Summary: "He who seeks to improve conditions must propagate a new mentality, not merely a new institution." — Ludwig von Mises Our aim at Upstream Ideas is to do just as Mises suggested by turning the dial on how you look at the political and policy issues facing Illinois, Chicago and our nation. We present new ideas that inform salient policy decisions, start new conversations and move beyond partisan politics all while challenging the status quo. Dan Proft along with distinguished guests and contributors lay out in-depth issues in a digestible way to better understand why conditions are what they are and how they could be improved. We produce content in a variety of formats including long-form interviews, multiple segment radio shows and mini-monologues. We arm you with new information and fresh perspectives with the goal of making Illinois and the United States of America a bit more free, a bit more just and a bit more civilized.
Do most Americans agree we shouldn’t have open borders? Will Trump’s legal executive action on immigration reveal the impartiality of the judicial branch who will most likely file an injunction on his action? Is the media misrepresenting Whittaker’s views on the Mueller investigation? Should Chris Christie be the next AG? National Review Columnist, Andy McCarthy joins Dan and Scott Shellady to discuss.
What will it take for both sides of the extremes to quit doxxing and stalking elected officials and TV personalities like Tucker Carlson? Is Trump still looking to take executive action on immigration? Is there a 2000 redux happening in Florida? Any new names floating around for the new Attorney General position? Anchor of Special Report on Fox News, Bret Baier joins Dan and Scott Shellady to discuss.
What has the Trump Administration done to protect religious liberty? Is the Thomas More Society worried about being targeted at the state level because of their non profit status and their advocacy for the defense of life and religious liberty that is currently at odds with the current Democrat leaders in power in Illinois? Are they prepared to battle the next four years? Thomas More Society President, Tom Brejcha joins Dan and Scott Shellady to discuss.
Was 2018 the year of Republican women? Is the election of Trump in 2020 much more likely since the Democrats took over the house? Should Trump be worried about states he won in 2016 that have voted in Democrat governors? Was Jeff Sessions treated unfairly by Trump? Host of the Larry Elder Show, Larry Elder joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Did poor Jim Acosta from CNN get his WH credentials removed just for simply asking a question? Is the grandstanding and exaggeration of the republic at risk from the DC press corps sitting well with the American people? Is Trump called a divisive character because he won't surrender to the left? CNN contributor, Steve Cortes joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Staying up to date on another tragic event in Thousand Oaks, CA after a deadly mass shooting. Once they get the shooter’s identity, where does the investigation lead them? Does Jeff Sessions’ resignation and a new acting AG change the trajectory of the Mueller investigation? Former FBI Assistant Director, Ron Hosko joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Is the loss of the House the beginning of the end for the Trump presidency? Does this set Trump up well in 2020 to run against the party of Nancy Pelosi? Will this force Republicans to act more fiscally conservative? Did the economy save Republicans from a total beatdown? Chief economist for CNN, Steve Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Will Ocasio-Cortes be the leading influence of the Democrats in the House or will that be Nancy Pelosi? Did Democrats win the majority by running middle of the road moderates? Is there going to be conflicting pressures for the Democrats? Editor of Washington Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
What’s the new realignment in American politics? Will Democrats focus on legislation or bringing down Trump? How does Trump win the midwestern states heading into 2020? How important was the Ohio governor’s race? Is Trump going to soften his tone? Washington Examiner reporter, Salena Zito joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Where is the Trump Administration making strides in the healthcare market? Who’s lying and who’s telling the truth about pre-existing conditions? How is Scott Walker in Wisconsin lowering premiums? Where is the country going to come up with the $34 trillion for “Medicare for all?” Founder of healthinsurancementors.com (http://healthinsurancementors.com/), C. Steven Tucker joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Is school choice on top of the ballot to even the playing field in any states? Can people differentiate between opinion host Sean Hannity and the “journalist” in Michigan bad mouthing GOP Senate candidate John James before she hung up the phone? If Republicans are just “fear mongering” about the caravan then why are Democrats running from the issue? Fox News contributor, Juan Williams joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
What does the shameless coverage of the Pittsburgh shooting and pinning the blame on Trump but silent on Democrats’ relationship with Louis Farrakhan say about the D.C. press corps? Will the legislative success we’ve experienced the first two years of Trump’s presidency come to an end if the Democrats take over the House? Editor at the New Criterion, Roger Kimball joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
If Madigan’s character assassinations of suburban Republicans are so ridiculous then why do they keep running it? Why are these races so important to Madigan? Is a vote for a Democrat a vote for more taxes and an expansion of Madigan’s power? State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) joins Dan and Amy to set the record straight.
Should Trump be pushing the accomplishments of the economy on the campaign trail? Why is the wage growth so widely unreported and touted? Will the good economic times continue to roll or are we on the brink of a recession? CNBC contributor, Jim Iuorio joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Should our national security and the way our leaders handle and define our enemies push voters to go out and vote Republican? Should we be encouraged by the Trump administration’s serious pressure on Iran? Is Trump making the right call sending troops to the border to counter the caravan? President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Cliff May joins Dan and Amy to discuss.