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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Why Obamanomics Has Failed: Uncertainty about future taxes and regulations is enemy No. 1 of economic growth.

By Allan Meltzer
June 30, 2010
The administration's stimulus program has failed. Growth is slow and unemployment remains high. The president, his friends and advisers talk endlessly about the circumstances they inherited as a way of avoiding responsibility for the 18 months for which they are responsible.

But they want new stimulus measures—which is convincing evidence that they too recognize that the earlier measures failed. And so the U.S. was odd-man out at the G-20 meeting over the weekend, continuing to call for more government spending in the face of European resistance.

The contrast with President Reagan's antirecession and pro-growth measures in 1981 is striking. Click here to read more...
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sat 6-19-10: Adam Summers of Reason, on CA's Pension Crisis, Jim Babka on Downsizing DC, A Pignataro on CA's High Speed Rail Will Crush Land owners

Join me on the air, Saturday from 10 to 11AM and 8 to 11 PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN, on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1

Saturday Day Show
Guest:
Adam Summers, of The Reason Institute on his
recently published report-- How to Fix California's Pension Crisis. He'll explain the problem, the history, and the consequences, and how to solve it.

John Lott who missed being with us last week, will be here next Saturday, June 26th. We'll talk about the third release of his ground breaking book, More Guns, Less Crime, what's new in the book, and what are the latest most significant developments across the country, in gun laws and rights.

On Moonlighting with Martha, at 8 to 11 pm, PT,
Hot topics include:

* The court ordered vote system which gave only Hispanics 6 votes instead of 1 vote per person, and that elected a Hispanic to the City Council in Port Chester, NY, may be expanded to other cities. Does ethnicity trump principles and values of a candidate? Reverse discrimination? Does this qualify in a Republic with equal protection by the rule of law for every individual person?

*Congress bet on Firms they oversaw,, and won big. Did they serve the voters, or themselves and their "donors"? Legal, yes, morally and ethically OK? We'll ask Jim Babka on this and other issues he covers concerning the clever devils and their actions in DC.

My Guests:
Jim Babka, President of Downsize DC, on some of the issues they are covering through their membership and on their website, including these latest posts:

* Former FEC Commissioners Oppose DISCLOSE Act
In an article titled, "Chuck Schumer vs. Free Speech," these former campaign finance law commissioners explain how, "The 'Disclose' Act would make election law even more incomprehensible and subject to selective enforcement for political gain."

* Campaign Finance Laws: Congress Exempts the NRA and AARP from the DISCLOSE Act Your freedoms of speech, press, and association will be burdened by the DISCLOSE Act, while the NRA and AARP will get a free ride.
* The Healthcare Fraud: You Must Remove the Sanction of the Victim Richard Nixon once infamously claimed that "If the president does it, it's not a crime." He was wrong. If it would be a crime for you to do something, then it's also a crime for the politicians to do it, no matter how much they may think otherwise.

Anthony Pignataro of CalWatchDog.com on his recent report on the long dark shadow of the CA High Speed Rail Project. He reports on how the project will crush landowners, and the explosive increase in projected costs to the taxpayers, closer to $81 Billion. People will lose their farms, homes and businesses, and the taxpayers will lose their shirts. For what? The plot thickens. Tune in for an in-depth discussion with Anthony Pignataro.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10 to 11AM PT, and 8 to 11PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN 1

CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Unions Battle Reform in GOP Stronghold

by Steven Greenhut

“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction,” said German psychologist Erich Fromm. Whatever greed does to one’s psyche, it does even worse things to public budgets. California, sinking amidst a structural $19 billion deficit and facing as much as one-half-trillion-dollars in pension debt, is paying the price for years of legislators giving away the store to public employee unions.

Click here to read more.
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Saturday Radio 6-12-10: Tony Bushala on Election results, More Guns, Less Crime Author John Lott, and Steve Yuhas on Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy, Right or Wrong?

Join me on the air, Saturday from 10 to 11AM and 8 to 11 PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN, on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1

Guest John Lott on his third release of his ground breaking book, More Guns, Less Crime. What's new in the book? We'll ask John about the latest, most notable, in gun laws and rights, and the current political climate, by state, nationally, and internationally, (update, June 14, 2010:  John had to miss our interview, due to circumstances, but we will reschedule.  We got Jack Dean, Publisher of the Website, Blog and Newsletter called Pension Tsunami as my guest for the morning show and it was as always, with Jack, a lot of fun. 

On Moonlighting with Martha, at 8 to 11 pm, PT,

Hot topics on the show include:
Guests:

Tony Bushala, Publisher of what deserves to be an award winning blog, Friends For Fullerton's Future Blog, on some key wins and losses in Orange County, CA. The public employees spent millions in OC, and it paid off in some races, but they lost big in others.

Tony will discuss with us, an O.C.  Supervisorial race that went for the friend of the taxpayer, but in the county sheriff's race, the man who brought down the corrupt criminal Corona, who respects the 2nd Amendment, who doesn't go along with false or unsubstantiated criminal charges against a minority who's an easy target, lost, but not without a fight.

Intimidation and threat of use of force by CHP against Bill Hunt supporters:  Justified? Or violation of civil liberties and rights?

Steve Yuhas, Radio Talk Show Host at KOGO in San Diego, on this Administration's intent on abolishing Don't Ask, Don't Tell U.S. Military policy. He's a self described conservative, Jewish, disabled former military man, who happens to be gay and has a strong opinion on the matter.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10 to 11AM PT, and 8 to 11PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN 1

CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition
audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at www.CRNTalk.com! To see where CRN is available in your area or how you can listen to CRN click here.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? Self-identified liberals and Democrats do badly on questions of basic economics.

By DANIEL B. KLEIN

Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey that I write about in the May issue of Econ Journal Watch, the answer is unequivocal: The left flunks Econ 101.Click here to read more.
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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

Key

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.