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In this, the last episode for 2012, I have a special treat.

First, as the countdown to the Fiscal Cliff continues, tax increases seem to be the only way Democrats in Congress think that we can close the deficit gap. But Michael Barone points out that, no, tax increases alone will never be enough. It’s not the panacea that Democrats claim it to be. Another point is that higher tax rates don’t typically produce more tax revenue. So, what is the solution?

And the special treat is a guest contribution by Meryl Yourish. She and I contributed to the late, lamented Shire Network News podcast. She’s now a published author, but she agreed to do a special segment for my podcast. Meryl’s often noticed the many double standards that are applied to the country of Israel that don’t apply to its neighbors. That’s right; it’s Israeli Double-Standard Time!

Mentioned links:

Why tax hikes will never be enough

Federal Debt, Revenue and Expenditures as a Fraction of GDP

Video–Obama in 2009: ‘You Don’t Raise Taxes in a Recession’

October 2012 Employment Report – Not Particularly Good News

75 Percent of Obama’s Proposed Tax Hikes to Go Toward New Spending

Meryl Yourish – This Writing Life

Yourish.com

Darkness Rising: Book One of The Catmage Chronicles

Regarding the above-mentioned double standard (Yourish.com)

Bibi and the world’s double standard on Israel (Yourish.com)

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Episode 17: An “Interv” with Bruce McQuain

In this episode is the first of (hopefully) many “intervs”. What’s an “interv”?

I’ve been mulling over the idea of doing interviews on the podcast. The main problem, of course, is that I have a self-imposed 10-minute-or-less format, and most interviews just get going in 10 minutes. So I had to set some rules for an interview that you normally wouldn’t have. And thus was born what I’m calling the “interv”; a short, to-the-point, question and answer format. You won’t hear any clever banter or what either of us ate for lunch. It’ll just be 2 or 3 substantive questions and we’re outta’ there.

The first interv is with Bruce McQuain of the “Questions and Observations” blog, and the podcast “Observations”. I ask him about Romney’s debate performance on Democratic voters, and about why it’s Univision, and not the American press, breaking new stories on the Fast & Furious operation.

You can still cast nominations for “Consider This!” for the Stitcher Awards. Just click here to go to the nomination page.

Mentioned links:

The “Observations” podcast

The “Questions and Observations” blog

The “Blackfive” blog

The HotAir Green Room

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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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This time, I’m back with a variety of topics, all coming to you in 10 minutes or less.

Todd Aiken talked about “legitimate rape”, and certainly got his 15 minutes (actually, 48 hours) of fame. Conservative and liberal pundits pilloried him for it. But when a liberal tried to make the exact same distinction, conservatives tried to point that out, while liberals … well, let’s just say they were considerably less outraged (i.e. hardly noticed). For the Left, it’s always political.

A study in 2006 of the charitable giving habits of conservatives vs. liberals showed that if you believe it’s your job to help take care of those who can’t help themselves, you will give more of your money and time to charities. Likewise, if you think it’s the government’s job, you’re less likely to be so giving. A new study has come out looking at this issue, and the results are, well, shall we say “unsurprising”.

Do you need a government permit to be charitable? I’m not even talking about running a soup kitchen; I’m talking about handing out free water. Apparently, in Phoenix, Arizona, yes, you do.

What do you think about Todd Aiken, charitable giving, or intrusive government. Leave a comment and join the conversation.

Mentioned links:

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg on Polanski: ‘It Wasn’t Rape-Rape’

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg on Polanski ‘It Wasn’t Rape Rape’ (video)

Smashing the Charity Stereotypes

Who Gives and Who Doesn’t?

Study: Red states more charitable

Valley woman told she could not hand out free bottled water in summer heat

Phoenix Christians Forbidden to Give Out Free Water

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Episode 1: An Introduction

This is the very first episode of my political and cultural opinion podcast, “Consider This!” We’ll be coming to you on a “semi-irregular” basis, meaning that a show comes out when I have something to say. And I’ll say it in 10 minutes or less (mostly (I hope)).

But this isn’t just a monologue. Feel free to e-mail me or put a comment on these posts, or tweet me at @ctpodcasting. Let’s hear what you think to. Warning: Anything you say can, and just might, be used on a future episode. You have been warned.

In this episode, I give you some my background; just who is this guy, and why should I take what he says for granted. The answers are: nobody, and you shouldn’t. However, let me just add my perspective on the issues of the day, and you may just be tempted to consider this.

Mentioned links:

Homespun Bloggers

Shire Network News

Anti-Scott Walker Guests Dominate The Ed Show by 237 to 1

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