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RealClear Radio Hour – Executive Branch Overreach Edition

14 Dec

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Civil Forfeiture Abuse

DEC 13, 2014

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Long Island family business owner and civil forfeiture victim Jeff Hirsch and his Institute for Justice attorney, Larry Salzman, discuss how the local police teamed up with the IRS to seize $447,000 from the Hirsch business bank account—without so much as charging Hirsch with a crime. Two years on, the police have yet to file charges or return the money. Salzman details the rampant abuse of civil forfeiture laws nationwide, including egregious instances of failure to follow due process in U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch’s district.

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NSA Spying

DEC 13, 2014

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Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, discusses the evolution of the National Security Agency from a focus on foreign intelligence gathering to blanket spying on American citizens at home. Guliani argues that domestic surveillance has become far more intrusive than originally intended, and that the bipartisan issue of surveillance reform will continue to stay in the political fore with the new Congress and 2016 elections

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RealClear Radio Hour – Fortress and Frontier, the Regulatory Dichotomy

7 Dec

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The Health Care Fortress

DEC 6, 2014

Robert Graboyes, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, likens regulatory policy of the IT and healthcare industries to a frontier and a fortress, respectively. Graboyes argues that the Food and Drug Administration’s slow-walk drug approval process creates an invisible graveyard of people who die waiting for new treatments. Instead, he proposes allowing greater innovation, as is common in IT, to create more effective, affordable care and treatment options.

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The Seasteading Frontier

DEC 6, 2014

Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute, who proudly dubs himself a “Seavangelist,” describes how floating communities would encourage governments to act more like companies rather than monopolies and treat citizens more like customers whose loyalty they must earn. Using the cruise industry as a model, Quirk predicts seasteading will become a reality for “aqua-preneurs” by the year 2020.

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Daily Caller – Hey, Progressives, It’s OK to Declare Victory Sometimes

5 Dec

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As a child of the 1950s, I was born into an America of Jim Crow, back-alley abortions, rivers that caught fire, and air unfit to breathe. It was an America recovering from a brutal depression followed by global war. Yes, it was an America full of faults. But its people were imbued with enough vigor and idealism to overcome these shortcomings along with a shared faith that our future would always be better than our past.

We had reason to be optimistic. After saving the world from the onslaught of militant fascism, Americans shook off the bridle of central economic planning and rediscovered the essential strengths of free enterprise, building the largest middle class with the highest standard of living the world has ever known.

To their credit, Progressives led many battles that made our country better. Civil Rights were finally delivered to all Americans, guaranteeing genuine equality before the law despite deeply embedded racism. Women today have choices that would have been unimaginable in just about any society that has come before. And our air and water are cleaner now than they have been since the start of the industrial revolution.

Mission accomplished? Alas, no.

As American Progressivism enters its second century, its adherents have become so addicted to struggle and so oblivious to the real problems facing contemporary society that they are endangering the very victories their forebears fought so hard to win. Nowhere is this more evident than in the environmental field.

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Daily Caller – Having Feasted on Microsoft, Eurocrats Go for Their Next Prey

2 Dec

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European Union bureaucrats have amassed such a mountain of job-killing rules—from economic to fiscal to monetary and regulatory—that they’ve made successful European startups as rare as French military victories. So how do they plan to restore growth to the sclerotic European economy? By launching a new attack on successful American companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple, whom they blame for their continental failures.

Notably missing from the latest enemies list is Microsoft, a once-favorite whipping boy of Euro-extortionists who have moved on to their next target. So just like Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer once had to fly to Brussels to grovel before some sinecured political functionaries to be allowed to do their job, now it’s the turn of Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, and Tim Cook to explain why they should be allowed to continue running circles around those few remaining European technology entrepreneurs that haven’t yet decamped to the U.S.

The new EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager—who apparently learned about competition from a book since her resume indicates she has never worked in the private sector—has encouraged the European Parliament to pass a resolution demanding the breakup of Google. While we are more likely to see Greece make good on its toxic bonds than watch Google broken up, this constant saber-rattling ramps up the pressure on the EU’s antitrust targets to settle by paying massive “fines,” hoping the Eurocrats will just go away, satisfied with fresh money to stimulate their parliamentary payrolls.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Dr. Walter Williams Holds Court

1 Dec

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Provocative Professor Suffers No Fools

NOV 29, 2014

Walter Williams, author, professor, free-market luminary, and the subject of the new PBS documentary Suffer No Fools waxes political on welfare, racism, labor laws, and the modern American spirit of rebellion.

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RealClear Radio Hour – A Rambling Chat with RCP’s Exec Editor Tom Bevan

30 Nov

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Looking Ahead in Politics

NOV 29, 2014

Tom Bevan, co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics, weighs in on the Midterm results, lays out predictions for the current lame duck session and looks ahead to the 2016 presidential contest.

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RealClear Radio Hour – The Hops & Hobbits Podcast, Part 2

24 Nov

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Tolkien’s Economic Message in the Lord of the Rings

NOV 22, 2014

Jay Richards, Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and co-author of The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot, discusses J.R.R. Tolkien’s political philosophy as the underlying backstory in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, from his discussions of just war and the nature of good and evil to the all seeing-eye and the symbolism of The Ring.

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