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The Rough Road Ahead

Is the Republican Party having trouble resonating with voters in Illinois? Is it even trying? How will the unpopularity of Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner in the Chicago Metropolitan Area affect the strategy of Republican candidates running for office? How can Trump clear up misconceptions about Russia? Congressman Peter Roskam joins Dan and Amy to discuss. 

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. Poring over the election results from yesterday, this morning. And before we get to our friend, Peter Roskam, a couple more calls...Steve from Gary. Steve (caller): Yeah, kind of depressed. I live in Indiana, but it shouldn't matter. (Proft: Hey, THAT should make you happier.) The invasion is going to continue. I mean...did you notice down in Florida, all the parents that they talked to from that shooting...*accent* they all tawlk wit a Noo Yawk accent! *end accent* Yeah, that sounds like a FLORIDA accent to me. That's the problem...these people MOVE to get away from these liberal Democrat politics, and they move...and they take their politics WITH THEM. Proft: Yeah, thanks for the call Steve, I get it. I mean... Jacobson: Bad interpretation... Proft: Impersonation? Jacobson: Impersonation I mean. Proft: New Yawk accent? Jacobson: He coulda done it betta. Ya know? Proft: Like butta. Mark, in Joliet. Mark (caller): Hey, good morning, Dan and Amy! Dan, you've been trying to explain to people for the longest time that people in Illinois are losing their property through taxation. And then this morning, Amy kind of joked that she might want to move out of state. Well, if I were Amy, or anybody that works in Illinois, and wants to continue working in Illinois, I would move somewhere like Wisconsin, that has a reciprocating tax agreement with Illinois, as opposed to Indiana where I actually live, and we USED to have one, until it went away under then-Governor George Ryan. So, basically, I have to pay income taxes in Indiana, as a resident, AND Illinois, because I work there, I get whacked pretty good, especially when they raise the tax rate by 66 percent a half-a-dozen years ago and another 33 percent a year ago. So, my point to you Amy or anybody else, move to Wisconsin and pay...enjoy a reciprocating tax agreement while you still can. Proft: Hmm. Ahhh. Thanks for the call, Mark, although Wisconsin is a pretty high combined state and local tax burden, BUT not as high as Illinois', of course. But here's the thing; it's fun to take these calls right after the election, and all the calls we're getting are related to strategic advice as to where to live, not Illinois. Interesting. Alright, more on this topic, we're pleased to be joined by Peter Roskam. He was a state legislator, before he was a big shot in Congress, and he joins us now. Peter, thanks for being with us, appreciate it. Roskam: Good morning, guys! Nice to be with you, thanks for having me on. Proft: Good morning. So you're a Wheatonian...let's get your take, your reaction, your comment on the Republican Primary Election, starting up obviously with the governor's race on our side. Roskam: Yeah, look...I think the Governor squandered a consolidated effort by being so provocative over the past year or so with these policy initiatives that were just off-putting to a lot of Conservatives, and Jeanne gave a very impressive run, essentially ran an insurgency campaign. And you saw that manifest itself in a lot of different areas across the state. So, here's the thing that voters are going to have to decide all across the country in November, in House races, and just really up and down the ballot; should...Nancy Pelosi, for example, be entrusted with the Speaker of the House again...I think that would be a disaster...should Mike Madigan be given more authority and so forth up and down the line. And so, these are threshold questions that the whole country is dealing with, because this will be a nationalized...in a way, in terms of House races that are going to be competitive this Fall, and it continues to amaze me that people, with a straight face, can say "Oh, the solution in Springfield is let's double down for more!" So I think there's going to be a lot of interpretation of these numbers over the days and weeks ahead. Proft: Speaking of competitive House races this Fall, you had like SEVEN candidates vie to face you, you had this Kelly Mazeski or whatever her name is, apparently is the winner. You know they're going to play the Boogeyman Politics, right? Especially in this state. "Everybody is a schill for Donald Trump!" How do you assess your Democrat challenger and your race this Fall? Roskam: So, it looks like it may have been Sean Casten that won. (Proft: Oh really? Jacobson: Oh!) Yeah, this is a little bit late-breaking, so...whoever it is, it's interesting. They've all said they were COMPLETELY against the tax plan that went through. All right, so that means they want to take the bonuses back from people, they think those bonuses are a bad idea? Or doubling the child tax credit, they're not into that? Or getting rid of the Alternative Minimum Tax, which hit 30K people in my constituency, or lowering these rates? What's interesting is...what's interesting is they're basically just parroting Nancy Pelosi, and so Pelosi called the bill "the worst Bill ever", and Armageddon, and that $1000 bonus was crumbs, and so forth. That's gonna be the playbook, I think. And so, you know, I just think that there is a lack of clarity about how the economy actually works. And the notion of cutting taxes and giving people tax relief, and regulatory relief, and the things that the 6th District has said historically "These are the things we value.", those values are now under attack. And here's the thing; I think campaigns where you have two competing views of the world, two competing views of the economy, two competing visions of the future and the direction you think our country should go...I think those kind of campaigns are INCREDIBLY invigorating. When they're about IDEAS, and they're not about personalities. And I think that these two ideas are gonna be on display, and I think the ascendant view, the invitational view, the view that values GROWTH, is the view that resonates in the 6th District. Jacobson: Well, as a Congressman, I feel like you're always running for office, because of the two-year terms. But Sean Casten, he's a Downers Grove businessman, who is running on climate change, so are you prepared for that fight? Roskam: Yeah, I mean...look, I am delighted to talk about ANYTHING up and down the line as it relates to policies. And I think, yeah, there's a...I fought for the restoration of Great Lakes funding, for example, in terms of making sure that the money is there to be cleaned up appropriately, to keep the Great Lakes safe. I fought to bring back $22M to Chicago for cleanup. So I think that the 6th District is interested in environmental stewardship, they're interested in a balanced approach to things, they have zero interest, in my view, at least a majority, has zero interest in the type of Draconian approaches that just hinder economic growth and don't give people opportunities. Proft: I gotta say, I'm looking at the Tribune site, which was allegedly updated at 6:09 this morning, and that's about five minutes ago. And they still got Kelly Mazeski up by 260 votes (Roskam: All right.)... Jacobson: Oh, so now I guess you don't have to WORRY about Climate Change! Proft: No no! What I'm saying is I think we have another Dewey Defeats Truman moment! Yeah, the Tribune is stepping on themselves again maybe, wouldn't that be fun? Roskam: Could be, could be! And there were some data problems last night with some of the websites, so... Proft: Yeah, yeah. So, you're kind of framing your race, now frame kind of the national...the national climate that you're going to face, that's beyond your control, starting with the President, and why don't we start, because there's been so much action there since Deputy Director Andy McCabe was fired, everything under the rubric "Russian Collusion", and with the House Intel Committee basically saying "No Trump Campaign operatives colluded with Russia," BASICALLY saying that, and then this furor around McCabe, and then Byron York asking a good question, "Well wait, if Manafort and Gates and Flynn didn't collude with Russia, well then WHO DID and can we get to the bottom of this in the not-to-distant future?" How does all of that play out and impact November? Roskam: So the...I don't know how it impacts November. I think the thing to keep in mind is just...keep an eye on where the investigation is, where it's going, and what is the fruit of the investigation and headlines in churn? So, we know that there's practically NOTHING that can be done that will satisfy the national Democrats right now, there's no point where they're going to say "You know what? It was looked at, you're right, turn the page." They're just not going to do that. So I think cooler heads have to look and say "What is the fruit of the investigation?", and the fruit of the investigation has to manifest itself soon, in terms of action and not just churn. And I think there's gonna be a lot of folks that are going to be saying "Hey! Get this done, bring the cases. If there's an allegation of collusion with the campaign, bring it! If not, turn the page!" Roskam: Are you afraid that all of this Stormy Daniels stuff...now we've got a Playboy model... Jacobson: It's "The Porn Star and The Playmate", Dan! Proft: Yeah, well, and it's not limited to them. Then you've got that Summer Zervos, whose case is moving forward, a lower cour...well, a District court essentially, rejecting Executive Immunity in that civil manner of defamation case. I mean, are you worried at all that a bit of the circus-like atmosphere around Trump with some of these individuals, and some of his past behavior, at least alleged behavior, detracts kind of from all of the substantive matters you were just discussing? Roskam: Yeah, it's not helpful. You would much rather have the focus be on the issues of the day, great principles that we were talking about just a couple of minutes ago, and not have it be distracted with all of this other drama. But, there's an irony, here. And that part of the irony, I think, is a national party, the Democratic Party, that has said for decades "Presidential misconduct has nothing to do with the capacity to lead!", now is sort of MARINATING in this. But listen, I'm not about to defend the activity that is being alleged against the President, if true, it's troubling. But that said, the irony, it's just palpable. Jacobson: How do you feel about Andrew McCabe being fired...two days before he was supposed to retire? Roskam: Look, I think...if it was an effort...to stick it to him, I don't know enough about the backstory, if there had been some back-and-forth drama. I just don't know enough about the details to be able to comment well on that. Proft: All right, he is Peter Roskam, Congressman from Illinois' 6th...he'll face a... Jacobson: He'll face who? Proft: Well, I mean he's gonna face SOMEBODY, whether it's Mazeski or Casten, either one they're gonna put somebody up and they're gonna come after Peter Roskam, you can bet that in this cycle in this state, so suburbanites better be on notice, and rally to help our friend Peter in the General. Peter, thanks for joining us, appreciate it. Roskam: Thanks guys, great to be with you!

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. On every other network, and every other station, you'll hear...Scarlett Johansson's nitwit-ery and all the other peahat prevaricators, their voices will be amplified. And before there was the peahat, there was the penumbra, this is...today was the 45th anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott, of course Roe v. Wade, that's my opinion, and that opinion happens to be correct, so that it has the utility of being correct. So here, we're going to make sure you hear from some of the participants in the March for Life, whose voices weren't amplified by the DC Press Corps. Say for example the House Speaker, Paul Ryan. Jacobson: I didn't...what march? Honestly, I've been glued to cable news all weekend, and local news, and did not see one clip or one mention of it anywhere. Proft: Right, and it's because of the (?) tactic to make the majority feel like their opinions are those of the minority. In point of fact, what you hear from Paul Ryan is in fact the majority position in America. Majority position. Marist poll, 56% of Americans feel abortion is morally wrong, 76% want substantial restrictions on abortion, based on the science that, by the way, we no longer have to guess about, the formation of a child after 20 weeks...that's all the bans, after 20 weeks, in RADICALLY CONSERVATIVE COUNTRIES LIKE...France. Paul Ryan, on the power of the Pro-Life movement...it's compassion. Ryan (from tape): And you know, one thing that gets sort of lost in this controversy, is just how compassionate the Pro-Life movement really is. This is what is lost by all those detractors out there. I am so proud of the work this movement has done to help women. Especially women who have gone through the pain of abortion, this movement helps them find healing and acceptance. I am so proud of this movement and how it supports single mothers who are struggling to raise their children, how it gives them the resources through thousands of phenomenal Crisis Pregnancy Centers around the country. This is the face of the Pro-Life Movement. Proft: Yeah, abortion hurts women, Pro-Life movement helps women...kind of a hospital that helps women who are in need, confused...suffering, if you will, metaphorically of course. As Reagan said "The only people I've ever met who were for abortion...were alive." It's interesting to note, isn't it? Jacobson: Well even at our church, Pastor Bonnie celebrated a 16-year old girl who decided to have the baby, and she said nobody celebrated...she didn't know how to feel at the time because it wasn't...people encouraged her to get an abortion, and she kept the baby. And I went ohhh, I wish Dan was with me! Proft: Yeah. Now the flip side is an Illinois Congressional delegation, a Republican delegation, chastised Governor Rauner for signing H bill...HB40, the public financing of abortion all nine months, the first US governor to do that. Fringe candidate, that's Governor Rauner, Rauner is the fringe candidate in Illinois. Something Pat Quinn, with supermajorities of Democrats, didn't do. That's how extreme Governor Rauner is...it's an untenable position. It's a disqualifying position....it's a disqualifying act, I should say. And by the way, you want to understand how policy has consequences? (Jacobson: Yeah.) Planned Parenthood is opening a clinic in Flossmoor, and four other clinics around the state of Illinois. Jacobson: Because of all the money they've got from fundraisers! Proft: No. It's a direct result of HB40. Jacobson: It is? Proft: Direct result of HB40. Nationally, abortion clinics are being reduced in number, in Illinois they're increasing. Near the Indiana border, bring people in from Indiana, also in heavy minority communities, the racism that underlies, you know, the eugenicists that support abortion-on-demand. Five more clinics, including in Flossmoor, as a result of Rauner's decision. So even if you are unconcerned with the underlying life-and-death issue, which you should not be unconcerned, how about the financial issue of another open-ended entitlement in a state with $10M in unpaid bills? For more on this topic, and others inside the Beltway, we're pleased to be joined by Congressman Peter Roskam. Peter, thanks for joining us again, appreciate it. Roskam: Dan and Amy! Good to be with you, thanks for having me on! Proft: Thank you. So, were you at the March for Life? Roskam: I was at the March for Life, and your discussion of the issue prompted a memory for me of an earlier March for Life, if I could just share with you quickly. A few years ago, I was at the one, downtown Chicago. And I was one of the speakers, and I got there a little bit early, before the marchers got there. And I was looking, and I wasn't sure I was at the right place. And I looked over, and there were some really angry abortion protesters, over on the other side. And they were angry, and they were scattered, and it was quite pathetic actually, to look at them. And then came the Pro-Life marchers, sort of around the corner and down the street. And they were buoyant, and they were joyful, and they were young, the music was great, they were dancing, they had yellow balloons, and the contrast just took my breath away. And I thought "There is no bigger picture in terms of distinction about what it is that this movement is all about than those who are standing for those who have no voice." And it was an image that really had a profound impact on me, and I think that we need to remember the power of that, the power of truth, and the power of speaking out, and the power of clarity. And my success...my predecessor, Henry Hyde, was the great hero of the Pro-Life movement, and it is just an image that is with me to this day. Proft: Well, that's a REAL life-or-death issue. In an issue that's been portrayed as life-and-death, as the government "shutdown", in quotation marks. And I wonder, Peter, if you are concerned as is per a discussion on CNN... Jacobson: About the Panda cam? Proft: No. That's a concern, sure, but this is even more existential...that because of the shutdown, NASA may stop monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids. We may have an undetected asteroid attack destroy the planet if you don't...you know, if the Senate doesn't vote to bring this to an end at noon today. You feel the sense of urgency? Roskam: *laughing* That makes the...you know, I think the reason you want the government open is, Number One, they're there to do a job, Number Two, they're likely to get paid anyways, and so the notion of giving people furloughs and then giving them back pay doesn't make any sense to me at all. That said, I really think the Democrats have gotten themselves stuck. And they decided from a political point of view "Hey, we want to shut this down, we want to create an impression that we don't have any influence and this is all on the GOP." And I think that Chuck Schumer has really led them into a cul-de-sac. They want to create this linkage on immigration, we're saying look, we're not going to negotiate on immigration while the government is shut down. You want to have a discussion about immigration in the regular course of things? Fine. But the immigration deadline for DACA is, you know...it's not today! It's not this month, it's not next month, it happens in March, there's still plenty of time to deal with it. Jacobson: How are Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell getting along these days? Roskam: As far as I know, they're getting along fine. (Jacobson says something about a phone call) The people to watch are...yeah, look...the people to watch are, I think, Senate Democrats in states that Trump won. So people like Joe Donnely from Indiana, or people like Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, these are people who have voted to keep the government open in the Senate, and I think they're going to be under increasing pressure to influence their leadership. Because their leadership cannot really articulate beyond this immigration issue, they can't articulate why...why they want to shut the government down. So I think Schumer is getting more and more isolated procedurally, and we'll see what the day brings. Proft: This story out over the weekend about the FBI failing to preserve five months of text messages exchanged between those lovebirds, Peter Strock and Lisa Paige, these...particularly Strock...senior-level FBI official involved in both Clinton and the Trump-Russia Collusion investigations, sort of conflicted, one would argue. Now is Platte River Networks a vendor to the FBI, the way it was to the Hillary Clinton campaign, or...how do we explain...I know it's been explained as a technical glitch, but are we to buy that text messages from those two individuals, especially considering how essential they are to our entire assessment of the fairness of the FBI's look into the Trump campaign, and the Trump administration. How are we to understand this? Roskam: Look, what you're to understand is echoes from the IRS, echoes from the Benghazi Investigation, and the burden is on the entity that can't hold on to, or is charged with having the evidence, charged with the records, and it's their burden to say why is it that they...that they've left. Look, it's highly suspicious, it's highly suspect, and this continues to undermine the nature and the integrity of some of these investigations. Jacobson: Yeah, but do you think the FBI will be held accountable? I mean, how can the FBI lose data like this, for a five-month period? It's just mind-boggling. Roskam: Yeah, so the accountability comes in a couple of forms. The accountability comes in terms of public reputation, which is diminishing. And the accountability comes in individuals who end up moving on and moving out. And then the accountability comes in what is it the FBI actually presents to the American people, as it comes to their findings and their investigations? Proft: And could the accountability also come in the release of this four-page memo that's being bandied about on the Hill that people are talking about, and also making some pretty aggressive predictions about the potential impact of this memo, were the public to see it? Roskam: I think that the memo...I've reviewed the memo, I signed all kinds of things before I reviewed the memo in terms of non-disclosure. (Proft: Alright, so tell us what's in it.) So I can't talk about what's in the memo per se, but I am of the strong opinion that the memo should be released. Jacobson: Well what's in it? Do you know? I mean, cmon Peter! Proft: Yeah I mean, I know you can't disclose this, but just tell us what's in it. Roskam: Yeah, yeah...you're killin' me. Proft: No, but... Jacobson: So does that mean no? Roskam: The memo should be released. The memo should be released. Proft: Can...can...do you...can you characterize it generally, as some other members of Congress have, is it as explosive as some others...some of your other colleagues have described? Roskam: Look, no I wouldn't...I'd say there is a...there's...I've been around, I've seen these types of things where an expectation gets created that's just through the roof, I wouldn't do that. I would just say look, the memo speaks for itself, the memo needs to be released, and it puts...it puts some of this larger debate into a context that is helpful and insightful. And that's why I think it should be released. Proft: Do you think that maybe the House Republicans can use the same Columbia professor cut-out that Comey used to release the stuff he wanted to get out there? Roskam: *laughs* Yeah, there ya go! Look, my view is, you know, triple-check it to make sure no sources are revealed, no methods are revealed, the things that...the conclusions that are easy to come to after reading this memo should be part of the public discussion. No question about it. Jacobson: Okay, ultimate tease! Proft: Alright, he is Peter Roskam...yep...well he wants to stay on this side of the bars, that's understandable. Congressman Peter Roskam, Representative from Illinois' 6th District out there in the Western 'burbs, thank you for joining us, appreciate it. Roskam: Thanks guys.

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