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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Greg Scandlen on Crunch Time in Congress on Your Health Care & Eric Singer on Congress Created Mortage/Credit Crisis Redux: Saturday Oct 10, 2009

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On the program, Richard Rider, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association 2009 Taxpayer Hero of the Year, talks about the new-hot-off-the-presses study commissioned by the San Diego Taxpayers Association, which shows City Pension Costs Linked to Higher Taxes.

Greg Scandlen, Founder and Director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, an expert on Health Care policy, joins us to talk about Crunch Time in Congress: The Senate Finance Committee will be voting on its bill next week, then Harry Reid and the White House will cobble together a merger of the two Senate committee bills and take it to the floor. House leadership is already working on a bill to take to the floor and will probably have a vote in the next two weeks. Whatever else they do, it will certainly include:

* A mandate that you must buy health insurance and be fined or even jailed if you fail to comply.
* A major increase in the deficit to pay for all the new subsidies and bureaucracies.
* Rationing of services as determined by a federal committee.
* Increased taxes on everyone involved in health care.
* More regulation of doctors and hospitals.

Eric Singer
of "Congressional Effect Fund" talks with us about Congress's plan to reenergize the the Community Reinvestment Act--the same act that brought us the housing market bubble, and credit market meltdown. It promises to usher in the next mortgage and credit crisis in the name of "helping to stimulate" the economy. With the Government buying up mortgages how do we really know the value of the market or how it's doing?

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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