LR Podcast S2, E23: Garland’s Chilling Overreach

Recently, the head of the DOJ, Merrick Garland, has ordered the FBI to monitor alleged incidents of violence and intimidation. This is a move that is seen by many as an aggressive overreach on the part of the federal government into what should be local matters. This move is likely only to exacerbate the existing tensions between the left and the right. The left has over decades, and increasingly, been using higher education and the public school system as indoctrination centers.

Garland’s Chilling Overreach

If a school-board meeting gets out of hand, that is a matter for the local authorities. The Biden DOJ wants to literally make a federal case out of such incidents. This, as critics point out, would have a chilling effect on free speech.

Podcast notes: Let’s Talk About General Milley

As a public servant, sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, Gen Mark Milley is obliged to answer these questions. Most men of honor would have stepped down in shame over the Afghanistan debacle alone. Integrity, not to mention the law, demands that if the allegations make by Woodward and Costa are true, he should immediately submit himself to disciplinary action and removal from his position in the U.S. military.

LR Podcast, S2E20: Biden’s Authoritarian Speech

Wow! In one paragraph, Biden goes full authoritarian, shredding both the concept of Federalism and the separation of powers according to the Constitution. For a member of the party always screaming– “Democracy! Democracy! Democracy!” he doesn’t sound like he’s very into democracy here, does he?

Biden’s Divisive, Authoritarian Speech

Wow! In one paragraph, Biden goes full authoritarian, shredding both the concept of Federalism and the separation of powers according to the Constitution. For a member of the party always screaming-- “Democracy! Democracy! Democracy!” he doesn't sound like he's very into democracy here does he?

LR Podcast S2E7: Collectivist Debt

Ayn Rand explains how leaders with a collectivist mindset can justify such lusty sums for pet projects and public largess even though we are experiencing record inflation partly due to previous enormous spending. It comes from altruism, paired with a neurotic lack of self-esteem in a leader or among lawmakers that fuels the need for ever more spending on “the public good”. It is based upon the need to feel good, rather than actually doing good.

How did we get to multi-trillion dollar spending bills? Ayn Rand had an answer.

The public who support these policies get to feel good about themselves too, but only for a little while, until the bill comes due. By the time they're paying $5 for a loaf of bread, and $6 for a gallon of gas, it's too late.

LR Podcast S2E1: “We the Government”

The “Infrastructure” plan. (talked about at length in episode 51.) Congress using the same “bait and switch” language in describing it. They're selling it as an infrastructure plan, but what you really get is about 7% infrastructure and the rest Green New Deal crony capitalism.

The SOTU address for the non-economically illiterate.

That's a total bill of $4.1 trillion. To put that in perspective, the US brought in $3.46 tr in tax revenue in 2019. That means that if 100% of ALL income taxes collected went JUST to those two schemes and nothing else, $0 for military, $0 for FEMA and other emergency relief, nothing but those two items, we could not pay for them. Assuming a national debt of roughly $28 tr: If we dedicated 100% of tax revenue to pay down our existing debt, it would take about 8 years.