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.
Is Rahm’s parting gift to Chicago laying on more debt to our children and grandchildren? Is it excessive to have officers report every time they take their gun out of the holster? Is the violence in Chicago “contained” like Superintendent Johnson claims? Does Dr. Willie Wilson have enough money to hand out to stay in the Chicago mayor's race? Dr. Wilson joins Dan to discuss.
Is the author of the anonymous op-ed already working out their exit strategy? Was there anything new that hasn’t already been reported on written in the piece? Is it true that the more people try to “gotcha” the President, the more he’s been able to turn it on them? Is the country tired of the constant political controversy? Anchor of Special Report, Bret Baier joins Dan to discuss.
Despite Chicago’s potential new mayor’s opposition to self employment, how is the rest of the country doing? Good job numbers, decent wage gains, but what is needed to really set the economy off? Has there been too much easy money from the Fed? What will be the impact of the unwinding of this? Fox Business Network Contributor, Scott "The Cow Guy" Shellady joins Dan to discuss.
Does the anonymous op-ed prove there are people who believe more in the preservation of the political class than the agenda of the people? Is silence and prayer the remedy to the Church’s sexual abuse scandal as suggested by Pope Francis? Is it hard to be optimistic about the possibility of having an even worse mayor in Chicago and governor in Illinois? CNN Contributor, Steve Cortes joins Dan to discuss.
Is the SCOTUS hearing overshadowing the social media giants’ testimonies and their alleged censorship of conservatives? Was the anonymous op-ed written to appeal to NYT editorial board? Doesn’t it sound like it could be the preface to Woodward’s book? Should Republicans reconsider the prospects of a blue wave in November? Senior Editor for HotAir.com (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FHotAir.com%2F&h=AT1Zcfm0ocnNvk8GFV2qb_tTlc70tAdeniu6-Vb4xBkW3V8hx61VDVGqGAMAjaN_y7O02Qqcs1r5bJmGAAatkoW6vbPvPFUBwXzGua5mU5iqgr_UZr-biJHrnZxLyMmGMO67M3H9JluBE1k4LG1vQD-Z2UKznrVwZ4HkS24I7Is8oxdTfmXgpmzuj_E6SLKQ3VpY1FKWTC5VMRYN-pIT0tFMqN8T4HF1IWR8bQ8K-5yHOyMpfnYQgqrNiMhi8fI4ppDHg77E6ZstlHtFQdvzr88kA-wOXYPwclIGzLm7yIJBwDgpxG_JoppMYXKlmhvYOE_-G4jqOGXKTTuqt9KY-OA-IaS-3WebwMI04yK1iSs7s0PexGV6itxtabMXDaotOPrZZqs4-_XxlcGDfpLoAAwej0s38GEjeYdprnLqs8wE82XWEA), Ed Morrissey joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Who wrote the anonymous op-ed? Who stands to benefit the most? How about Simon & Schuster? Why are policy differences with Trump treated like the sinking of the Titanic? Is the cabinet really trying to remove the president from office? If the author were truly concerned wouldn’t they announce it publicly and resign? Editor of Washington Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Cardinal Cupich says the abuse scandal is not about sex. Why is Cupich acting like a politician? What was Cupich’s response to the criticisms of his interview on NBC that he had read to all the churches in the diocese? Dan and Amy are joined by the object of Cardinal Cupich's convenient ire, NBC-5 reporter Mary Ann Ahern.
Why wasn’t Kudlow the chief economist right off the bat? What kind of journalism is saying Woodward is unimpeachable in his new book about Trump? Is Trump winning on trade? Will Canada be making concessions in the next week? Is the Illinois solution for the pension debt to issue more debt? Chief Economist for CNN, Steve Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Unlike Daley, did Rahm getting pushed out by the city and not the political insiders? Is Rahm looking to cut a deal with someone he can endorse? Did he accomplish anything? Does the political machine still have the same power they once held? Where’s the Republican Party? Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kass joins Dan and Amy to discuss the curtains closing on Mayor Emanuel and to share his take on the city’s mayoral race.
“If you didn’t have the guts to run for mayor of Chicago when Rahm was in office, what will make the public believe that you have the guts to make tough decisions to move the city forward.” Is it a new day in Chicago or same old day with a new face? Does the city need a problem solver rather than another politician? Paul Vallas joins Dan and Amy to make the case that it’s him you should want.
There were important exchanges between Kavanaugh and Senators on guns, abortion, administrative state, executive power in between the histrionics. Are vast right wing conspiracy groups influencing the Supreme Court? Is there a confusion of what judges are supposed to do and what the public thinks they do? Listen to Civics 101 by Ben Sasse. Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Tom Jipping joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
House Speaker Mike Madigan has already poured more than $1 million dollars into legislative races this year in support of Democratic candidates and lawmakers. That money is being used to spread falsehoods and defend the status quo, but some conservative reformers are fighting back against the lies. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to state Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and state rep candidate Tonia Khouri about how they are fighting the Democrats' false narratives this November and in the future. Proft and Hughes also offer election forecasting for the governor's race and the Chicago mayoral race.
Generous pensions and salaries encourage Illinois lawmakers to become career politicians at the expense of taxpayers. But a group of conservative reformers is now challenging candidates and lawmakers to set an example and reject their unaffordable pension. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes talk to State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), one of the leaders of the movement, about why it's important more representatives take this step. Proft and Hughes also talk about bad examples lawmakers set, as State Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) somehow avoids paying the extravagant property taxes his constituents pay. And with state and local election season continuing to ramp up, they look at some key fundraising numbers and potential political influencers down the road, including the Jason Van Dyke trial.
Will shutdown theater finally get up to the North Shore to protest a Gordon Lightfoot concert at Ravinia or a New Trier HS polo match? What does winning look like for the organizers of the protests? Why throw away public money when the streets are not safe and businesses don't want to come? Founder of Coalition for a New Chicago, Rev. Gregory Livingston joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
Should there be concerns with the U.S. political system because of the entrenched politicians who occupy it? What is the future of American politics and civility? Retired U.S. Air Force General and prisoner of war in Vietnam, John Borling joins Dan and Amy to discuss the life of John McCain and the country’s uncertain future.