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Why wasn't this bigger news?

Why wasn’t this bigger news?

Why do Democrats continue to push for economic policies that have failed in the past (and the very recent past at that)? Well, I will say that it does play well on the campaign trail. It just doesn’t work in real life.

The Republican’s front runner for President says outlandish things. The Democrat’s front runner is under investigation by the FBI. Your choice. Choose well.

My question to any of you that wanted to just bring in Syrian refugees without doing what is normally done, and vet them before they come to our country, are you prepared for a situation like they just experienced in Cologne, Germany? Do you know what happened? Germany tried to cover it up or minimize it, so it’s understandable that you wouldn’t know.

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Student Loan Subsidies Cause Almost All of the Increase in Tuition

Forty-Nine of 50 States Will See Premium Hikes in 2016

Hillary’s EmailGate Goes Nuclear

Cologne, Germany: Hundreds of sexual assault charges from New Year’s Eve

Cologne mayor’s ‘arm’s length’ advice to avoid sex attacks draws ridicule

SEX CRIMES ACROSS GERMANY: THE COVERUP UNRAVELS

‘We told you so,’ Eastern Europe tells Germany

Mass shooting stopped by responsible gun owners in Iowa

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Can you tell the difference? Apparently, she can't.

Can you tell the difference? Apparently, she can’t.

The effects of a minimum wage increase was researched recently by the federal government. Guess what they found out? (Hint: You’ll think you’d heard it here before.)

Apparently, after 3 days performing what amounts to an “armed sit-in”, the 20 white guys holed up in a remote, Oregon wildlife preserve visitors center were did not have the National Guard descend on them due to … wait for it … racism. You know, the same National Guard that weren’t summoned to Ferguson, MO for 9 days.

And can you describe the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist? Apparently, the front-runner for the Democrats in the Presidential race can’t.

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MP Graphics Facebook page

Hiking Minimum Wage an Inefficient Tool to Fight Poverty: Fed Research

The Effects of Minimum Wages on Employment

Armed men, led by Bundy brothers, take over federal building in rural Oregon

Timeline of events in Ferguson

WaPo Columnist Claims Racial Double Standards In Oregon Standoff

Video: Matthews discovers that Hillary can’t tell the difference between Democrats and socialists, either

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Enjoy it

Enjoy it

How do we cut the price of a pill from $13.50 to $1? By letting a corporation raise the price to $750 and letting the free market work its magic.

There was a recent win for religious freedom, but it seems to depend on what religion you are. But a win is a win, and hopefully others can point to it as a precedent.

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Ex-Hedge Fund Manager Who Jacked Up Price of Drug by 5,000 Percent Gets Lesson in Free-Market Capitalism

Muslim Truck Drivers Who Refused To Haul Alcohol Awarded $240,000 In Religious Discrimination Suit

Obama admin helps Muslims win big religious liberty lawsuit; why not Christian bakers?

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Works on paper, but does it work in the lab?

Works on paper, but does it work in the lab?

If evolution works, it has to work, not just at the macro level, but even down to the smallest level; proteins. The Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon, has been investigating this, and their findings have given them pause. Or should have.

Venezuela raised its minimum wage. Again. For the 4th time just this year. Can we look to that country to show how raising it here would be good for their economy? (Hint: No. Bernie Sanders supporters, beware.)

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Oops! Evolutionists Disproving Evolution

Venezuelan President Announces 30% Minimum Wage Increase

Clashes in Venezuela as economic shortages continue to bite

10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World 2014

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Irony, or ignorance?

Irony, or ignorance?

There is no religious test to hold governmental office in Colorado, but the Denver City Council wants to institute one for business owners. If you don’t have the right beliefs, they don’t want your jobs.

A study has pointed out just what caused the housing market crash and recession, which hurt the poor so much. Of course, it’s a government program that was supposed to help the poor. Unintended consequences, indeed.

And another drive-by graphic, proving how little Democrats really understand the ideas they say they are against.

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Chick-fil-A location at DIA paused after Denver Council cites chain’s LGBT stances

No Religious Test Clause [Wikipedia]

Robin Kniech (Denver City Council)

New study confirms economy was destroyed by Democrat policies

“Consider This!” Facebook page for the “Drive-by Graphic”

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Dealing with the fallout, Dan Price

Dealing with the fallout, Dan Price

I came across an article that described one man’s transition to pro-choice, and I have to say, it’s persuasive. Let’s take a listen to his reasons, and see if you are convinced.

(And then let’s all exhale. You’ll understand when you listen to the episode.)

Dan Price of Gravity Payments set a minimum wage of $70K/year and dropped his pay to that level. He was hailed as a hero 4 months ago, before any fallout from the change had even occurred. Well, some things have fallen out, so let’s revisit Dan and see how his decision has played out.

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10 reasons why I’ve decided to become pro-choice.

3 Week Mark: Nets Spend 92 Minutes on Cecil the Lion; 20 Minutes on Abortion Videos

A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

Why A $70,000 Minimum Salary Isn’t Enough For Gravity Payments

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It's all Greek to him

It’s all Greek to him

There are lessons to be learned from the tragedy in Greece. The question is, will the people of Greece learn them? Oh, and I guess a second question is, will we in the US learn them? Why did Greece keep pursing policies that kept their boat sinking, and why is one major US presidential candidate who is a socialist gaining so much support?

And the American Civil Liberties Union has finally shown where it will draw the line. Turns out that it will defend any civil liberty except the religious kind. You know, one that is spelled out clearly in the Constitution?

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Greece Given Until Sunday to Settle Debt Crisis or Face Disaster

Greece’s IMF Collapse Shows America what Default Looks Like

Greek socialism and EU imperialism are both to blame for the euro crisis

Greek deal in sight as Germany bows to huge global pressure for debt relief

ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

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Three years old!

Three years old!

This is the Consider This podcast, which recently passed its third anniversary, bringing you conservative commentary, and your feedback, in 10-minute-or-less chunks, since June 14th of 2012. I’ve left the terrible twos and am entering the thrilling threes! And just like the 1st and 2nd anniversaries, the time limit might just take a holiday for this episode.

I’ve got kind of a general topic for this anniversary. I’m going to explain, not why I’m conservative, but why I’m not a liberal. The launching point for this will be what seems to me the Liberal Utopia society would be, and why it doesn’t really work or why I believe that some features are really problems.

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List of countries by energy consumption per capita

Consumption by the United States

The top 1% and what they pay

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Who did this?

Who did this?

What would one-party rule look like? If a single political party could run things for at least a generation, could we then look at the results after that time and determine how good or bad those policies were?

With respect to the Presidency of the United States, it’s hard to do that. The party in power changes so often. However, for many large cities, the party in power has been there for 50 years or more (with the occasional 1-term opposition party exception). It’s much easier to make a determination in these cases. And even with a state governor of the opposite party, mayors do have enough power to minimize the governor’s influence.

So who’s been in charge, and how has it worked out? Listen in, and leave your own feedback!

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Moody’s downgrades Chicago debt to ‘junk’ with negative outlook

Following City, Chicago Public Schools Credit Rating Junked

Mayor of Chicago [Wikipedia]

List of mayors of Detroit [Wikipedia]

List of mayors of Baltimore [Wikipedia]

Los Angeles homelessness rises 12 percent amid slow economic recovery

Mayor of Los Angeles [Wikipedia]

Hogan funds pensions, but nothing more for schools

Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law

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Dan  Price of Gravity Payments

Dan Price of Gravity Payments

CEO Dan Price of Gravity Payments decided to raise the wages of all his employees to a minimum of $70,000, while reducing his almost-$1 million salary down to that same $70,000. The Left love it, the Right hated it. But we don’t know how it will turn out, so it’s too early to celebrate. And if this little microcosm of what some have called “socialism” fails, will we even know? It’s being done in an economy of capitalism all around it, which could mask any problems.

Mr. Price said, “As much as I’m a capitalist, there is nothing in the market that is making me do it.” But let’s take a look at his motivations and his actions, and it doesn’t sound like he understands the meaning of the terms “capitalism” or “market”. Which is not good news for people, like his employees, who are depending on his economic decisions.

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Seattle boss raises entire company’s minimum wage to $70,000

$70,000 promise brings flood of new clients and job applicants

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