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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 — A View from the Left: Does the financial industry need more government regulation?

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    May 23, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    Does the financial industry need more government regulation? Government regulation. The horror of the ages. Urban legend tells us that regulations kill the
life blood of American creativity, that “job creators” across this great nation of ours would be hiring workers by the bushel if weren’t for those regulations, which govern everything from workplace safety to environmental protections. And nowhere, the legend goes, does the hand of regulation have a more strangling effect than on our financial industry. And one of the most vicious pieces of legislation, the one that has kept the best and brightest helping to left our economy from the recession we now find ourselves in. When we talk about legislation of late, we talk of two things: J.P. Morgan and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The fact that J.P. Morgan lost so much of its investors’ money might seem to play up the urgency for bills such as Dodd-Frank, yet for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the J.P. Morgan crisis matters – pardon the pun, but I can’t help myself – not a whit. In fact, as he pointed out on a news show this week, somebody made money off the debacle, and …

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

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    April 23, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    There is a wonderful scene in “The Manchurian Candidate” (the original and still the best version with Frank Sinatra) in which the character played by James Gregory can’t quite figure out how many Communists there are in the State Department. After all, he has to give a speech that day, “proving” that there are, after all. As his wife Angela Lansbury (in a magnificent role so far removed from her bland “Murder She Wrote” character) harries him, his eye falls upon the Heinz Ketchup, advertising its “57 Varieties” on the bottle. “There are 57 Communists in the State Department!” he cries aloud later that day, waving a piece of paper before TV cameras, thus becoming just one more player in Angela Lansbury’s communist plot. Yes, there were communists; he just didn’t know where to look. Today, of course, the number has jumped from 57 to 80, and they are not in the State Department but in Congress, and Ted Nugent defender Florida Congressman Allen West is the only man brave enough to speak truth-to-power. Clarifying his remarks, the good senator said he meant the folks in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Progressives, Communists, it’s all the same, isn’t it? Really? After …

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  4. 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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  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 Left – Talk radio’s ‘cooling effect’?

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    March 26, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    Question: The brouhaha over conservative talk radio star Rush Limbaugh’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? For years we have been hearing of the great liberal conspiracy to silence talk radio, to still the men and women who would speak truth-to-power (do you hate that cliché as much as I do?) and force Americans to live once more under the cruel tyranny of the “Fairness Doctrine.” The Fairness Doctrine, much like death panels and voter registration fraud, is trotted out every so often to scare the professionally frightened among us, those who don’t stop and say, “Oh, wait. What?” I refreshed my knowledge of the Doctrine at the website of the Museum of Broadcast Communications. I emphasize the word “Museum,” because this is where the Doctrine permanently resides, as a relic of the past. This rule, which once meant that opposing views must be represented on TV and radio stations is a thing of the past, is as dead as the Dodo bird. I mention this because professional hysterics are bringing it up again, as if the Rush …

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  7. 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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