This is only my second “interv” on the show, but I think you’re going to really enjoy it, and learn something along the way. Dale Franks blogs at Questions and Observations, and co-hosts the libertarian-oriented podcast, “Observations”, with two of his Q&O co-bloggers.
An “interv” is my word for an interview that fits into 10 minutes or less; short, concise, and to the point. In this interv, Dale discusses the economics of the (supposed) recovery from the Great Recession, and his major issues with the economics of ObamaCare. If economics bore you, then you’re just the person this is aimed at. Dale is the author of Slackernomics: Basic Economics for People Who Think Economics is Boring, so if anyone can make economics engaging, he can.
A pen and a phone. That’s what President Obama recently said he had which could circumvent Congress on policy topics he wanted to get moving. Conservatives, like me, compared him to a king, giving orders and expecting everyone to jump. The Left took this opportunity to show that the number of executive orders that have been issued by Obama was less than any President in at least the last half-century. True enough, but as is usual, it’s a cherry-picked data point. There is more than one way to dictate.
Hollywood, that bastion of liberalism, is now trying to get lower taxes to bring business back to California. Turns out that high tax rates have been pushing filmmakers out of the Golden State, into other states that don’t take as much of your gold.
Some students at the University of Minnesota do not like the fact that, when descriptions of the suspects of crime on campus are made public, the race of the student is included. But is reporting it worth the risk?
The percentage of Americans no longer looking for work is the highest it’s been in almost 40 years. Do we really want to be pushing people out the door because ObamaCare gives them an incentive to quit? Do we really want to tear out the incentive to work from society?
When the government is caught in a gross abuse of power, the nation’s media have been all over the story; Watergate, Iran-Contra. But somehow this fire has been lost when it happens these days.
I knew that many Canadians were leaving their borders to come to the US to avoid the long waits they have to endure up there. I just didn’t know how many. Well a free-market think tank, the Frasier Institute, has published the numbers for 2013.
One of the big promises of ObamaCare was that, with a much larger pool of insured people, the cost to the average individual or family would go down. That’s how insurance works, right? You spread out the risk over a bigger population, and the required payouts become less than the premiums taken in. More people, less risk, lower costs.
You’d think so. But as it turns out, the insurance offered by one of those eeevil corporations, Wal-Mart, beats the equivalent ObamaCare plan handily.
Since the Scott Walker recall attempt, he and the Republicans in his state legislature, have been busy cutting taxes and balancing their budget. The result has been that, over 3 years, they’ve cut taxes by about a billion and a half dollars, and the economy is chugging along a good clip, such that just this year they have almost a billion dollar surplus.
We ought to be asking our federal government to look at this. How did they do it?
The traditional, incandescent light bulb is going extinct this year. Environmentalists touted the fact that even the light bulb industry wanted to get rid of them. Yeah, well of course they did. Listen in to find out how this further cemented their hold on the market, using the environmentalists as useful idiots, and the government as their tool.
It has been said that voter ID laws are a solution looking for a problem, that voter fraud is so rare that it’s not worth the effort. Well, the Bureau of Investigations in New York City would take issue with that. They found fraud to be simple (with a 97% success rate) and undetectable. I detail how they did it, and how the government’s Board of Elections sprang into action to stop this. (OK, just kidding about that last part.)
A one-topic episode, wherein I note how the global warming issue has been spun a long while ago, a little while ago, and today. This is an episode full of deja vu and irony, all packed into 10 minutes or less.
A ship trying to document the effects of global warming in Antarctica got stuck in the thickening ice. If it was melting, they’d blame it on global warming, but, even though they think it’s melting everywhere else but where they are, they can still find a way to blame more ice on warming as well. Isn’t it great when every single data point fits your narrative?
For fans of Shire Network News, I’ve dusted off my very first segment from that auspicious podcast, which (among other things) covered a similar expedition to the North Pole in 2007, that ended pretty much the same way.
And finally, now that the dipping of the polar vortex is over, let’s look at how the same phenomenon was explained in the 1970s. Guess what they blamed back then!
I’m back from vacation, and it’s time to get back into conservative commentary, all in 10 minutes or less.
Bill de Blasio was recently elected as the mayor of New York City. De Blasio is a liberal Democrat, as opposed to the liberal Republican Michael Bloomberg, who just left the post. He promises to bring liberal policies to New York. Well, more liberal than Bloomberg, I guess. But is this a good idea for the city? The NY Times thinks so. Detroit, however, might not.
And speaking of Detroit, is it fair to blame Democrats for the downfall of that formerly fair city? I mean, 50 years is hardly enough time for government policy to affect the economy, right?
What poverty program did the most good, dropping the rate 80% in less that 40 years? And why haven’t you heard about this success story?
President Obama gave something of an apology in November for his promise that if you liked your health care plan or doctor, you could keep them, period. Turns out what he meant was that if he liked them, you could keep them. And he turned out to be very difficult to please.
But he’s not the only one who was going around making that promise.
“More guns, more violence”, so goes the mantra that, apparently, many liberal politicians and their voters keep chanting. However, there were some maps made by the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime that tend to set this mantra on its ear.
Now that same-sex marriage has been accepted by some states, it’s no longer a draw for the evening news, so ABC News in America has decided to move on to the next big thing; open marriage. This is what passes for “news” in the 21st century; one-sided advocacy journalism.
Are the Crusades typical of most wars? (Hint: No.)
The school voucher program in Louisiana is a fantastic success. The high school graduation is significantly up, and the poorest are benefiting the most. So, of course, Obama’s Justice Department is suing to stop it on the ground of … diversity? Really? (Yes, really.)
Would you believe that Antarctic ice is at a 35-year record level, and that temperatures have stopped rising? And this in spite of the fact that CO2 is being added to the atmosphere at a record pace? You should. Because, y’know, it’s true.
Is religion the major cause of war? Are the Crusades just one of many examples of how religion has caused so much conflict over the course of human history? I’ve got the stats for you.
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has exposed corruption, fraud, and hypocrisy. The latest group to get in front of his all-seeing eye are the ObamaCare Navigators, those helpful folks who will get you through all the ins and outs of the ObamaCare exchanges, and get you the best price for your health insurance. And, as O’Keefe finds out, even if they have to convince you to commit fraud. Does that sound like another group you have heard of, another target of O’Keefe’s exposes? Well, it’s the same MO, and in some places, it’s the same people.
Yet another city (and yet another one in California) could be going bankrupt. But the reason they’re going under is over-promising, in this case, to their police force, who’s salaries and pensions gobble up 70% of the city’s budget. Over-promising is also giving our US government a pain in the budget, and we may be in for the same fate as these cities. However, we have to be willing to state the truth about our finances, because examples of what happens when you ignore the truth may soon visit Desert Hot Springs, California.