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Ralph welcomes conservative Constitutional scholar, Bruce Fein, who argues against the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor and why that should be a position confirmed by the Senate. Plus, Jack Gillis, co-author of “The Car Book,” gives us tips on how to buy the safest, most reliable car. And, a listener asks, “Did Ralph pave the way for Citizens United?”

Bruce Fein is a Constitutional scholar who was Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Fein has been a Visiting Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar at American Enterprise Institute. He has advised numerous countries on constitutional reform, including South Africa, Hungary and Russia. He is author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy,” and American Empire: Before the Fall.” 

“Congress over the years has required the General Counsel of the CIA to be confirmed, the Inspector General of the CIA to be confirmed.  And even we have the Board of Trustees of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts is confirmation status for those trustees. And to say the National Security Advisor, who literally – given the devastating power of our nuclear forces – could destroy every single living thing on the planet with exhortations and assertions and arguments in the White House not subject to Senate confirmation is preposterous on its face.” Bruce Fein, Constitutional scholar and author of American Empire: Before the Fall

Jack Gillis is Director of Public Affairs for the Consumer Federation of America. Previously, he spent three years with the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for developing the government s automotive information program. He spent ten years as a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today Show on consumer affairs and for over thirty years has authored “The Car Book,” the annual guide that has provided invaluable assistance to consumers in the ever more complex process of buying a car.

“One of the things that I really strongly recommend is don’t talk price until you’re ready to buy. You should make at least two trips to the show room. The first trip is to simply check the vehicles out and take a good long test drive… Once you’ve narrowed your choice down to two or three cars, then you can start talking price with the dealer. But keep in mind, the best way to get a good price is to pit the dealers against each other. Unfortunately, that takes a long time, which is why we recommend the Car Bargain Service, which is issued by Washington Consumer Checkbook.  And it’s a non-profit comparative purchasing service.” Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book 2018

2 Comments

  1. Marc says:

    I for one appreciated very much the interview with Jack Gillis. I’ve been listening to RNRH for a few months now, and not too long ago Ralph was interviewing someone from Consumer Reports. I use that publication religiously any time I’m in the market for a new car. I recall vividly my wife’s old 2008 Saturn Outlook (we don’t have it anymore) and the problems we had with it. I loved Saturn vehicles, never had a problem. So this was a surprise to both of us. Next thing we knew Saturn had closed shop in ’09. Later I was perusing a Consumer Reports and went to the used car section and right there in the section of Used Cars To Avoid was the ’08 Outlook! I can only guess Saturn ceased to care about making a quality car when they realized their days were numbered.

    Nevertheless, I do miss that brand. Was so en vogue when it first came out in the early 90s and not for shallow reasons either; they were well built, reliable, great gas mileage and were safe. Oh yeah and affordable too.

    Back to Gillis, great piece of advice he gave that we should shop for cars at the end of the month. Dealers are always wanting to move inventory but I didn’t realize the end-of-the-month thing. Thanks.

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