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Budget & Spending Archives

A fair and balanced hearing?

A fair and balanced hearing?

It’s that time once again, to take 10 minutes (or less) out of your day to get your recommended dose of conservative commentary.

Hearkening back to my first episode ever, the Columbia Journalism Review tackled the subject of paid liberal analysts at Fox News vs. the lack of dissenting opinion at MSNBC. Once again, the question is, “Who will give you a fair hearing, or any hearing at all?” The answer really should not surprise you, and should also be good news if you want to get your voice heard on this particular show.

The President described recent budgets (well, recent spending, since Democrats have been very reluctant to pass actual budgets) with a word that, to paraphrase Inigo Montoya, doesn’t mean what he thinks it means.

And finally, can the President get a little “rspect”? Ask Dan Quayle.

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Journalism Review Explores Fox’s Liberal Pundits, Confesses Fox Is More Balanced Than MSNBC

And from the left…Fox News

With 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to era of austerity

austere (definition)

Dan Quayle : “Potatoe” [Wikipedia]

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Today, Detroit. Tomorrow, New York?

Today, Detroit. Tomorrow, New York?

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?

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De Blasio Draws All Liberal Eyes to New York City

The greatest achievement in human history, and you never hear about it

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Debt Ceiling Acrobats

Debt Ceiling Acrobats

I had a nice conversation with a Twitter follower on the flipping and flopping may Democrats have done on the whole debt limit issue. They were very much against raising it until one of their guys is sitting in the White House. What a difference an administration makes! I was pointed to a quote by Dick Cheney saying that “deficits don’t matter” as an example of Republicans changing course as well. But that quote is categorically different than what Democrats are saying today. (And Cheney is not what anyone would really consider a conservative.) (And at the time he said that, I disagreed with him.)

Dave Ramsey recently did a segment on the math of ObamaCare. Never mind the politics of it all (and he certainly lets both conservatives and liberals have it on spouting talking points rather than “original thought”), the math just doesn’t work out. Math isn’t political; it’s just math. If you respect Dave, you should watch the video. Like my podcast, it’s less than 10 minutes.

Mentioned links:

My Twitter conversation with Andrew James

Bush Sought ‘Way’ To Invade Iraq? (source of Cheney quote)

Political Cartoon: Spending, Then and Now (personal blog, “Considerettes”, on the Cheney quote)

Dave Ramsey Destroys Obamacare

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Tear down this wall!

Tear down this wall!

Of all the services that the government performs, which ones are considered “essential”? Which ones stay operating even during a shutdown? Here’s an example of one, and in fact, it’s a service that is active only during a shutdown.

What if they held a recess and nobody played? A school is banning baseballs, soccer ball, basketballs; basically anything that might give you a boo-boo. That may seem silly (and it is), but there’s some other silliness that’s prompting it.

And we have another round of “Name That Quote”. In the continuing saga of the debt limit, I have an outspoken critic of raising it. See if you can guess who it is.

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#MillionVetMarch assembles peacefully, pulls down Lincoln Memorial #barrycades.

Media Targets Million Veteran March

Spite: White House reinstalls barricades at World War II Memorial

Long Island Middle School Bans Footballs, Other Recreational Items

Ceiling Whacks []

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Do more guns mean more murders and suicides? A Harvard study of European countries may surprise you. Or cause you to yawn in recognition of something we’ve long understood.

Is the stem cell debate — embryonic vs adult — now over with the discovery in Israel? It may just be. Some may still want to debate it, of course, but the results suggest that the fat lady has sung. (And she is a great source of stem cells!)

And places are being shut down that have never been shut down during this government shutdown. Gee, why would that be?

The 9th annual People’s Podcast Awards are open for nominations! Now, you’re people, and I’m a podcast, so it only makes sense that you nominate me, right? Just go to Please vote for me in the Politics / News category. Where it asks for the URL, just enter You can only submit the nomination page once for this year, so if you have other podcasts you like, nominate them as well. But don’t wait too late. Nominations close at midnight, October 15th. I would really appreciate a nomination in this rather prestigious award.

Mentioned links:

Harvard gun study concludes gun bans don’t reduce the murder rate


Stem cells made with near-perfect efficiency

PRUDEN: The cheap tricks of the game

A list of unnecessary things shutdown by Obama to inflict public pain

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The future?

The future?

Just one topic this time around. I tackle the Detroit bankruptcy and what is has to say about political policies in other cities, in the US, and, actually, any country around the world.

Detroit, Michigan, formerly the auto-making capital of the US, if not the world, filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on July 18th, becoming the current capital of big cities going under in the US. What brought Detroit under water is not really debatable; declining income and spending beyond its means. What is being debated are the causes of the two.

On the spending side, I think it’s no coincidence that the city has had essentially one party rule for the past 51 years. No surprise that the party in question is the Democratic Party. Rather than cutting spending, Detroit ignored the common sense lesson of living within your means, embrace the Paul Krugman idea that austerity kills, and died anyway, spending like there was no tomorrow. Well, there is a tomorrow, and it’s here.

The sooner the voters of this nation come to terms with this, the better off we will all be. It may not sound, to the untrained ear, to be very caring, or fair, or socially just. But Detroit has a 47% illiteracy rate. 60% of its children are living in poverty. Its crime rate is 5 times the national average. The murder rate is 11 times higher than New York City. Is it caring, or fair, or socially just, to pursue policies that led to that?

Mentioned links:

Detroit goes broke

Obama to Detroit: Drop Dead

25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head

Detroit’s foreseeable bankruptcy: Coming to a nation near you?

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The Supreme Court recently heard 2 cases related to same-sex “marriage”. Facebook lit up with picture of red “equal” signs with folks proclaiming their support of “marriage equality”. But is equality really what this is about? This episode asks you if you are for “driving equality”. I’m betting you aren’t, but not on account of any equality issue.

I plan on tackling more issues on the subject of same-sex “marriage” in the future, so I’d love to hear your thoughts here for use in a future episode.

President Obama, who has overseen the addition of $6 trillion to the debt, proclaims this month as Fiscal Capability Month to, among other things, help kids learn how to use a budget. How can I further parody something as humorous as that?

Last July, 3 California cities went bankrupt. Recently, the largest city in the US to go into bankruptcy was also in California. Could the spending habits of this blue state have anything to do with this? Judge after you hear what their biggest costs are.

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The Red Herring of “Marriage Equality”

Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It

Obama Proclaims April the Month to Teach Young People ‘How to Budget Responsibly’

Presidential Proclamation — National Financial Capability Month, 2013

Judge: Stockton, Calif., Can File for Bankruptcy

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It appears that newly elected Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is a listener to “Consider This!” How do I know? I suggest a $20 minimum wage as a thought experiment in episode 31, and now she’s one-up’ing me, suggesting $22. But her logic is flawed. (But, you knew that, right?)

People are applying for new gun permits at a fast clip (so to speak), but there’s one town in New England that just might surprise you where this is happening.

Democratic Senators, even those who’ve said they want a balanced budget, had a chance to vote for just the concept of one. True to form, they voted against it. Except one.

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Elizabeth Warren heap big economic illiterate

Elizabeth Warren cherry-picked $22 per hour minimum wage number

Newtown reports surge in gun permit applications

Senate Democrats Vote Against the Concept of Balancing the Budget


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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.)

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Cyprus deal shock sends shares tumbling, gold up

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


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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