Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Episode 191, Pushing Trump Out the Airlock

It didn't take long for Trump's opposition to crank up the impeachment machine, now did it?

Of course, it helps when the opposition comprises the media, establishment politicians, and the administrative state. These are rice bowls of solid neutronium.

When you're on a four-year trip to Mars you have to find a way to get along. Whatever happens--he keeps leaving his space socks floating around the bedroom, she keeps nagging him to take out the space trash--you still gotta live together no matter what.

Unless someone gets pushed out the airlock.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Episode 190, Death by Credit Money

That's what the Z Man calls it on Grace and Steel podcast 78, which inspired this podcast by yours truly.

Credit has been around for about as long as money has been, since the first caveman Wimpy promised to pay next Tuesday for a hamburger today.

But super-easy credit money, thanks to the Federal Reserve's zero interest rate policy, and gigantic quantities of it, thanks to banks too big to fail, is a recent phenomenon, and it has funded the transformation of industry after industry--not in a good way, of course. When you examined what has happened and why, the term "strip mining" comes to mind.

What could possibly go wrong, with millions of consumers maxed out on seven-year car loans, $16,000-per-family credit card debt, tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, and maybe a home mortgage to boot?  And no problem, really, with major corporations borrowing money to buy back their own stock. And it's all good, $20 trillion in on-the-books FedGov debt, with about ten times that in unfunded liabilities.

Nope, there's absolutely nothing to worry about. Everything is going to be just fine.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Episode 189, TrumpCare (what it SHOULD be)

While we'll likely never get it this side of the collapse of Western Civ, medical care should be an open market.

The problems with the current state of medical care in America are legion, beginning with government domination of the so-called marketplace of medical insurance, which for starters, isn't insurance at all, but a mechanism for fixing prices at nose-bleed levels, and transferring the responsibility for payment to someone else, including unborn taxpayers.

Regardless, ObamaCare is headed for the ash heap of history, and if it happens while Trump is still president, whatever replaces it will be called TrumpCare. What SHOULD replace ObamaCare?  What would be the result? And what about poor people, who can't afford anything, much less medical care. Great questions, all, answered in this episode.

And don't miss Robert Gore's brilliant new essay, The Useful and the Useless, from his Straight Line Logic blog, read aloud on the podcast.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Episode 188, The War on Trump

Nice to be back on the podcast airwaves after a voice-destroying bout with The Crud.

Meanwhile, the next round of skirmishes are well underway in the rapidly-warming Cold Civil War.

(Yeah, I know, in the last show I said we should ignore what's happening in Washington, but sometimes I just can't help myself.)

Just so it has a handy name, let's call the fight against the noisy opening of Trump's presidency as "The War on Trump".

How is this war shaping up?  Trump is pushing his agenda, with a misstep here and there, but mostly moving forward at battle speed, with all guns blazing.

Trump's opposition appeared routed at first, but it's gathering itself and is now executing a coherent, though not necessarily winning strategy. What is it? And how have the last couple of weeks resembled the Battle of Dunkirk in World War 2 (pictured)?

Good thing there's nothing at stake, right?

Somewhere in the middle of all the action, I take a detour into the two ideological sides of the fight between what most call the Left and the Right.  I call them the Voluntarists and the Compellions.  Maybe not as simple, but more descriptive, as explained in the show.


And oh yeah--Washington delenda est, y'all.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Episode 187, Washington Delenda Est

Cato the Elder, when addressing the Senate of ancient Rome, often used the phrase, "Carthago delenda est," or "Carthage must be destroyed."  He and others of his time were getting a little tired of defeating the armies of Carthage on the battlefield, only to have them rebuild and attack over and over again.

Our Carthage is Washington, home to a relatively tiny cadre of elites who believe it is their job to control the lives of hundreds of millions of people they've never met and know next to nothing about.

Trump promises to "drain the swamp" in Washington, but between you and me, I have my doubts how successful he will be. My personal preference would be for the place to be vaporized by thermonuclear weapons, the rubble scattered by a thousand bulldozers, and the soil sown with a million tons of salt.  Obviously that's not going to happen.

What can we do, as individuals, to neutralize the outsize and negative effect that Washington has on our lives?  I cover a few practical suggestions in this podcast.  Something to tide us over until the Sweet Meteor of Death or some other calamity strikes the swells infesting the Imperial City.
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