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Episode 300!

For episode 300, I asked for questions about the podcast and me. I got a response with many good questions, and I’ll be answering them in this episode.

Then I go on to answer questions about me that I didn’t get asked but that I thought might be interesting to you.

Mentioned links:

Episode 15: Decoding DC, Romney’s Taxes, and Some Speech is More Free Than Others

Episode 22: Listener Feedback – Calling Me Out on Ban Ki Moon

Geocaching

What’s neXt?

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Any chance?

The President’s proposed budget cuts spending by $4 trillion. Could we actually see a reduction in spending that we’ve needed for so long? Or is this just a dream?

How many Democrats would vote for a socialist for President? The answer may (or may not) surprise you.

Who let the world in CO2 reduction in 2019? The answer may (or may not) surprise you.

Mentioned links:

White House proposes slashing $4.4 trillion from budget over 10 years

76 PERCENT OF DEMOCRATS SAY THEY’D VOTE FOR A SOCIALIST FOR PRESIDENT, NEW POLL SHOWS

Global CO2 emissions in 2019

Reddit post looking for podcasts

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Socialist social media fail

If you’re going to use social media, remember that this is the Internet; your words and your pictures will be fact-checked.

The economy has been going strong while Trump has been in office, which is something the experts did not predict. And it’s working for the rich and the poor. And it’s working better for the poor than the rich!

Massachusetts is thinking about making it easier for minors to get abortions. They need parental permission to get simple meds at school, but abortions? Nah.

Here’s the tweet from the Socialist Party of Britain:

Mentioned links:

Peter Heck

The Socialists Own Themselves Hard…and It’s Hilarious

Wages Soar Fastest among Those with the Least

What Happened on Election Day

Massachusetts May Drop Requirement That Minors Get Permission For Abortion

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The Greeks choose conservatism (for now)

There is so much good news on the Economic front, but you might not be hearing it. More people are getting employed, and more people are looking for jobs as well.

An election in Greece suggests that the people there are tired of the unfulfilled promises of socialism. There is hope there, and yet over here Democrats are falling all over themselves to try to make very similar promises to the Greek socialists.

And yes, the stopped clock was right at one point. When Democratic Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang suggested a cash giveaway, Joy Behar actually asked an intelligent question of him. His answer was, shall we say, quite revealing.

Mentioned links:

Strong job growth is back: Payrolls jump in June well above expectations

Episode 229: Credit For the Economy / How a Young Man Grew Up

Episode 215: Why Socialism Fails / Why Unemployment Stats Are Misleading

Episode 113: Lessons From the Greek Tragedy, and the ACLU Not Cool With Civil Liberties

Conservatives regain control in Greece

‘View’ Hosts Excited by 2020 Dem’s ‘Free’ Cash for Life Promise: ‘Game Changer!’

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The “Green New Deal”; unicorns and rainbows

The “Green New Deal”, put out by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, tips the hand of the Democratic party as one that is about as full of vision as a 6-year-old is; it’s more “ice cream and never-ending summer vacation” than it is a considered proposal.

This time out, I explain why this is such an awful proposal.

Mentioned links:

The Green New Deal [PDF]

The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal

John Stossel: Tax The Rich? The Rich Don’t Have Enough. Really.

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Telling a great story

Is it OK to rape if the culture you come from has normalized it?

Why is Havana crumbling? What are the costs, and is it affecting their great (according to Michael Moore) health care?

And is depicting bullying necessary when telling an anti-bullying story? Some people don’t think so. Let’s let Rudolph demonstrate why it is. Merry Christmas!

Mentioned links:

Refugee acquitted of rape ‘as he has different cultural norms’ – His female victim attempted suicide

How Havana is collapsing, building by building

The truth about Cuba’s health care system

Viewers Noticed Some Very Disturbing Details In ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’

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Sold their souls?

Have Evangelicals “sold their souls” to Trump, or are they motivated by the same things every other voter has been motivated by…ever?

It sounds like Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is finally waking up to the fact that socialism has destroyed his country. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (if you can find any) and realize that Bernie Sanders was (and is) entirely wrong).

And I’m starting work on a social commentary poem. Yes, me, writing an actual poem. Well, it isn’t intended to rhyme, so perhaps it’s more a free verse. Anyway, I just have the first stanza. Let me know how you like it.

First they came for Alex Jones
But I did not speak up, because I was not a nutty conspiracy theorist.

And the last stanza would be something like, “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” I’m still working on that. If it sounds sort of familiar, I would only suggest that…all really great poetry sounds very familiar. Anyway, I’d like to make this a collaborative effort of the Consider This audience. Comment below with your contributions.

Mentioned links:

‘SHE HATES ME’: WAPO REVEALS WHY EVANGELICALS JUMPED ABOARD THE TRUMP TRAIN

Judgment days: In a small Alabama town, an evangelical congregation reckons with God, President Trump and the meaning of morality

Venezuela’s Maduro Admits Socialist Model Has Failed

Close The Gaps: Disparities That Threaten America

Apple, Facebook and other tech companies delete content from Alex Jones

First they came … [Wikipedia]

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Still feels like being unemployed

This time out, I tackle a couple of “why” questions. These are things I’ve asserted in the past, but here are some of the reasons they are true.

Socialism has failed every time it’s been tried. But why is that? Is it inherent in the economic model, or is there something else involved? I mean, it sounds like a good idea to so many people, but are there any assumptions that these folks make that make it sound better than it is?

You’ve heard me talk about how unemployment numbers can be misleading, but why is that? I first tackled this issue way back in episode 21, and this time I come armed with…charts and graphs! Oh no!

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Another ‘Win’ for Socialism in Venezuela

THE TRUMP ECONOMY RISES: Unemployment Drops To Under 4%, Lowest In 17 Years

United States Labor Force Participation Rate (Click on MAX under the chart to see the trend line. Also, you can click on Unemployment Rate on the right sidebar to get the trend line for that.)

And here’s the graph I created that I mention in the show:

How labor participation affects the unemployment rate (click for a full-size version)

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Are Democrats aware of this?

I have yet another example (well, 2, actually) of Democrats trying to apply a religious test to someone trying to work in government. More and more Democrats are getting comfortable with this.

Bernie Sanders has decided to introduce a bill to create Medicaid for all. Because a system that is losing money hand over fist, pays  out less than private insurance, and is losing doctors all the time is just what we need to “fix” the health care system.

Or not.

And you can still donate to The Salvation Army for hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. Details here.

Mentioned links:

No Religious Test Clause [Wikipedia]

Episode 181: Cuts to Sex-Ed in Schools, and A New Religious Test for Government Work [previous episode of “Consider This!”]

Did Durbin and Feinstein Impose a Religious Test for Office?

Feinstein w/Barrett; 9-7-2017 [Video of questioning]

Dick Durbin Appears to Illegally Grill Trump Judicial Nominee Over Her Religion [Video of questioning]

Sanders Wants ‘Medicare For All.’ Here Are 8 Reasons That’s Dumb.

Medicare for All is becoming the new litmus test for Democratic presidential hopefuls.

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Charlie Gard gets the death penalty

If you’ve heard about the situation in the UK regarding Charlie Gard, you may be one of a minority in the US. Seems there are bigger stories here, like the dissecting of the handshake Trump and Putin had at the recent G20 meeting. (Gotta’ have your priorities.)

Just a few months old, Charlie Gard has a very rare medical condition that there is no known cure for, so doctors in the UK have said that Charlie must die. They’ve even prevented the parents from taking Charlie to the US for an experimental treatment at their own expense. Socialized medicine often decides who lives or dies based on the cost to taxpayers, but clearly money is not the issue here. It’s all about control.

This episode has my thoughts on the matter. Things have gone upside down.

Mentioned links:

MP GRAPHICS blog

MP Graphics Facebook page

Timeline: Parents battle to save Charlie Gard

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