I have stated many times that I am a broadcaster, over the last ten years I have become much more active politically as liberty has been increasingly stripped from us by both parties but more so from the left. I find their hypocracy almost laughable, I repeat almost! Too many people are drinking their Kool-aid. And that has become more evident as I debated Andrew Rogers on my other blog Which I named “Peoples Republic of Madison” after Ban the Ban Wisconsin disbanded. I named it that because of a comment made by a fellow freedom fighter made the comment “Welcome to the Peoples Republic of Madison” on the forum of the communist rag the crapital times. To which one of the columnist wrote “We are proud of it” and posted a link to a column he wrote. The link is now dead but clearly shows what they think of the rest of the state.
Madison has long prided itself on being “surrounded by reality.”” I used the phrase as the title for a collection of my newspaper columns. Many city residents appreciate the progressive mind-set and colorful characters.” that can lead rubes in northern Wisconsin to say Madison is “surrounded by reality
Andrew is an active member of “Media Action Center. Now to the reality check. On my other blog I was defending my profession from yet another left wing extremists who wants to get their message out on someone else’s dime. I have pointed this out before when Obama appointed Mark Loyde to the FCC and proposed the following.
If commercial radio broadcasters are unwilling to abide by these regulatory standards or the FCC is unable to effectively
regulate in the public interest, a spectrum use fee should be levied on owners to directly support local, regional, and national public broadcasting.
A fee based on a sliding scale (1 percent for small markets, 5 percent for the largest markets) would be distributed directly to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with clear mandates to support local news and public affairs programming and to cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner.
Where did Loyde post this? Of course the George Soros funded “Center for American Progress”, now of course Soros just happens to be a major contributor to PBS. Do I care where he donates his money? Hell no, I’m one of those Capitalist Pig/Libertarians and it’s his money and he is free to spend it as he sees fit, but there lies the hypocrisy. He frequently refers to liberty minded groups like “Americans for Prosperity”,as astroturf and corporate front groups. here is what he said.
Corporate astroturfers like AFP and Freedom Works even had instructional memos advising people to yell, disrupt, and rattle the speakers.
When I called him on this bit of bullshit wraped in bacon and informed him that I am a member of AFP he did a bit of backpeddling.
I never said the individual rank-and-file members are astroturf. I said the corporate interests funding and running them are astroturf.
Take a look at these names:
You really think any of these billionaires and their lobbyists qualify as grassroots??? If so, maybe I should try your bong instead of mine..
The fact is that almost every link he provided was funded in some part by George Soros in one form or another. So to call donations by Libertarians like the Koch brothers Astroturf is on its face hypocrisy.
Also if you look at political donations on open secrets site (partially funded by George Soros) you will find that when it comes to political contributions the Koch brothers come in at 77. As a matter of fact of the top 20 large donors only the 18th highest went to republicans. When you look at the evil Wall Street Capitalist you will find that the vast majority contribute equally to both parties. To go further 12 of the top 20 donors were labor unions with money forcibly extracted from rank and file members and may or may not represent the political views of it’s members. This issue was recently raised before the Supreme Court.
I said ”The establishment favors more regulation” to which he responded.
Wrong! They hate regulations. (i.e. – the rules set in place to keep them from victimizing people) The Wall Street establishment and their lobbyists pushed through a massive wave of DE-regulation. And THAT de-regulation is what made the 2008 crash possible.
Of course any of us that have done our homework know that is a bald faced lie.
Even liberal Steve Jobs complained that regulations were killing jobs.
Jobs told Obama that American regulations make it more difficult for Apple to build its products cheaply in the United States compared to the cost of building them in China. Chinese health and safety standards are more lax than the United States.
Jobs almost missed the San Francisco meeting last year because he initially refused to attend unless the president himself invited Jobs.
Jobs also slammed the U.S. educational system as “crippled by union work rules.” He proposed longer school days – until 6 p.m. – and a longer school year – 11 months.
And since he is a Fan of vicki’s I will point out this interview with TEA party favorite Sen. Ron Johnson who discusses the true costs of regulation.
I also find extreme humor in who Andrew holds up as an example of fair broadcasting, Thom Hartmann who openly calls Mitt a fascist.
Of course I wrote a piece showing how it is the Dems that most closely represents facsism, but hey who pays attention to facts.
Here is Josh Tolley who bashes both parties equally.
Of course lobbyists in the insurance unions and big pharma had nothing to do with Obamacare?
Documents are being revealed of some pretty serious coordinating between the Obama Administration and the pharmaceutical industry.
In order to secure President Obama’s 2010 health care reforms, his staff oversaw an unusually close collaboration with major pharmaceutical
And of course using the regulatory arm of the EPA to favor his pet Businesses in his green agenda doesn’t even closely resemble fascism.
Of course the biggest hypocrisy is the illusion that the left is looking out for the poor. The only thing they crave is power. All one has to do is look at all of the Nanny Statist Laws and who promotes them. One of Andrew’s sources is the leftist group called Source Watch a leftist group out of Madison using money from the American Legacy Foundation, which is government money extorted from smokers through the Master Settlement Agreement.. While on Smoking, Obama promised that he would impose no new taxes on the poor or anyone making less then $250k. SCHIP exposes this big lie as it is a massive tax on the poor. But this hypocrisy is standard, the liberals passed the PACT Act. Of course they used smoke and mirrors to enact it under the illusion of stopping cigarette smuggling.. The act will do nothing to reduce smuggling, in fact it will only put legitimate businesses out of business. What the law does do is protect progressive states that imposed draconian taxes that will predominantly affect the poor. But hey they don’t stop there they are now in the process to force the poor in those states to pay the draconian sales taxes under the name of fairness.
The Main Street Fairness Act is currently being considered in the US Senate is anything but fair! In fact, it’s a cruel irony to call this job-killing bill the Main Street Fairness Act. This legislation is being portrayed as the correction of a great injustice. The authors of the legislation say it will level the playing field so brick and mortar stores can better compete with internet sellers and allow states to collect sales tax from all those tax dodging citizens. This all sounds logical until you look at the real motivation and the consequences of this small business killing legislation.
The fact is that competition helps keep prices down just as competition between the states help keep taxes down. Greed comes in many forms and the progressives are greedy for power. On one hand they clamor for a woman’s right to kill a fetus and rip a human life from the womb A) because it’s her body and B) the hitman has MD after his nane and then on the flip side of the coin they claim the right to legislate and regulate what she puts in to that same body.
On Greed no one ever put it better then fellow libertarian Milton Friedman
But then everything they claim is about fairness is nothing more then a sham. Johnson’s “Great Society” is nothing but a dismal failure.
On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a State of the Union address to Congress in which he declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” At the time, the poverty rate in America was around 19 percent and falling rapidly. This year, it is reported that the poverty rate is expected to be roughly 15.1 percent and climbing. Between then and now, the federal government spent roughly $12 trillion fighting poverty, and state and local governments added another $3 trillion. Yet the poverty rate never fell below 10.5 percent and is now at the highest level in nearly a decade. Clearly, we have been doing something wrong.
When most Americans think of welfare, they think of the cash benefit program known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), formerly known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). But in reality TANF is only a tiny portion of a vast array of federal government social welfare programs designed to fight poverty. In fact, if one considers those programs that are means-tested (and therefore obviously targeted to low-income Americans) and programs whose legislative language specifically classifies them as anti-poverty programs, there are currently 126 separate federal government programs designed to fight poverty.
Of course this could not come as a shock to anyone,
Sixteen months ago, Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, published “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.” The surprise is that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives.
If many conservatives are liberals who have been mugged by reality, Brooks, a registered independent, is, as a reviewer of his book said, a social scientist who has been mugged by data. They include these findings:
— Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).
— In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.
Of course Andrew’s claims that there is no liberal bias in the main stream media is on its face laughable. This from a former network producer.
“Forget it. I’m done,” he wrote, adding:
“You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more. You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.”