Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - June 17, 2017
Please note: These show notes may be in various stages of completion -- ranging from brainstormed notes through to well-polished monologues. Please excuse anything that may seem rough around the edges, as it may only be a first draft of a thought and not be fully representative of what was said on the air.
6:35pm: Barnstormers pregame
7:05pm: Iowa Barnstormers vs. Sioux Falls Storm
Endorsement: iHeartRadio app
BUT FIRST: The opening essay
21st Century conservatism
On Thursday, I responded to a comment on Twitter with the following:
True conservatism demands hard things: Responsibility, duty, character. Media selling easy answers as "conservative" are usually imposters. https://t.co/Z54MmYZGRJ— Brian Gongol (@briangongol) June 16, 2017
I stand unwaveringly behind that sentiment. It's not easy to make a deep moral claim in 140 characters, though, so I'd like to address a follow-up question:
Easy answers... Such as? Please name names!— Greg (@isugcs) June 16, 2017
I'm reluctant to "name names" because I don't think it's particularly dignified. People shift tactics and allegiances all the time. Ronald Reagan was an unapologetic Democrat before he became the patron saint of the modern Republican Party. Dick Morris worked for Bill Clinton before becoming a Republican -- while David Brock flipped prominently in the opposite direction. And to turn to a very specific and current media example, Glenn Beck has prominently recanted some of his own worst behavior. People can (and do) sometimes change, so I'd like to avoid going on the permanent record as being "against" someone when I hold out hope that they might end up seeing the light. At least for today, I'd like to bite my tongue.
But I do not have the same hesitation about railing against the behaviors to which I object so strongly. Here are some of my complaints:
Imposter conservatives expect protection from the state from things they don't like.
Imposter conservatives fear competition.
Imposter conservatives drive forward by staring into the rear-view mirror.
Imposter conservatives don't know where their intellectual traditions come from.
Imposter conservatives reflexively reject new ideas.
Imposter conservatives favor instincts over intuition.
Imposter conservatives think a great past was lost and must be reclaimed.
Imposter conservatives look for someone else to blame instead of turning within.
Imposter conservatives think that might makes right. Mercy is a privilege reserved for those who are already strong.
Imposter conservatives want to "smash the state" instead of limiting government.
Imposter conservatives think America is about an identity you can see. It's not. America is an idea, and anyone who embraces that idea is, at heart, an American.
Imposter conservatives want to blame someone else for taking something away.
Imposter conservatives reject the indispensability of American leadership in the world.
Subject line/message: Dear Brian, just happened to tune in to WHO. I could feel your liberal slip showing immediately. So, Brian, have you ever taken to task the media that has completely gone negative in all of its reporting of President Trump.
Response: Thanks for reaching out. I'm afraid the only thing you sent me was a truncated message in the subject line, so if you had more to say, you're welcome to write back.
I would ask you to consider the following:
Calling people names is behavior unbecoming of an adult. If you want me to take your criticisms seriously, saying things like "your liberal slip [is] showing" is an ineffective way to do it. I'm not sure what causes you to think I'm "liberal" (assuming by that you mean "leftist"). I'm a free-market capitalist who believes in limited government and the rule of law. I have consistently embraced those positions since I started hosting my show on WHO Radio 14 years ago. If you sampled one segment of one episode and concluded that I'm a left-winger, I would encourage you to listen to anything in my back catalog of shows. They're all available here: http://whoradio.iheart.com/media/podcast-gongol/ Have I criticized anyone in the media? Of course I have. Do I think "the media" has gone "all negative on Trump"? No. I think there is a lot of critical coverage, but I think he creates more than enough material all on his own. I expect the media to be critical or even adversarial with those in power, because that's the point of the First Amendment...no matter who occupies the Oval Office.
I seek to be specific in my criticisms of the President, just as I tried to be specific about criticizing Presidents Obama and Bush before him. I have a very long list of criticisms of President Trump, just as I did for President Obama, and most of them stem from his deviations from the conservative principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and the rule of law.
When he deviates from those principles, he's not being a conservative, and when I call him out for those deviations, I'm not being a leftist or a liberal. I'm standing on the same principles that have defined the center-right of American politics for at least a century.
Thanks for listening.
Segment 2: Bill Cosby on trial
Amazon buys Whole Foods
Nestle might sell off its US candy business
Butterfinger, Crunch bars, and Sweet Tarts could all go on the auction block
The week in technology
Absorbing Yahoo is going to cost Verizon half a billion dollars
That's a whole lot of spending just to get a new asset to fit under the corporate umbrella
Clean up after yourself
Rumors of looser capital-reserve requirements
Anything that would reduce the amount of reserve capital required to be held at banks should require some pretty extraordinary justification
Interview with Rep. David Young
By the numbers
"The average rent in Oakland now is $2,400 a month"
The shortage of housing in the San Francisco Bay area is apparently at titanic proportions. KGO quotes a housing official as saying there have been 500,000 new jobs created and only 50,000 new housing units built in the last half-decade. The resulting shortage appears to be creating strain all over the place, including among senior citizens who now can't afford housing. The fact that sufficient new housing hasn't been produced when demand should be somewhere on the scale of ten times new supply suggests that some kind of regulatory or resource constraint is creating a massive chokepoint. And, when in doubt, assume that developers will find a way to overcome the resource constraint (like available land) with money (like building taller towers), so there's a pretty good chance you're looking at a regulatory choke.
Repatriating some of our trade deficit with real-estate investments from overseas
Class reunion weekend
Des Moines has come a long way in 20 years
Coincidental with Father's Day
Advice for reunions?
Your role in cyberwar
US Senate approves new sanctions on Russia
And appears to seek new ways to constrain the President along the way
Lawsuit result could categorize LinkedIn as a "work environment"
Such a definition might subject it to a giant wave of new internal and external restrictions and policies
Unsorted and leftovers:
France's startup political party is crushing legislative elections
En Marche is perhaps the most interesting and most disruptive startup of modern times
Tennessee enacts free community college for almost all adults without degrees
An educated (and credentialed) workforce is one way to induce demand
Autonomous cargo ships are coming
A substantially larger prospect than self-driving cars -- and yet, in technological terms, not that far away
Clean up after yourself
Mind your business
Quote of the Week
Contrary to popular opinion
Hyperbole is going to kill us all
Curiosity, competence, and humility
Have a little empathy
Stop the deliberate ignorance
Tin Foil Hat Award
Yay Capitalism Prize
Capitalist solution of the week
- Podcast of this episode - segment 1: Look out for the imposter conservatives -- It's not enough to call yourself by a label if you don't really share the philosophy
- Podcast of this episode - segment 2: The Cosby trial -- I don't want the allegations to be true, which makes it all the worse if they are
- Podcast of this episode - segment 3: Amazon buys Whole Foods -- Someone else coughs up their "whole paycheck"
- Podcast of this episode - segment 4: Robots and grocery stores -- The future of retail is automated -- and that's risky for smaller towns in Iowa
- Podcast of this episode - segment 5: Rep. David Young on trade -- The Iowa Congressman stands up for trade that is essential to the 3rd District's economy
- Podcast of this episode - segment 7: The rent is too darn high -- Don't blame the free market for housing shortages...markets hate shortages!
- Podcast of this episode - segment 8: Should Iowans worry about farmland turning into housing developments? Pricing feedback will generally solve this