Tue, 5 September 2017
The New York Times published a piece today on rising inequality and the difference in opportunity between low-income workers today and the ones of the 1980's.
I read the article defensively at first. It is the New York Times after all. But after the first couple of pages, it was clear the author
If you choose to try and make it in America today using the same tactics your parents and grandparents used you're going to fail.
The entire economic landscape has changed. The middle class of my parent's generation is disappearing. Jobs are being outsourced or have simply been lost to technology.
You can't live in the past and expect to thrive in the future. What worked in 1980 will not work today. The days of getting hired by the factory after you graduate high school and working there for 30 years are over. That model is dead (at least for now), and you've got to accept it if you want to thrive in the 21st century.
Today I'll share some of my thoughts about the new economy and why I think it presents us with the greatest opportunity we've ever seen
Fri, 1 September 2017
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Americans spent more in taxes than they did on food and clothing combined in 2016. The percentage difference was roughly +14%.
If you can believe it, the same data shows that, in just three years, the average American tax bill increased by 41.13%.
Frustrating as it might be I feel the need to reiterate the most important truth about government one can commit to memory...
...Nobody is looking out for you.
Sure they say they have your best interest at heart but is it really in your best interest for the government to take more from you in taxes than what you spend to feed and clothe your family?
Is there no limit to the entitlement some in government have to your fruits of your labor? What should we consider a reasonable amount of theft?
This type of violation will never end until we decide to elect representatives rather than politicians. It will take a conscious effort on our part as individuals to carefully screen those we choose to support for political office. And if they turn out to be liars and cheats who deceived us then we have the responsibility to correct our mistake and seek new representation.
It's been a great week. Enjoy your weekend. I'll talk to you on Monday.
Wed, 30 August 2017
Trump is going to be in Missouri today talking with a group of blue collar workers about tax cuts.
If any of them are hoping for specifics, they're going to be disappointed since Trump won't be offering up an actual plan. Rather he'll be pontificating and waxing unpoetically about the need for tax reform. (as if that was even in question.)
Frankly, I get tired of hearing politicians drone on about the importance of tax reform and then seeing nothing get done. The truth is, Trump can't talk about specifics because he doesn't have any. His tax plan died with Obamacare reform. The money to make his tax plan worked came from cuts in Obamacare.
I use the term "cuts" loosely since they wouldn't go into effect for ten years and the likelihood of them ever being implemented was close to zero.
No, this speech is just another set of empty promises and pipe dreams designed to rally the base and give the appearance Trump is actually working for the people.
I thought it would be a good idea to run back through it again.
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Tue, 25 July 2017
I'm shocked we still have the conversation in 2017, but the fact is most people are ignorant of history and immune to good ideas.
Such is the case for Guardian columnist Abi Wilkinson.
Wilkinson laments the fact that so many people die with money in their pockets, choosing to pass it on to their family rather than giving it to the government to be redistributed.
So, why is an inheritance tax such a bad idea? Wouldn't it be better if Britains took the 77billion pounds gifted in inheritance each year and spent it on the welfare state?
Well, NO! If you want to understand why this is such a bad idea listen to today's show.
Lot's of great stuff today. I love days like this.
Mon, 8 May 2017
Last week Rep. Amash wrote a two-page letter explaining why he voted for the Republican healthcare modification to Obamacare.
Darren and I are divided over his comments. Well, not really decided since I can't argue any of the points he made on today's show.
We ask our representatives to treat liberty as a primary political value and always to vote in a way that takes us closer to liberty. Did Justin Amash do that? I'll let you be the judge.
I'll read you the story today. My information is limited, but I'm going to see about getting an expert on the show to talk us through what it all means.
On the plus side, we talk a little about fractional reserve banking in today's episode which should give you a much clearer picture of how banking works.
Mon, 1 May 2017
You might think that article came from VOX or MSNBC or some other left wing, eco-terrorist website but you'd be wrong.
It came from Forbes.
A few times each year we see articles like this discussing how capitalism is going to kill all of us and how we need to move to a more "socially and environmentally responsible" economic system.
They've been saying the same thing since the '70's.
I'm going to break down this article today and discuss why it's bogus.
The bulk of Americans save nothing, invest nothing and contribute only modestly to the overall growth of the nation.
Fed policy centers around propping of the richest and most successful among us. You can cry about that OR...
You could just stop being part of the bottom 50%.
It's easier than you might think. Just save some money and don't live beyond your means. In a few years, you'll be part of the 50% that 'matter.'
I'm of course half joking. (Just half) The truth is government doesn't care about any of us, and the FED is acting in IT'S best interest, not yours.
Don't be fooled. Be informed.
Tue, 18 April 2017
Today I've got Connor Boyack on the show. He's the author of the highly successful Tuttle Twins book series that teach libertarian principles to children.
He's also the fonder of Libertas Institute. A Group dedicated local political change in Utah.
During our chat Connor connor mentioned a website you could use to find ways to plug in with your local political network. Here's the link:
He also gave every one of my listeners a discount on the Tuttle Twins combo pack.
Just visit: https://tuttletwins.com and use the promo code "Jason" at checkout to save 30%.
Great show today,
Thu, 16 March 2017
From Trump's latest travel ban to his new budget proposal the president has been met with nothing but pushback from both Democrats and Republicans.
Many pundits have said the Democrats are a political party in disarray, but from my chair, it would seem they are far better mobilized and clear on their mission than the Republicans are.
The Republican Party is fundamentally broken. They appeal to a mostly conservative, limited government block of American voters but once in office they rarely make good on their tuff talk on the campaign trail.
It's not as thought Trump's proposals are all that great. The new Obamacare is a disaster and Trump's own budget does nothing to curb government spending.
If we want Washington to change we've got to change the people IN Washington. They're not going to leave on their own. We've got to show them the door when primary season rolls around.
Wed, 28 September 2016
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