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Ramesh Ponnuru On Gun Laws, Tax Reform, And GOP Leadership

On this episode of Federalist Radio, Ramesh Ponnuru discusses the challenges of having effective policy conversations.


Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor at National Review and contributor at Bloomberg View, joins Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour. They discuss the debates this week about gun laws, tax reform, and Republican policy-making.

“The conversation about guns really shifts in a lunatic way from the storylines involved,” Domenech said. “It doesn’t care about whether any of the policies involved actually solve a problem, because it can’t deal with the reality that none of them would.”

Is the Republican Party incapable of designing policy that actually reflects its actual coalition? “This tax plan does not look appreciably different if it was President Jeb Bush or President Scott Walker,” Ponnuru said. “In a way it’s not their fault for clinging to a pre-Trump agenda, if Trump is not going to try to change that agenda himself.”

Listen to their full conversation here: