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Wednesday’s show: Cuba at 60 with Dr. Carlos Eire

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Guest: Dr. Carlos Eire, author of ‘Waiting for snow in Havana’ and other books………we will discuss the 60th anniversary of the Castro regime in Cuba……and other stories…………. Please check our blog or follow me on Twitter…..

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January 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Wednesday’s video: Raul Castro goes anti-US

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January 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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We remember Barry Goldwater (1909-1998)

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Barry Goldwater was born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1909.    Senator Goldwater died in 1998.

Our family arrived in Wisconsin from Cuba in Sept ’64.   One month later, Mickey Mantle played in his last World Series. The Cardinals beat the Yankees in 7 games.

Two months later, Pres. Lyndon Johnson beat Republican Barry Goldwater in a huge landslide. In fact, calling it a landslide may be moderate. LBJ got 61% of the vote.  No one has come close to that except for Nixon ’72 and Reagan ’84!

However, Goldwater won in so many ways.

First, he introduced Ronald Reagan to the country.   In October 1964, Mr. Reagan delivered that great speech A time for choosing:

“You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.”
There is a point beyond which they must not advance.
This is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.”
Winston Churchill said that “the destiny of man is not measured by material computation.
When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits–not animals.”
And he said, “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”

Second, he introduced me and others to the conservative movement. Eventually, I joined Young Americans for Freedom and committed myself to certain political principles: love of family, the free market and a strong national security posture.

In the 1970’s, our generation knocked on doors and licked envelopes supporting Republican candidates. We helped Nixon win in ’72. We suffered a major setback with Watergate but turned it around in ’78 when Republicans had a huge election night.

Why did the Republicans become a majority? Because we had ideas. The author of those ideas was Barry Goldwater. The spokesman became Reagan.

In 1980, Reagan carried 41 states, elected a Republican Senate and I had one of the happiest nights of my life. In so many ways, Goldwater’s mission was complete because Reagan was a devout follower of Goldwater’s ideas.

George Will summarized Goldwater in ‘The Cheerful Malcontent’

“We — 27,178,188 of us — who voted for him in 1964 believe he won, it just took 16 years to count the votes.”

Goldwater died in 1998. (Read his obituary

He was one of the most consequential figures of the last 50 years. Besides Reagan, no one created more conservatives than Barry Goldwater.

Last, but not least, his books were a delight!

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January 2, 2019 at 11:30 am

LO brings up a new ‘old’ idea

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Let me say this about President Andres Lopez-Obrador of Mexico: he is creative and not following the left-wing script.  He wants to create a tax-free zone on the border, something that no leftist in Mexico ever mentioned before.    

This is from Fox:   

In a bid to reduce migration to the U.S. and attract investment, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has proposed the creation of economic “free zones” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Tax Incentive Decree for the Northern Border Region, which Lopez Obrador announced Saturday, would create a free zone that would stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Coast and be more than 15 miles wide, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Inside the zone, income taxes would be reduced by a third and Value Added Taxes on imported goods would be slashed in half, the minimum wage would increase 100 percent, and fuel prices would equal U.S. prices, the report said.

“It’s going to be the biggest free zone in the world,” Lopez Obrador said. 

“It is very important to project for winning investment, creating jobs and taking advantage of the economic strength of the United States.”

Again, this is not a new idea.   I’ve heard it from many Mexicans who don’t understand why people are coming over here to do what they could be doing in Mexico.

As a Mexican friend asked years ago, why send people up there to work?  Why not bring the jobs down here?  At least, the employer and employee would be paying taxes in Mexico.   The plant would pay property taxes and buy basic supplies down there.

President Lopez Obrador gets it when it comes to Mexicans migrating to the U.S.   In other words, he understands that Mexico benefits from “remittances” but loses in the long run because the jobs are in the U.S.

So create a “tax incentive zone” and make it more profitable for U.S. companies to hire these people in Mexico rather than in Texas?

It’s always made sense to me and will reduce the illegal immigration flow.  It won’t end it all, but a big chunk of it will vanish.

Last, but not least, it shows me that President Lopez-Obrador and President Trump are communicating a lot better than most expected.  I wonder when the Mexican left turns on LO for being a puppet of Trump?

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January 2, 2019 at 7:43 am