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Dealing with the fallout, Dan Price

Dealing with the fallout, Dan Price

I came across an article that described one man’s transition to pro-choice, and I have to say, it’s persuasive. Let’s take a listen to his reasons, and see if you are convinced.

(And then let’s all exhale. You’ll understand when you listen to the episode.)

Dan Price of Gravity Payments set a minimum wage of $70K/year and dropped his pay to that level. He was hailed as a hero 4 months ago, before any fallout from the change had even occurred. Well, some things have fallen out, so let’s revisit Dan and see how his decision has played out.

Mentioned links:

10 reasons why I’ve decided to become pro-choice.

3 Week Mark: Nets Spend 92 Minutes on Cecil the Lion; 20 Minutes on Abortion Videos

A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

Why A $70,000 Minimum Salary Isn’t Enough For Gravity Payments

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It's all Greek to him

It’s all Greek to him

There are lessons to be learned from the tragedy in Greece. The question is, will the people of Greece learn them? Oh, and I guess a second question is, will we in the US learn them? Why did Greece keep pursing policies that kept their boat sinking, and why is one major US presidential candidate who is a socialist gaining so much support?

And the American Civil Liberties Union has finally shown where it will draw the line. Turns out that it will defend any civil liberty except the religious kind. You know, one that is spelled out clearly in the Constitution?

Mentioned links:

Greece Given Until Sunday to Settle Debt Crisis or Face Disaster

Greece’s IMF Collapse Shows America what Default Looks Like

Greek socialism and EU imperialism are both to blame for the euro crisis

Greek deal in sight as Germany bows to huge global pressure for debt relief

ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

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Three years old!

Three years old!

This is the Consider This podcast, which recently passed its third anniversary, bringing you conservative commentary, and your feedback, in 10-minute-or-less chunks, since June 14th of 2012. I’ve left the terrible twos and am entering the thrilling threes! And just like the 1st and 2nd anniversaries, the time limit might just take a holiday for this episode.

I’ve got kind of a general topic for this anniversary. I’m going to explain, not why I’m conservative, but why I’m not a liberal. The launching point for this will be what seems to me the Liberal Utopia society would be, and why it doesn’t really work or why I believe that some features are really problems.

Mentioned links:

List of countries by energy consumption per capita

Consumption by the United States

The top 1% and what they pay

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Dan  Price of Gravity Payments

Dan Price of Gravity Payments

CEO Dan Price of Gravity Payments decided to raise the wages of all his employees to a minimum of $70,000, while reducing his almost-$1 million salary down to that same $70,000. The Left love it, the Right hated it. But we don’t know how it will turn out, so it’s too early to celebrate. And if this little microcosm of what some have called “socialism” fails, will we even know? It’s being done in an economy of capitalism all around it, which could mask any problems.

Mr. Price said, “As much as I’m a capitalist, there is nothing in the market that is making me do it.” But let’s take a look at his motivations and his actions, and it doesn’t sound like he understands the meaning of the terms “capitalism” or “market”. Which is not good news for people, like his employees, who are depending on his economic decisions.

Mentioned links:

Seattle boss raises entire company’s minimum wage to $70,000

$70,000 promise brings flood of new clients and job applicants

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Beware of  "free" stuff

Beware of “free” stuff

Seems like the more ObamaCare(tm) is implemented, the less the American people like it. First of all, a liberal, Ivy League university has sent its students into an uproar. They want to #FightTheFee that they’ll be charged for not buying the university’s health insurance. Welcome to the real word of socialism! Lesson 1: You won’t like it when it’s applied to you.

And on a broader scale, the American people in general are souring on the idea. A majority oppose the law now, and I wonder how many of them just took Nancy Pelosi’s word for it when she said that they’d have to pass the law to find out what’s in it. The blue-sky promises have turned to thunderclouds. Maybe folks should understand a law before they support it.

Mentioned links:

Cornell students erupt over health care fee

As Public Sours, ObamaCare Faces An Uncertain Future

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Socialized medicine?

Socialized medicine?

A little unfinished business from last episode about the troubles with veterans getting health care from the VA. In an opinion piece at the Huffington Post by H. A. Goodman, he argues that Republicans have been complaining about how bad the VA is, but hypocritically voted against a bill for various funding for the VA back in January. But there’s a problem with that, and it’s not something you’ll hear on most newscasts.

I’ll be discussing a human rights article written by the Hoover Institution, which asks the burning human rights question of our time.

One of the alternatives to ObamaCare that the Left suggested is that Medicare should just be expanded to cover everyone. It “worked”, so they said, and thus that would be a simpler way to get health care coverage expanded. But what do you mean by “worked”, actually? I’ll talk about what taking Medicare nationally might mean.

Mentioned links:

41 Republican Senators Voted Against a Landmark Veterans Bill in February, Today They Blame the VA

VA expects to have more medical-care funding than it can spend for the fifth year in a row

Poverty Rate was falling…Until the War on Poverty began

Do Chimps Have Human Rights?

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Government health care (Gary Varvel)

Government health care (Gary Varvel)

Keep an eye on Matt Sissel and the Pacific Legal Foundation’s lawsuit against ObamaCare. They are taking a tact that’s not been used before, that ultimately the Supreme Court will likely have to look into. Listen in for details.

The problems with the Veterans Administration health care system may not be solved just by more money. (That’s usually the case, isn’t it?) The issue may be the very socialized medicine framework that it uses. And what does that have to say for the results of ObamaCare?

Mentioned links:

Obamacare’s doom

Remarks in Kansas City, Missouri: “A Sacred Trust”

He KNEW! Obama told of Veterans Affairs health care debacle as far back as 2008

MSNBC Guest Repeatedly Breaks Hosts’ Hearts by Insisting VA Scandal Not About Funding

SHAPIRO: Left’s VA-Worship Comes Back to Bite

Veterans are dying, but at least this criminal still gets his sex change

Comedian Argus Hamilton

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Escaping socialism

Escaping socialism

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?

Mentioned links:

Report: Tens of thousands fled socialized Canadian medicine in 2013

Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare

Gov. Scott Walker reveals the secrets to Wisconsin’s $1 billion surplus

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To bail out banks in Cyprus (who had loaned a lot to Greece, hence the need for a bailout), the Eurozone suggested confiscating money in those banks to partially pay the banks. Sweet deal if you’re a banker, panic-inducing if you’re not. Socialism is destroying Europe.

The Democrats in the Senate managed, after 4 long years, to produce something it seemed they’d forgotten about; a budget! It is, of course, more of the same taxing and spending (and spending more than they’re taxing). And it remains to be seen if they’ll even vote for their own budget, since they unanimously voted against Obama’s budget last year.

And Paul Thacker of the Slate website lets Slate readers in on the worst-kept secret evah; the media has a liberal bias! Who knew! (No, I didn’t mean for a show of hands. That was rhetorical.)

Mentioned links:

Cyprus deal shock sends shares tumbling, gold up

After Cyprus Bank Bailout, Depositors Race to Withdraw Their Cash. Is the Rest of Europe Next?

SENATE DEMOCRATS FINALLY UNVEIL BUDGET

Confirmed: Senate Democrats’ Budget Accelerates Spending, Never Balances

Flashback: Obama: Adding $4 Trillion To Debt Is Unpatriotic

Slate Slams Obama On Transparency, Credits Fox News, Wash. Times For Fast and Furious Reporting

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Hugo Chavez died recently. He took a country rich with oil money and turned it onto a socialist paradise, complete with high inflation, shortages of food and electricity (to name just a few items), and soaring crime rates. Only in Venezuela.

Except perhaps, not only there. It just seems like President Obama, in trying to (as he said) “spread the wealth around”, he’s doing a lot of what Chavez was doing. As a result, we’ve had one of the most anemic recoveries in history. Soaking the rich to give to the poor only lasts as long as the rich stick around; it’s not a long-term solution. A job is the best social program, but that’s not been working out so well here. Instead, crippling debt from government borrowing and spending have led us to a place that is looking more and more like Chavez’s socialist “paradise”. Listen in for more details.

The Obama administration said the sequester cuts would hurt, and by golly, they’ll make sure they do. If a department tries to ease the pain, well, they’ll just have to set them straight. Just ask Charlie Brown. (Really.)

Mentioned links:

 Heart attack killed a suffering Hugo Chavez, head of Venezuela’s presidential guard says

Loved Or Loathed, Hugo Chavez Was The Ultimate Showman

Chavez death blamed on U.S.

Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised

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