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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sat May 15, 2010: Grace Marie Turner on Damages of the Health Care Bill & Richard Rider on Govt Corruption and Incompetence by the numbers

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On the program, Grace Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.
She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform that transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients.

"As more details emerge about the massive 2,700-page health overhaul law, even those who supported its passage are shocked by its sweeping implications and reach into every corner of our lives and society. For example, small-business owners are telling members of Congress they are terrified about the risks the law presents to their ability to keep and hire workers — imperiling the nation's already fragile economic recovery.

Major companies are beginning to recognize the extraordinary risk of continuing to provide health benefits for their workers under Obamacare. "Many companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government," according to Fortune magazine, which reviewed internal company documents.

Many Americans wondered why Congress was in such a rush to take the final vote on ObamaCare at midnight on a Sunday night when most of its major programs don’t begin until 2014. It’s now clear that Democratic leaders feared their members might balk if they saw the objective analysis that was being prepared showing the overhaul law’s true costs. Their concerns were validated when a respected, non-partisan analyst issued a report one month after the law was enacted." (from the Galen Institute Website)

Saturday night, on Moonlighting with Martha, According to Rasmussen, the number one issue to voters today is Government Corruption and their void of ethics. Number two is the economy, and that includes jobs.
Richard Rider, Taxpayer Hero extraordinaire
, joins me to entertain you with his wit, his charm and his take no prisoners knowledge, analysis and reporting on the ugly state of affairs in CA compared to the rest of the country, and even how CA stacks up to other countries around the globe for worst and most unstable economy. We'll also cover this San Diego Tax fighters recommendations on the CA Statewide Propositions!!!! Delicious!

Immigration is up in priority with voters, but still behind government corruption, the economy, national security, and health care. For some though, saying Illegal Immigration is like yelling "Squirrel!" A leftist Latino teacher spews revolution against the U.S. and capitalism, and Mary Anastasia O'Grady zeros in on the drug wars, the cartels and the root of the rise in violent crimes Arizonans are suffering. Let's talk.
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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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