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Episode 68: An “Interv” with Dale Franks

Slackernomics

Slackernomics

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.

Mentioned links:

Questions and Observations blog

Observations podcast

Slackernomics [at Amazon.com]

Other intervs

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An endangered species?

An endangered species?

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.

Mentioned links:

‘U’ Students Want Crime Alerts To Avoid Using Racial Descriptions

White House: It’s A Good Thing That Obamacare Will Drive 2.5 Million Americans Out Of The Workforce

They quit their jobs, thanks to health-care law

How much is Obama to blame for the worst labor participation rate in 40 years?

George Will: IRS Scandal as Big as Watergate and Iran-Contra; So Where’s the Media?

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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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Guns vs homicides

Guns vs homicides

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.

Mentioned links:

10 SENATE DEMS WHO SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR OBAMACARE

U.N. MAPS SHOW U.S. HIGH IN GUN OWNERSHIP, LOW IN HOMICIDES

ABC Preaches the ‘Gospel of Polyamory’

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They're back, and they want to be your Navigator.

They’re back, and they want to be your Navigator.

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.

Mentioned links:

Project Veritas

The Truth about Navigators

Another U.S. city mulls bankruptcy due to soaring wages and pensions

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You can keep...what, exactly?

You can keep…what, exactly?

Once again I’m back with a 10-minute-or-less romp through the events of the day.

I tried to keep from dealing too much with ObamaCare in this episode, having said as much as I did last episode, but this issue is just sucking the oxygen out of the news cycle. First off, I consider what the problem was that ObamaCare was supposed to solve, and realize that the solution is worse than the problem.

Global warming has “paused” for 17 years now, and a peer-reviewed study suggests it might be doing that for another 20 years or so. And it’s all due to natural, ecological cycles. (Imagine that.)

President Obama recently said that you can keep your policy if you like it, except if you can’t. That was referring to the individual, private insurance market. Kathleen Sebelius has now added that caveat to another, much larger, insurance group.

Mentioned links:

Global warming “pause” may last for 20 more years

Global warming ‘pause’ may last for 20 more years and Arctic sea ice has already started to recover

Obama: “What We Said Was You Can Keep It If It Hasn’t Changed Since The Law Passed”

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Episode 57: Millions of ObamaCare Broken Promises

It’s not what you were sold.

You were told that, if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. But hospitals are laying off people by the thousands.

You were told that, if you liked your health plan, you could keep your health plan. But the Affordable Care Act has, written into the bill in 2010, estimates of how many people would lose it anyway. You were lied to.

And supporters of ObamaCare are now waking up to the realization that, indeed, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Turns out we do have a single-payer system. It’s just that the single payer is us. How is it that conservatives saw this but liberals didn’t? Hmmm.

Mentioned links:

 [FLASHBACK] Obama: If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan

Obama Promises To Lower Health Insurance Premiums by $2,500 Per Year

NEARLY 1.5 MILLION LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE DUE TO OBAMACARE

Ben Shapiro’s tweet

Death Panels in Action: Hospitals Suffer Massive Layoffs Thanks to Obamacare

THE KOS KIDS LEARN ABOUT OBAMACARE

Obamacare shock: $12,600 deductible, 40 percent co-pay, zero competition

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

NBC Buries Own Reporter To Hide Obama Lie

A Plan For Replacement

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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

DaveRamsey.com

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Episode 51: Now Who Could Have Anticipated That?

This episode features a series of “shocking” revelations, that really shouldn’t be shocking at all.

The liberal magazine The Nation, after getting after other businesses to raise their pay, is finally going to pay their own interns the federal minimum wage. That’s great, right? More money into the economy? Except that they’re now going to hire fewer interns. Now who could have anticipated that?

A Daily Kos writer is peeved that she’ll have to pay huge premiums for a high deductible health insurance plan, thanks to ObamaCare(tm). Now who could have anticipated that?

The NSA, contrary to their own previous statements and those of the President, is actually collecting even more information on us than previously understood. Now who could…oh, you know the drill.

Mentioned links:

Liberal Mag Inadvertantly Proves Conservatives Right On Minimum Wage While Attacking Walmart

Argus Hamilton

Another rube wakes up

Lawmakers Probe Willful Abuses of Power by NSA Analysts

Episode 44, The One-Year Anniversary: What Edward Snowden’s Revelations Really Reveal About Government

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I’m at half a hundred episodes with this one. Another big milestone.

The lawmakers who passed the bill and the unions who promoted the bill all want exemptions from complying with the bill. “The bill”, of course, is ObamaCare(tm). But I thought that the more people who were a part of it, the better it would be for everyone! The fact that they want out of it should be telling.

Free-market capitalism, even for things like “essential services”, is working hard to make Detroit safe. And it’s working, even (and especially) for the poor. The profit motive works, for all of us.

Will same-sex marriage anywhere mean same-sex marriage everywhere? A judge’s decision in Ohio may allow for just that outcome.

Mentioned links:

IRS employee union: We don’t want Obamacare

Hill gets Obamacare fix

This is What Budget Cuts Have Done to Detroit … And It’s Freaking Awesome

Ohio Officials Ordered To Recognize Gay Couple’s Marriage

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