
• Socialism is now “out of the closet”
• Middle-East chaos: Egypt, Libya, Syria, ISIS, etc.
• Biologically-born guys can go into women’s restrooms
• “White privilege” labeled on all whites, regardless if racism present
• Taking gun rights away from law-abiding citizens seems to be the answer to all crime
• Our youth is completely f*cked with their self-entitled, privilege-driven, trigger-warning, politically correct, safe space needing attitude of life
• Government can now define “new rights” like education, healthcare, birth control, and ANYTHING really…
• Russian relations destroyed
• America-last mentality on everything
...and that's only a partial list. How can we possibly fight all of these battles to save the Republic? We can't, nor should we; these are all symptoms to a larger problem. Matt shares what he believes is that single root cause.
For the entire broadcast, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson joins Matt on the air to discuss his book, "Dereliction of Duty." Buzz reveals the amazing and cavalier disregard with which Bill Clinton treated our nation's most sensitive military secrets, the lives of our men and women in uniform, and the integrity of the office of president.
Buzz was a military aide to President Clinton from May 1996 to May 1998 and one of five individuals entrusted with carrying the "nuclear football" - the bag containing the codes for launching nuclear weapons.
Big world events have sent shockwaves across the globe:
- ISIS terrorist attack in Nice, France kills 80+
- Attempted coup in Turkey to overflow a Islamic-driven government
- More Syrian refugees are flooding into countries around the world
Additionally, at home, racial tensions continue to rise...
The Clarkcast covers two major stories from the past week:
- FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress over the Clinton email issue
- The rise of racial tension in the United States
Rich Hoffman, author of "Overman Warrior," joins Matt for the entire hour. You can read Rich's work at https://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/
On this Fourth of July weekend show, the Clarkcast covers many topics:
- Hillary Clinton interviewed by the FBI over her handling of classified information as Secretary of State
- AG Loretta Lynch caught meeting with Bill Clinton privately
- Reports state Donald Trump is considering Chris Christie as his running mate
- How our Declaration of Independence is still relevant to today, especially with Brexit
In an historic vote, the UK votes to break away from the European Union. What does this mean for the United States?
The story around the Orlando shootings should focus on one issue: ISIS, along with the majority of Islamic-countries around the world, are anything but tolerant toward the LGBTQ community. The argument, however, seems to be centered around gun control instead.
Headlines discussed this week:
- Vox Editor Encourages Violence, Riots at Trump Events
- US Attorney General: We’ve "Discussed" Prosecuting Climate Change Deniers
- Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson, "I Agree With" Sanders on 73% of the Issues
The State Department's Inspector General report was not too kind to Hillary Clinton. However, the Clarkcast asks, does this matter given the toxic political envirnoment of today?
In the second half of the show, a California university is looking to establish "criteria" for school speakers, after some students were offended over conservative commentator Ben Shaprio speaking.
Last Thursday, a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration is unconstitutionally spending federal money to fund the president’s health care law. In what was seemingly an effort to distract from this fatal blow to the Affordable Care Act, the President's administration announced new federal guidelines to schools around transgendered bathroom policies. Those that did not comply would have federal funds withheld.
Joining the Clarkcast for the entire hour is Rich Hoffman (http://www.overmanwarrior.com)
There is never a shortage of headlines every week. Here are a few stories that caught the Clarkcast's attention:
- Harvard is banning gender-specific student groups like fraternities and sororities because they are not inclusive and promote privilege
- The FDA is spending $36MM on anti-smoking ads targeting the LGBTQ community
- Police will be ticketing parents for their bullying children
- The DOJ is threatening to cut funds to North Carolina if they don't reverse the state's recent bathroom-gender law
With all the above mentioned, is it still even possible to save the Republic? Or are we just "slowing down its eminent demise?"
We are no longer a "participation trophy" society. No, this is not cause for celebration. Instead, our nation has further regressed into a cesspool of self-entitled, safe-space crying cowards.
Rich Hoffman, author of "The Curse of Fort Seven Mile" and "Tail of the Dragon" guest hosts this edition of the Clarkcast Radio Program.
View Rich's website: http://www.overmanwarrior.com/
Got white privilege? That was a question asked to a 12-year old in her Spanish class.
She came home with an assignment given in her seventh grade class asking, "How much privilege do you have?" The assignment instructed students to circle the boxes that apply to them in the categories of race, skin color, sex, gender, sexual orientation and disability. The debate around "social justice" is ever present within our colleges and universities (and beyond), but now it has reached into middle schools.
At the bottom of the hour, the author of the book "The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism" Steve Goreham gives an update in the mad, mad, mad world of global warming.
Steve's website: http://www.stevegoreham.com
Many have speculated that the establishment GOP might toss out the Republican rules and select a "fresh face" during the convention. This past week, long-time GOP strategist Karl Rove suggested exactly that. Joining the millions of [soon to be?] disenfranchised voters, Matt vocally condemns such talk and predicts only chaos if the powers-to-be run with this idea.
Next, many still continue to question Donald Trump as a serious liberty-minded candidate. Most recently, Trump was asked, "What do you believe are the three primary functions of the federal government?" Trump's answer included healthcare and education - roles that the federal government should have little to no involvement. He did, however, somewhat clarify his statement when pressed by the moderator.
To help understand the appeal of Trump to liberty-minded voters, the Clarkcast invited Rich Hoffman on the program. Rich is a strong support of Trump's candidacy and attempts to show Matt "the light."
Related: Visit Rich's blog at http://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com
President Obama and his family traveled to Cuba this week; a first in nearly 90 years for a sitting U.S. president to visit the communism country. While many view this trip as sign of healing relationships, one painful and obvious fact was absent from the national conversation: Cuba is a murderous, oppression-driven communism country ran by the blood-soaked hands of Fidel and Raúl Castro.
On the heals of the Cuban trip, the president later told an audience of Argentinian youth that the differences between socialism and capitalism make interesting discussions but, ultimately, they should just do whatever works.
“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate,” Obama said during a town hall meeting in Buenos Ares.
“Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical, and just choose from what works,” Obama continued. “You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”
It's the last Clarkcast episode before Spring 2016, and Matt starts the show with a little reggae to toast in the new season. The happy vibes turn into an episode of "The Twilight Zone" as news of Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, and other establishment figures embrace Ted Cruz. What's next for the 2016 presidential hopefuls?
In the main part of this episode, Matt takes a different look at Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's testimony to the U.S. Congress over the Flint water crisis. Speaking purely in the abstract, why is a state governor being summoned by the federal government to be grilled over a local issue? As a country, we have moved well beyond the framer's constitutional intentions, and it has dire consequences.
Thomas LaDuke of FTR Radio (www.ftrradio.com) guest-hosts the Clarkcast.
The Michigan primary is this upcoming Tuesday. In the first half of the program, Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck joins Matt on-air to discuss the Cruz campaign in Michigan. In the second half of the show, the executive director of FTR Radio, Thomas LaDuke, speaks with Matt about the GOP debate, Michigan primaries, and campaign predictions.