THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY

Drawing on her experience in Washington, former White House political adviser Paige Willey offers policy analysis deep-dives and far-sighted political strategy to address the dysfunction facing our country and outline the way forward to restore our nation’s promise.

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Monday Sep 26, 2022

Paige interviews Richard Hanania about his data-driven research across numerous topics including affirmative action, the weaponization of mandated "diversity," corruption and ineptitude in American foreign policy, the tyranny of politicized experts, and his recent self-imposed exile from Twitter in protest of the company’s censorship policy.
 
Show Notes:
Affirmative Action As A Magic Bullet: https://richardhanania.substack.com/p/affirmative-action-as-a-magic-bullet
How Reagan Almost Crushed Wokeness: https://richardhanania.substack.com/p/affirmative-action-as-a-magic-bullet
Woke Institutions Is Just Civil Rights Law: https://richardhanania.substack.com/p/woke-institutions-is-just-civil-rights
‘Just Trust The Experts,” We’re Told. Maybe We Shouldn’t: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/20/opinion/afghanistan-experts-expertise.html
 
Follow Richard Hanania:
-Substack: https://richardhanania.substack.com/
-Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardHanania?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
 
Follow Paige Willey:
-Substack: https://thisisyourcountry.substack.com/
-Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/midwesterneur
 
 

Monday Sep 12, 2022

What do you call it when a country’s leaders write off whole segments of voters as unworthy of representation, relegating them to welfare dependency, drug use, or political exile? Modern Age Editor Daniel McCarthy calls it "palliative liberalism:" pushing superficial "compassionate" solutions to relieve pain (and reduce backlash) without addressing the cause of the condition. Eventually, this doctrine can succeed in disenfranchising and eliminating political resistance altogether.
 
In this interview, Paige and Dan discuss urgent priorities for the conservative movement to counter the decline, including fitting advantageous “culture war” issues into a more substantial policy agenda, reviving traditional American standards of self governance, and more effectively building on Trump-movement populism.
 
SHOW NOTES:
The Conservative Affirmation, with foreword by Daniel McCarthy: https://www.regnery.com/9781684513864/the-conservative-affirmation/
"A New Conservative Agenda" by Daniel McCarthy: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2019/03/a-new-conservative-agenda
Canada's Euthanasia Policies: https://nypost.com/2022/08/11/disturbing-experts-troubled-by-canadas-euthanasia-laws/
"Harm Reduction" Policies: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/27/health/overdose-harm-reduction-covid.html
Washington Post Says "Systemic Racism" To Blame in Jackson, Miss. Water Crisis: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/09/04/jackson-water-crisis/
 

Friday Sep 02, 2022

This interview with Former White House CEA Chief Economist Casey Mulligan explores a number of problems created by poorly designed government policy, ranging from publicly-subsidized prescription opioids worsening narcotic addictions and death, to regulation that helps powerful special interests squeeze out competition.
 
The conversation touches on perverse incentives affecting our trade, energy, immigration, and welfare policy, leading to dysfunctional outcomes for the American people. 
This is the second in a series of interviews that Paige will conduct with policy experts who break from the traditional Washington orthodoxy and who offer a variety of solutions that we can consider to revive our country's prosperity and promise.
 
SHOW NOTES
https://trumpwhitehouse.archives.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/The-Role-of-Opioid-Prices-in-the-Evolving-Opioid-Crisis.pdf
https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2019/e1905.pdf
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/investigations/dea-drug-industry-congress/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/business/economy/wage-growth-economy.html

Friday Aug 26, 2022

“Free trade” globalism is one of the most consequential ideologies of the past century—and a marked departure from the policies that enabled America’s astounding surge in prosperity and industrial accomplishment from the country’s founding to WWII.
 
 
How did globalization come to dominate U.S. economic policy? Why did its influence persist despite catastrophic harm to our labor force, industrial base, and international competitiveness? How can we restore pro-American policy in Washington?
 
 
Paige interviews former U.S. trade negotiator, presidential advisor, and best-selling author Clyde Prestowitz about his book, “The Betrayal of American Prosperity,” and his front-row seat to history as Washington’s commitment to the “religion of globalization” intensified.
 
This is the first in a series of interviews that Paige will conduct with policy experts who break from the traditional Washington orthodoxy and who offer a variety of solutions that we can consider to revive our country's prosperity and promise.

Monday Aug 08, 2022

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Aiming to stave off political backlash, entrenched America Last institutions are cynically co-opting "America First" rhetoric after years of discrediting the MAGA agenda.
 
Reviving American industry and formulating tougher policies against China are popular with voters, but at odds with the political establishment’s longstanding doctrine of destructive globalism. This episode documents the Swamp’s recent attempts to deceive the public with a "tough on China" rhetorical pivot while maintaining policies that undercut American prosperity.
 
SHOW NOTES
https://www.axios.com/2022/07/31/biden-economic-covid-vaccine-success-story
https://apnews.com/article/louisiana-gulf-of-mexico-barack-obama-climate-and-environment-52312edf1e14b65b484731ec20af0b1a
https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/01/axios-cofounder-mike-allen-joe-biden-record-remarkable/
https://twitter.com/KeepitMadeinUSA/status/1533913437952163841
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/31/microchip-immigration-tech-00048242
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/weekly-trade/2022/07/18/intel-others-seek-weaker-china-rules-in-chips-bill-00046278
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-influence/2022/07/26/aapi-groups-mobilize-to-block-research-security-amendment-from-chips-package-00048021
 

Friday Jul 22, 2022

The recent story of a young Ohio girl—a rape victim who received an abortion—has taken on a new horrifying dimension. The revelation that the alleged rapist is an illegal immigrant now raises questions about how far the Biden administration and their allies are willing to go to protect the open borders experiment from scrutiny and accountability, no matter the human toll.
 
This episode explores the government's deliberate immigration policies that enable and protect criminal behavior, victimizing both American citizens and new arrivals.
 
Show Notes:
https://www.axios.com/2021/04/22/migrant-children-sponsor-travel-cost
https://apnews.com/article/health-us-news-coronavirus-pandemic-immigration-86f189f3c444d816ae0f8b704442203f
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-administration-placed-children-with-human-traffickers-report-says/2016/01/28/39465050-c542-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/megan-fox/2022/07/18/ohio-10-year-old-rape-horror-spotlights-child-protection-agencies-and-lack-of-transparency-n1613385
https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-administration-asks-supreme-court-to-rule-on-immigration-enforcement-11657316161
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/07/20/arlington-immigrants-ice-trust-police/

#016 | Real Independence

Friday Jul 08, 2022

Friday Jul 08, 2022

Globalism and its attendant foreign entanglements, ideological experiments, and perverse policy demands have so grievously compromised U.S. leaders that our government often knowingly acts against the interests of the nation and its people.
 
This episode draws direct comparisons between the policies weakening our country today and causes the Founding Fathers considered perilous to the nation when they declared independence from Great Britain and designed our government.
 
Citing iconic and poignant wisdom from Hamilton, Jefferson, Jay, and Washington, this episode proves our country must look to its roots to rediscover the meaning of true independence—this time liberating itself from America's extractive class of misery profiteers.

Friday Jul 01, 2022

Washington is able to get together on all kinds of “bipartisan” issues as payouts for special interests, but can never tackle quality of life issues for the average voter. Paige makes the case for the GOP to investigate and address the abuses and humiliations Americans suffer at the hands of TSA and the exploitative publicly subsidized major airlines. Links to show notes:
https://www.revolver.news/2021/07/disgusting-american-airports-national-decline/
https://nypost.com/2022/06/25/airlines-aim-to-shift-blame-for-flight-problems-to-faa/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/12/14/airline-bailout-covid-flights/
https://abcnews.go.com/US/tsa-fails-tests-latest-undercover-operation-us-airports/story?id=51022188

Friday Jun 24, 2022

Profiting from open borders is not just for the activist left. This episode explores the role of powerful business lobbies and the establishment wing of the GOP in supporting and justifying illegal immigration.

#013 | Criminalizing Dissent

Friday Jun 17, 2022

Friday Jun 17, 2022

Disturbing evidence shows how government power is being abused under the pretext of January 6th to criminalize dissent and neutralize Democrats’ political opposition. 
 
The GOP must demonstrate how the January 6th narrative, persecutions, and show trials gravely threaten the rights of all Americans. 
 
Links to show notes:
https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/02/politics/donald-trump-doj-republicans-insurrection-january-6/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/capitol-riot-defendants-regrets/2021/02/26/b3d06e3e-76b1-11eb-9537-496158cc5fd9_story.html
https://www.reuters.com/business/legal/us-judge-says-trumps-election-falsehoods-still-pose-security-risk-2021-05-27/
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/27/trump-rhetoric-capitol-rioters-legal-fight-484787
https://www.wsj.com/articles/climate-censorship-phase-two-gina-mccarthy-social-media-biden-white-house-11655156191
 
 

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