Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12-16-14 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: The Price of Oil Continues to Plummet
2. Kyle Olson: Legislators' Voicemails, Letters Reveal Corrupting Influence of the California Teachers Association
3. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Are Torture Techniques Really Worth It?
4. Bill Tatro: Obama's Star Trek Budget... NOT
5. Dave Bego: Beware the Ambush

The Price of Oil Continues to Plummet

The price of oil has plummeted since June 2014.  Brent crude oil went from over $110 per barrel to about $61 per barrel, a remarkable drop of close to 50%.  Its impacts are being felt around the world and watched closely by governments, central bankers, financial markets, analysts, investors, and others.  Let's look at the reasons that help explain this precipitous decline in oil prices, some of the impacts felt around the world, and whether American citizens should be concerned.  Let's start with the reasons for the huge drop in oil prices that has occurred in the last six months. [more...]

Legislators' Voicemails, Letters Reveal Corrupting Influence of the California Teachers Association

Political contributions from powerful special interests are more than gifts to favorite candidates – they are often down payments for preferential treatment from elected officials who accept the money. Teachers unions play the "purchase-a-politician" game very well. A good example is the California Teachers Association, the state's largest teachers union and a powerful player on the political scene. In the 2010 and 2012 campaign cycles, the CTA doled out approximately $57 million in campaign contributions. Almost all of that money went to Democratic candidates. [more...]

Are Torture Techniques Really Worth It?

Following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation techniques, polls show that the nation is split in its opinion on the subject matter over whether waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques are ever justified and/or effective, but the majority does consent that the tactics used are nevertheless various forms of torture. I agree. The questionable ethics behind such actions are what make this media uproar so enticing. The question becomes, "Should suspected terrorists have the same legal rights as other criminals?" My general response to such a question is no, but the hardest thing for me in admitting that is that my response is fueled by fear, not by logic. [more...]

Obama's Star Trek Budget... NOT

As the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reported, the President's budget, the first one in a while, is a road map for "growth, opportunity and fiscal responsibility." What the OMB fails to mention is that we have been down this road many times before. "The budget invests in American innovation... the development of clean energy alternatives." Apparently Solyndra's default on a $535 million dollar loan guaranteed by the Department of Energy wasn't disastrous enough. We need to once again fuel all those wonderful clean energy alternatives. [more...]

Beware the Ambush

Employees and employers across the country need to be wary of the forced union ambush being promulgated by President Obama and his big labor "gasping dinosaurs" and the radicals the President has appointed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The President is utilizing "rule by fiat" to fundamentally transform America as he promised when he was first elected, while also paying back his political supporters. His motives are blatantly evident as seen by his recent actions following the November elections to provide amnesty for illegal aliens (to eliminate "racial injustice") and now through his radical pro-union appointees to the NLRB pushing quickly for a "card check" style system. [more...]

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