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A one-topic show, as well as only having one link, but it’s a doozy. I talked about “marriage equality” in show 36, and showed that asking for equality in something is not helpful if you don’t understand the nature of what you’re asking equality for. “Driving equality for the blind”, and all that. So this episode is where I deal with the issue of what marriage is.

Ryan T. Anderson wrote a report for the Heritage Foundation entitled, “Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It”. It is, in my estimation, required reading before engaging in honest debate on the subject. It’s that good. But, it’s also that long, so there’s a time investment. The abstract at the beginning makes all the claims of the report, but the report itself explains why those claims are made.

Marriage was defined millennia ago, by cultures and religions across time. And during all that time, they came up with the same definition. The government recognizes marriage, but it has never defined it. It is so ironic that those who say that government should get out of marriage are the ones who are asking it to define it.

Marriage has existed to bring a man and woman together, acknowledging that they are complementary, and that any children produced will need both a father and a mother. Even cultures where homosexuality was fully accepted, same-sex marriage was not even a concept most of them considered. Sociologically, this combination has always been the best possible environment for children; with their biological parents, who are in a committed, lifelong relationship. Just because there are examples of how human failings have not lived up to this ideal, does not mean we should thus scrap the whole concept. Indeed, the ease with which divorce can be purchased these days has itself, with only heterosexual participation, turned marriage into merely an agreement based solely on how you Iabout your spouse. Today.

And if government is telling us what marriage is, if it is any emotional bond the state says it is, religious groups who have their views on marriage, and have had them for thousands of years, will not be allowed to keep the religious freedom they have enjoyed.

Anderson ends his report with this statement: “Some might appeal to historical inevitability as a reason to avoid answering the question of what marriage is—as if it were an already moot question. However, changes in public opinion are driven by human choice, not by blind historical forces. The question is not what will happen, but what we should do.”

Let me know your thoughts on the subject.

Mentioned links:

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

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Filed under: HomosexualityHuman SexualityMarriageSame-sex Marriage

The bombing of the Boston Marathon started a number of things; a terrorism investigation, increased security all over the country, and the media’s attempt to, again, blame the Right for domestic terrorism. Folks, please, let’s take care of the wounded and bury our dead before breaking out the knee-jerk reactions, OK? It seems like after every single act like this, the media just has to have a race to see who can blame conservatives first.

There’s a murder trial going on in Pennsylvania. A doctor was arrested in 2011 for killing 8 people, and the trial has been going on since March 18th. Accusations of beheadings, special treatment for whites, severed feet in jars, 15-year-olds administering anesthesia, unsanitary clinic conditions that spread STDs to unsuspecting women, and multiple state agencies made aware of this but who chose to ignore what was going on. It wasn’t on the front page of your newspaper, or of the national TV news, because it paints abortion in a bad light, and Kermit Gosnell as the example of doing back-alley abortions in an approved clinic.

Mentioned links:

IT BEGINS: THE LEFTIST MEDIA STARTS TO BLAME THE RIGHT FOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

Fox News Contributor Responds to Boston Marathon Explosions: Kill All Muslims

Philadelphia abortion clinic horror

Snopes entry: Dr. Kermit Gosnell Trial

From Roe to Gosnell: The case for regime change on abortion.

WPost reporter explains her personal Gosnell blackout

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Filed under: AbortionMediaPartisanship

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.

Mentioned links:

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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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernmentHomosexualityHuman SexualityJudiciaryMarriageSame-sex Marriage

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.

Mentioned links:

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

DEMS SAY: BALANCED BUDGET? WE WERE JUST KIDDING!

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernmentGun ControlMinimum Wage

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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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesEuropeGovernmentMediaPartisanshipSocialism

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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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernmentSocialismSouth America

The sequester that went into affect March 1st has President Obama lying about who came up with it (he did), how bad the cuts are (not bad), and how evil the Republicans are for letting them happen (they aren’t).

Facebook made $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits in 2012. And by “pre-tax” I mean “no-tax”. Instead they are getting $429 million back from the government. This caused the Occupy Wall Street protesters to…yawn and go back to their iPads.

If you have pre-existing conditions, ObamaCare will help get insurance. That is until the funds run out real soon now.

Donna Brazile sung the praises of ObamaCare a year ago. This year, however, she’s puzzled as to why her health insurance premiums are going up. Cause, meet effect.

Mentioned links:

Obama pledges to veto effort to undo automatic spending cuts

Whose Sequester Is It Anyway?

Obama’s fanciful claim that Congress ‘proposed’ the sequester

Facebook Gets a Multibillion-Dollar Tax Break

Obamacare Funding Running Low For Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions

IRONY ALERT!

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernmentHealth Care

In this episode, I have a one-track mind. In the President’s State of the Union address, he proposed increasing the minimum wage by about 25% to $9 an hour, as though this will somehow defeat poverty.

The fact is, according to the government’s own Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about one and a half percent of all American workers are getting the minimum wage and not living with their parents. And on average, even this group isn’t in poverty.

Further, raising the federal minimum wage raises the wages of far more people than just those at the minimum. This causes prices to rise in a way that erases much of the increased minimum.

And if labor costs more, in addition to prices going up, workers may be laid off, or businesses may slow down hiring. Is this what we want to do now? In this economy?

Make economic decisions on facts, not emotion.

Mentioned links:

SOTU PROPOSAL OPENS UP MINIMUM WAGE DEBATE

Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers: 2011

Political Payback: Facts Behind Organized Labor’s Push to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage (PDF)

How to Think About the Minimum Wage

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesMinimum Wage

The New York Times seems to have woken up from its 4-year slumber and realized that the Barack Obama is essentially pushing the same defense policies as Bush. Truly a shocker (to those who have not been paying attention.) Hey Times. Obama’s been making the same arguments he criticized for more than just last week. But I guess now that he’s been reelected, you’re free to notice it now.

In other news that the media has ignored, it was recently discovered that the Times and the Washington Post kept secret the fact that the US has a drone base in Saudi Arabia. The papers didn’t touch the story until the details had leaked out elsewhere. I compare that to how the Times dealt with secrets during the Bush administration. What a difference an administration makes!

And once again we play “Name That Quote”! This time, it’s a quote about ObamaCare(tm) that the speaker says will require more and more taxes, and even >gasp< Death Panels! No, it’s not Sarah Palin. See if you can guess who it is before I spill the beans.

Mentioned links:

Obama’s Turn in Bush’s Bind

Obama’s 262 Drone Strikes in Pakistan

The New York Times and National Security Secrets: Obama vs. Bush

U.S. NEEDS DEATH PANELS, SALES TAXES

Death Panels and Sales Taxes

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernmentHealth CareMedia

Tens of thousands marched in a huge anti-abortion protest in Washington, DC. You’re forgiven if you didn’t know about it. ABC and CBS couldn’t be bothered to mention it at all. (NBC did give all of it 15 seconds, so there’s that.)

The “Affordable Care Act” is turning out to be, well, rather unaffordable. The experts both outside and inside of the President’s own administration are saying, yes, costs are going to go up. Surprise! (We had to pass the bill so we’d know how much it would cost, right, Nancy Pelosi?)

And gun violence continues in the nations’s school, including suspensions for having a picture of a gun, and terroristic threats with a “Hello Kitty” bubble gun. Yes, over-reacting is still rampant.

And a bonus. Let’s send Ahmadinejad into space. Hey, he wants to!

Mentioned links:

 ABC and CBS Spike Huge Pro-Life March, Yet Highlight Puny Pro-Gun Control Protest

Some Nerve: NYT Finally Covers March for Life, Only to Bury It Under Story Chiding Marchers for Not Being Anti-Gun

Obama concedes: Obamacare didn’t do anything for rising health care costs

I’M BEGINNING TO THINK THAT PUTTING YOUR KIDS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL IS PARENTAL MALPRACTICE

Newtown Security Vision Discussion

Ahmadinejad wants to be Iran’s first astronaut

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingGovernmentGun ControlHealth CareIranMediaMiddle East

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