Mark speaks with former Rep. Mike Hager about his decision to leave the General Assembly after three terms in the House, in which he rose to the role of House Majority Leader. Mike says that everyone who goes into politics wonders when they will have fulfilled their usefulness and it becomes time to get out, and his time has arrived. Mike says that it is time to leave to spend more time with his family and also respond to the economic pressures of being paid as a part time legislator. He says that it is a bittersweet time for him to be leaving the Legislature and that someone will step into the majority leader role and do a great job just as someone will step into his shoes for his district and will do a great job as well. Looking forward Mike says that he has opportunities in front of them that he does not want to jinx, so stay tuned.
Mark speaks with Mark Paoletta about Anita Hill’s claims of sexual assault at the hands of, then Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas as well as Juanita Broderick’s claims of sexual assault at the hands of Bill Clinton and how the mainstream media treated each case. Paoletta says that Anita Hill’s case seems to have hole after hole in it with no one to back her story up or other alleged victims of Supreme Court Justice Thomas. Paoletta says that sexual harassment/assault has been used as a political issue where it is ignored for some and focused on or constructed against others. Mark and Paoletta talked about the Duke Lacrosse case and the way the media treated that case, as well as the UVA/Rolling Stone case. Paoletta said that the media picked up both of those stories and ran with them and both turned out to be falsehoods.
Mark speaks with Donald Bryson, state director for Americans for Prosperity of North Carolina, about Rep. Mike Hager’s resignation, renewable energy mandates and socialism in Venezuala. Donald also speaks with Mark about North Carolina moving up over the halfway point to be in the top half of states judged by freedom. Of Venezuala, Donald says that the state has tried to take the people’s money and use it better than they have but at this point even the animals in the zoo are starving as well as the people despite the huge oil reserves that the country is sitting on.
Mark speaks with Ed Haislmaier, senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, about the discontent that many Americans have with the Affordable Care Act. Ed says that while most Americans are not affected by the ACA that the ones who have been effected have been very negatively so. Ed says that while about 7 million Americans are getting subsidized insurance that there are about 10 million more Americans getting hit with the full price of Obamacare, subsidizing those who do get the discounted rates. To hear Ed talk more about the future of Obamacare, and instability in the healthcare system, listen in…