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  1. Political Spectrum: A View from the Right — Does the financial industry need more government regulation?

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    May 24, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    When I was a kid there was a newspaper cartoon by Harry Shorten and Al Fagaly  featuring ongoing scenarios about people doing the kinds of obnoxious things that get under our skin. The cartoon was “There Oughta Be A Law.” I guess the cartoons were funny then.  Today, that title turns me off. Because when crooks break laws, government responds by developing new ones. Take for example Enron.  It crashes, people are ruined. There oughta be a law!  So legislators pass new laws to ensure another Enron cannot occur and in the course of it hamper the abilities of honest companies to conduct their business.  Never mind that masterminds who created the Enron collapse went to jail under laws already on the books.

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  2. Political Spectrum: View from the Right

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    May 8, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    Question: Washington County voters, on May 22, will decide whether or not to establish a quarter cent sales tax that would provide $7.5 million annually for Ozark Regional Transit.  Do you support passing this measure? Why or why not.   By Mike Landry Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) wants you to give them $7 million a year to build another government empire. The Empire of the Magic Buses. ORT wants a full-blown urban bus system for Washington County. And it’s all speculative. There’s no current demand for the service ORT proposes. Rather, it’s all based on the Field of Dreams concept of mass transit: “If you build it, they will come.” It’s magic. ORT says annual ridership will increase tenfold from its current 200,000 to 2 million by 2022. There we’ll be, lugging around our laptops, sales presentations, groceries, and infants. And we’ll be smiling as we whisk through Washington County on the magic buses because…because… Well, if they build it, we will come. And it gets better. With all the planned increased services and capital goodies of this empire (including getting rid of most of their little $70 thousand vehicles for full-sized $400 thousand buses), ORT has no plans to …

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  3. Political Spectrum: Open Mic, Commentators Choice — A View From the Right

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    April 23, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    I collect quotes. Every once in awhile I’ll lift something from online or copy something from a book or magazine and put it in my file of quotes. But the files are getting full and need exposure to daylight. I’m going to clean them out. Want to join me in taking a look at the following? “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” — Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels. “Literally millions of Americans have had enough. They’re organizing, they’re studying the Constitution and the Federalis Papers, they’re reading history and case law, they’re showing up at rallies and meetings, and a slew of conservative candidates are throwing their hats into the ring.” — Garry Hubbell, Aspen Weekly Times. “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.” — Soviet secret police chief Lavrenti Berea. “I love Arkansas. It’s the backbone of the nation, and it all starts with letting people be who they are.” — Ben Stein. “While it is the view of many scientists, including this one, that research behind the global warming scare has and continues to suffer from a lack of integrity, it is nonetheless true that think tanks, …

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  4. Political Spectrum: A View From the Right — Can Romney Beat Obama?

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    April 10, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    It seems apparent that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Can he beat President Obama?



 Pitting Mitt Romney against Barack Obama recalls some aspects of the election of 2008. Romney has more media presence than the wooden John McCain. And overexposure, gaffs, and wobbly abilities in extemporaneous speaking have revealed Obama as being less than his initial image. But this is not about the election of another of the nice, respectable Republicans that the party establishment seems to love to nominate. The election is about Barack Obama. And the President has real problems. He pledged to his supporters the ending of the wars, the providing of civilian trials for terrorists, the closing of Guantanamo, the freeing of us from the curse of Wall Street, and he said he’d give us national health care and more. To date, the wars have expanded, terrorists don’t clog our courts, Guantanamo remains, the administration is cozy with Wall Street, and national health care is on the ropes. As a result, President Obama’s supporters are not amused. On the other hand, the administration promised to release the dogs of scorched earth environmentalism (including destruction of the coal industry), raise gas prices, spread the wealth, …

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  5. Political Spectrum: A View from the Right — Talk radio’s ‘cooling effect’?

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    March 26, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    Question: The brouhaha over conservative talk radio star Rush Linbaugh’s incendiary remarks on contraception has intensified and more advertisers have withdrawn their support. Will this have a “cooling effect” on talk radio in general? Should conservatives be concerned? Rush Limbaugh made a statement that he admits was over the top. In the ongoing effort to do what Limbaugh calls “Hush Rush,” this was about as juicy as it gets. Limbaugh made what was termed a vicious, unwarranted attack on an innocent young woman, implying she was a prostitute for wanting funding of contraception, although his language was not so discreet. The resulting uproar caused some national advertisers to pull sponsorships. There were news reports that anywhere from two dozen to forty advertisers were bailing. Unlike probably most of the people offended by the Limbaugh statement, I heard it live on the radio. I thought it was silly. I had earlier seen the televised testimony of the woman in question, Sandra Fluke. I thought what she said was silly, too. Then Limbaugh apologized. As a more than two-decade listener to the Rush Limbaugh Show and being some- what familiar with the characteristics of its host, I thought the apology was sincere. …

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  6. Political Spectrum: A View from the Right — Birth Control

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    March 15, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    Question: Why is the national political debate so preoccupied with the topic of birth control? On a scale of 0-to-10, the political relevance of recent discussions of contraception is about minus-3. It’s not an issue, but rather is a link to other issues of varied importance. Some history: at one time, access to means of contraception was illegal in the United States. Eventually such laws went away. As a result, contraception is no longer a political issue. But a major religious organization, the Roman Catholic Church, has opposed all means of contraception. Despite the reported practice of contraception by the majority of American — and probably the developed world’s — Catholics, the church’s official doctrinal position is that such behavior is wrong. That is the church’s belief. Whether or not you or I agree with it or whether or not the Catholic laity adheres to it, such belief remains a sincerely held religious conviction protected under the First Amendment. Comes now the Obama administration to say: “Too bad about your beliefs on contraception, Church, but our secu- lar beliefs on contraception (and about abortion) trump your beliefs. Therefore you WILL pay for the contraception and abortions of your employees, under- …

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  7. A View From the Right: Who’s Winning the Republican Nomination Race?

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    February 24, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    Candidates in the Republican Primary are described at various times with such terms as surging, withdrawing, forging ahead or making a comeback, in a chaotic race to the convention. What’s going on? Whose on first? Romney? Bachmann? Perry? Cain? Gingrich? Santorum? What’s been happening? Just a Republican primary doing what it’s supposed to do: vet the candidates and find the one most desired to go up against the incumbent President. True, it’s been a convoluted one. But that’s due to four forces using the Re- publican primary race to duke it out. The first major force is the GOP establishment. Romney’s their guy: a former governor, successful in business, good family, telegenic. Had “The West Wing” been a conservative show, Mitt Romney would have been cast as President Josiah Bartlet. And while Establishment Republicans like to throw out a lot of conservative language, on their laptops they spell the names of guys like Romney as m-o-d-e-r-a-t-e. Pleasant, respectable, unlikely to scare the horses. Sort of like Bob Dole with an MBA. Establishment Republicans tend to fear the second major force: the news media, also known as the Democratic Ministry of Propaganda (DEM-OP). DEM-OP’s role in this fight has been to …

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