Friday, January 27, 2012

400-408 – Last night's debate in Jacksonville was the last debate for a month, the next will be in Arizona on 2/22, and Tuesday is Florida's primary.


(:27) 20a SANTORUM – The bigger issue here is, these two gentlemen, who are out distracting from the most important issues we have been playing petty personal politics, can we set aside that Newt was a member of Congress and used the skills that he developed as a member of Congress to go out and advise companies -- and that's not the worst thing in the world -- and that Mitt Romney is a wealthy guy because worked hard and he's going out and working hard? And you guys should that alone and focus on the issues.

413-423 –

(25a) GINGRICH: Given that standard, Mitt, I did say I thought it was unusual. And I don't know of any American president who has had a Swiss bank account. I'd be glad for you to explain that sort of thing.

ROMNEY: OK. I will. I will. I'll say it again. I have a trustee that manages my investments in a blind trust. That was so that I would avoid any conflicts of interest. That trustee indicated last week, when he was asked about this, he said that he wanted to diversify the investments that I had. And for awhile he had money in a Swiss account, reported in the U.S., full taxes paid on it, U.S. taxes. There's nothing wrong with that. And I know that there may be some who try to make a deal of that, as you have publicly. But look, I think it's important for people to make sure that we don't castigate individuals who have been successful and try and, by innuendo, suggest there's something wrong with being successful and having investments and having a return on those investments. Speaker, you've indicated that somehow I don't earn that money. I have earned the money that I have. I didn't inherit it. I take risks. I make investments. Those investments lead to jobs being created in America. I'm proud of being successful. I'm proud of being in the free enterprise system that creates jobs for other people. I'm not going to run from that. I'm proud of the taxes I pay. My taxes, plus my charitable contributions, this year, 2011, will be about 40 percent. So, look, let's put behind this idea of attacking me because of my investments or my money, and let's get Republicans to say, you know what? What you've accomplished in your life shouldn't be seen as a detriment, it should be seen as an asset to help America. (APPLAUSE) 

(1:19) 62 SANTORUM – The foundational documents of our country -- everybody talks about the Constitution, very, very important. But the Constitution is the "how" of America. It's the operator's manual. The "why" of America, who we are as a people, is in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights."  The Constitution is there to do one thing: protect God-given rights. That's what makes America different than every other country in the world. No other country in the world has its rights -- rights based in God-given rights, not government-given rights.  And so when you say, well, faith has nothing to do with it, faith has everything to do with it. If rights come… (APPLAUSE) If our president believes that rights come to us from the state, everything government gives you, it can take away. The role of the government is to protect rights that cannot be taken away.  And so the answer to that question is, I believe in faith and reason and approaching the problems of this country but understand where those rights come from, who we are as Americans and the foundational principles by which we have changed the world. 

(1:24) 54 ROMNEY – The people of America recognize that this is a critical time. This is not just an average election. This is a time where we're going to decide whether America will remain the great hope of the 21st century, whether this will be an American century, or, instead, whether we'll continue to go down a path to become more and more like Europe, a social welfare state. That's where we're headed.  Our economy is becoming weaker. The foundation of our future economy is being eroded. Government has become too large. We're headed in a very dangerous direction. I believe to get America back on track, we're going to have to have dramatic, fundamental, extraordinary change in Washington to be able to allow our private sector to once again reemerge competitively, to scale back the size of government and to maintain our strength abroad in our military capacities. I believe that, to change Washington in such a dramatic way, you cannot do it by people who have been there their entire careers. I believe, if you just elect the same people to change chairs in Washington, not much happen. I think, if you want to change Washington, you're going to have to bring someone in who has been on the outside. I have lived in the private sector. I know how it works. I've competed with businesses around the world. I know how to win.  I know what it takes to keep America strong. I know how to work in government. I've had experience for -- four years, rather, working as the governor of Massachusetts. I will use the experience of my life to get America right. And I will be able to convince the American people that someone with my experience is very different than Barack Obama. And that experience is how I'll beat him.

(1:19) 55 GINGRICH – You know, I have participated in the two largest Republican sweeps in modern time, 1980, in the Reagan campaign, and 1994, with the Contract with America, which had the largest one-party increase in American history, 9 million extra votes. I believe that what we need this fall is a big-choice election that goes to the heart of who we are. I'm running more than anything for my two grandchildren, Maggie and Robert. I'd like them to be able to look back 50 years from now and say that what we did, what we the American people did, the choice we made in 2012 to unleash the American people, to rebuild our country based on the core values, to pose for the American people a simple choice: Do you want freedom and independence and a paycheck and a job, or do you want dependence and big government and food stamps and a lack of future?  And I believe, if we have a big election with truly historic big choices, that we can defeat Barack Obama by a huge margin. But it won't be by running just as a Republican. It will be an American campaign open to every American who prefers a paycheck to food stamps, who prefers the Declaration of Independence to Saul Alinsky and who prefers a strong national security to trying to appease our enemies. 

(1:37) 57 SANTORUM – I agree with the previous two speakers that this is a big election. This is an election about fundamental freedom. It's about who America is going to be. Are we a country that's going to be built great from the bottom up, as our founders intended, or from the top down?  I just think I'm a lot better than the previous two speakers to be able to make that case to the American people. I'm not for a top- down government-run health care system. I wasn't for the Wall Street bailouts like these two gentlemen were.   Governor Romney talks about the private sector and how he's going to bring private sector. When the private sector was in trouble, he voted for government to come in and take over the private sector and be able to -- and to bail them out.  Cap-and-trade -- both of them bought into the global warming hoax, bought into the cap-and-trade, top-down control of our energy and manufacturing sector. If you look at President Obama's speech the other night, what did he lead with? He lead with manufacturing. He led with manufacturing why? Because the base of his party, the ones that are always the ones -- not the base -- the swing vote in his party, the ones that Ronald Reagan was able to get -- we call them Reagan Democrats up in Pennsylvania. Those are the blue-collar working people of America who know that this president has left them behind. He has a plan for them, and it's more dependency, not work, not opportunity. So he went out and tried to make a play for manufacturing. That's been the center point of my campaign. The center point of my campaign is to be able to win the industrial heartland, get those Reagan Democrats back, talking about manufacturing, talking about building that ladder of success all the way down so people can climb all the way up. That's why I'm the best person to be able to go out and win the states that are necessary to win this presidency and govern with the mandate that Newt just talked about. 

428-438 – • Peggy Noonan (WSJ, 1/27/2012) The GOP Takes a Wild Ride:  Romney vs. Gingrich is a fight for the soul of the party Reagan once united.

438 – Don't miss our upcoming Financial Strategies Summit, Saturday, January 28th from 900am-12pm, at the Crowne Plaza in Garden Grove.  It's free, but seating is limited, so pre-register now at

443-452 – Pam Neighbour, mother to the current and wife to the former pastor of Mosaic Church in Pomona (, invites everyone out to their free community human-trafficking awareness event called Stand Against The Traffic, this Sunday afternoon at 2pm at the FOX Theater in downtown Pomona.  They'll show the movie, Flesh: Bought and Sold in America, Pomona Mayor Elliot Rothman will speak, and then they'll have a panel discussion with community leaders about how to address the problem in their community.

458-508 – Robert Epstein, (, is a research scientist and former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, author of 15 books including his latest Teen 2.0:  Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence (; other sites include:,,,  He's finishing his new book Finding the INNER ADULT in Your Teen: A Guide for Parents.  He's also the father of six.  Today we talk about two big myths: the myth of adolescence, and the myth of the defective teen brain.

My Summary – Epstein argues that if "teenagerhood" was a universal malady, it would be universally acknowledged much like toddlerhood – everywhere and always, a 2 year old has been a 2 year old.  But the very fact other cultures do not dismiss teenagers as morally or intellectually inferior mitigates against the claim of an inferior teenage brain that's bubbling in hormones.  In fact, over 100 cultures around the world don't have any adolescent trauma, and many don't even have a word for "teenager."  It's just not a reality to them.  If he's right, and I believe he is since the research proves it, then we need to totally rethink how we raise our kids.  This is a Kuhnian paradigm shift, a scientific revolution.  There is no such thing as "the teen brain," yet there is the ubiquitous acceptance of the "myth of adolescence."

512-523 – Robert Epstein,

• According to the most recent National Comorbidity Survey, 49.5% of all American teens are diagnosable with at least one behavioral, emotional, or substance abuse disorder.  And, they get worse as time goes on, i.e., 18-year-olds score worse than 13-year-olds.

528-539 – Robert Epstein

544-554 – Robert Epstein

558-608 – Jim Burns, is the founder and president of HomeWord (, the executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at APU, and author of many books on marriage.  He and Doug Fields will be speaking with couples at the upcoming "Refreshing Your Marriage" conference at APU, February 17-18, 2012 (Fri 630-900, Sat 900-400).  Register at the website.

612-623 – Jim Burns.  Some keys for tonight:  when you get home, kiss your spouse for 15 seconds, then look for the soonest opportunity to have a 15-minute conversation.  Each couple should have three different nights each week:  a romantic date night, a productive business night, and a meaningful spiritual night.  Don't blur them.  And guys, remember that you may get home at 6pm, but you're not off work until 9pm.  

628-639 – Jim Burns

644-656 – Jim Burns

• Peter Wehner (Commentary, 1/27/2012) A Good Night for Conservative Principles.

• 16 Scientists (WSJ, 1/27/2012) No Need to Panic About Global Warming: There's no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to 'decarbonize' the world's economy.

• WSJ (1/27/2012) The Zero Decade: The Fed doubles down to reflate the housing market.

• Lenore Skenazy (WSJ, 1/27/2012) The Importance of Child's Play: In striving to make our kids super safe and super smart we have turned them into bored blobs.  Ms. Skenazy is author of the book and blog, "Free-Range Kids," and host of "World's Worst Mom" on Discovery/TLC International.