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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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It’s the one-year anniversary of Consider This! Just seems like yesterday it was getting off the ground. They grow up so fast. And since it’s a special occasion, I hope you won’t mind that my usual 10-minute-or-less podcast nearly hit 13 minutes!

Edward Snowden, via Glenn Greenwald, brought a few things about the US government to the attention of the world. I’m of two minds on these revelations, and I’ll explain both those “minds”.

But this reveals much more about some of the more foundational ideas about government. Conservatives have been beating the “smaller government” drum for a very long time, and this shows one of the problems big government brings. It also goes to the issue of trust. If you don’t trust your government (and Lord Acton may suggest that you shouldn’t), why do we keep giving it more and more power? What kind of people and government does our Constitution work best for? John Adams has an idea about that.

Mentioned links:

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

Author of Patriot Act says NSA phone records collection ‘never the intent’ of law

THE NSA AND SILLY OUTRAGE ABOUT “PHONE DATA”

John Adams – Our Constitution Was Made Only For A Moral And Religious People

Power Corrupts [Acton Institute]

John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton [Wikipedia]

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Can you make an informed decision when the people charged with presenting that information share it in a biased manner, or choose not to share some of it based on their preferences? Trust in the press is at an all-time low, and 47% of us think the press is biased one way or the other. That’s a 47% that should be news.

Did warrantless wiretaps and surveillance  quadruple under President Bush? No, but I’ll give you 1 guess under who’s administration they did multiply like that.

The 2012 Stitcher Award nominations are going on now! Click here to vote for “Consider This!” in the “News & Politics” category. I’d really appreciate it. You can vote once a day through October 19th.

Mentioned links:

The Stitcher Awards

U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High

Majority in U.S. Continues to Distrust the Media, Perceive Bias

Fast and Furious – It takes Univision to “break” it?

ACLU: Bush administration quadrupled warrantless wiretaps. Just kidding. It was Obama and Holder.

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