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Episode 21: The Post-2012-Election Analysis

Yes, the campaigning, the TV ads, the debates and speeches, and all the vote counting (well, except in Florida, where it’s tradition to drag that out) are now all behind us, and what do we have now? A Democratic President, a Senate controlled by Democrats and a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans. So basically, the same government we had before the election. The economy has been bouncing along anemically, millions have left the workforce, and of those remaining, a higher percentage of them are still out of work.

And votes for Obama were, explicitly or implicitly, a vote for ObamaCare, and with it the reduction of religious freedom as taking a stand for your beliefs against killing the unborn was considered less of an issue than making sure contraception would be dirt cheap for college students.

So what happened, or more to the point, didn’t happen?

It looks like the Obama campaign had the better “ground game”, as they call it. He got his base energized. Democrats were 38 percent of the electorate while Republicans were only 32 percent. I thought that the Chick-fil-A appreciation day was a harbinger of Election Day, but it was, apparently, only a measure of the evangelical support for Romney.

I won’t be a sore loser. The American people spoke, and congrats to President Obama and his supporters. It’s time to move forward. But forward to where? Listen in.

Mentioned links:

Exit Polls: Obama Gains With Latinos, Romney Gains With Evangelicals

On Second Thought…

30 Reasons Republicans Lost The Election

20 things that went right on Election Day

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Filed under: AbortionBudget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesElectionsEntitlementsGovernmentHealth CareMarriage

This is the last episode before the election, so I’m making one final pitch.

From an economic standpoint, the choice is clear in this election; push on towards Greece, or hold on to economic freedom. Honestly, when you look at Greece, they’ve run out of money to pay for all the perks the Greek people have come to expect. There are people rioting in the streets, I suppose under the mistaken assumption that rioting puts money in the treasury.

While we’re teaching our kids to be thrifty and budget their money, we’re going to hand off to them debt in the double-digit trillions once they become taxpayers. A vote for Obama is a vote for just that bit of, frankly, immorality. And while we baby boomers are trying to collect our Social Security, they’ll be paying for that as well. Again, either we’re pushing towards Greece (the direction the Obama campaign describes as “forward”) or preserving economic freedom for our generation and future ones.

We have to cut spending. If you believe that, when it comes to revenue, the rich should pay more because they have more, then you should also understand that, when it comes to spending, those on whom we’re spending the most will have to bear their “fair share” of the cuts.

I am not calling for a ban on abortion, and, by the way, neither is Mitt Romney. However, if you think a million abortions a year is a bit on the high side, why would you vote for a party who is dedicated (according to their platform, both philosophically and financially) to making sure that abortion becomes equivalent of a civil right?

Mentioned links:

The Salvation Army disaster relief

Europe’s ageing population revolts at longer work and lower pensions

My blog post on the French pension protests of 2003

CBO: National Deficit to Hit Nearly $10 Trillion Over Upcoming Decade

The Sheep and the Goats, Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version)

Democratic Platform “Opposes Any Effort” to Limit Abortions

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Filed under: AbortionBudget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesElectionsEntitlementsEuropeGovernmentReligion

Looks like the first debate did have quite an effect on the views of the public. At one point, Romney was leading in New Hampshire. (Yes, that New Hampshire.)

For the past 16 years, global warming has stopped. Climate alarmists are still finding way to be alarmed, pushing out the goalposts to 20 years to see if they should be worried. (Yes, they’re worried about warming, and when it stops warming, they’re still worried.)

Drone strikes by the Obama administration have quintupled over the eeevil Bush administration. The anti-war Left could not be reached for comment, due to the fact that a Democrat is currently in the White House.

Mentioned links:

PollTracker (from Talking Points Memo)

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… and here is the chart to prove it

Obama’s 262 Drone Strikes in Pakistan

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Filed under: Climate ChangeElectionsWar

A single-topic show this time around, one that is designed for you to share on your social networks. The economy is a huge issue in this presidential election, and I give my reasons why I’m voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. There is so much riding on this, and the two parties really differ quite a bit on how they’ve shown they’ll handle it.

And if you’re one of those folks who was nudged this way, thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll subscribe to the podcast, because a) it’s done in 10 minutes or less, and b) no yelling. Really, none.

Mentioned links:

United States Budget Dilemma (video)

More than 400 €1million homes put on the market in Paris since socialist Francois Hollande elected to power

The Truth About Taxes and Redistribution

Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul

GOP Rep. introduces Obama budget, measure gets 0-414 drubbing

Instapundit, October 7, 2012

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesElectionsEntitlementsGovernment

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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Filed under: Bruce McQuainElectionsIntervsMedia

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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Filed under: GovernmentMediaSurveillance

Can you be fairly represented by someone who doesn’t look like you, or makes more money than you, or isn’t your same age? In a new podcast DecodeDC, Andrea Seabrook (in an otherwise fascinating podcast episode) seems to make the case that, no, you can’t. Let’s look at history to test that theory.

Romney releases his tax information, proving himself “innocent” of paying $0 in taxes some years. So instead of wondering now who Harry Reid’s anonymous source was and why they were so wrong, the Left asks more information from … Romney! It’s like the Birthers who just couldn’t accept a birth certificate from Obama. Thing is, we need a catch name for these tax-insane Democrats. Post your ideas in the comments.

UN Secretary General George Orwell Ban Ki Moon says that freedom of expression should be protected…except when it shouldn’t be, like when certain groups get offended. (Any guesses one what group he’s currently trying to make exceptions for?)

Post a comment here or call me at (267) CALL-CT-0 (that is, (267) 225-5280)  and let me know what you think.

Mentioned links:

DecodeDC Episode One: House of (mis)Representatives

Romneys to Release Taxes

10 Questions Romney Should Answer About His Taxes

U.N. chief says anti-Islam filmmaker abused freedom of expression

WH Silent Over Demands to Denounce ‘Piss Christ’ Artwork

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesFree SpeechGovernmentRace IssuesUnited Nations

Mitt Romney and Barak Obama have two different ways that they want to deal with the current economic situation. Gee, if only there was some was to look at each of their ideas in action before voting for one of them. Well guess what, you’re in luck. Neighbors Virginia and Maryland have had governors taking two different strategies to deal with debt and the economy, and I take a look at how it worked out.

Have you ever wondered why Congress doesn’t reduce spending and balance the budget? That line begins an incredibly informative 5-minute video that explains what the main problem is. If we dissolved the entire federal government, including the military, would we have enough tax revenue to just pay for the promises we’ve made?

And in this episode, I announce that I now have a listener feedback line! It’s as simple as dialing (267) CALL-CT-0 [(267) 225-5280]. (Long distance charges may apply.) Or you can click on the telephone icon on the right. When you click the phone icon, you then enter the phone number you’d like to be called at. Google Voice will call that number, play my voicemail greeting, and then you can leave your comment. Now it’s easier than ever to get in touch. Give me a call today!

Mentioned links:

McDonnell ahead of O’Malley

United States Budget Dilemma

Top 10 Percent of Earners Paid 71 Percent of Federal Income Taxes

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernment

Not one for the kiddos, just an FYI. I’m keeping my PG rating, but it’ll be more PG than usual.

An international symposium in Dublin, Ireland of medical experts put out a statement saying that abortion, on its own, is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother. This should have far-reaching implications in the abortion debate.

After last week’s topic on the normalization polygamy, this week we have a story showing support for calling pedophilia a “sexual orientation”. While the act is still frowned upon (for now), if you change the vocabulary, you change the culture. Homosexual activists have been insisting that sexual orientation is akin to being left-handed or blue-eyed. If you’re born that way, no one can criticize it. Well, if that’s true, where are we heading with pedophilia?

Mentioned links:

Forum in Dublin on maternal health

Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children

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Filed under: AbortionHuman SexualityPedophilia

Just two topics this time around. I got a little wordy.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is another international treaty to come out of that august body that, while it is ostensibly one with good intentions, allows the UN to override national sovereignty. Want to homeschool your disabled child? A UN committee might decide otherwise.

In 2004, President of the Human Right Campaign Cheryl Jacques was asked why her groups advocacy for same-sex marriage would not lead to polygamy. Her well-considered answer was, “I don’t approve of that.” Well, what she doesn’t approve of has happened, and the liberal paper The Guardian is asking about the next stop down the slippery slope; why not marriage of 3, or 4, or 17? Slippery slope arguments are worthless, except when they aren’t.

Mentioned links:

UN Treaty Dangers are Real: A Response to Sen. Rockefeller

Reject The UNCRPD

Another U.N. Convention That Poses Threats to U.S. Sovereignty

Polygamy Is Dead End for Homosexual Advocates

Why shouldn’t three people get married?

My personal blog’s entries on Polygamy

First Trio “Married” in The Netherlands

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Filed under: MarriagePolygamyUnited Nations

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