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Economics & Taxes Archives

Are those on the Right overly skeptical of science?

CBS did a report on the need to secure the border. (Yes, that CBS.) There was concern over the number of illegals crossing it, as well as coverage of the threat of terrorists entering that way. Really.

It’s often said that those on the Right are skeptical of science, but a new study clarifies that, and also shows that no matter your politics, your worldview often decides whether you believe the latest study or not. (Which means that most on the Left will not believe this study, I suppose.)

Some US cities are going to be experimenting with Universal Basic Income. However, a recently concluded experiment in Canada should give us food for thought.

Mentioned links:

CBS Exposes Danger of Illegal Border Crossings… From Canada

Study finds conservatives ‘right to be skeptical of scientists’

Canadian experiment quickly shows failures of universal basic income

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Sold their souls?

Have Evangelicals “sold their souls” to Trump, or are they motivated by the same things every other voter has been motivated by…ever?

It sounds like Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is finally waking up to the fact that socialism has destroyed his country. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (if you can find any) and realize that Bernie Sanders was (and is) entirely wrong).

And I’m starting work on a social commentary poem. Yes, me, writing an actual poem. Well, it isn’t intended to rhyme, so perhaps it’s more a free verse. Anyway, I just have the first stanza. Let me know how you like it.

First they came for Alex Jones
But I did not speak up, because I was not a nutty conspiracy theorist.

And the last stanza would be something like, “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” I’m still working on that. If it sounds sort of familiar, I would only suggest that…all really great poetry sounds very familiar. Anyway, I’d like to make this a collaborative effort of the Consider This audience. Comment below with your contributions.

Mentioned links:

‘SHE HATES ME’: WAPO REVEALS WHY EVANGELICALS JUMPED ABOARD THE TRUMP TRAIN

Judgment days: In a small Alabama town, an evangelical congregation reckons with God, President Trump and the meaning of morality

Venezuela’s Maduro Admits Socialist Model Has Failed

Close The Gaps: Disparities That Threaten America

Apple, Facebook and other tech companies delete content from Alex Jones

First they came … [Wikipedia]

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Too soft on Russia?

It looks like that the Left will be requiring your voter registration card before they will serve you anymore. Before, it was the Red Hen restaurant, today it’s Uber.

What do you think about the idea of Universal Basic Income? I’ll give you my initial impressions, and 2 examples of cities that are going to try it out.

And Trump’s press conference with Putin in Helsinki was an embarrassment. But was it as bad as treason, as the Left has been saying? Or is this yet more over-the-top reaction? Let’s do some comparisons.

Mentioned links:

YOUNG REPUBLICANS DUMPED AT A ‘RANDOM’ GAS STATION BY ANTI-TRUMP UBER DRIVER SPEAK OUT

CHICAGO MAY BECOME LARGEST CITY IN U.S. TO TRY UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME

Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a area of the ocean where garbage, mostly plastics, converges. Where is all this coming from? The answer may surprise you.

I’ve talked about, in the past, the problems that a hike in the minimum wage causes, but the Canadian province of Ontario has figured out a way to make it hurt the disabled even worse.

I’ve also talked about studies that show that those who think it is not the government’s job to take care of the poor are more often the same people who pitch in more of their own time and money to help. Now it turns out that this also holds true for environmentalism.

Mentioned links:

The Podcast Awards

Shocking study reveals 90% of global plastic waste comes from just TEN rivers in Asia and Africa

Great Pacific garbage patch [Wikipedia]

Ontario’s Minimum Wage Hike Has Been Disastrous, Especially for Disabled Workers

CLIMATE SKEPTICS ARE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY THAN CLIMATE ALARMISTS, STUDY FINDS

Instapundit  search results for “I’ll believe it’s a crisis”

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Still feels like being unemployed

This time out, I tackle a couple of “why” questions. These are things I’ve asserted in the past, but here are some of the reasons they are true.

Socialism has failed every time it’s been tried. But why is that? Is it inherent in the economic model, or is there something else involved? I mean, it sounds like a good idea to so many people, but are there any assumptions that these folks make that make it sound better than it is?

You’ve heard me talk about how unemployment numbers can be misleading, but why is that? I first tackled this issue way back in episode 21, and this time I come armed with…charts and graphs! Oh no!

Mentioned links:

Another ‘Win’ for Socialism in Venezuela

THE TRUMP ECONOMY RISES: Unemployment Drops To Under 4%, Lowest In 17 Years

United States Labor Force Participation Rate (Click on MAX under the chart to see the trend line. Also, you can click on Unemployment Rate on the right sidebar to get the trend line for that.)

And here’s the graph I created that I mention in the show:

How labor participation affects the unemployment rate (click for a full-size version)

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Is the IRS really paying for this?

The IRS is paying a penalty for targeting conservatives. Except that it’s a rather small amount. And nobody got fined, fired, or jailed for it. And you, the taxpayer will be footing the bill. And the damage was already done. But hey, they are paying!

Deerfield, Illinois is determines to learn the exact wrong lesson from Kennesaw, Georgia. Whereas Kennesaw required homeowners to own a gun, Deerfield is banning them. Kennesaw saw their crime rates drop in subsequent years. I wonder what will happen in Deerfield.

What would be next after strict gun control if it were enacted here? Knife control? Don’t laugh. That’s exactly what’s happening in London.

Mentioned links:

Federal judge approves $3.5 million settlement in IRS tea party targeting

Village Bans Semi-Automatic Weapons, Residents Must Remove From Home Or Face Up To $1,000 Fines — Per Day

London murder rate beats New York for month as stabbings surge

London’s murder rate surpasses New York’s for 1st time ever

London Mayor Sadiq Khan enacts ‘knife control’ policies to crack down on stabbing epidemic

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Reconsider this, Martin Shkreli

In a “Reconsider This” segment, I give you an update on the case of Martin Shkreli, the guy who bought the rights to Daraprim and then jacked up the price. What’s happened to him lately?

And Vic from Memphis calls the voicemail feedback hotline! In response to my despondency over the thought that ObamaCare is forever, he tries to life my spirits. Let’s see how well he does, or even if my spirits can be lifted.

Mentioned links:

Martin Shkreli sentenced to 7 years in prison

Martin Shkreli Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Fraud

Episode 123: A Win For the Free Market, and a (Sort Of) Win For Religious Freedom

The GOP Tax Bill Repeals Obamacare’s Individual Mandate. Here’s What That Means for You

House GOP bill repeals ObamaCare taxes — with one exception

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What did ObamaCare really do to our insurance premiums?

When given examples of people whose health insurance premiums have greatly increased after the poorly-named “Affordable Care Act”, ACA advocates have been able to respond that those are cherry-picked cases, or that premiums were increasing before the ACA and would have increased anyway.

That was then, this is now.

Bermuda has paved the way in the same-sex marriage debate, starting with government that is  actually representative of the people.

Consumer confidence is up. Way up. How much? Take a listen.

Mentioned links:

Yes, It Was The ‘Affordable’ Care Act That Increased Premiums

Bermuda becomes first jurisdiction in the world to repeal same-sex marriage

US consumer confidence rises to highest level since 2000

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A budget that all of DC can get behind. (That’s not a good thing.)

I’ve got 2 stories this episode about the economy; one good and one bad. Both are directly related to what Trump and the Republicans are doing.

The stories are one about the tax cut and one about the budget. Listen in to find out which is good and which isn’t.

Mentioned links:

Granite Grok (Conservative politics in New Hampshire in 10 minutes or less)

Here’s what America’s biggest companies plan to do with all that cash coming back to the US

Over 100 companies giving ‘Trump Bonuses’ after tax victory, ‘tsunami building’

Apple, Capitalizing on New Tax Law, Plans to Bring Billions in Cash Back to U.S.

The Trump Spending Binge

Trump’s budget balloons deficits, cuts social safety net

Planned Parenthood’s Taxpayer Funding Safe Under Spending Deal

Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

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It’s episode 200!

It’s here; episode 200! And what an extravaganza it is.

I have an interview with D. J. McGuire. He’s a co-host of The More Perfect Union podcast, one of my favorites. I wanted to speak with D. J. because he has moved from being a conservative Republican to a conservative Democrat. Contradiction in terms, you say? It didn’t used to be. When I moved to Georgia, Sam Nunn was one such animal. In today’s political climate, however, it’s certainly an endangered specie. I talked with him about his conservative bona fides, why he switched, whether his views have changed, and what would cause him to switch back. It’s a fascinating discussion.

And I have feedback from 5 listeners, including a voice mail. (See, it really does work!) I’ll be answering their questions as part of this episode.

So thanks for joining me for the longest episode ever (over 56 minutes!) of one of the shortest political podcasts out there. I hope it gets you to consider this.

Mentioned links:

The Conservative Zone

Black Lives Matter: 28% of Abortions Done on Black Babies But Blacks Just 12% of Population

Birthright citizenship in the United States [Wikipedia]

Podcasts mentioned:

The More Perfect Union Podcast

The Ben Shapiro Show

Challenging Opinions

GetReligion

Observations

The Ricochet Podcast

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (including “Let My People Think”)

BreakPoint

Radio Free Acton

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