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Freedom & Prosperity Radio is an informative, controversial, and humorous talk radio show focused on state and national politics from a Virginia perspective. We talk about the political maneuvering, the pork, and the behind-the-scenes happenings in government. We also present positive, free market solutions for issues that are important to you -- solutions for better schools, better roads, lower taxes, and smaller government.

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August 30, 2014

Full Program

Originally broadcast the week of June 28, John W. Whitehead, founder and president of The Rutherford Institute and author of the award-winning book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, addresses an increasingly important topic as to whether ignorance of the law on the part of law enforcement authorities is an excuse for them breaking the law.

“It’s a tossup which is worse – law enforcement officials who know nothing about the laws they have sworn to uphold, support and defend, or a constitutionally illiterate citizenry so clueless about their rights that they don’t even know when those rights are being violated.”

John W. Whitehead, J.D., pt. 1                         John W. Whitehead, J.D., pt. 2

Originally broadcast the week of August 2, William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the National Security Agency.  He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War, but resigned after 9/11 due to his disgust with mass surveillance.  In this interview he discusses the potential of using date collection to suppress political opposition, for blackmail, and ultimately, for total population control.

William Binney, pt. 1                         William Binney, pt. 2

 

August 23, 2014

Full Program

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., professor of political science at Grove City College, visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and New York Times best-selling author of The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor, discusses his most recent book, 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative.

Paul Kengor, Ph.D.

Tim Lynch, director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, addresses the shooting of Michael Brown/militarization of the local police event that recently unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri.

Tim Lynch, J.D., pt. 1                         Tim Lynch, J.D., pt. 2

 

August 16, 2014

Full Program

Greg Garrett, owner of Forbidden Oysters, gives a last update on his battle with York County in regards to his oyster farm.

Greg Garrett

Stephen P. Halbrook, J.D., Ph.D., research fellow at The Independent Institute, member of the Board of Scholars of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, and successful attorney with three victories before the U.S. Supreme Court, discusses his latest book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State.”

Stephen P. Halbrook, J.D., Ph.D.                         Stephen P. Halbrook, J.D., Ph.D.

 

August 9, 2014

Full Program

John W. Whitehead is the founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Today he discusses the salient points from his most recent commentary, “The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations, and Congress.”

John W. Whitehead, J.D.

Peter Morici, Ph.D., professor of international business at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park and five-time winner of the MarketWatch best forecaster award, discusses the economic basket cases around our globe today.  Is there a common denominator(s) for how countries reach this level of despair?  Are things likely to get worse before they get better?  What lessons should we be learning in the U.S.?  What course corrections should we be taking?

Peter Morici, Ph.D.                         Peter Morici, Ph.D.

 

August 2, 2014

Full Program

William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the National Security Agency.  He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War, but resigned after 9/11 due to his disgust with mass surveillance.  In this interview he discusses the potential of using data collection to suppress political opposition, for blackmail, and ultimately, for total population control.

William Binney

Tom Palmer, executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, discusses last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Palmer v. D.C. in which the court ruled the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.  This is the second time the D.C. handgun ban has been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Dr. Palmer was a plaintiff in the case.

Tom Palmer, pt. 1                         Tom Palmer, pt. 2

 

July 26, 2014

Full Program

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, discusses Operation Chokepoint, the Obama administration’s backdoor attempt at gun control.

Larry Pratt

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans bought by people in states that decided not to establish their own health care exchanges under Obamacare.  The 2-1 decision in Halbig v. Burwell sets up a judicial day of reckoning that could be the final nail in the coffin for that already terminally-ill patient we know as Obamacare.

Speaking to the decision, Andrew Kloster is a legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

Andrew Kloster, pt. 1                         Andrew Kloster, pt. 2

 

July 19, 2014

Full Program

John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, discusses the results of his recently released report, Concealed Carry Permit Holders across the United States.

John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D.

Dinesh D’Souza, author of The Roots of Obama’s Rage and filmmaker for the related film, 2016: Obama’s America, discusses his latest book and film, America: Imagine the World without Her.

Dinesh D’Souza, pt. 1                         Dinesh D’Souza, pt. 2

 

July 12, 2014

Full Program

In a wide-ranging interview, Dan Mitchell, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Cato Institute, exposes the futility of the establishment media’s efforts to prop up the Obama administration.  Yes, the American economy continues to sputter along, but even with poorly designed entitlement programs and an aging population, Dr. Mitchell explains why there is reason for optimism.  He suggests a flat tax to replace a politicized IRS – a tool of redistribution, crony capitalism, and special interests that increasingly is used to distort the political process away from free and fair elections.  And finally, Dan addresses the role FACTA will play as a huge impediment to global investment flows.

Dan Mitchell, Ph.D.

Edward Klein, author of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House (#1 on the New York Times bestseller list), discusses his latest book on Washington politics, Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas (also #1 on the New York Times bestseller list).

Ed Klein, pt. 1                         Ed Klein, pt. 2

 

July 5, 2014

Full Program

Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, addresses the purpose, and supposed limits, of executive orders as well as the most important decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during the last two weeks of its recently concluded term.

Judge Andrew Napolitano

Stephen Moore, chief economist with the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, discusses 1st quarter GDP and the general state of the economy six years into the Obama administration.  What actions should President Obama have been taking to promote economic growth?  Will economic growth always be stagnant in the absence of an energy policy?  Shouldn’t the Republicans be suggesting a fair tax or a flat tax as a means to depoliticize the Internal Revenue Service?  Why aren’t they?

Stephen Moore, pt. 1                         Stephen Moore, pt. 2

 

June 28, 2014

Full Program

John W. Whitehead, founder and president of The Rutherford Institute (a nonprofit civil liberties organization based in Charlottesville, VA), addresses an increasingly important topic as to whether ignorance of the law on the part of law enforcement authorities is an excuse for them breaking the law.

“It’s a tossup which is worse – law enforcement officials who know nothing about the laws they have sworn to uphold, support and defend, or a constitutionally illiterate citizenry so clueless about their rights that they don’t even know when those rights are being violated.”

– John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of the award-winning book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State

John W. Whitehead, J.D.

Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, a contributing editor at National Review, and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of Jihad and The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.  As a former Assistant United States Attorney, he led the successful prosecution of the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel Rahman, for waging a terrorist war against the United States.

Andrew discusses his recently released book, Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment.

Andrew C. McCarthy, pt. 1                         Andrew C. McCarthy, pt. 2

 

June 21, 2014

Full Program

Greg Walcher, president of the Natural Resources Group, discusses his book, Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take It Back.  Have the purpose and goals of the environmental movement changed since its beginning?  If so, what’s really behind today’s movement and how should we respond?

Greg Walcher

Peter Morici, Ph.D., professor of international business at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park and five-time winner of the MarketWatch best forecaster award, discusses his recent article, “Five Things to Know about Inflation Heating Up.”

Peter Morici, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Peter Morici, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

June 14, 2014

Full Program

With twenty-six years of border security experience, Zack Taylor, current chairman of the National Association of Former Border Control Officers, exposes the depth of the current crisis on the United States’ southern border.  He also reveals the reason for, and future consequences of, the newly designated 600,000 acre Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico.

Zach Taylor, pt. 1                         Zach Taylor, pt. 2

Delegate Ben Cline addresses the recent primary victory of David Brat for the congressional seat currently held by Eric Cantor.  Del. Cline also discusses the implications of Senator Phil Puckett’s recent resignation on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, as well as Governor McAuliffe’s overall agenda.

Del. Ben Cline

 

June 7, 2014

Full Program

Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True the Vote, discusses the $1,000,000 bounty currently being offered to anyone who can provide “smoking gun” evidence implicating IRS leadership, or members of the Obama administration, for the political targeting of conservative or tea-party affiliated groups.

Catherine Engelbrecht

Professor Chris Coyne is the associate director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; the F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center; and a professor of economics and director of graduate studies in the economics department at George Mason University.  Professor Coyne discusses his recently published policy report, Do States Really Benefit from the Breaks They Give Businesses? With taxpayers picking up the tab, crony capitalism is alive and well in Virginia funding businessmen who know more about lobbying legislators than they do about satisfying consumers, and generating those all-important campaign contributions for corrupt politicians who are willing to sell their vote.

Christopher Coyne, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Christopher Coyne, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

May 31, 2014

Full Program

William Perry Pendley, Esq., president of the Mountain State Legal Foundation, discusses the environmental movement’s political influence, and the federal government’s overreach both in the taking and the regulation of land.  Will this lead to another Sagebrush Rebellion?

William Perry Pendley, Esq.

Nicole Kaeding, budget analyst on federal and state government spending policy for the Cato Institute, analyzes the prospects that Medicaid expansion in Virginia would bust the Commonwealth’s budget.

Nicole Kaeding, pt. 1                         Nicole Kaeding, pt. 2

 

May 24, 2014

Full Program

Kevin D. Williamson, author of The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure, discusses the left’s tendency to totalitarianism as addressed in his recent article for National Review titled, “The Emerging Junta.”

Kevin D. Williamson

Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies with the Center for Immigration Studies, in her recently released report, ICE Document Details 36,000 Criminal Alien Releases in 2013, exposes the federal government’s willingness to put the American public at risk.

Jessica M. Vaughan, pt. 1                         Jessica M. Vaughan, pt. 2

 

May 17, 2014

Full Program

Peter Morici, Ph.D., professor of international business at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park and five-time winner of the MarketWatch best forecaster award, discusses two of his recent articles, “Slow-Growth Policies Pin Down Jobs Outlook,” and “Disappearing GDP Bodes Poorly for Job Creation.”

Peter Morici, Ph.D.

Veronique de Rugy, Ph.D., senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, addresses the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.

Veronique de Rugy, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Veronique de Rugy, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

May 10, 2014

Full Program

Paul E. Peterson, Ph.D., Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and director of the program on education policy and governance at Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses his recently released book, Teachers Versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them.

Paul E. Peterson, Ph.D.

Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of American Target Advertising and chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, addresses the split in the Republican Party as outlined in his most recent book, Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It.

Richard A. Viguerie, pt. 1                         Richard A. Viguerie, pt. 2

 

May 3, 2014

Full Program

Reagan George, president of the Virginia Voters Alliance, exposes voter fraud in the Commonwealth, specifically the fact that 44,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.  Enough people voted in both states in the last election cycle to change the results in Virginia’s most recent election for Attorney General.  The people we employ to ensure this crime does not happen – both Democrats and Republicans – do nothing.

Reagan George

Iain Stuart Murray, vice president for strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discusses his recent article in National Review, “The Worst Federal Agency.”  The article begins by posing the following question:  “A government agency with its own stream of funding and unaccountable to Congress – what could possibly go wrong?”

Iain Stuart Murray, pt. 1                         Iain Stuart Murray, pt. 2

 

April 26, 2014

Full Program

Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, addresses the need for, and constitutionality of, the federal government grabbing more and more land from the states; the abandonment of the rule of law in the U.S.; and how states are bribed into giving away their sovereignty.

Judge Andrew Napolitano

Cheryl Chumley, who writes for The Washington Times and is a former journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation where she spent a year writing about private property rights, discusses the upcoming release (May 27th) of her latest book, Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare Is Becoming Our Reality.

Cheryl Chumley, pt. 1                        Cheryl Chumley, pt. 2

 

April 19, 2014

Full Program

Greg Garrett, owner of Forbidden Oysters, discusses the enormous obstacles he has had to overcome to bring economic development, prosperity, jobs, and a cleaner Chesapeake Bay to York County, VA.  The local board of supervisors’ threats to rid the county of agriculture and aquaculture seem to be grounded in little more than immaturity, incompetence, and spite.

Greg Garrett

Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Global Warming Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, exposes the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Clean Water Act that would give the EPA regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways.  Ignoring rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, ignoring subpoenas by congressional oversight committees, and breaking federal law by conducting official government business on secret e-mail accounts, apparently the EPA’s management feels no threat of Congress using its constitutional authority to set, or cut, the Agency’s budget.  After all, the EPA can always call upon their toadies in the mainstream media to proclaim that those Rascally Republicans are shutting down the government, again.  (Queue the GOP falling to the floor and assuming the fetal position.)

Myron Ebell, pt. 1                         Myron Ebell, pt. 2

 

April 12, 2014

Full Program

Mark Fitzgibbons, Esq., president of corporate affairs of American Target Advertising, exposes the latest amateurish, romper-room antics of the Fauquier County board of supervisors.  Vice Chair R. Holder Trumbo, Jr. has warned that citizens who participate in activism so heinous as petitioning their government for a redress of grievances are “in for a pretty rough ride” and will “need their Kevlar”.  Shiver me timbers matey, Dinwiddie and Muffy are miffed!

Mark Fitzgibbons, Esq.

Frank H. Buckley, Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law and senior editor of The American Spectator, discusses his most recently published book, The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America.  Professor Buckley brings a unique perspective to his writing having taught as an Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, McGill Law School in Montreal, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Frank H. Buckley, pt. 1                         Frank H. Buckley, pt. 2

 

April 5, 2014

Full Program

Tom White, the founder of the conservative political blog Virginia Right!, addresses the uncivil war taking place in the Republican Party of Virginia between the progressives and the conservatives.  Tom defines “slating” and how the Republican progressives are using it in an effort to exclude conservatives from voting in district elections for congressional candidates.

Tom White

Ed Hudgins, Ph.D., senior scholar and director of advocacy with The Atlas Society, discusses his recently released book, The Republican Party’s Civil War: Will Freedom Win?

Ed Hudgins, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Ed Hudgins, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

March 29, 2014

Full Program

Chris Horner, J.D., senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of the bestseller The Liberal War on Transparency, updates us on his ongoing battle against corruption and secrecy within the Environmental Protection Agency.  Chris also addresses the following questions:

1)  It has been reported that Russia financially supports the anti-fracking movement in Western Europe.  Is Putin also funding a similar effort in the United States?

 

2)  Do you think Republicans will ever use their constitutional prerogative, the power of the purse, to curtail the EPA’s overreach and abuse of American citizens?

 

3)  Are those who promote the global warming narrative by simultaneously opposing energy production utilizing wood, coal, oil, nuclear, natural gas/fracking, etc., concerned with the environment, or are their objectives to redistribute wealth internationally and destroy capitalism?

Chris Horner

Kevin D. Freeman, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and author of Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again, discusses his most recently released book, Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack.

Cyber-economic attacks on the United States are already happening.  What could ultimately be the result?  Hyperinflation?  Deflation?  Collapse of the dollar?  Shortages?  No one knows what type of attack will eventually be successful enough to disrupt the economy and the financial well-being of the United States, and for that reason there is no single plan that can insulate one from every contingency.  However, you can develop a plan now to protect yourself and your family from the consequences of whatever type of cyber-economic attack that takes place.

Kevin D. Freeman, pt. 1                         Kevin D. Freeman, pt. 2

 

March 22, 2014

Full Program

Refreshingly direct and plainspoken, Del. Ben Cline grades the 2014 General Assembly session and addresses the prospects for Governor McAuliffe and the legislature to come to an agreement on a budget and whether to expand Medicaid.

Del. Ben Cline

John W. Whitehead, the founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, exposes how both conservatives and progressives are shredding the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

John W. Whitehead, J.D., pt. 1                         John W. Whitehead, J.D., pt. 2

 

March 15, 2014

Full Program

Fred Siegel, senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, discusses his latest book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class.

Fred Siegel

Bradley A. Smith, former chairman of the Federal Elections Commission and current chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, addresses the federal government corruption he exposes in his recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal: The ‘Smoking Gun’ in the Targeting of Conservative Groups Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight.”

Bradley A. Smith, J.D., pt. 1                         Bradley A. Smith, J.D., pt. 2

 

March 8, 2014

Full Program

Craig DiSesa is the director of legislation and accountability at The Middle Resolution.  Governor McAuliffe has said he will not sign a budget that does not include Medicaid expansion.  The Republicans in the House of Delegates have said they will not submit a budget that includes Medicaid expansion.  Where will it likely go from here?

Craig DiSesa

David Brat, Ph.D. discusses his primary campaign for Virginia’s 7th district congressional seat currently held by Eric Cantor.

David Brat is the former chair of the economics & business department at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.  He serves as the coordinator of the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program at Randolph-Macon.  His areas of academic specialization are: macro growth economics, international trade and finance, economic methodology, and history & ethics.  David earned a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. in economics from the American University in Washington, D.C.  For the past six years, he has served on the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists and the board of the Richmond Metropolitan Authority.  David also works with the Richmond Area Business Economists (RABE) and has served as president of the Virginia Association of Economists.

David Brat, Ph.D., pt. 1                         David Brat, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

March 1, 2014

Full Program

Robert Dean, the communications director of the Tidewater Libertarian Party, outlines his opposition to SB 513 and HB 1253 which create the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) and moves the responsibility for approval of transportation projects from the Hampton Roads Planning Organization to the HRTAC.

Robert Dean

David Corbin, Ph.D., professor of politics at The King’s College in New York City, and Matthew Parks, Ph.D., assistant professor of politics at The King’s College, discuss their recent essay in The Federalist Today, “A (Lame) Duck Dynasty?”

“A (Lame) Duck Dynasty”

David Corbin, Ph.D. and Matthew Parks, Ph.D., pt. 1

David Corbin, Ph.D. and Matthew Parks, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

February 22, 2014

Full Program

Timothy Sandefur, an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute and a principal attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, discusses his latest book, The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty.

Timothy Sandefur

With politicians always being willing to give our rights away if the price is right, Tom Gresham, host of the nationally syndicated radio program Gun Talk, addresses the danger of billionaires, like Michael Bloomberg, getting involved in politics to promote single issue candidates; the danger of citizens being ignorant about our Constitution (“Americans know more about the Kardashians than the Constitution ….”); and the skewed values of some of our fellow citizens who accept armed guards in banks to protect their money, but object to armed guards in schools to protect their children.

Tom Gresham, pt. 1                         Tom Gresham, pt. 2

 

February 15, 2014

Full Program

Jeremy Hopkins, Esq., a partner with Waldo & Lyle, P.C. of Norfolk, describes the ongoing con game in Virginia in which the state government uses a “quick-take” process of eminent domain, offers an appraised value for the land taken, and if the property owner dares to reject the appraisal, the state has a second appraisal done which, oddly enough, values the land taken for substantially less than the first appraisal.  This is used to intimidate and punish the property owner as under Virginia law the amount of the first appraisal cannot be entered into evidence should the matter be taken to court by the property owner.  Yet another example of Virginia citizens being taxed to pay for the good ol’ boys (spit-ding!) in our state government to screw them.

Jeremy Hopkins, J.D.

Michael Tanner, senior fellow with the Cato Institute, exposes the bipartisan pork in the bipartisan Farm Bill recently passed by Congress.  How much does it cost to keep these corporate welfare queens on the dole?

Michael Tanner, pt. 1                         Michael Tanner, pt. 2

 

February 8, 2014

Full Program

Carol Stopps, chair of the Cooperative Legislative Action committee of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, offers an update on where we stand in regards to the legislation the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation is supporting, or opposing, in the current session of the General Assembly.  Specifically, Carol addresses the Democrats changing the Senate Rules, and the effort to expand Medicaid.

Carol Stopps

Mark Fitzgibbons, Esq. discusses a bill currently before the General Assembly, H.B 1219, that would provide consequences and penalties for out-of-control municipalities and zoning boards.

Mark Fitzgibbons, Esq., pt. 1                         Mark Fitzgibbons, Esq., pt. 2

 

February 1, 2014

Full Program

John Taylor, president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, offers a warning in regards to this country fast approaching a “crisis crossroads” where clear decisions will have to be made between the system of government the Founders put in place versus progressivism (i.e., between a separation of powers, constitutionally-limited government, capitalism, the rule of law, private property, and individual rights versus an imperial presidency, a “living” constitution, socialism, the rule of regulation, and subjugation of the individual to the state).  Is the widespread civil disobedience now taking place in a number of European countries in our future as the answer to overreaching government?

John Taylor

In one interview Walter E. Williams, Ph.D., professor of economics at George Mason University, demolishes the phony income inequality argument (“Should we be concerned about poker inequality?”), discusses governmental barriers to prosperity (licensing, minimum wage), and exposes public education (a “national disgrace” and an “out-and-out fraud”).

Walter E. Williams, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Walter E. Williams, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

January 25, 2014

Stephen Moore, formerly a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and founder of the Club for Growth, is returning to The Heritage Foundation as chief economist.  In a wide-ranging interview Stephen discusses his new position, the success of capitalism in lifting people out of poverty, the failure of minimum wage laws, separation of powers vs. the imperial presidency, the rule of law vs. executive orders, and his “wait and see” approach for Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Stephen Moore, pt. 1                         Stephen Moore, pt. 2

 

January 18, 2014

Full Program

Julie Gunlock, director of the Culture of Alarmism Project at the Independent Women’s Forum and author of From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back, discusses raw milk, organic foods, the regulation of lemonade stands, and whether we need a nanny/adolescent state that decides what we can grow, what we can sell, and what we can consume.

Julie Gunlock

Carla Howell, political director of the National Libertarian Party, poses the following questions:  Are mainstream American and libertarian views converging?  Can either the Democrats or the Republicans take the American people where they want to go, or are they, in fact, driving people to a libertarian vision of society?  Who did the most to harm Ken Cuccinelli’s race for Governor, the Libertarian candidate (Robert Sarvis) or the Republican record?

Carla Howell, pt. 1                         Carla Howell, pt. 2

 

January 11, 2014

Full Program

Back by popular demand, Jim Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, engages in a wide-ranging discussion of the IRS as a tool of both Democrats and Republicans to repress political opponents, unemployment benefits, welfare fraud, food stamps, and other gifts from the progressive movement.

Jim Bovard, pt. 1                         Jim Bovard, pt. 2

Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for Fox News and author of Theodore and Woodrow, addresses the NSA spying on members of Congress; perjury on the part of high-level, executive branch government officials in sworn testimony before Congress (five years in jail per lie); criminally misleading testimony by high-level, executive branch government officials before Congress (five years in jail per criminally misleading statement); the abrogation of the separation of powers doctrine; and the foreseeable and inevitable constitutional crises.  (And one might ask, “Where are the Republicans?”)

Judge Andrew Napolitano

 

January 4, 2014

Full Program

Wayne Crews, vice president for public policy and director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, addresses the regulatory explosion that has taken place during the Obama administration.

Wayne Crews, pt. 1                         Wayne Crews, pt. 2

Wayne Crews, pt. 3

The Wall Street Journal has called Jim Bovard “the roving inspector general of the modern state.”  Washington Post columnist George Will has referred to him as a “one-man truth squad.”  His book Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty received the Free Press Association’s Mencken Award as Book of the Year.  His Terrorism and Tyranny won the Lysander Spooner Award for the Best Book on Liberty.  His writings have been publicly denounced by the chief of the FBI, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Postmaster General, the chiefs of the U.S. Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, FEMA, as well as many congresspersons and other malcontents.

Jim Bovard discusses his latest book, Rollicking and Wrangling from Helltown to Washington.

Jim Bovard, pt. 1                         Jim Bovard, pt. 2

 

December 28, 2013

Full Program

Stephen Parente, Ph.D., is the Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance at the Carlson School of Management, the director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, and the managing principle at the Health Systems Innovation Network.  As a professor of finance at the University of Minnesota, he specializes in health economics, information technology, and health insurance.

Dr. Parente exposes how Medicaid expansion could cost billions each and every year.

Stephen Parente, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Stephen Parente, Ph.D., pt. 2

Stephen Parente, Ph.D., pt. 3

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), identifies what we can expect from Governor McAuliffe and Nanny Bloomberg in regards to our gun rights, and how the VCDL intends to fight back.

Philip Van Cleave, pt. 1                         Philip Van Cleave, pt. 2

 

December 21, 2013

Full Program

Stephen Meyer, Ph.D., director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington, calls for those in the scientific community to have the freedom to challenge the so-called scientific “consensus.”

Stephen Meyer, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Stephen Meyer, Ph.D., pt. 2

Ashe Schow, editorial writer at The Washington Examiner, discusses her recent article, “Five Things You CAN’T Keep Under Obamacare.”

Ashe Schow, pt. 1                         Ashe Schow, pt. 2

 

December 14, 2013

Full Program

[Repeat of October 19, 2013 program]

 

December 7, 2013

Full Program

Lt. Colonel Dan Hampton (Ret.) flew 151 combat missions, which included 21 hard kills on surface-to-air missile sites, during his twenty year career in the U.S. Air Force.  For his service in the Iraq War, Kosovo conflict, and first Gulf War, Col. Hampton received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other citations.  He is a graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School, and USAF Special Operations School.

Lt. Colonel Hampton discusses the number of Generals who have been forced into retirement by the Obama administration.

Lt. Colonel Dan Hampton, pt. 1                         Lt. Colonel Dan Hampton, pt. 2

Elizabeth Price Foley, professor of law at Florida International University School of Law, addresses the U.S. Senate’s recent use of the “nuclear option” and what this means for presidential appointments to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (Obamacare’s Death Panel).

Elizabeth Price Foley, J.D., pt. 1                         Elizabeth Price Foley, J.D., pt. 2

Elizabeth Price Foley, J.D., pt. 3

 

November 30, 2013

[Repeat of November 23, 2013 program]

 

November 23, 2013

Full Program

Grace-Marie Turner is the founder and president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote free-market options for health care reform.  Given the tragic roll out of Obamacare, Grace-Marie discusses the only option at this point to save our health care system.

Grace-Marie Turner, pt. 1                         Grace-Marie Turner, pt. 2

Grace-Marie Turner, pt. 3

David Stockman, elected to three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives prior to serving as President Ronald Reagan’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, discusses his most recent book, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, and the abdication and failure of the Republican Party to stand for free markets in an age of Keynesianism, crony capitalism, and outright statism.

Is a crash the only answer?

David Stockman, pt. 1                         David Stockman, pt. 2

 

November 16, 2013

Full Program

Now that we have had time to know and digest what happened on Election Day in Virginia, Chip Tarbutton, president of the Roanoke Tea Party, gives his perspective on who did what to whom and where we go from here.

Chip Tarbutton, pt. 1                         Chip Tarbutton, pt. 2

David J. Bobb, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Studies, a Washington, D.C.–based program of Hillsdale College that teaches the principles and practices of American constitutionalism.  On this week’s program, he discusses his recently released book, Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue.

David J. Bobb, Ph.D., pt. 1                         David J. Bobb, Ph.D., pt. 2

David J. Bobb, Ph.D., pt. 3

 

November 9, 2013

Full Program

David L. Buckner, J.D., adjunct associate professor at Columbia University and president of Bottom Line Training and Consulting, Inc., outlines the prospects for, and timing of, hyperinflation.

David Buckner, J.D., pt. 1                         David Buckner, J.D., pt. 2

David Buckner, J.D., pt. 3

Kim Holmes, Ph.D., distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation, discusses his recently released book, Rebound: Getting America Back to Great.

Kim Holmes, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Kim Holmes, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

November 2, 2013

Full Program

William Murchison, nationally syndicated columnist and the former editor of the Dallas Morning News, introduces the subject of his recently released book, The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson.

Called by one historian “the most underrated of all the Founders,” John Dickinson was a writer, speaker, and philosopher, but most importantly, a man of principle.  (Yes, Virginia, there was a time when people thought that was significant.)

 

William Murchison, pt. 1                         William Murchison, pt. 2

 

Peter Schweizer, William J. Casey Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and senior editor-at-large of Breitbart News, discusses his latest book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets.

Peter Schweizer, pt. 1                         Peter Schweizer, pt. 2

Peter Schweizer, pt. 3

 

October 26, 2013

Full Program

Eamonn Butler, Ph.D., director of the Adam Smith Institute in London, England, offers an update on the fiscal plight of several of the countries in the European Union and addresses the issue of “bail-ins” as a means of dealing with failing financial institutions.

Eamonn Butler, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Eamonn Butler, Ph.D., pt. 2

Eamonn Butler, Ph.D., pt. 3

In the second part of her interview, Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar with the Virginia Institute for Public policy, addresses school choice.  What is the difference between a voucher and a tax credit?  What makes tax credits superior?  How far along is school choice in Virginia compared to other states?  What have other states done?  What is working?  Which state has the best program in place today?

The Public Education Tax Credit: Expanding Educational Opportunity in Virginia

Lindsey M. Burke

 

David Corbin, Ph.D., professor of politics at The King’s College in New York City, and Matthew Parks, Ph.D., an assistant professor of politics at The King’s College, expose what progressives are doing to destroy the founding fathers’ dream of limited government.

“Progressives Have Destroyed Founders’ Dream of Limited Government”

David Corbin, Ph.D. and Matthew Parks, Ph.D.

 

October 19, 2013

Full Program

 

Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation and author of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy’s recently released study, The Public Education Tax Credit: Expanding Educational Opportunity in Virginia, exposes the poor quality of K-12 public education in Virginia despite its enormous cost to the taxpayers.  (From 1970-2009, total inflation-adjusted education spending in Virginia increased from $700 million to $13.5 billion.)

The Public Education Tax Credit: Expanding Educational Opportunity in Virginia

 

Lindsey Burke, pt. 1                         Lindsey Burke, pt. 2

Steve Hanke, Ph.D., professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University who was named one of the twenty-five most influential people in the world by World Trade Magazine, addresses the political brinksmanship taking place in Washington (“a game for losers”), the expertise of the officeholders and bureaucrats in our federal government (“reeks of total incompetence”), bailouts, “bailins,” and other exercises in futility.

Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., pt. 3

 

October 12, 2013

Full Program

John Solomon, editor and vice president at The Washington Times, exposes the lengthening list of conservatives, and conservative groups, still being targeted by the IRS.

 

John Solomon, pt. 1                         John Solomon, pt. 2

 

John Solomon, pt. 3

 

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., professor of political science at Grove City College, and New York Times best-selling author of The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor, discusses his recent article, “The Progressive Income Tax Turns 100.”

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Paul Kengor, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

October 5, 2013

Full Program

Michael Tanner, senior fellow with the Cato Institute, will address the policy and politics of the current health care debate.

 

Michael Tanner, pt. 1                         Michael Tanner, pt. 2

 

Michael Tanner, pt. 3

 

John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D., author of More Guns, Less Crime (now in its 3rd edition), discusses his most recent book, Dumbing Down the Courts, How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench.  Dr. Lott will also speak to those actions that Rahm Emanuel took as the new Mayor of Chicago that have contributed to the violence taking place in that city today.

John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D., pt. 1                         John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D., pt. 2

 

September 28, 2013

Full Program

Clark Neily, senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, discusses his recently released book, Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government.

 

Clark Neily, pt. 1                         Clark Neily, pt. 2

 

Clark Neily, pt. 3

 

Greg Lukianoff, president of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), addresses the recent incident at the Modesto Junior College where a student was prohibited from distributing free copies of the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day, and told that this institution of “higher education,” on its own initiative, had amended that revered document to include time, place, and manner restrictions on exercising one’s free speech rights.

 

Greg will be a recurring guest on Freedom & Prosperity Radio to identify which public colleges and universities have administrators and professors who are so intellectually gifted that they, too, are unable to grasp the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (i.e., which have speech codes, free-speech zones, etc.).

Greg Lukianoff, pt. 1                         Greg Lukianoff, pt. 2

 

September 21, 2013

Full Program

Jeremy Hopkins, J.D., a partner with Waldo & Lyle, P.C. of Norfolk, addresses two recent court decisions in Virginia, one involving a Waldo & Lyle victory in the Virginia Supreme Court regarding Old Dominion University and eminent domain, and the other a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case involving the Virginia Attorney General’s office.

 

Jeremy Hopkins, J.D., pt. 1                         Jeremy Hopkins, J.D., pt. 2

 

Andrew McCarthy is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, a contributing editor at National Review, and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of Jihad and The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.  As a former Assistant United States Attorney, he led the successful prosecution of the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel Rahman, for waging a terrorist war against the United States.

 

Andrew exposes the Muslim Brotherhood, the threat they represent, why the Obama administration has become entangled with them, and, of course, Syria.

 

Andrew C. McCarthy, pt. 1                         Andrew C. McCarthy, pt. 2

 

Randall Holcombe, Ph.D., Devoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, discusses his recently released book, Liberalism and Cronyism: Two Rival Political and Economic Systems.

 

Randall Holcombe, Ph.D.

 

September 14, 2013

Full Program

Rich Noyes, research director at the Media Research Center, releases the results of a recent report revealing the media’s biased coverage of the Virginia Governor’s race.

 

Rich Noyes, pt. 1                         Rich Noyes, pt. 2

 

Rich Noyes, pt. 3

 

Scottie Nell Hughes, news director and chief journalist for the Tea Party News Network, discusses the need for President Obama (at age 52) to start accepting responsibility for his failures, and exposes how President Obama and the see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil media are making every effort to ignore the torture, rape, and slaughter of Christians in Egypt and Syria.

Scottie Nell Hughes, pt. 1                         Scottie Nell Hughes, pt. 2

 

September 7, 2013

Full Program

Paul E. Peterson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and director of the program on education policy and governance at Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses his recently released book, Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School.

 

Paul E. Peterson, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Paul E. Peterson, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

With a budget battle and possible government shutdown looming, perhaps it would be good to look at federal budget caps in a historical context.  During our first 150 years, policymakers often froze spending and reduced debt between wars.  Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, speaks to a recent op-ed he wrote for National Review Online titled, “Spending Freezes in History: When the Economy Grows, Lawmakers Should Cut Spending or at Least Hold It Flat.”

Chris Edwards, pt. 1                         Chris Edwards, pt. 2

Chris Edwards, pt. 3

 

August 31, 2013

Full Program

Lewis Lehrman, formerly managing director of Morgan Stanley & Company and presently senior partner of L.E. Lehrman & Co., discusses his recently released book, Money, Gold, and History.

 

Lewis Lehrman, pt. 1                         Lewis Lehrman, pt. 2

 

Lewis Lehrman, pt. 3

 

In his latest book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of the American Debate, Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), exposes the intellectual wasteland of “higher education.”  Are our public campuses and universities really little fiefdoms where the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution don’t apply?

Greg Lukianoff, pt. 1                         Greg Lukianoff, pt. 2

 

August 24, 2013

Full Program

Michael Tanner, senior fellow with the Cato Institute, exposes the shocking findings from his latest policy report, The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off 2013: An Analysis of the Total Level of Welfare Benefits by State.

Michael Tanner, pt. 1                         Michael Tanner, pt. 2

Erick Stakelbeck, host of the weekly CBN program Stakelbeck on Terror and a regular contributor to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV, discusses his recently released book, The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy.

 

Erick Stakelbeck, pt. 1                         Erick Stakelbeck, pt. 2

Erick Stakelbeck, pt. 3

 

August 17, 2013

Full Program

Professor Robert P. George, J.D., DPhil, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton and currently a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, discusses his recently released book, Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism.

 

Robert P. George, J.D., DPhil, pt. 1                         Robert P. George, J.D., DPhil, pt. 2

 

Robert P. George, J.D., DPhil, pt. 3

 

Rev. E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, outlines his agenda for K-12 education reform.

 

Rev. E.W. Jackson

 

Robert Sarvis, Libertarian candidate for Governor of Virginia, addresses his campaign.  Sarvis, a graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, earned a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard University, an M.A.S. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in England, an M.A. in economics from George Mason University, and a J.D. from New York University.  He co-authored a policy report with Jeffrey Miron, Ph.D., the director of undergraduate studies in the department of economics at Harvard, for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University titled, The Fiscal Health of the States.  www.mercatus.org/sites/default/files/F111533064.pdf

Robert Sarvis

 

August 10, 2013

Full Program

John Taylor, president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, addresses Governor McDonnell’s ethical lapses, why it seems there are an increasing number of scandals involving politicians or political wannabes, why political parties would do well to insist on strict ethical standards, what George Washington’s take on Governor McDonnell’s behavior would have been, and why a forgiving heart in regards to a public servant’s indiscretions ensures a race to the bottom amongst our “leaders.”  We will never get more than we demand.

 

John Taylor, pt. 1                         John Taylor, pt. 2

 

John Taylor, pt. 3                         John Taylor, pt. 4

 

Edward S. Painvin, CFA, CMT, chief investment officer of Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, offers his perspective on the U.S. economy in regards to recent revisions to the May and June payroll numbers, our labor force participation rate, the ongoing jobless recovery, personal income growth, and our transition to a part-time work force.

Edward S. Painvin, CFA, CMT

 

July 20, 2013

Full Program

Radley Balko, senior writer and investigative reporter for The Huffington Post, formerly a senior editor for Reason magazine and policy analyst with the Cato Institute, discusses his recently released book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.

Radley Balko

Interviewed at the FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas, Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.com and Reason.tv and former editor in chief at Reason magazine, celebrates the forty-fifth anniversary of Reason and identifies the major changes that have taken place in the media, the U.S., and the world during that period.

Nick Gillespie

From FreedomFest, Randall Holcombe, Ph.D., the DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, comments on housing in America.  (Dr. Holcombe is the co-author of a book in 2009, Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis.)  John C. Goodman, Ph.D., president of the National Center for Policy Analysis and author of Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, exposes what healthcare will be like under Obamacare.

Randall Holcombe, Ph.D. and John Goodman, Ph.D.

Need a suggestion or nine for your summer reading?  Jesse Walker reviews his role as the books editor of Reason magazine and invites people to visit Reason.com to read an article from the forty-fifth anniversary issue, “Revolutionary Reading: Nine Transformative Books of the Last 45 years.”

Jesse Walker

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, reacts to the new third-party app on Google Maps that allows users to place a “scarlet letter” on their neighbor’s property to identify “dangerous gun owners.”

Philip Van Cleave

 

July 13, 2013

Full Program

Direct from the FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas, Jeff Reed, communications director for The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, updates us on the progress of the school choice movement nationwide and specifically addresses Virginia.

Jeff Reed

Andrew Heaton, libertarian comic and author, discusses his latest book, From the Monkey Cage: Fixing Politics Through Wit & CartoonsGene Epstein, economics editor and book review editor for Barron’s, also drops by to make observations on From the Monkey Cage and Andrew’s humor.

Andrew Heaton and Gene Epstein

Satirist Loren Spivack, “Dr. Truth,” parodies the environmentalist movement and identifies it as a threat to freedom and the American standard of living in his recently released second book, The Gorax.

Loren Spivack

Mark Skousen, Ph.D., editor of The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin and producer of FreedomFest, speaks to the theme of this year’s conference, “Are We Rome?”

Mark Skousen, Ph.D.

Anthony Gregory, research fellow at the Independent Institute, addresses the central themes from his 2013 book, The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King’s Prerogative to the War on Terror.

Anthony Gregory

 

July 6, 2013

Full Program

Becket Adams, former chief research assistant to Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal and now a writer for TheBlaze, expounds upon one of his recent articles, “Worse Than We Thought: EU Officials Have Some Bad Economic News.”

 

Becket Adams, pt. 1                         Becket Adams, pt. 2

 

Reagan George, president of the Virginia Voters Alliance, exposes the current effort in the Commonwealth to restore voting rights to felons, who is behind the effort and why.

Reagan George, pt. 1                         Reagan George, pt. 2

Joe Thomas, host of Freedom & Prosperity Radio, revisits the Declaration of Independence for the adults who might need to be reminded of its contents, and for the schoolchildren who were never taught that such a document existed.

Joe Thomas

 

June 29, 2013

Full Program

John Whitehead, founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization headquartered in Charlottesville, discusses his recently released book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State.

 

John Whitehead, J.D., pt. 1                         John Whitehead, J.D., pt. 2

 

Chris Horner, director of litigation at the American Tradition Institute, exposes how erstwhile classical liberal, free market, limited-government groups in Washington, D.C. appear to be changing their positions on cap-and-trade, offering a reconsideration from a “free-market” perspective (also known as “discouraging abundance through tax policy”).  Are “useful idiots” in D.C. changing their positions to appease/attract donors?  (Also known in public policy circles as “Have Ph.D., have personal computer, will whore.”)

Chris Horner, J.D., pt. 1                         Chris Horner, J.D., pt. 2

Mark Skousen, Ph.D., author of The Big Three in Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes, and producer of FreedomFest, outlines this year’s event at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas (July 10th-13th).  Speakers this year include: Steve Forbes, John Allison, Rand Paul, Jim Rogers, Charles Murray, Art Laffer, and John Stossel.

Mark Skousen, Ph.D.

 

June 15, 2013

Full Program

Scottie Nell Hughes, news director and chief journalist for the Tea Party News Network, addresses the ongoing scandal regarding the IRS targeting conservative groups and how the corruption in our federal government continues to be the best rationale and advertisement for constitutionally-limited government and the Tea Parties.

 

Scottie Nell Hughes, pt. 1                         Scottie Nell Hughes, pt. 2

 

Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., expounds upon his recent National Review Online column, “Western Cultural Suicide.”

Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., pt. 2

Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., pt. 3

 

June 8, 2013

Full Program

Professor Christopher J. Coyne, Ph.D., F.A. Harper Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies at George Mason University, outlines the main themes from his recently released book, Doing Bad by Doing good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails.

 

Christopher J. Coyne, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Christopher J. Coyne, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

You saw him demolish Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) during congressional testimony this week, now Professor John Eastman, J.D., Ph.D., the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service and former Dean at Chapman University School of Law, who also serves as the Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence (a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy), visits Freedom & Prosperity Radio to expose the IRS’s harassment of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).  NOM had its tax return illegally leaked by the IRS to subsequently appear on a competitor’s Web site.

John Eastman, J.D., Ph.D., pt. 1                         John Eastman, J.D., Ph.D., pt. 2

 

June 1, 2013

Full Program

Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of True the Vote, exposes the government’s harassment and abuse of the Engelbrecht family and the organization, True the Vote.  This included: 3 IRS inquiries, 1 IRS visit, IRS audits of their business for two in a row, IRS audits of their personal returns for two years in a row, 5 FBI inquiries, 2 ATF audits, 1 OSHA visit, and 1 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality audit based upon an anonymous complaint.

 

The corruption in our federal government goes far beyond the IRS.  It is rampant.

 

Catherine Engelbrecht, pt. 1                         Catherine Engelbrecht, pt. 2

 

Kevin D. Williamson, correspondent for National Review and author of two previously published books The Dependency Agenda and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, discusses his most recently released book, The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure.

Kevin D. Williamson, pt. 1                         Kevin D. Williamson, pt. 2

Kevin D. Williamson, pt. 3

 

May 25, 2013

Full Program

Tim Lynch, director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, exposes the growing problem of police misconduct, illegality, and the ongoing abuse of the citizenry.

Tim Lynch, J.D., pt. 1                         Tim Lynch, J.D., pt. 2

Robert Franklin, attorney in Houston, Texas and spokesman for the Center for Prosecutor Integrity, discusses a recently published study revealing rampant prosecutorial misconduct in domestic violence and rape cases.

Robert Franklin, Esq., pt. 1                         Robert Franklin, Esq., pt. 2

 

May 18, 2013

Full Program

Mark Tapscott, executive editor of The Washington Examiner, reacts to the ongoing scandals (Benghazi, IRS vs. conservative groups, “Justice” Department vs. the media) brought to you by the Obama administration.

Mark Tapscott, pt. 1                         Mark Tapscott, pt. 2

Mark Tapscott, pt. 3

John Whitehead is the founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.  John addresses the over-criminalization of our society and the overreach, abuses, and usurpations of government at all levels.

John Whitehead, J.D., pt. 1                         John Whitehead, J.D., pt. 2

 

May 11, 2013

Full Program

Colin Flaherty, award-winning reporter and author of White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It, presents the evidence that whether one is considering the recent “Beach Week” in Virginia Beach, flash mobs committing theft and general mayhem in retail outlets and malls, or the latest craze, “Knockout Games,” barbarity seems to be in vogue with those young “scholars” for whom our society has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to educate.

Colin Flaherty, pt. 1                         Colin Flaherty, pt. 2

Congressman Trey Gowdy, Republican representing South Carolina’s 4th District and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, reviews what we learned from this week’s Benghazi hearing.

Congressman Trey Gowdy, pt. 1                         Congressman Trey Gowdy, pt. 2

 

May 4, 2013

Full Program

Emmett McGroarty, Esq., executive director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative at the American Principles Project, discusses the truly scary “Common Core,” an effort to impose a national curriculum and national standards on K-12 education.  At the heart of this battle is whether we will continue to have citizen-directed government in this country or whether we will continue the transition to government by unelected and unaccountable “elites.”

Emmett McGroarty, Esq., pt. 1                         Emmett McGroarty, Esq., pt. 2

Buzz Jacobs, former Director of Immigration Security Policy as part of President George W. Bush’s Homeland Security Council staff, is producing a documentary titled Benghazi 9-11 that will expose the truth about what happened in Libya and why the Obama administration would prefer the whole episode remain secret.

Buzz Jacobs

Mychal Massie is the former chairman of Project 21 – The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives, and the creator of The Daily Rant, a conservative commentary on race and politics.  Mychal discusses the former influences on President Obama and the effect they had in shaping his current worldview.

Mychal Massie, pt. 1                         Mychal Massie, pt. 2

 

April 27, 2013

Full Program

Angela Logomasini, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, exposes what she heard when she attended the taxpayer-funded Alcohol Policy 16 conference.  Billed as a conference to discuss “the avoidance of alcohol-related problems using public policy strategies,” instead the symposium mocked the alcohol industry’s efforts to promote individual responsibility and promoted government restrictions on individual choice and freedom.

In fact, when lobbying in favor of taxes and laws to restrict the public’s access to alcohol, one speaker, former U.S. National Institutes of Health employee Robert Denniston, suggested the issue should be framed to liken the “alcohol industry” to mosquitoes carrying a dangerous virus.  Just more junk science being regurgitated by people who are not scientists, while the taxpayers pick up the tab for their get-togethers.

Angela Logomasini, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Angela Logomasini, Ph.D., pt. 2

John Taylor, president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, reviews the last several weeks which have been particularly unkind to the Obama administration.  From gun control, to immigration, to Radical Islam again rearing its ugly head in the U.S., to infanticide/Planned Parenthood, President Obama just can’t seem to get a break.  Oh, fiddle-faddle!

John Taylor, pt. 1                         John Taylor, pt. 2

John Taylor, pt. 3

 

April 20, 2013

 

Full Program

Joe Arpaio, legendary Sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona, discusses the role of the sheriff in our communities and the challenges of enforcing the rule of law despite the best efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Joe Arpaio

Jeffrey Tucker, executive editor and publisher of Laissez Faire Books, completes an interview begun last week on the origination of bitcoin, its market penetration to date, and the future demand for alternative currencies as governments awash in debt confiscate wealth as in Cyprus or devalue citizens’ savings by debauching the currency as in the U.S.

Jeffrey Tucker, pt. 1                         Jeffrey Tucker, pt. 2

Jeffrey Tucker, pt. 3

 

April 13, 2013

Full Program

 

In part 2 of our interview with Brian Vanyo, author of The American Ideology, the discussion continues regarding the necessity of returning to the principles of our founding and the Constitution if we are to avoid tyranny while ensuring the freedom and prosperity that were once the hallmarks of American exceptionalism.

Brian Vanyo

Jeffrey Tucker, executive editor and publisher at Laissez Faire Books, offers an introduction to the bitcoin alternative currency.

Jeffery Tucker

John Blundell, former director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and author of Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady, speaks to the legacy of Prime Minister Thatcher.  What was the environment in Britain when Thatcher became Prime Minister?  What did she do to turn Britain around?  Were Thatcher and Reagan just a detour on the socialist road to serfdom because they were not followed by capable politicians who were equally determined to move things in a new direction, or ultimately will they be remembered for setting a new course?

John Blundell, pt. 1                         John Blundell, pt. 2

John Blundell, pt. 3

 

April 6, 2013

Full Program

 

Prof. Steve Hanke, professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, named one of the twenty-five most influential people in the world by World Trade Magazine, contrasts the views of Hayek and Krugman on capital controls and reveals what the end result of said controls is likely to be.

Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., pt. 2

Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., pt. 3

Brian Vanyo, author of The American Ideology, on tyranny.

Brian Vanyo

Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament and author of The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, exposes what finally transpired in Cyprus and the implication of this new “template” for the EU and the U.S.

Daniel Hannan

 

March 30, 2013

Full Program

Laurence Kotlikoff, Ph.D., a professor of economics at Boston University and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc., discusses our leveraged banking system that allows bankers, and politicians, to gamble with a public good.

 

Laurence Kotlikoff, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Laurence Kotlikoff, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

Laurence Kotlikoff, Ph.D., pt. 3

 

Del. Ben Cline introduces his new Virginia Conservative Victory Fund (www.vcvf.org) and gives his thoughts on the reconvene session/transportation amendments.

Del. Ben Cline, pt. 1                         Del. Ben Cline, pt. 2

 

 

March 23, 2013

Full Program

Dan Mitchell, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Cato Institute, discusses the ongoing plunder of the Cypriot people.

 

Dan Mitchell, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Dan Mitchell, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

Mark Skousen, Ph.D., author of Vienna & Chicago, Friends or Foes?  A Tale of Two Schools of Free-Market Economics, and producer of FreedomFest, discusses this year’s event in Las Vegas.  FreedomFest will move to Caesars Palace and be held from July 10th-13th.  Speakers to date include: John Allison, Art Laffer, Charles Murray, Peter Schiff, Jim Rogers, Stephen Moore, and Steve Forbes.

Mark Skousen, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Mark Skousen, Ph.D., pt. 2

Mark Skousen, Ph.D., pt. 3

 

March 16, 2013

Full Program

Cathy Turner, property rights activist extraordinaire, discusses the defeat of The Crooked Road’s efforts to become a National Heritage Area.  This slap down was so emphatic and embarrassing for the proponents that even Congressman Morgan Griffith is now claiming to be pro-private property rights!

Cathy Turner, pt. 1                         Cathy Turner, pt. 2

Mario H. Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, is interviewed at CPAC.  The Hispanic Leadership Fund is an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise.

 

Mario H. Lopez

 

Cognoscente, gourmand, and polemicist Ted Nugent makes his first appearance on Freedom & Prosperity Radio.  In addition to his contributions to culture, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Western Civilization in general, Ted is the star of the prime-time television program on The Sportsman Channel, Wanted: Ted or Alive.  Carry on.

Ted Nugent, pt. 1                         Ted Nugent, pt. 2

 

March 9, 2013

Full Program

John Taylor, president of Tertium Quids and host of the Tuesday Morning Group coalition, offers a few thoughts on the 2013 Virginia General Assembly session.

 

John Taylor

 

Brandon Adams, former Harvard professor who taught courses in international macroeconomics, discusses his recently released book, Setting Sun: The End of U.S. Economic Dominance.

 

In Setting Sun Adams explores how cultural shifts are signaling economic decline, which in turn will create a very painful period in American history.

Brandon Adams, pt. 1                         Brandon Adams, pt. 2

Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, exposes the racist roots of gun control.

Niger Innis, pt. 1                         Niger Innis, pt. 2

 

March 2, 2013

Full Program

Amity Shlaes, author of the previous blockbuster The Forgotten Man, discusses her new biography, Coolidge.  Silent Cal never busted a move on Ellen, never hit a 3-pointer, never sat around with the gals on The View.  He was just, dare I say it, c-o-m-p-e-t-e-n-t.

Amity Shlaes

Professor Harry C. Veryser, associate scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, discusses the timely and timeless points from his recently published book, It Didn’t Have to Be This Way: Why Boom and Bust is Unnecessary – and How the Austrian School of Economics Breaks the Cycle.

Harry C. Veryeser, pt.1                         Harry C. Veryeser, pt. 2

Harry C. Veryeser, pt. 3

 

February 23, 2013

Full Program

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., discusses the defeat of The Boneta Bill (HB 1430).  Defeated in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources committee by an 11-4 vote, it is worth noting that 15 people are on this committee, and the Republicans are in the majority with 8 seats.  The 5 Republican Senators who voted against property rights were:  Emmett Hanger, Harry Blevins, Phillip Puckett, Frank Ruff, and John Watkins.

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., pt. 1                         Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., pt. 2

Chris Horner, director of litigation at the American Tradition Institute, offers an update on his battle for transparency and the rule of law at the Environmental Protection Agency.  More people, who were involved in using secret e-mail accounts to conduct official government business, are beginning to offer their resignations.

Chris Horner, pt. 1                         Chris Horner, pt. 2

Horace Cooper, research fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research and co-chair of Project 21, reacts to Democrat leaders in this year’s Virginia General Assembly session referring to voter ID bills as “poll taxes.”  Mr. Cooper also previews an upcoming appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case regarding the Voting Rights Act.

Horace Cooper, J.D.

 

February 16, 2013

Full Program

Allan H. Meltzer, Ph.D., university professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University, distinguished visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution, and president of the Mont Pelerin Society, details the magnitude of the mess our economy is in, and gives four reasons why Keynesians keep getting it wrong.

Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., pt. 2

Delegate Rob Bell discusses his three bills currently before the General Assembly to fight voter fraud:

HB 1764 would help prevent people from registering and voting in multiple states;

HB 1765 would keep felons off our voter rolls;

HB 2331 would empower the Attorney General to investigate voter fraud in Virginia.

Delegate Rob Bell

Hans Bader, senior attorney and counsel for special projects at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, explains why minimum wage increases are a fraud.

Hans Bader, J.D., pt. 1                         Hans Bader, J.D., pt. 2

 

February 9, 2013

Full Program

Edward S. Painvin, the chief investment officer of Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, analyzes the current state of the economy and what we should be looking for in 2013.

Edward S. Painvin, CFA, CMT pt. 1                         Edward S. Painvin, CFA, CMT pt. 2

Edward S. Painvin, CFA, CMT pt. 3

Congressman Bob Goodlatte is asked two important questions.  First, how are the executive orders issued by President Obama that exceed being directives to executive branch personnel regarding the implementation of legislation passed by Congress, going to be challenged?

Second, increasingly employees of the federal government break the law with no fear of any consequences (e.g., Harry Reid and the U.S. Senate failing to pass a budget; gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels by the Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens [Should we be expecting the Mexican government to drone the U.S. officials responsible for these deaths, since apparently the U.S. federal government criminals have decided to absolve themselves from any and all responsibility?]; EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, using an alias and secret e-mail accounts to conceal from the press and public the official government business she was conducting).

Do employees of the federal government have any more prerogative to ignore, or break, the law than Sovereign Citizens?  How will this problem be addressed before there is such little regard for the established rule of law that everyone feels entitled to live by a “living” Constitution they developed by themselves, for themselves?

Congressman Bob Goodlatte, pt. 1                         Congressman Bob Goodlatte, pt. 2

 

February 2, 2013

Full Program

Congressman Steve Scalise, the new chairman of the Republican Study Committee, discusses the upcoming battles in Congress in regards to tax increases, spending cuts, deficits, debt, and credit ratings.

Congressman Steve Scalise, pt. 1                         Congressman Steve Scalise, pt. 2

Senator Jim DeMint expounds upon his new role as president of The Heritage Foundation and whether that organization can serve as a foil to Obama’s new tax-exempt nonprofit, Organizing for Action.  Can The Heritage Foundation effectively counter the left’s progressive message despite being unwilling to use the tactics one might anticipate from the Messina-Axelrod-Cutter-Gibbs quadrumvirate?  Senator DeMint also addresses what we might expect from congressional Republicans in the coming debates on increasing taxes, reforming entitlements, and raising the debt ceiling.

Senator Jim DeMint, pt. 1                         Senator Jim DeMint, pt. 2

 

January 26, 2013

Full Program

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., updates us on the status of The Boneta Bill (HB 1430) and the opposition being mounted by the Virginia Farm Bureau (an insurance company pretending to represent the interests of farmers – unless you are a small farmer or a family farm in which case there is no pretense that you even exist) and its toadies in the General Assembly.

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., pt.1                         Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., pt. 2

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., pt. 3

Robert J. Cottroll, professor of law and history, the Harold Paul Green Research Professor at George Washington University, and a self-described liberal Democrat, gives his thoughts on the current gun control debate.  Professor Cottroll: “This conception of citizenship recognizes that the ultimate civil right is the right to defend one’s own life, that without that right all other rights are meaningless, and that without the means of self-defense the right to self-defense is but an empty promise.”

Professor Robert J. Cottroll, pt. 1                         Professor Robert J. Cottroll, pt. 2

 

January 19, 2013

Full Program

Carol Stopps, chairman of the Legislative Action Committee of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, outlines the Tea Party’s legislative agenda for the 2013 General Assembly session.

Carol Stopps, pt. 1                         Carol Stopps, pt. 2

Marc Scribner, fellow in land-use and transportation studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, analyzes Governor McDonnell’s proposal to eliminate the gas tax and increase the sales tax.

 

Marc Scribner, pt. 1                         Marc Scribner, pt. 2

 

Rep. Kendell Kroeker, Wyoming state legislator, discusses his Firearm Protection Act which provides that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm, or limit the size of the magazine of a firearm, or places other limitations on firearms, shall be unenforceable in Wyoming.

 

Rep. Kendell Kroeker

 

January 12, 2013

Full Program

Del. Scott Lingamfelter addresses his introduction of HB 1430, also known as “The Boneta Bill.”

From Del. Lingamfelter’s news release:

In August of 2012, Martha Boneta received national media attention after she held a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls, one of whom was the daughter of a close friend.  County government officials informed Martha that local ordinances required a permit to be obtained prior to hosting such an event and that she would be fined $5,000 for not doing so.  Martha was also charged with two additional violations with fines up to $5,000 each – one for advertising a pumpkin carving and another for operating a small shop on her property that she used to sell her fresh produce and handmade crafts.

 

When Martha informed the county that she had obtained a business license to operate her farm store, local bureaucrats told her that the county regulations had been recently changed to require additional permits to sell items like handspun yarns and birdhouses.

Del. Scott Lingamfelter, pt. 1                         Del. Scott Lingamfelter, pt. 2

Del. Rob Bell explains two bills he has introduced in the current General Assembly session.  The first (HB 1787) amends the type of identification a voter must present to vote at the polls.  All such identification must contain the voter’s name, date of birth, and photograph; must be issued by the United States or the Commonwealth; and must contain an expiration date that is unexpired or that expired only after the most recent general election.

 

The second (HB 1788) requires that for an applicant to register to vote, he must present proof of citizenship with his registration application.  The bill also amends the type of identification a voter must present to vote at the polls.  All such identification must contain the voter’s name, date of birth, and photograph; must be issued by the United States or the Commonwealth; and must contain an expiration date that is unexpired or that expired only after the most recent general election.

Del. Rob Bell

Reagan George, president of the Virginia Voters Alliance, discusses legislation before the General Assembly that would require a photo ID to vote in Virginia.

 

Reagan George, pt. 1                         Reagan George, pt. 2

 

January 5, 2013

Full Program

Joshua E. Baker, an attorney with the Norfolk law firm Waldo & Lyle, gives an insider’s perspective on a recent victory for property rights and property owners in an eminent domain court case in Henrico County.

 

Joshua E. Baker, Esq., pt. 1                         Joshua E. Baker, Esq., pt. 2

 

Tom Palmer, executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research foundation, discusses his recently released book, After the Welfare State.

 

Tom Palmer, pt. 1                         Tom Palmer, pt. 2

Tom Palmer, pt. 3

 

December 29, 2012

[Repeat of the December 22, 2012 program]

 

December 22, 2012

Full Program

Rabbi Aryeh Spero explains the “how to” from his recently released book, Push Back: Reclaiming the American Judeo-Christian Spirit.

 

Rabbi Aryeh Spero, pt. 1                         Rabbi Aryeh Spero, pt. 2

 

Rabbi Aryeh Spero, pt. 3

 

Professor Gary Wolfram, Ph.D., the William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College, provides the inoculation contained within his most recent book, A Capitalist Manifesto: Understanding the Market Economy & Defending Liberty, to block the collectivist impulses of the progressive plague which in the worst cases can lead to the intellectual dwarfism of the mainstream, though increasingly lunatic, left.  Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Gary Wolfram, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Gary Wolfram, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

December 15, 2012

Full Program

Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, comments on Michigan, of all places, becoming the 24th right-to-work state.  [Wouldn’t it be grand if our congressional leaders had the, uh, backbone of Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan? – JT]

 

Mark Mix, pt. 1                         Mark Mix, pt. 2

 

Stephen Moore, senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal, discusses his new book, Who’s the Fairest of Them All?: The Truth about Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America.

 

Steve Moore, pt. 1                         Steve Moore, pt. 2

 

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq. offers an update on the property rights battles in Fauquier County.  Will the local officials ever learn that rights may be something for which we are willingly to fight, but they are not something on which we have to vote?  This was once understood by any 9th grader who had completed 8th grade civics.  Given the Fauquier example, apparently now one can be mailed a diploma from the Harvard Law School without ever having grasped this truth.

 

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq.

 

December 8, 2012

Full Program

Chris Horner, director of litigation for the American Tradition Institute, exposes the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to avoid both transparency and the law by the use of private, illegal e-mail accounts for official government business.  Chris also addresses the growing problem of individuals in our public sector who knowingly break the law, are never held accountable, and what the consequences of this corruption will be over time.

 

Chris Horner, pt. 1                         Chris Horner, pt. 2

 

Chris Horner, pt. 3

 

Professor Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., University Professor of Political Economy at Carnegie Mellon University, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution, and President of the Mont Pelerin Society, answers the question raised by the title of his most recent book, Why Capitalism?

Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

December 1, 2012

Full Program

Rosa Koire, executive director of the Post Sustainability Institute and host of the Web site www.DemocratsAgainstU.N.Agenda21.com, discusses her most recent book, Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21.  (What is Agenda 21?  How did the U.S. get involved?  What is happening in your town?  Why is it happening?  Who is behind it?  Who is funding it?  What can you do to stop it?)

 

Rosa Koire, pt. 1                         Rosa Koire, pt. 2

 

Rosa Koire, pt. 3                         Rosa Koire, pt. 4

 

John Taylor, president of Tertium Quids, gives color commentary from ringside at the Republican Party of Virginia’s smackdown between Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

John Taylor

 

November 24, 2012

Full Program

 

Josh Baker, an attorney with the Norfolk-based law firm Waldo & Lyle, and Dale Swanson, a property owner in Spotsylvania County, expose the lawlessness of the local authorities in Spotsylvania.  Ms. Swanson opposed the construction of a road being built across her property for a local mall.  In retaliation, the local good ol’ boys invaded her property with bulldozers, did $98,000 worth of damage, and now refuse to participate in settlement talks unless Ms. Swanson signs a gag order in which she agrees not to discuss her case with anyone.

 

Despite not having the necessary permit to come onto Ms. Swanson’s property, and despite the fact that local deputies were posted on Ms. Swanson’s land while it was being bulldozed, no government employees have been fired or lost their pensions.

 

Joshua E. Baker, Esq. & Dale Swanson, pt. 1           Joshua E. Baker, Esq. & Dale Swanson, pt. 2

 

Dr. Lanny Ebenstein, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, discusses his recently released book, The Indispensable Milton Friedman: Essays on Politics and Economics, a volume commemorating Friedman’s 100th birthday.

 

Dr. Lanny Ebenstein, pt. 1                         Dr. Lanny Ebenstein, pt. 2

 

Dr. Lanny Ebenstein, pt. 3

 

November 17, 2012

Full Program

John Allison, president & CEO of the Cato Institute and the longest serving CEO of a top-25 financial institution having served as chairman of BB&T for twenty years, discusses his recently released book, The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy’s Only Hope.

 

John Allison, pt. 1                         John Allison, pt. 2

 

John Allison, pt. 3

 

Lewis Lehrman, author of The True Gold Standard, former managing director of Morgan Stanley & Company, and presently senior partner of L.E. Lehrman & Co., outlines what would be his top two or three priorities/initiatives for the next four years if he had just been elected President.

Lewis Lehrman, pt. 1                         Lewis Lehrman, pt. 2

 

November 10, 2012

Full Program

Don Watkins, a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, discusses his recently released book that he co-authored with Yaron Brook, Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.

Don Watkins, pt. 1                         Don Watkins, pt. 2

John Taylor, president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, reviews the recent election results and poses the questions we should all be asking in regards to President Obama’s second term.

John Taylor, pt. 1                         John Taylor, pt. 2

John Taylor, pt. 3

 

November 3, 2012

Full Program

Andrew Marcus, film producer and director, chronicles the contributions of Andrew Breitbart and introduces the recently released film, Hating Breitbart.

 

Andrew Marcus, pt. 1                         Andrew Marcus, pt. 2

 

Andrew Marcus, pt. 3

 

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli reports upon his office’s victory before the Virginia Supreme Court in a case in which Appalachian Power (APCo) sought to recover costs related to compliance with federal environmental regulations.  The court found that APCo was only entitled to recover $6 million of a disputed $33.3 million.  Under Virginia law, the attorney general represents the interests of electric ratepayers in this type of proceeding.

 

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

 

James O’Keefe, president of Project Veritas, discusses his organization’s video of Patrick Moran, son of Congressman Jim Moran and field director of his father’s reelection campaign, allegedly advising an undercover reporter on how to fraudulently cast ballots in the name of registered voters.

James O’Keefe

 

October 27, 2012

Full Program

Adam Freedman introduces his recently released book, The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters, which details how the abandonment of the original meaning of the Constitution has contributed to a vast expansion of government powers.

 

Adam J. Freedman, pt. 1                         Adam J. Freedman, pt. 2

 

Adam J. Freedman, pt. 3

 

Brenda J. Elliott details the revelations from her latest book, Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed.

 

Brenda J. Elliott, pt. 1                         Brenda J. Elliott, pt. 2

 

October 20, 2012

Full Program

David Marotta, president of Marotta Wealth Management, has analyzed Mitt Romney’s tax returns for the last two years and discusses what was actually paid in taxes and contributed to charity.

David Marotta, pt. 1                         David Marotta, pt. 2

David Marotta, pt. 3

Mark Tapscott, executive editor of The Washington Examiner, discusses the newspaper’s exposé on the life of Barack Obama before he became President.

 

Mark Tapscott, pt. 1                         Mark Tapscott, pt. 2

 

October 13, 2012

Full Program

John Taylor, president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, reviews the first presidential and vice-presidential debates and expresses the hope that in the future invitations to debate will be limited to adults who won’t embarrass our country on an international stage.

John Taylor

State Senator Jill Vogel discusses the ongoing property-rights battle in Fauquier County.  Will Muffy, Buffy, Montague, and Dinwiddie succeed in driving family farmers and wineries out of Fauquier, or will county administrator Kimberly Johnson, and the fox-hunting horsey she rode in on, be shown the door?

Senator Jill Vogel, pt. 1                         Senator Jill Vogel, pt. 2

Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, named one of the twenty-five most influential people in the world by World Trade Magazine, has been tracking the collapse of the Iranian rial.  Professor Hanke estimates that Iran is now experiencing a monthly inflation rate of nearly 70%.  What could be the consequences of hyperinflation in Iran?

 

Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

October 6, 2012

Full Program

 

Ed Klein, author of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House (now on The New York Times Bestseller list for 20 weeks), reviews the first presidential debate.

 

Ed Klein, pt. 1                         Ed Klein, pt. 2

 

Bishop E.W. Jackson, originator of the EXODUS NOW! movement, discusses his viral video that calls for the black church community to make a mass exodus from the Democrat Party.

Bishop E.W. Jackson

Michael Levine, founder and president of Levine Communication Office and author of 19 books including Guerrilla P.R., offers his analysis of the first presidential debate.

Michael Levine

 

September 29, 2012

Full Program

 

Chris Horner, the director of litigation for the American Tradition Institute, introduces his latest book being released today, The Liberal War on Transparency, which exposes the tricks and tactics used by our public servants to ensure the Sovereign Citizens remain in the dark.

 

Chris Horner, pt. 1                         Chris Horner, pt. 2

 

Brian Vanyo discusses his new book, The American Ideology, which identifies the political philosophy that enabled self-government in the United States and details the fundamental values on which freedom must rest for any republic to be sustained.  The American Ideology exposes how the federal government has subverted liberty and offers a way for the American people to restore their sovereignty, and reassert their rights, by returning to the political philosophy that inspired the American Revolution.

Brian Vanyo, pt. 1                         Brian Vanyo, pt. 2

Dean Chambers, the creator of unskewedpolls.com, explains the differences in his methodology as compared to other pollsters and reveals how “unskewing” affects the results of the polling.

Dean Chambers

 

September 22, 2012

Full Program

 

Daniel Pipes, Ph.D., founder and director of the Middle East Forum and the Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, analyzes the Middle East meltdown (otherwise known as the “Arab Spring”), the threat this poses to the continued existence of Israel, and the outright collapse of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy.

Daniel Pipes, Ph.D., pt. 1                         Daniel Pipes, Ph.D., pt. 2

Senator Rand Paul discusses his just released book Government Bullies.

Senator Rand Paul, pt. 1                         Senator Rand Paul, pt. 2

Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News and director of the new film The Hope and the Change, introduces the topic of the production.  A movie that Sean Hannity calls “the most powerful documentary I’ve ever seen,” The Hope and the Change chronicles in devastating detail the massive disillusionment of Democrats and independents with President Barack Obama.

Stephen K. Bannon

 

September 15, 2012

Full Program

 

Mallory Factor, professor of international politics and American government at The Citadel as well as the author of the newly released book Shadowbosses, details how union leaders have amassed greater and greater power within the federal government during the Obama administration and how this growing influence poses a significant threat both to national security and efforts to reduce the deficit.

Mallory Factor, pt. 1                         Mallory Factor, pt. 2

 

Harmon Kaslow, the producer of Atlas Shrugged The Movie, will discuss the October 12th release of part 2 of the trilogy.  Mr. Kaslow will also address the continuing relevance of Ayn Rand’s philosophy in a United States that continues to become increasingly polarized politically in regards to collectivism vs. the individual.

 

Harmon Kaslow, pt. 1                         Harmon Kaslow, pt. 2

 

Harmon Kaslow, pt. 3

 

September 8, 2012

Full Program

 

Paul Kengor, Ph.D. will discuss his recently published book, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.

 

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., pt.1                         Paul Kengor, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., pt. 3

 

At a time when serious scholars have been writing about the Third World not being able to lift itself out of poverty and tyranny due to the absence of property rights, the incredibly rich, and yet intellectually challenged, monied elite in Fauquier County have decided that property rights can best be defined as “what’s mine, is mine; and what’s yours, I will decide how you can use.”  Can the Fauquier County battle over property rights be handled locally, or do we need to handle it at the state level?  Delegate Michael J. Webert will analyze the options.

Del. Michael J. Webert, pt. 1                         Del. Michael J. Webert, pt. 2

 

September 1, 2012

Full Program

 

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli descants upon the rather bizarre treatment of the Virginia delegates at the Republican National Convention and gives an overview of the Convention itself.

 

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

 

Nicholas Loris, the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow at the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, outlines the salient points from his recent policy report, The Assault on Coal and American Consumers.

 

Nicholas Loris, pt. 1                         Nicolas Loris, pt. 2

 

George Gilder, co-founder of the Discovery Institute and author of 15 books, will discuss the release of his updated magnum opus, Wealth & Poverty.  Thirty-one years after its original publication, Wealth & Poverty addresses the Obama administration’s redistributionist policies, industrial planning schemes, energy directives that produce little to no energy, demonization of wealth-creating capitalism, and Keynesian spending programs.

 

George Gilder, pt. 1                         George Gilder, pt. 2

 

August 25, 2012

Full Program

 

Cathy Turner, property owner, and Phil Spence, chairman of the Liberty Confederation, will expose the latest assault on private property rights in Virginia, The Crooked Road National Heritage Area.  Congressman Morgan Griffith, R-9th, is behind this effort to put property in nineteen counties off-limits to development.

 

Cathy Turner & Phil Spence

 

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., will present the case of the brave Fauquier County public servants, who putting themselves at great public risk, have decided to take a stand against the dastardly Martha “Ma Barker” Boneta and her crime syndicate of ne’er-do-wells who have turned Fauquier County into a devils’ den of pumpkin-patch carvings and birthday parties for 10-year-old girls.  If this isn’t snuffed out now by the local environmental-whackoes and busybodies, it is only a matter of time before Fauquier will be awash in illicit lemonade-stand speakeasies and, dare I say it, “sleepovers.”  Satan, himself, must be on the prowl in Fauquier!

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq.

Craig S. Karpel will discuss his recently released book, The 12-Step Guide for the Recovering Obama Voter.

 

Craig S. Karpel, pt. 1                       Craig S. Karpel, pt. 2

Craig S. Karpel, pt. 3

 

August 18, 2012

Full Program

 

Stanley Kurtz, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center, addresses the critical points from his recently released book, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.

Stanley Kurtz, Ph.D., pt. 1     Stanley Kurtz, Ph.D., pt. 2

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

Governor Bobby Jindal

Dinesh D’Souza, president of The King’s College in New York City, exposes what motivates the real Barack Obama in Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream. Dinesh also discusses his recently released movie, 2016: Obama’s America, coming to a theater in Virginia near you the week of August 20th.

Dinesh D'Souza, pt. 1       Dinesh D'Souza, pt. 2

 

August 11, 2012

Full Program

 

James Sherk, senior policy analyst in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, exposes how the General Motors bailout was less a bailout of GM and more of a bailout of the United Auto Workers.  Were union and non-union pensioners treated the same?

James Sherk, pt. 1           James Sherk, pt. 2

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addresses the friend-of-the-court brief submitted on behalf of Virginia and 13 other states in Woolard v. Gallagher.  Maryland is appealing a federal district court’s decision which overturned a Maryland law that limited grants of handgun carry permits to only those persons who could prove a specific and imminent threat greater than that which could be shown by ordinary citizens.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli 

Investigative journalist Richard Miniter discusses his soon to be released book, Leading from Behind: the Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him.

Richard Miniter

 

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

         Governor Scott Walker

 

August 4, 2012

Full Program

 

Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions, discusses the options available to the Commonwealth of Virginia now that it is facing $60 billion in unfunded liabilities in its public employee pension system.

Bob Williams, pt. 1               Bob Williams, pt. 2

 

Congressman Jim Jordan, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, offers an opinion as to where we go from here on Obamacare, and how the ethical and sane can beat the progressives in the class warfare battle.

Congressman Jim Jordan

 

Kate Obenshain, vice president of Young America’s Foundation, details how more and more of this country’s young people are not only getting involved politically, but under the conservative banner.

Kate Obenshain

 

Jeff Reed, state marketing and public relations director for The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, highlights Milton Friedman’s role, not only as a Nobel Prize winning economist, but in jump-starting the school choice movement in the United States.

Jeff Reed

 

July 28, 2012

Full Show

 

John Taylor, president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, draws parallels between two recent shooting incidents in Ocala, Florida and Aurora, Colorado, and identifies the real question for which we must find an answer to stop gun violence in the U.S.

John Taylor, pt. 1             John Taylor, pt. 2

John C. Goodman, Ph.D., president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, discusses his recently published book, Priceless.  Goodman rejects the Obama Administration’s “vision” and offers a no-nonsense, market-based approach to health care reform.

John C. Goodman, Ph.D., pt. 1                      John C. Goodman, Ph.D., pt. 2

 

Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D., a member of the Health Care Caucus, on the Affordable Care Act (“the damn thing just doesn’t fly”).

Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D.

 

July 21, 2012

Full Show

Gene Healy, vice president of the Cato Institute, addresses the “Information Memorandum” issued by the Department of Health and Human Services that allows states to ignore the work requirements contained within the Clinton-era welfare reform.

Gene Healy, J.D., pt. 1               Gene Healy, J.D., pt. 2

John Berlau, senior fellow for finance and access to capital at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discusses President Obama’s recent missive, “If you got [have] a business, you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.” (direct quote)

John Berlau            

                                                    

Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D., senior research fellow in Anglo-American relations at The Heritage Foundation, examines the United Nations Small Arms Treaty.  Remind me.  What benefit do we receive from our membership in the United Nations?  We provide 22% of that progressive-era organization’s budget for what purpose?

Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D., pt. 1           Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D., pt. 2 

 

February 19th

Full Show

Steve Moore pt 1

Steve Moore pt2

Dan Mitchell pt 1

Dan Mitchell pt 2

January 29th

Full Show

RJ Pestritto

Chris Edwards

Josh Eboch and Norman Leahy

January 22nd

Full Show

Neil McClusky

Ron Utt

Norman Leahy

January 15th

Full Show

Philip Van Cleave

James Gattuso

Norman Leahy

January 8th

Full Show

Chris Horner

Scott Hodge

John Taylor

December 17th

Full Show

Ken Cuccenelli

Thomas E Woods

Norman Leahy

December 11th

Full Show

Steve Horwitz

Kirk Cox

Joe Waldo

December 4th

Full Show

Jeremy Hopkins

Ron Utt

Norman Leahy

November 27th

Full Show

Chris Horner

Jim Harper

Senator Obenshain

November 20th

Full Show

Larry White

Richard Rahn

Norman Leahy

 

November 13th

Dan Mitchell

Bill Howell

Brian McGraw

Scott Lee on Corporate tax

FULL SHOW

 

 

Who were the real winners and losers in last Tuesday’s elections? Does the Republicans’ success mean that job-killing legislation like Cap and Trade is finally gone for good?

Date: November 6th, 2010

John Taylor, President of Tertium Quids, and Norman Leahy, VP of Public Relations at Teritum Quids, provide a complete recap of Tuesday’s elections from a freedom & prosperity perspective while laying out the real winners and losers. Hint: They’re not all Democrats.

Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, tells Scott Lee that Rick Boucher lost in the 9th District precisely because of his support for bad bills like Cap and Trade. Horner also explains the real motivation behind job-killing environmental policies and the perfect storm that killed the carbon tax.

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John Taylor and Norman Leahy

Chris Horner

Full Show

 

Which Virginia races are the tightest and most closely watched? Are any surprises coming? What are the Democrats expecting? Are the three constitutional ballot questions good or bad for the Commonwealth?

Date: October 30rd, 2010

Bob Holsworth, founder of VirginiaTomorrow.com, offers his non-partisan political analysis of the upcoming election with a laser focus on the races in Virginia. Are there any surprises looming?

Paul Goldman, former Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman and former aide to Gov. Doug Wilder, tells Scott Lee that he wishes the elections would never come! He explains what has gone wrong for Democrats and what he thinks will happen on November 2nd.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs with Tertium Quids, explains the three constitutional ballot questions that voters must decide on Tuesday. Although they all sound reasonable, there are some important factors to consider before voting “yes”!

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Bob Holsworth

Paul Goldman

Norman Leahy

Full Show

 

Could a politician actually surprise you by doing the right thing?  The latest update from the 5th District from someone who is living it! A typical reaction from elimination of the state income tax.

Date: October 23rd , 2010

Wendell Cox, principal and sole owner of Wendell Cox Consultancy/Demographia, based in the St. Louis and a Virginia Institute Board of Scholars, discuss Governor Christie discuss to stop building the tunnel to NY due to cost and risk to NJ budget.

Joe Thomas, radio talk show host and program director at WCHV in Charlottesville, discusses what “ground zero” looks like in the 5th District race between Hurt and Periello.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs with Tertium Quids, tells Scott Lee that Hurt and Periello are both against free trade. He describes the typical knee-jerk liberal reaction to killing the state income tax from a columnist in the Virginia Pilot and explains that the ABC plan by Governor McDonnell may be dead!

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Wendell Cox

Joe Thomas

Norman Leahy

Full Show

 

 

Coverage of the Tea Party Convention in Richmond, VA on October 9th

 

Date: October 16th, 2010

Lindsey Burke, policy analyst, researches and writes on federal and state education issues as a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation.

Lou Dobbs, an American radio host, former television host, and author. He anchored CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight until November 2009 when he announced on the air that he would leave the cable network.

Congressman Steve King (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, from Iowa’s 5th Congressional District.

Phillip Van Cleave, President of Virginia Citizens Defense League.

Delegate Ben Cline, represents the 24th Legislative District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista and portions of Amherst, Augusta, and Rockbridge Counties

Virginia State Senator Mark Obenshain, 26th District and Republican Whip, serves on four committees: Courts of Justice, Local Government, Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Privileges and Elections

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Former Congressman Virgil Goode from the 5th District

Virginia State Senator Walter Stosch represents the 12th District near Richmond.

Delegate Jimmy Massie, representing the 72nd District.

Delegate Bob Marshall, Republican 13th District.

Corey Stewart, Chairman Prince William Board of County Supervisors

Chris Horner, a senior fellow on energy and the environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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Is free trade hurting or helping America? Is the Governor “hiding” even more budget cuts that could total a billion? Could redistricting come BEFORE the census report?

Date: October 9th, 2010

Donald J. Boudreaux, professor of economics at George Mason University, lays out the facts that pertain to free trade.  Despite the WSJ poll showing that support for free trade is fading, it is the right way to grow our economy. Free trade is good for customers and for working Americans!

Erick Erickson, editor of Redstate.com and author of Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America, shares Scott’s concerns that the Republicans haven’t spent enough time in the wilderness to govern “conservatively.”  He explains the difference between the “Contract with America” and the new GOP “Pledge to America.” He explains that the GOP may not need to win the Senate to make real changes, they just need to gain a few more Jim DeMints.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs with Tertium Quids, tells Scott Lee, once again, about changes inside the ABC privatization plan. And there could be some redistricting conflicts that involve the census report unfairly benefiting incumbents. Rumors abound about a little envelope on the Governor’s desk full of a billion dollars in extra spending cuts!

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Don Boudreaux

Erick Erickson

Norman Leahy

Full Show

 

Could Virginia pass a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution?  What is Chris Horner’s “Horner Corner?”  Is Gov. McDonnell’s ABC privatization plan changing? Will Virginia institute another holiday?

Date: October 2nd, 2010

Randy Barnett, law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and author of “Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty”, explains the details behind the proposed “Repeal Amendment” available under Article 5. Is it likely?  Why do we need it?  Will Virginia be the first to start freedom rolling, again?

Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has a chat in the corner, now called the “Horner Corner.” Horner says that silly environmental policies continue to harm Virginia and America!

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs with Tertium Quids, tells Scott Lee that the ABC privatization plan is changing, perhaps for the better. Norman also explains a new “tax holiday” coming to Virginia and why it’s bad policy.

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Randy Barnett

Chris Horner

Norman Leahy

Full Show

 

                             Recorded Live from Liberty Fest in Richmond, VA_________________________

Discussions on property rights, Agenda 21, lessons from Cuba, founding principles, the role of government, lust for power, social justice, the influence of the Tea Party, the 10th Amendment and Congress’ enumerated powers, and the Republican Party today.

Date: September 25th, 2010

Jacob Hornberger is the founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit libertarian educational foundation based in Fairfax, Virginia.

Tom DeWeese is the founder of the American Policy Center and publisher of The DeWeese Report.

Daniel McCarthy is associate editor of The American Conservative and former internet communications coordinator for Ron Paul 2008.

John Taylor is the founder and president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and Tertium Quids.

Norman Leahy is vice president for public affairs at Tertium Quids.

Josh Eboch, vice president for government affairs at Tertium Quids, discusses how social networking and online activism are crucial to building a grassroots movement and the success of events like Liberty Fest.

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Jacob Hornberger

Tom DeWeese

Daniel McCarthy

John Taylor

Norman Leahy

Josh Eboch

Full Show

 

Will T. Boone Pickens’ presence at Governor McDonnell’s upcoming Energy Conference undermine its objectives? Is VDOT hiding a big nasty skeleton in the closet? Will George Allen and Bob Marshall be competing for Jim Webb’s Senate seat in 2012? What are polls and bright minds predicting for the November elections?

Date: September 18th, 2010

Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, shares Scott Lee’s outrage over the recent closing of a light bulb factory in Winchester, VA. And it turns out that the judge in the UVA/Cuccinelli/climategate case has a past that could come back to haunt him. Horner explains why T. Boone Pickens is like Enron, and why allowing him to speak at Governor McDonnell’s energy summit was a very questionable decision.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs with Tertium Quids, explains the announcement by a VDOT official that very big news about the department may be coming, and could make national headlines! Rumors abound that George Allen and Bob Marshall may be planning a run at the same US Senate seat as 2012 approaches. 

Dr. Bob Holsworth, President of Virginia Tomorrow, offers in-depth analysis regarding the elections in Virginia as only Bob can! Even with the national consensus of an impending Republican tsunami, predicting winners and losers is never easy

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Chris Horner

Norman Leahy

Dr. Bob Holsworth

Full Show

 

What does global warming alarmism have to do with job security at a light bulb factory in Winchester, Virginia? How did Michael Mann’s discredited “hockey stick” graph become the standard on which public policy is based? Is the ABC debate putting too much emphasis on costs and not enough on privatization and the core functions of government? Is the Democratic National Committee running away from Tom Perriello?

Date:     September 11th, 2010

Ross McKitrick, a Canadian economist specializing in environmental economics and policy analysis, and professor of economics at the University of Guelph, tells us why Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” chart is pure fallacy. He explains how Mann’s flawed model became the final word on global warming. Unfortunately, due to the gullibility of Congress, which relied on those inaccurate predictions to shape policy, a Winchester, VA incandescent light bulb factory is closing this month, leaving more Virginians out of work. Dr. McKitrick asks when the “adults” will enter this debate.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs with Tertium Quids, gives Scott Lee the dirt on Governor McDonnell’s ABC plan, which includes selling a large percentage of the licenses. Yet the problem is legislators who refuse to support any plan that might result in less money for them to dole out. Norm and Scott discuss their mistake of arguing over revenues instead of pursuing sound economic policy. And it looks the DNC is planning to leave Tom Perriello to fend for himself, while Larry Sabato is already picking November’s winners and losers.

Jamie Radtke, President of Richmond Tea Party, gives us an update on next weekend’s Liberty Fest and the Tea Party Patriot Convention in October.

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Ross McKitrick

Norman Leahy

Jamie Radtke

Full Show

 

What will be the impact of the recent judgment against Attorney General Cuccinelli in the UVA climategate suit? Could Virginia actually thrive without state income taxes? Are Virginia taxpayers now sponsoring auto racing and subsidizing Microsoft in Southwest Virginia?

Date:  September 4, 2010

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s Attorney General, describes the details of the recent ruling against his attempt to investigate former professor Michael Mann’s involvement in taxpayer fraud at the University of Virginia. He also clarifies that a raft of recent controversial legal opinions are just part of his job, and talks about whether he could be the new leader of the Republican Party in Virginia.

Peter Ferrara, of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, discusses his recent study on the Tax Payer Bill of Rights: Phasing out the state income tax. It is a sound plan to slow spending and eliminate the personal, corporate, and capital gains income taxes in Virginia completely over four years. Contrary to popular misconception, Ferrara’s plan would cut no state services, would actually balance the budget, and would create an economic boom in Virginia similar to those seen in the nine other states that have already eliminated these harmful taxes.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs with Tertium Quids, tells host Scott Lee why the new jobs brought to Southwest Virginia by Microsoft were due to a large capital investment….by you, the taxpayers. And even worse, Virginia residents are now paying for Martinsville Speedway. Norman also updates the audience on the ABC privatization debate.

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Ken Cuccinelli

Peter Ferrara

Norman Leahy

 

Are we experiencing a double dip recession? How did the Obama administration double education spending without a vote in Congress? Are national standards in education a good idea? Is Glenn Nye running away from the Democrat party? Does the United Nations have the authority to audit America’s human rights record?

Date:  August 28, 2010

Brian Riedl, budget analyst for the Heritage Foundation, says we may be duplicating Japan’s “lost decade” that included no less than eight stimulus spending bills. A double dip recession may be imminent due to ongoing uncertainty in the economy. He explains that President Obama is fully committed to Keynesian economics and could even double down on this failed ideology.

Lindsey Burke, policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, explains how the Obama administration has doubled education spending without a single vote in Congress. She details the problems created when federal education standards make schools accountable to the government, rather than to parents. Even worse, the national standards are lower than those already in place in Virginia!

Scott Lee wonders if Glenn Nye is running FROM the Democrat Party, while at the same time asking Senator Warner to campaign for him. Meanwhile Scott Rigell has signed the Tea Party pledge. In the Fifth District, Tom Periello is attacking Robert Hurt for raising taxes in the General Assembly, all the while ignoring his own record of tax and spend votes in Washington. And President Obama is now, for the first time in history, allowing the United Nations Human Rights Council to audit America and recommend new rules and laws.

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Brian Riedl

Lindsey Burke

Scott Lee

 

Did you know that Senator Mark Obenshain introduced bill to privatize Virginia’s ABC stores…two years ago? What, if any, connection is there between FreedomWorks and the tea party movement? Should Governor McDonnell take more money from the reckless, bankrupt spenders in Congress?  How is Senator Jim Webb driving up the cost of your airline tickets?

Date:  August 21, 2010

State Senator Mark Obenshain introduced a bill two years ago to privatize the ABC stores. Obviously, he was unsuccessful. Sen. Obenshain explains the legislative hurdles Gov. McDonnell faces in his own attempt to achieve the same goal and the advantages of privatization.

Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks, discusses the new book Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto, which he co-wrote with former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. Kibbe explains the relationship between FreedomWorks and the tea party movement. He also tells listeners about the Contract from America, and how can it help to guide the gloriously leaderless tea party.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs at Tertium Quids, tells Scott Lee that Gov. Bob McDonnell might want to refuse the money from Washington’s latest bailout bill because of its negative impact on Virginia’s fake budget surplus. Also, it turns out that Sen. Jim Webb’s plan to make airline tickets more transparent will increase costs!

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Mark Obenshain

Matt Kibbe

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

Could entitlements for the Baby Boomer generation, combined with massive federal debt, lead to a “Boomergeddon?” Is America in the midst of an economic crisis or an ethics crisis? Does VDOT abuse its power of eminent domain? (Is the Pope Catholic?) Can the American Conservative Party offer a real alternative to America’s failing two-party duopoly?

Date: August 14, 2010

Jim Bacon, author of Boomergeddon, suggests that the end, economically speaking, could in fact be near. The combination of Baby Boomers retiring from the productive economy coupled with massive spending will bring America’s economy down.  But is there any hope?

David Brat, professor of economics and director of the BB&T ethics program at Randolph-Macon College, suggests that we may have a bigger problem than just federal spending. Brat makes the case that politicians of noble character and ethics (if any exist) are needed to run our system of government, which, as John Adams once said “is inadequate for any other!”

Charles Lollar, an attorney with the firm Waldo & Lyle, explains the details of a Richmond property owner’s battle with VDOT.  Essentially, the noble bureaucrats at Virginia’s Department of Transportation wasted more than $100,000 of taxpayer money in an attempt to confiscate one piece of private property!

Butch Porter, Chairman of the American Conservative Party, tells Scott Lee that the ACP is in fact a viable alternative to the current two party system. Butch explains the ideals of his party and the process by which its members can end the Republican/Democrat duopoly, despite Scott Lee’s persistent questions.

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Jim Bacon

David Brat

Charles Lollar

Butch Porter

 

What are some myths about the effectiveness of government interventions in the economy during the Great Depression? Does Virginia need an immigration law similar to the one recently passed in Arizona? What is the Virginia Tea Party Convention? Is the federal stimulus money creating jobs or destroying them?

Date:  August 7, 2010

Larry Reed, President of Foundation for Economic Education, discusses his recent article Great Myths of the Great Depression, and the fact that too few Americans have learned from history. As a result, the business cartels of Roosevelt’s day have now metastasized into a full-fledged corporatist system under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Delegate Bob Marshall discusses the difference between the Arizona illegal immigration law and current Virginia law. He expounds on problems with illegal immigration that directly impact Virginians, including a drunk driver who recently struck and killed a nun, and terrorists from the Middle East that enter America through Mexico. He also explains that while ObamaCare was just rejected overwhelmingly by voters in Missouri, Virginia was actually the first to nullify the unconstitutional mandate.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs for Tertium Quids, tells host Scott Lee that the federal stimulus may in fact be destroying jobs, not creating them! And Judge Henry Hudson’s ruling allowing Attorney General Cuccinelli’s suit against ObamaCare to go forward comes under criticism. Governor McDonnell’s economic development ideas are both good and bad.

Jamie Radtke, President of the Richmond Tea Party, discusses the first attempt in Virginia to bring all Tea Party/Patriot Groups together at one huge convention! Guest list will include several big name speakers such as Lou Dobbs, Dick Morris and John Fund!

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Larry Reed

Delegate Bob Marshall

Jamie Radtke

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

Does President Obama plan to continue the decades-long trend of ignoring the Constitution in order to increase the power of the presidency? Can the states simply “Nullify” federal laws they deem unconstitutional? Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?

Date:  August 1, 2010

Doc Thompson, host of The Doc Thompson Show on 1140 WRVA in Richmond and frequent guest host on The Glenn Beck Program, fills in for Scott Lee.

Ken Blackwell, author of The Blueprint: Obama’s plan to subvert the Constitution and build an imperial Presidency, explains that the Constitution stands in the way of President Obama’s massive plan for “fundamental change.” Although the Constitution hasn’t stopped any modern president or Congress from usurping the liberty of the people, the struggle continues between those who love liberty and those who long to impose their statist beliefs on society.

Tom Woods, author of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, explains how we can use the “Virginia Doctrine” to fight an overreaching federal government. As Thomas Jefferson famously explained in 1798, the states are individual parties to a compact known as the Constitution, and, as such, may choose not to recognize any law they believe violates its terms. It’s called nullification, and it has been used throughout history to fight unconstitutional laws from the Fugitive Slave Act to Real ID.  Woods also discusses how the 17th Amendment undermines state sovereignty and why he thinks it should be repealed.

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Ken Blackwell

Tom Woods

 

What is the condition of the global economy today? What would a return to prosperity look like? Is Mark Warner trying to fix Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?  Do polls show Tom Perriello Hurt-ing in the 5th District?

Date: July 24, 2010

Richard Rahn, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and Chairman for the Institute of Global Economic Growth, explains that debt is exploding throughout the world, a situation that will require (or cause) major changes. According to Richard, the world is in really bad shape, and he compares this to other times in history.

Stephen Moore from the Wall Street Journal discusses the path to prosperity as laid out in his new book “Return to Prosperity.” As fans of this program know, government spending doesn’t create jobs; it only digs us deeper into debt. Moore explains what really creates jobs, and how to expand meaningful economic growth.

Norman Leahy, VP for Public Affairs at Tertium Quids, tells Scott Lee that SurveyUSA shows Tom Perriello could lose big to Sen. Robert Hurt in the 5th District. And Mark Warner, instrumental patron of the recent financial “reform” bill, missed the entire reason why reform is needed: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their hundreds of billions in taxpayer liabilities! Norm also explains three ways in which the state government could sell off Virginia’s ABC stores.

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Richard Rahn

Stephen Moore

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

Does the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision overturning the Chicago handgun law reflect Americans’ values and a clear understanding of the Constitution? What does Greenpeace want from Attorney General Cuccinelli? Where is Virginia’s supposed budget surplus going?


Date:    July 17, 2010

Nelson Lund, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at George Mason and member of the Virginia Institute’s Board of Scholars, explains why the latest Supreme Court gun decision should have been 9-0. He explains why states do not have the right to ignore the Second Amendment in light of the 14th Amendment. Nelson discusses the legal grounds on which the Court’s four most liberal justices dissented in the case.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs at Tertium Quids, talks to Scott Lee about what Greenpeace wants from Ken Cuccinelli. And apparently, the VA budget surplus (which does not actually exist) is going many places, but not to the taxpayers, while the Virginia Retirement System remains a huge unfunded liability. Norm explains an interesting twist on some new jobs in Altavista, VA.

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Nelson Lund

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

Is high speed rail a good idea for the Commonwealth, or is it just another slow train to nowhere at a high cost? Are the proposed tolls on I-95 a good idea?.


Date:    July 10, 2010

Doc Thompson, host of The Doc Thompson Show on 1140 WRVA in Richmond and frequent guest host on The Glenn Beck program, fills in for Scott Lee.

Wendell Cox, Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and member of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy Board of Scholars, explains the misconceptions that often surround high speed rail projects. Cox exposes their high cost and explains how some politicians (even supposed fiscal conservatives) go out of their way to subsidize these enormous government boondoggles!

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Doc Thompson rants about the I-95 toll proposed by Governor McDonnell and details some of the changes already taking place as a result of the recently passed ObamaCare legislation.

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Wendell Cox

Doc Thompson

 

Should the state government be in the business of operating liquor stores? Is Loudon County infringing on private property rights through the “Chesapeake Bay Act?”  The 5th District congressional race is getting very interesting.


Date:    July 3, 2010

Donald J. Boudreaux, senior fellow at the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics at George Mason University, explains why the state of Virginia should get out of the alcohol business and allow the state’s liquor stores to be run by private individuals. He dismisses a common claim that state-run liquor stores are somehow in the interest of public safety.

Donny Ferguson, National Director of Media and Public relations for Western Tradition Partnership, tells of a plan by Loudon County’s Board of Supervisors to raise taxes, increase regulation, and deny property rights. In order to accomplish this trifecta of statism, the county is using the Chesapeake Bay Act in ways that were never intended.

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Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs for Tertium Quids, tells host Scott Lee about the “discharge petition” in the House of Representatives to appeal ObamaCare. Norm also discusses the rampant political posturing in the 5th District, which currently includes such well-known Virginia pols as George Allen and Vance Wilkins.

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Donald Boudreaux

Donny Ferguson

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

Are “economic incentives” just code words for more government tinkering or a smart growth strategy?  Can an Independent running on principle move the voters in VA-02 beyond partisanship? Is Russia now a model for economic liberty?  And just where did Lt. Governor Bill Bolling get $800,000 for a wind energy project at James Madison University?


Date:    June 26, 2010

Scott Hodge from the Tax Foundation tells us that so-called economic incentives are just tinkering around the edges and are not spurring real growth. The truth is that the cost of using tax dollars to pick winners and losers, which inevitably leads to market distortions, can never really compare to the power of low taxes in a free market.

Ken Golden, running as an independent in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, explains why neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party represents his beliefs. He also explains why he changed his mind on offshore drilling, and why he refuses to sign a pledge not to raise taxes.

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Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs for Tertium Quids, reveals that Russia, formerly infamous for its collectivism, has eliminated its capital gains tax and become a model for economic growth! Meanwhile, it turns out that a recent JMU windfall of $800,000 to study alternative energy came from federal stimulus money. Finally, Gerry Connelly manages to keep a straight face while claiming that moderates are “flocking” to his campaign.

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Scott Hodge

Ken Golden

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

What will Virginia’s education system look like after four years with Education Secretary Gerard Robinson at the helm? Are tax credits the best way to expand freedom in education? What about a new film tax credit? Is it a step toward sustainable economic growth, or just a political gimmick that gives government another way to pick winners and losers?

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Date:    June 19, 2010

Gerard Robinson, Virginia’s Secretary of Education, explains why he is different than past education secretaries. He discusses the three education bills that passed the General Assembly in 2010.

Adam Schaeffer, of Cato’s Center for Education Freedom, tells us what freedom in education actually looks like. A hint: It’s not Virginia’s public school system. Schaeffer explains why tax credits are a better solution than Charter schools.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs for Tertium Quids, tells Scott Lee that Virginia expanded its film tax credit by $2 million. Meanwhile, Japan has decided to cut its corporate tax rate in a counterintuitive move to (you guessed it) raise revenue. Somebody call the Governor! More good news: Virginia seems to be taking lessons in budget accounting from the federal government.

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Gerard Robinson

Adam Schaeffer

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

Is Fairfax’s new monorail tax constitutional? Congressman Randy Forbes is trying to limit spending, and Virginia plans to open offices in Taiwan and India.

Date:    June 12, 2010

Joe Henchman from the Tax Foundation tells us that the new Fairfax County monorail tax violates the Virginia Constitution. All taxes imposed must be applied to all residents equally and the monorail tax does not meet that standard.

Congressman Randy Forbes explains a proposed constitutional amendment to limit government spending. He has also co-sponsored the Economic Freedom Bill to repeal TARP and the stimulus bill.

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs at Tertium Quids, gives a recap of the Republican primaries, talks about the D-Day memorial that honors Joseph Stalin, and reveals that Virginia has now opened offices overseas in India and Taiwan.

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Joe Henchman

Randy Forbes

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

What impact will the Tea Party have in the Republican primaries, specifically in the 2nd District? What new guns laws came out of this year's General Assembly and when do they take affect? What are the perks of being a college President and what is James Cameron planning to do in the Gulf of Mexico?

Date:    June 5, 2010

Robert Dean, President of the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance, tells us

what primary impact to expect from the Tea Parties in the 2nd District.

Ben Loyola seems to be the consensus Tea Party pick and Robert exposes the

background of Scott Rigell. 

Philip Van Cleave, President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League,

explains the latest gun laws and when they take effect. For once, the new

laws are an expansion of freedom, which allow the citizens of Virginia to

be safer. 

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs at Tertium Quids, talks with Scott Lee

about inviting guests to the program that disagree with him. Norm also

explains the perks of being a college President and explains what it takes

to become one!

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Robert Dean

Philip Van Cleave

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

Why did President Obama stop referring to Spain as a role model for his so-called "green economy?" Could it be the fact that Spain's heavily subsidized green jobs sector is a disastrous boondoggle? What drove Delegate Morgan Griffith to enter the congressional race in Virginia's 9th District, and what is his governing philosophy? Why is the federal government using our precious tax dollars to print up a pretty new flyer proclaiming the supposed solvency of the Medicaid program?

Date:    May 29, 2010

Chris Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, explains why President Obama is no longer touting Spain's "green economy." In fact, Spain has admitted that the promise of green jobs as sold to Obama is nothing short of a disaster. But don't expect actual results or economic reality to quiet calls for a similar system here.

Delegate Morgan Griffith is challenging Rep. Rick Boucher in Virginia's 9th District. Griffith explains his overall governing philosophy to Scott Lee, and tells the audience why he wants to serve in Congress. The only question is: Can he survive the F&P Radio speed round?

Norman Leahy, VP for Public Affairs at Tertium Quids, tells Scott Lee that the latest federal stimulus bill is a huge push to make the U.S. more like France, and is chock full of some of the most outrageous pork spending we have ever seen! Also, the federal government is using taxpayer money to convince Medicaid recipients their benefits are secure, even while its own accounting shows something completely different.

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Chris Horner

Morgan Griffith

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

 

How will Greece's financial troubles impact the rest of Europe? Is the recent promise of cash from the International Monetary Fund a permanent solution, or simply a way to buy more time for the politicians? If Obamacare isn't repealed, can its harmful provisions be mitigated in some other way? Did anything useful come from Governor McDonnell's Business Appreciation meeting? Who are the 800 Scientists publicly condemning Attorney General Cuccinelli for trying to protect Virginia taxpayers from fraud?

Date:    May 22, 2010

Eamonn Butler, the Director and co-founder of Britain's leading free-market policy think tank, the Adam Smith Institute, explains the impact of Greek debt woes on the rest of Europe.

Alex Cortes, Chairman of Restore the Dream Foundation and founder of Defundit.org, explains his latest effort to build a movement to defund Obamacare. Have any members of Virginia's congressional delegation signed on?

Norman Leahy, VP of Public Affairs at Tertium Quids, tells host Scott Lee that McDonnell's business appreciation breakfast handed out more than just free food. And it turns out those 800 concerned scientists so upset with Ken Cuccinelli are really only concerned about one thing: silencing global warming sceptics!

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Eamonn Butler

Alex Cortes

Norman Leahy/Scott Lee

Patrick Michaels talks about rampant hypocrisy at the University of Virginia in regard to the faculty's selective outrage over a request by Virginia's new Attorney General for former professor, Michael Mann's email records. Does Governor McDonnell's recent Executive Order #10 expand free markets, or does it expand so-called "smart growth" and "sustainable" living development policies that really just allow government bureaucrats to pick more winners and losers? Has the GOP in Maine been taken over by the Tea Party? Is Gov. McDonnell's "Commission on Government Reform" going to provide real reform?

Date:    May 15, 2010

Patrick Michaels, former UVA professor and state climatologist, explains the real story behind a recent subpoena for emails related to controversial and discredited research by Michael Mann. 

Ron Utt of the Heritage Foundation and Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute explain the details of Governor McDonnell's Housing Policy in Executive Order #10. It reads like a plan written by Van Jones for centrally-planned green lifestyles. Or is it just fluff designed to convince independents that McDonnell can play both sides of the ball?

Norm Leahy and Scott Lee discuss the new GOP platform in Maine. Shockingly, it seems the state's Republican Party might actually be listening to the people's demands for limited government and more freedom. Has the GOP in Virginia gotten that message yet?

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Patrick Michaels

Ron Utt and Jerry Taylor

Norm Leahy/Scott Lee

 

A recent survey found that American students entering top universities have a better understanding of civics when they arrive than when they graduate. What does this say about the direction of our country and its future? The Attorney General of Virginia says that he is protecting taxpayer dollars by demanding records and emails from the University of Virginia regarding controversial climate change research. What is the status of the state's lawsuit against ObamaCare? Can a tax increase be "pro-growth?" Some in Congress, including Republicans, want to impose a VAT on all imports!

Date:  May 8, 2010

Richard Brake from Intercollegiate Studies Institute explains the results of a recent civics exam. It turns out that some major universities have very poor results when it comes to educating students on our founding principles, and on teaching simple civic responsibility.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli suggests that his civil investigative demand for emails and materials regarding global warming research from UVA is about protecting taxpayers from fraud. He explains that there are plenty of reasons to believe that Micheal Mann's infamous "hockey stick" chart is questionable.

.Norm Leahy from Tertium Quids tells host Scott Lee that Virginia's health care lawsuit is on a fast track through the federal court system. He also explains how ObamaCare includes a tax penalty for getting married! According to Norm, some people in government actually think there is such a thing as pro-growth tax hikes, while others think we should add a VAT to all U.S. imports.

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Richard Brake

Ken Cuccinelli

Norm Leahy/Scott Lee

 

How can the latest 1,000 page financial reform bill do anything to stop future meltdowns or bail outs?  Who is the real villian in the current crisis: Wall Street or government?  Why do tuition rates at our state's public universities continue to climb?   What can be done to stop the cost increases? Does anyone in Virginia's congressional delegation really plan to attempt a repeal of Obamacare? Is it good business to bribe companies with taxpayer dollars to move to Virgnia?

Date:  May 1, 2010

Top economist Stephen Moore from the Wall Street Journal tells us why the latest massive, overly-complex "reform" bill will do nothing to stop future problems in the financial sector, but could actually succeed in making them worse! He explains why Americans should fear government regulation, not free markets.

Neal McCluskey, Associate Director of Cato's Center for Educational Freedom, explains why college tuition rates continue to climb to record levels, and will continue to do so as long as the government remains involved.

Norm Leahy, VP for Public Relations at Tertium Quids, tells host Scott Lee that talk of repealing Obamacare might be just that--talk! Norm also provides an inside look at the strange deals made by Virginia politicians to entice companies to relocate here.

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The new 2010 Pig Book summary is out, and includes a massive amount of government waste, with over 9,000 unnecessary projects!

What is "pork" spending, and where did Virginia rank on the that list? Only one Virginia politician offered no earmarks, can you guess who?

Date:  April 24th, 2010

Filling in for Scott Lee is Doc Thompson, host of The Doc Thompson Show on 1140 WRVA, and frequent guest host for Glenn Beck.

Erica Gordon from Citizens Against Government Waste explains the details behind the 2010 Pig Book. She provides information on the leading "pork" spenders in Virginia, and exposes some of those projects.

Doc Thompson exposes the threat that the Value Added Tax (VAT) poses to our economy and freedom.

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  What will it take to restore the vision of our founders, and will anyone in the General Assembly rise to the challenge? 

 Is another "Cash for Clunkers" debacle on the horizon, and what can Colorado Springs teach us about how to deal with cuts in government programs?

Date: April 17, 2010

Dan Mitchell, from the Cato Institute, explains the current status of our economy, and the real impact of a Value Added Tax. If the VAT ever becomes a reality, it truly would change the face of our country.

Pat McSweeney, constitutional lawyer and president of Restore the Founders' Vision, explains what it would take to restore the vision of our founders, and who in the Virginia General Assembly best represents those principles today. He also gives a quick report on the most recently elected Republican governors, and how they compare.

Norm Leahy, VP of Public Affairs for Tertium Quids, updates us on the new "Cash for Clunkers" program in the appliance industry. Norm also explains why the Virginia Pilot is calling for tax increases during a recession, and how Colorado Springs, CO has dealt successfully with substantial spending cuts.

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Is Obama's nuclear program a good START or a "start" of an arms race? There is a movement to turn April 15th into a holiday to celebrate! The EPA has unregulated and unaccountable power... and it won't help the environment. What does the opposite of the Tea Party movement look like?

Date: April 10, 2010

Mackenzie Eaglen, the Heritage Foundation's Research Fellow for National Security Studies, says that Obama's new START program will start an arms race.

Norm Leahy, VP of Public Relations with Tertium Quids, and Scott Lee discuss the new video campaign, Thank Taxes, attempt to be grateful for paying taxes.

 Ben Lieberman, a specialist in energy and environmental issues, is a Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, tells us that the EPA is a danger to freedom, but can not be trusted to protect the environment.

Scott Lee exposes the radical side of other marches on Washington, DC.

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Is there really any hope that we can overturn Obamacare by litigation?  What are the chances and how quickly will we know?  Some say that liberals don't think straight. Is there a cure?  Are the Tea Parties part of the solution or part of the problem?  What is the source of our rights? 

Date: April 3, 2010

Charles Cooper, chairman of Cooper & Kirk, a DC law firm that represents states before the U.S. Supreme Court, tells us the chances that the states could prevail in a health care lawsuit.

Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of The Liberal Mind, helps Scott Lee understand the liberal mind from a psychological standpoint

Jamie Radtke, chairman of the Richmond Tea Party, responds to the claims the tea parties are causing problems.

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What does the passing of health care in Washington mean for the Democrats and Republicans?  Will there be a political fallout? How will the new health care law impact Virginians and is it the final death knell for federalism? And one county in Virginia is feared by sex offenders!

Date: March 27, 2010

Dr. Robert Denton, chair of the department of Communication at Virginia Tech, discusses the fallout that could come from the passing of health care reform.

John Taylor and Norman Leahy from Tertium Quids explains what impact health care reform will have on Virginians, and does it really mean the principle of federalism is dead?

Louisa County is not the place for sex offenders...and they know it!  The recent conviction is the longest in Virginia history.  Commonwealth Attorney Tom Garrett gives us the details.

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What did we get out of the last General Assembly session? Was freedom expanded or restricted? The budget was cut, but some say the new fees may be unconstitutional.

Date: March 20, 2010

John Taylor and Norm Leahy from Tertium Quids supply us with a complete recap of the General Assembly session: budget, fees, property rights, and guns!

Delegate Bob Marshall explains the impact HB 10 (Health Care Freedom Act) will have on Virginia and how new fees were never voted on by the House, which could result in them being unconstitutional.

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What can a Member of the European Parliament tell us about nationalized health care? Ken Cuccinelli says Virginia law trumps public college and university diktats.  Are charter schools the real answer to school choice?

Date: March 13, 2010

Daniel Hannan, a Member of European Parliament, tells us to beware of Obamacare.  He gives examples from his own country and discusses the reasons why Americans shouldn't go down this path.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the law is his main concern in regards to public college and university anti-discrimination policies, and that his decision to remind administrators on college campuses that it is the legislature that sets these policies, not them, is consistent with former AG's.

Gov. McDonnell's push for charter school changes has passed. Adam Schaeffer, of Cato's Center for Educational Freedom, gives us the pros and the cons.

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A Congressman proposes a bill to tie Congressional pay to government spending. The Virginia Senate kills a property rights bill and creates a new "death star" subcommittee for gun legislation.

Date: March 6, 2010

Congressman Randy Forbes (4th District) gives an update on health care reform, proposes that TARP monies be used to lower the national debt, wants to prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving Social Security, and advises that we tie congressional pay to government spending.

Norm Leahy discusses the Edd Jennings property rights case in Norfolk and why the General Assembly has no interest in protecting those rights!

Philip Van Cleave says the NEW Senate Subcommittee is a "death star" for all gun bills and is actually against the Senate rules!

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The bailouts continue?  The media is lobbying for tax dollars to prop up their failing businesses. And, good news, there is a lobbyist for you, the taxpayer, in Richmond!

Date: February 27, 2010

Dan Gainor and Mark Tapscott tell us why the media is screaming for bailouts and why this represents an enormous risk to a free press.

Norm Leahy updates us on the General Assembly.

In an impassioned speech on the floor of the House, Delegate Kirk Cox proclaims the need for you, the taxpayer, to have a lobbyist!

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The political game in Virginia: Dems siding with Republicans against Obama? Republicans voting for a "pro-choice" license plate? The Gov “keeping” his no-tax pledge by only raising fees?

Date: February 21, 2010

What is making some Democrat state Senators side with Republicans and vote on measures that would gut national health care reform and loosen gun laws in Virginia?

Why did the Republicans vote for a "pro-choice" license plate?

Why did a bill which would require voters to show identification at the polls get shot down?

How will Governor McDonnell try to balance the budget without tax increases? Will fees do it? Is passing fee increases just a slick way of getting around the pledge that he wouldn't raise taxes?

Dr. Bob Denton, political analyst and the author 21 books on political communication and campaigning, gives us his analysis. Dr. Denton is also the chairman of the Virginia Tech department of communication.

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More 2nd Amendment rights restored in Virginia?
Plus, a bill that could allow Virginia to tax “anything”

Date: February 14, 2010

Could Virginia’s General Assembly significantly restore our Second Amendment freedoms and our right to self-protection, even when Democrats control the Virginia Senate? Well, several Democrats sided with Republicans to pass gun legislation that in previous years had been blocked by the Senate. They also joined forces to defeat the closing of the so-called “gun show loophole.” Why? Is Virginia all of a sudden turning Wild West on us?

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, joins us to discuss the outlook for the Second Amendment in the General Assembly.

Plus, we’ll talk with our man in Richmond about a poorly written bill that could allow the state government to tax “anything,” another job-killing tax the politicians refuse to get rid of, and the story of a local government that wants to create a harassment law for citizens who request “too much” information from their government!

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Bills before the General Assembly to reduce government

and taxes, and increase freedom

Date: February 7, 2010

A bill to stop the federal government’s health insurance mandate on Virginia citizens? One to rescue poor kids from failing public schools? Another to re-open Virginia’s rest stops at a much cheaper cost than before? A bill to cut taxes?

The co-chairmen of the Virginia Conservative Caucus of the Virginia General Assembly, Sen. Mark Obenshain and Del. Ben Cline, join us to review some of the bills they have before the General Assembly to reduce government, reduce taxes, reduce regulations, and increase freedom.

In our second segment, John Taylor, the president of Tertium Quids – Virginia’s largest and most successful small government advocate – discusses even more bills to let the free market free in Virginia!

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It’s no secret: How Virginia can attract jobs

and kick-start the economy NOW!

Date: January 31, 2010

Contrary to popular belief, eliminating the corporate income tax in Virginia would not make corporations “greedier” and “destroy” the middle class. The real truth is that cutting taxes on corporations could bring more and higher paying jobs to Virginia, and increase the wealth of the average citizen tremendously. Our guest tells us how. He also tells us how the current “conservative” proposals for “targeted tax credits” for certain favored industries doesn’t work and is anti-free market.

Peter Ferrara is the director of entitlement and budget policy at the Institute for Policy Innovation. He served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan and as associate deputy attorney general under the first President Bush.

Plus: Tertium Quids’ government affairs VP updates us on how our small government bills are faring in the Virginia General Assembly.

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Can Virginia stop the feds’ mandate that everyone buy

government-approved health insurance?

Date: January 24, 2010

The Virginia General Assembly is picking a fight with the federal government over whether or not federal health care “reform” legislation can legally require citizens to purchase health insurance to guarantee “universal coverage.”

Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall started a revolution in Virginia when he introduced House Bill 10 to the General Assembly earlier this month – a bill that would protect Virginians from having to submit to mandatory health insurance coverage. HB 10 basically states that Virginians have a right to buy – or not buy – health insurance from any private or public insurer that they please, regardless of whatever health care legislation passes Congress.

Many scholars and even members of Congress are questioning the constitutionality of a health insurance requirement, which, if passed and then not followed by the citizenry, would result in fines or jail time. Never before in our history has the federal government forced citizens to purchase a product just by virtue of being citizens.

Delegate Marshall joins us to give details about the bill and tell us its chances of passing in Virginia.

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Why arenít the politicians paying attention to Climategate?

And is the Virginia economy-destroying cap and trade bill

still being considered by Congress?

Date: January 17, 2010

At the global warming world conference in Copenhagen last month, how did world leaders react to the recent discovery that scientists have been faking the global warming data for years? Did that change their thinking on “climate change”? Did anyone there step back and say, “Now wait a minute. We have to stop this nonsense. All the research we’ve been relying on to say global warming was real was actually a bunch of lies”?

Myron Ebell, the man Greenpeace featured in its “Field Guide to Climate Criminals” and whom members of the British House of Commons even tried to censure, was on the scene in Copenhagen and tells us about the world leaders’ reactions to the revelation that global warming is a hoax. Myron is the director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition. We also talk about the economy-destroying green legislation called cap and trade – is it still alive in Congress? And how did Virginia’s politicians have a hand in pushing it along?

Also, our blogger Norm Leahy talks about why Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor doesn’t want to repeal Obamacare if it passes.

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Even if the public option goes away, health care “reform”

is still a huge threat to freedom

PLUS: Tea Partiers confront Sen. Jim Webb’s staff

on health care reform

Date: January 10, 2010

With all the new information about the federal health care bill coming out daily, and it coming down to the wire for passage, we wanted to get an update from an expert on the status of the legislation and exactly what we are in for when and if it passes. And although the public option won’t pass both houses, the bill still poses a huge threat to the American people.

Michael Tanner is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, a free market libertarian think tank in Washington, DC. He heads Cato’s research on health care reform and is the author of several books, including Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.

We also have audio clips from a recent health care protest of about 200 Roanoke Tea Partiers outside Sen. Jim Webb’s office in Roanoke. Roanoke Tea Party president Chip Tarbutton joins us to introduce the clips and discusses some of the audacious things you will hear on them.

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Virginia's big political stories of 2009

Date: January 3, 2010

2009 started with a big victory for small government advocates with the passage of a law to put the state's detailed budget online for all citizens to scrutinize. That transparency would be sorely needed, as the state experienced budget shortfalls several times during the year due to overly rosy revenue projections during a recession, as well as soaring government spending during the last decade-plus.

The Republicans took all three statewide offices in November and gained six seats in the House of Delegates. Can we look forward to shrinking government in 2010 because of it, or will moderation and concession to those who want to grow government prove to be the norm?

Plus, we discuss a SIMPLE way to bridge the state's $1 billion budget shortfall, shrink future budgets, improve the educational system, and expand personal freedom -- ALL at the same time. Yes, we DO have the answer!

John Taylor, president of Tertium Quids, and Norm Leahy, Tertium Quids' VP and prolific blogger, join us to give us their unique "insider's view" of 2009's big stories in Virginia politics.

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So what if global warming has been proven to be a hoax?  We’re getting a new avalanche of taxes and regulations to fight it anyway

Date: December 20, 2009

Why are world governments and the media – including our own – ignoring the “Climate-gate” scandal? Why are they continuing to insist that global warming is an impending catastrophe, when it has been shown that climatologists were making up the data? Why are you still being lied to by your politicians?

And what happens now that the EPA has gone around Congress and declared that it can control carbon dioxide as a pollutant? Will this mean the end of long family car trips, backyard barbeques and bonfires, …or even breathing? It will certainly mean energy costs will skyrocket by thousands of dollars a year for average citizens. It will also mean that millions of people will lose their jobs as manufacturers go out of business because they can no longer emit dangerous CO2 gas (also known as tree and plant food) into the air.

Chris Horner, an expert in environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and counsel for the Cooler Heads Coalition, joins us to discuss all this and more. He is also the author of two best-selling books on global warming policy: Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed (written before Climate-gate) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism.

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The City of Roanoke is still confiscating
citizens’ property for developers,
despite the law forbidding it

Date: December 13, 2009

Just a few weeks ago, a judge ruled that the City of Roanoke and its redevelopment and housing authority could take the property of a very viable local business and turn it over to another private business, simply to create more tax revenue and the potential for more jobs. The judge did this – and the city took the property – despite a law passed in 2007 forbidding this very type of confiscation.

In another twist, the recipient of the land, Carilion Health System, now says it doesn’t even want the property, and claims it never did! If that’s true, why did Carilion wait until AFTER the court case – after all of the heartache and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses to the property owners and the taxpayers – to tell everyone this? E-mails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act between Carilion execs and the city show that the health care giant has actually wanted the land for the last 10 years. Is it simply lying now to save face?

We interview Jay Burkholder, the owner of the property in Roanoke that houses a successful flooring business. We also talk with one of his attorneys, Josh Baker with Waldo & Lyle in Norfolk. The law firm specializes in eminent domain cases and is the only one in Virginia dedicated to representing only property owners.

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Can Virginia stop national health care

with the 10th Amendment?

Date: December 6, 2009

Could we effectively stop the takeover of health care by the federal government – at least for Virginians? Could we prevent the mandate that Virginians be forced to buy government-approved health coverage?

Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall is introducing the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act in the General Assembly in January, which would guarantee that every Virginian has a right to (as well as a right not to) purchase health insurance and medical services from whatever provider she chooses. The bill would also guarantee that Virginians would not be subject to federal fines if they chose to not to follow the requirement to buy government-approved health coverage.

Currently, 21 states are proposing similar legislation. The Tenth Amendment in the Bill of Rights gives states the right (and duty) to oppose the federal government when it overreaches its power and steps outside the very limited bounds of the Constitution. The takeover of health care is the biggest overreach in American history.

Donna Holt, president of the Virginia Campaign for Liberty and head of the Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution, joins us to discuss this legislation. We also discuss the proposed legislation to prevent federal gun laws from being imposed on Virginians who own Virginia-made guns and ammunition that stay within our borders.

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Climate-gate: The global warming hoax.
We talk to a climatologist in the middle

of this worldwide news story

Date: November 29, 2009

E-mails which seem to indicate that scientists around the world are conspiring to make global warming seem worse than it is were recently leaked from one of the world’s leading climate research centers in London.

We interview a world-renowned climatologist and vocal critic of the hysteria surrounding global warming who is criticized in these e-mails and is considered an adversary by the researchers who wrote them. One scientist even e-mailed that he wanted to beat our guest up because he was causing problems by questioning the global warming data.

Dr. Pat Michaels is the former state climatologist for Virginia and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is also the author of several books about global warming, including his most recent, Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know. Dr. Michaels walks us through the damaging evidence he saw in these e-mails of attempts to paint global warming as the doomsday scenario it never was.

Plus: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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Why we have the Second Amendment:
It’s not about “duck hunting.”

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Plus: 2A gets another U.S. Supreme Court hearing
--will “shall not be infringed” apply to state laws, as well?

Date: November 22, 2009

The Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment to guard against tyranny from our own government and to preserve our liberty. Does it still have meaning today? What current threats does our right to bear arms face from the Obama administration and Congress?

We talk with Dr. Stephen Halbrook, an attorney who regularly argues for our Second Amendment rights before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal and state courts. He is also the author of several books on the subject; his latest is The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms.

Dr. Halbrook also discusses some big cases pending in the courts which may further weaken or solidify the Second Amendment. By this June, the Supreme Court will rule if the Second Amendment also applies to the states. That could dramatically affect 40,000 state and local laws on the books regulating guns and ammunition.

Also: An interview with one of the candidates who wants to challenge Democrat Congressman Tom Perriello in the fall, Laurence Verga. Perriello replaced Virgil Goode in the U.S. House and has since voted for the stimulus bill, cap and trade, and the socialization of American health care.

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No more ice cream, burgers, or rock climbing:
Could a government-run health care system
prohibit "risky" foods and activities?

Date: November 15, 2009

What if at age 55 you were told by the federal government that you were prohibited from playing racquetball or riding a bike? What if you were told at any age that you weren’t allowed to rock climb, eat ice cream or candy bars, or eat foods with lots of fat, such as your occasional burger and fries? The reason for the restriction: Those activities and foods are deemed too unhealthy for you, and you might become sick or injured, creating a costly burden for the nation’s socialized health care system and therefore, your fellow taxpayers.

Sound farfetched? Not really, according to health care expert Michael Cannon from the Cato Institute in Washington, who is also co-author of Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.

Michael joins us to look at the health care “reform” bill that just passed the U.S. House. Does it contain all the nasty stuff that so many protested against this past summer? Could a government-run health care system eventually prohibit certain foods and everyday activities that politicians and bureaucrats deem "too risky"?  Or would it just tax them out of use?

Also: Our blogger Norm Leahy joins us to talk about the groups pressuring newly-elected governor Bob McDonnell to break his “read my lips” statement on no new taxes – just two weeks after election day.

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After the Republican sweep in the Virginia elections,

can we now expect a return to smaller state government?

Date: November 8, 2009

This week, the experts in small government at Tertium Quids talk about the election results in Virginia and what we can expect with Republicans at the helm in the three top positions of governor, lt. governor, and attorney general. We discuss what went on behind the scenes before election day, as well as some of the noteworthy election outcomes (we lost a RINO Senator, even though no Senate seats were up for election). We also look at how governor-elect Bob McDonnell can single-handedly return the Virginia Senate back to Republican hands over the next couple of months, giving Republicans control of both houses of the General Assembly.

In addition, the Republicans in the House of Delegates widened their majority by at least six new seats. Will that mean an even more conservative House, devoted to cutting taxes and shrinking the size of government, or will it mean just more "go-along to get-along" politicians? We will find out with a full half hour with John Taylor, president of Tertium Quids -- Virginia's largest grassroots advocacy organization for limited government -- and our TQ blogger, Norm Leahy.

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Political junkies alert:

A political guru’s in-depth look at Virginia’s gubernatorial campaign – the strategies, the numbers, and the issues

Date: November 1, 2009

Can Creigh Deeds become governor of Virginia when he is this far behind Bob McDonnell in the polls? He does have a chance if those who voted for President Obama show up on election day. (That’s a pretty big “if.”) Why are Deeds’ attacks not working? How is McDonnell able to run so successfully as a moderate in some parts of the state and as a conservative in others?

This week, we take an in-depth look at Virginia’s gubernatorial campaign – the strategies, the numbers, and the issues – with political analyst Dr. Bob Denton.

Denton was one of the moderators of the final debate between Deeds and McDonnell. He is a political guru, the author of numerous books on political communications and campaigning, and chairman of the department of communication at Virginia Tech.

In addition, our blogger Norm Leahy talks about two familiar, ethically-challenged state Senators who seem to be encountering ethical problems once again – and at the taxpayers’ expense.

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Using the 10th Amendment to stop the overreaching federal government, ending unnecessary regulations,

and defending constitutional rights in Virginia
– an interview with AG candidate Ken Cuccinelli

Date: October 25, 2009

This week, we talk with the man the Washington Post calls “to the right of right” (it’s not meant as a compliment), Virginia’s attorney general candidate, Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli sets the record straight about many of the issues his opponent, Steve Shannon, has thrown out during the race.

We ask how he plans to change the face of Virginia government if he wins on November 3rd: Ending unnecessary regulations; defending the Virginia and U.S. constitutions; and using the 10th Amendment to attempt to stop federal government mandates that will destroy Virginia’s right to work law, force cap and trade, and push other unconstitutional schemes.

Additionally, we have audio where, after nearly a year of campaigning for the job, Shannon is unable to tell a debate audience the responsibilities and divisions of the AG’s office.

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Getting the economy moving again in Virginia, getting rid of waste in state government, and increasing classroom funding

without increasing taxes
– an interview with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Date: October 18, 2009

Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Bill Bolling, tells us how he plans to get the economy moving again in Virginia by getting the government to allow offshore drilling for oil, offering tax credits for job creation, and cutting taxes on businesses.

He also plans to increase funding for public school classrooms by shifting hundreds of millions of dollars from school administration to the classroom.

Bolling is quick to note that raising taxes to fund new initiatives would only harm the economy and kill jobs, so funding will come from cutting other wasteful and unnecessary parts of state government. We actually get some details as to where he wants to cut.

Also, we listen to audio of gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds as he contradicts himself several times in the same interview about whether or not he will raise taxes (in the end, he says he ____).

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Do Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates have the solution

to Virginia’s transportation problems?

Date: October 11, 2009

This week, we look at Virginia’s transportation problems and the solutions offered up by the two gubernatorial candidates. Will the solutions either candidate is proposing help? How much will they cost taxpayers?

Dr. Ron Utt, a senior research fellow with The Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar with the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, will dissect both plans. He is a nationally renowned expert on transportation issues.

Additionally, Dr. Utt will expose President Obama’s “livability” program. The program intends to substantially alter the way we live and travel by “coercing” (the Obama administration’s term, not ours) us out of our cars and single family homes into public transportation and urban high rises.

After spending billions buying car companies and putting people in new cars with Cash for Clunkers, why would the government turn right around and implement policies to get people to stop driving?

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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The Cult of the Presidency:

America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

Date: October 4, 2009

When the American people look to the president to solve all our social and fiscal problems, should we be surprised that the presidency has grown powerful enough to threaten American liberty? The power of the office has grown exponentially over the last several decades, to the point where neither Congress nor the Supreme Court is exercising its power to check and balance the executive branch of government. Presidents – both Democrat and Republican – are allowed to exercise more and more unconstitutional powers over the economy, private companies, and the private lives of the American people.

The problem cannot be solved simply by bringing a new administration to power, because conservatives and liberals both want a powerful president – just on their own, very different terms.

Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and author of The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power. The book examines how Americans have expanded presidential power by expecting government solutions for every national problem, and calls for the president’s role to return to its properly defined constitutional limits.

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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Virginia’s transportation problems, part 2:
Why building light rail won’t help – it’s just more pollution

and congestion for more taxpayer dollars

Date: September 27, 2009

This week, we continue discussing one of the biggest issues in Virginia’s November elections – the state’s transportation and congestion problems. Light rail within Virginia cities and high speed rail between cities has been a dream of many and has been talked about for years. Even some conservatives are behind this expensive idea.

The research of one of the foremost experts in the country shows that rail is hugely expensive to taxpayers, never pays for itself, pollutes more than people driving cars, and does little – if anything – to stop congestion.

Randal O'Toole is the author of The Best-Laid Plans: How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future. He is an economist and senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. His research of urban growth and transportation issues has influenced decisions in cities all across the country.

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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Virginia’s transportation problems, part 1:
Why harmful “Smart Growth” policies

will only create more congestion

Date: September 20, 2009

This week, we talk about one of the biggest issues in Virginia’s November elections – the state’s transportation and congestion problems. “Smart growth” is a series of policy pushes by the state and local government planners to get people to move into more dense housing – apartments and condos – and move away from single family homes and suburban living. Even many conservatives are behind this big government, central planning idea. Why?

They say it is a way to relieve congestion and get people using public transportation, but the research of one of the foremost experts in the country shows that it creates more congestion, higher home prices, and is an assault on personal freedom.

Randal O'Toole is the author of The Best-Laid Plans: How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future. He is an economist and senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. His research of urban growth and transportation issues has influenced decisions in cities all across the country.

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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Virginia study shows proposed health care reform
would cost every Virginian $4100+

Date: September 13, 2009

The Virginia Institute for Public Policy (our nonpartisan sister organization) recently released a study that concluded that the cost of funding health care reform based on President Obama’s priorities would average $4,176 for every man, woman, and child in Virginia over the next 10 years. Virginia would also see reduced economic growth by 4.5 percent.

Our guest, Donna Arduin, coauthor of the study and a partner with Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, explained that the plan pending in Congress would increase costs, further escalate medical-price inflation, and still leave 30 million Americans uninsured – the exact opposite of what we are being told by the President. Medical costs would increase because patients would be further separated from the true costs of their health care and would be less driven to be efficient in their spending. She said this separation is actually the reason health care costs are skyrocketing today.

John Taylor, president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, also joins us to point out the alternative reform solutions the study offers that are more patient-centered and free-market oriented.

See a four-page summary of the report here.

See the full report here.

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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The problems of big government today began
immediately after the American Revolution.
There’s a lesson here we must learn.

Date: September 6, 2009

How did big government start in America, when we had sacrificed everything to fight a nearly unwinnable war and devised a constitution precisely to free ourselves from big, overreaching government? Believe it or not, the foundation for big government started immediately after the American Revolution, and it has pervaded America ever since.

The ideas and policies of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the United States’ first secretary of the treasury and someone often revered in history books, have led to the major problems we have today: Out-of-control government spending, huge government debt, bailouts to our largest banks to keep them afloat, and government ownership of our major car companies and financial institutions. And, it was all intentional!

Why was it intentional? How did we let this happen? How did these ideas lead to today's problems? The truth is told by Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo, author of Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution -- and What It Means for Americans Today.

Dr. DiLorenzo is an economic historian, a professor of economics at Loyola University, and a senior faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He also holds a Ph.D. in economics from our very own Virginia Tech, and is a former economics professor at George Mason University.

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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Cap & Trade’s Effect on Virginia
Part 2: Job Loss, Higher Taxes, Higher Prices

Date: August 30, 2009

This week, we discuss the current status of the cap and trade legislation in Congress and its potential effects on America and the Virginia economy. In this second part, we focus on the jobs we will lose as industries such as coal mining and heavy manufacturing are put out of business or move overseas, and how prices on virtually everything we buy – from appliances to food to cars to homes – will increase dramatically as energy prices skyrocket to pay for this global warming scheme.

We will talk about Spain, the world leader in “green jobs” that President Obama says we should emulate, which loses about 2.5 private sector jobs for every green job the government creates. Congress and the president will radically alter our entire economy, give the government even more power over us and our wallets, and dramatically lower our standard of living – all based on this global warming junk science (if you don’t believe it is junk science, go back and listen to Part 1).

Dr. Robert Murphy, an economist with the Institute for Energy Research, joins us to talk about global warming and cap and trade. He is author of the book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. He is also a member of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy’s board of scholars (VIPP is Tertium Quids’ and Freedom & Prosperity Radio’s sister organization, and is Virginia’s premier small government, free market think tank).

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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Cap & Trade’s Effect on Virginia
Part 1: Debunking global warming

Date: August 23, 2009

While many of us have forgotten about the cap and trade bill in Congress since we started debating health care reform, Congress has not forgotten about this big revenue generator for the federal government. This week, we discuss the current status of the legislation and its potential effects on America and the Virginia economy. In this first part, we focus on the fact that man-made global warming has never been scientifically proven and is simply a theory based on very flawed and controversial computer models. Additionally, the earth has actually been cooling for the past 10 years – exactly the opposite of what the models had predicted. Yet we will radically alter our economy, destroy whole industries, and raise taxes on the average American household by $3000-$4500 a year, based on this junk science.

Dr. Robert Murphy, an economist with the Institute for Energy Research, joins us to talk about global warming and cap and trade. He is author of the book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. He is also a member of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy’s board of scholars (VIPP is Tertium Quids’ and Freedom & Prosperity Radio’s sister organization, and is Virginia’s premier small government, free market think tank).

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

Next week, Part 2: What will happen to Virginia’s economy, and is there any way the state can get an exemption from cap and trade’s onerous regulations?

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Who is lying about health care reform? We reveal the truth about “death panels,” taxpayer-subsidized abortions, the push for government-controlled insurance, and more.

Date: August 16, 2009

In the health care reform debate, liberals and democrats are accusing the opponents of “reform” of spreading lies about it in order to kill it. We review some of those accusations and reveal the truth to see who is really lying.

Will the health care reform plan “require Americans to subsidize abortions with their tax dollars”?

Will the plan set limits similar to the socialized system in Britain, where people are allowed to die if their treatment would cost more than a certain dollar amount?

Will reform really mean savings for families and businesses?

Will reform force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors?

We will get to the truth about these issues and more with Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Alexandria-based Galen Institute, a research organization devoted exclusively to health policy and improving health care through a free market approach.

Also: Our Tertium Quids blogger, Norm Leahy, brings us the latest news in Virginia politics.

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Warnings from the U.K. and Canada:
Don’t fall for the health care reform scheme

Date: August 9, 2009

During the August Congressional recess, as Virginians talk to their members of Congress about health care “reform,” we want to bring you the intellectual ammunition with which to educate your Congressmen, friends, and neighbors. We talk to experts in Canada and the U.K. about what reform will look like when imposed on America, because parts of that reform draw from both of these socialized systems.

Brett Skinner is the director of bio-pharma and health policy with the Fraser Institute in Canada. The stories of waiting lists for even the most basic of treatments, the illegality of private health insurance, the illegality of paying cash for health services, and the fact that there are still uninsured people in the “universal” Canadian system are all true.

John Blundell is an economist and the director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Humane Studies at George Mason University here in Virginia. He was a resident of Virginia and California for 12 years before returning to the U.K. in 1993, so he has experienced both health care systems.

John and Brett talk about how much of U.S. health care “reform” looks like their home countries’ government-run systems, giving us a glimpse into our possible future, and warning us not to go down this path.

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The Virginia General Assembly is

helping crooks steal your identity

Date: August 2, 2009

The Virginia General Assembly passed a law in the late 1990s requiring that certain public records be posted online, even those containing your Social Security number, date of birth, signature, or other sensitive information. Yes, in the age where identity theft is rampant and destroying credit records and lives, a majority of our electeds decided to make it much easier for your identity to be stolen.

In protest, private citizen-activist Betty "B.J." Ostergren decided to post legislators’ Social Security numbers and other information on her Web site, TheVirginiaWatchdog.com.

In 2008, the General Assembly passed a law to muzzle her by making it illegal for her to disseminate this information on the Internet, even though the government disseminates it on its own Web sites. Huh?? In June, she won her First Amendment case against the state, and the muzzle is back off.

Why aren’t our legislators interested in fixing this problem? Why is the Virginia Attorney General’s office seeking an appeal to go after B.J. again for putting this information on her Web site?

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The three big lies of nationalized health care

Date: July 26, 2009

Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins us to talk about the three big lies Obama and the Democrats are using to sell nationalized health care to the American people.

The health care bill is more than 1000 pages, and we know that not one member of Congress has read the entire thing, and neither has President Obama. Yet Obama is very insistent on getting the bill passed before Congress goes on its August recess. For a law that will fundamentally change our lives and economy, why is it being rushed through before America has a chance to study it?

Cato is a premier free market libertarian think tank in Washington, DC, and Michael heads Cato’s research on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security. He is also the author of several books, including Leviathan on the Right, Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It, and The Poverty of Welfare.

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Criminal defendants are going free in Virginia

due to a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Date: July 19, 2009

Criminal defendants are having their cases dismissed in Virginia due to a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling which said that crime lab reports cannot be introduced as evidence in a trial unless the analysts who wrote them appear in court to testify about their results. With only about 150 analysts in Virginia, and more than 60,000 crime lab tests done each year, the new requirement would overwhelm backlogged crime labs, with the result of some defendants going free in Virginia because analysts could not be present in many cases.

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli joins us to discuss his call for an immediate one-day special session of the General Assembly to amend Virginia’s law to comply with the ruling, yet prevent potentially guilty defendants from going free. While prosecutors across the state call the situation dire, why does Gov. Kaine think that there is no need for a special session, and that this can wait until the regular legislative session in January? Politics perhaps? Cuccinelli is, after all, the Republican candidate for state attorney general.

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The market-driven Swiss solution to government-run health care?

Date: July 12, 2009

Professor Regina Herzlinger talks with us about why consumer-driven health care (and a mostly free-market approach) is the only way to reform health care in America. She gives the example of the Swiss model, which ensures coverage for all while keeping costs significantly lower than those in America. We discuss what market-driven, consumer-driven health care would look like, what went wrong with “Romney Care” in Massachusetts, and why the current proposals in Congress will only make health care worse for Americans.

Professor Regina Herzlinger is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress and a chaired professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, is one of the nation’s most respected health care analysts, and is widely recognized for her innovative research in health care. She is the author of the best-selling book, Who Killed Health Care: America’s $2 Trillion Problem – and the Consumer Driven Cure.

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How often do Virginia’s Congressmen vote in favor of taxpayers?

Even the “conservatives” need to improve their scores

Date: July 5, 2009

During the July 4 weekend, as we remember our declaration of independence from Great Britain and “No taxation without representation,” we take a look at what taxation WITH representation is like. Pete Sepp, vice president of the National Taxpayers Union, talks with us about NTU’s annual Congressional ratings, which score members of Congress on how often they vote in favor of the taxpayer. These votes include those that increase or decrease taxes, spending, and excessive regulations on individuals and businesses. The highest scoring Congressman in Virginia’s delegation scores a 73%, which is a low C. The worst gets a 3%.

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The TRUTH about Cap and Trade – the LARGEST TAX INCREASE AND JOB KILLER in American history

Date: June 28, 2009

At the urging of President Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives (including five of Virginia’s 11 Congressmen) recently passed one of the biggest scams on the American people under the guise of “protecting the earth” from “global warming.” On this week’s show, we speak with Chris Horner, a national expert in environmental policy who lives right here in Virginia. Chris exposes the facts – that the bill will do nothing to affect global warming or cooling (the sun does that), and that its sole purpose is to raise money for more government programs by putting a massive tax on companies’ use of energy products. The tax will be passed on to every American consumer in the form of higher prices, with conservative estimates running in the $3100 - $4600 range per year for the average American household. To escape the tax, many manufacturers will move jobs overseas.

Chris also tells us about his visit with Virginia’s Congressman Rick Boucher, a huge proponent of cap and trade, with a group of European politicians who have already implemented the policy and who urged him not to pursue this scam – that it does nothing for “global warming” and it destroys economies. Despite the warnings, Boucher wouldn't listen to the facts.

(Virginia's five House members who voted for cap and trade are Rick Boucher (D), Gerry Connolly (D), Jim Moran (D), Tom Perriello (D), and Bobby Scott (D).)

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The Value-Added Tax: a new national sales tax. Why are we looking to adopt what is destroying European economies?

Date: June 21, 2009

This week, we discuss the Value-Added Tax, a huge, new, confiscatory national sales tax being promoted by President Obama. Dr. J.D. Foster of the Heritage Foundation and former associate director for economic policy at the White House's Office of Management and Budget joins us to talk about how this proposed national sales tax is not the Fair Tax and wouldn’t replace other taxes, but would be an additional tax on the American people. He tells us how the VAT could do irreparable damage to the American economy if it passes…. So much for Obama’s promise not to increase taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year – this sinister high-rate tax would hit everyone.

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Expert analysis of Virginia’s gubernatorial race /
Why is “card check” so bad for Virginia's workers?

Date: June 14, 2009

Our first guest, Dr. Robert Denton, professor of political communication at Virginia Tech and veteran political analyst, talks about Virginia’s gubernatorial race. What issues should the candidates be addressing? Has Virginia turned Democrat for good? Is Republican Bob McDonnell's strategy of moving to the middle going to work?

We are then joined by Greg Mourad, director of federal legislation for the National Right to Work Committee. We talk about the problem with "card check," a bill in Washington which would take away workers' rights to vote in secret on whether or not to unionize a workplace. Card check would inevitably lead to intimidation of workers to "vote the right way" in favor of unions. Rank and file workers are against the idea, but union bosses and the union-owned Democrats in Washington are pushing hard for its passage.

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How the tax code disincentivizes virtue and incentivizes vice,

and screws up the natural order of things

Date: June 7, 2009

Author of Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform (coming out at the end of June 2009) Leslie Carbone joins us to discuss how the government disincentivizes virtue and incentivizes vice by using taxation to shift money from the makers to the takers. People’s economic decisions don’t have the natural consequences that they should. What that means is that those who practice virtue – such as hard work, patience, and carefulness -- are not often rewarded with the prosperity they should be; and those who practice vices – sloth, impatience, and recklessness -- are often protected from the bad consequences of those poor choices by government.

When the government disrupts the natural order by overturning these natural consequences, it becomes a contributor to the very social breakdown it thought it was trying to solve.

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Virginia Republican ticket must return

to small government principles

Date: May 31, 2009

Nationally-known conservative voice Richard Viguerie, chairman of conservativeHQ.com, the pioneer of campaign direct mail, and the author of the book Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause, joins us to discuss the new Virginia Republican ticket for governor, lt. governor, and attorney general. He tells us the issues they should be talking about to win elections. Viguerie believes Republicans can stay true to small government principles while communicating a message that appeals to a majority of Virginians.

We also talk with the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, Jeff Bowles, about the increased calls for Republicans to appeal to Libertarian voters by becoming better advocates for smaller government and more individual freedom.

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Cheerleaders for the Revolution:

Network Coverage of Barack Obama’s First 100 Days

Date: May 24, 2009

The Media Research Center in Alexandria works every day to expose bias in the media. Dan Gainor, vice president of the MRC, joins us to discuss MRC’s recently released report, “Cheerleaders for the Revolution: Network Coverage of Barack Obama’s First 100 Days.” Analysts looked at all 982 broadcast evening news stories from ABC, CBS, and NBC about the Obama administration’s first 100 days and showed that what was supposed to be reporting of just the facts was instead liberal advocacy journalism.

For example, the networks spent days decrying AIG’s $165 million bonuses, but hardly mentioned the $210 million in bonuses handed out by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – the bailed-out mortgage giants with strong Democratic ties. ABC and NBC completely ignored the Fannie and Freddie bonuses, while the CBS Evening News gave it 27 seconds.

Also, more on Virginia's coming budget shortfall!

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Gov. Kaine’s rosy budget projections = another budget shortfall;
WSJ’s John Fund on Acorn’s Democrat voter registration fraud

Date: May 17, 2009

Virginia Sen. Mark Obenshain joins us to talk about a coming budget shortfall likely beginning July 1 and the need to cut spending, not raise taxes. Obenshain warned back in February that the Governor’s lofty tax revenue projections for the state were pure fantasy, and that using them to avoid cutting the budget in February just means we will have to cut even more in the coming fiscal year.

Also, the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund reports on the nationwide voter fraud cases against the community organizing group Acorn, as a result of its “get out the vote” efforts for Democrats. He says Congress has canceled hearings into the continual problems with Acorn and that the White House is now recruiting the group to help with the Census!

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Throwing more money at public education doesn’t improve it:
Here
are 40 years of proof

Date: May 10, 2009

The nation has doubled spending on public education during the last 40 years, yet standardized test scores remain the same: mediocre. Yes, that dollar amount has been adjusted for inflation, so on top of increasing expenditures to keep up with inflation, we have doubled our spending – while the number of public school students has increased only 10 to 20 percent.

What has doubled along with the money? The number of school administrators, not teachers. Even the best public schools are working at hugely inefficient levels, with the cost of educating a public school student in Virginia at $15,000 - $27,000 and up per year, depending on the locality. That’s many times more expensive than most private schools.

We talk about the Nation’s Report Card and solutions with Dr. Adam Schaeffer, a senior fellow with the Education Reform Initiative at the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom.

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Nationalized health insurance is on the way;

so are longer waiting lines, rationing, and even denial of care

Date: May 3, 2009

This week, we talk about a near inevitable Obama administration “fix” for health care coverage for all Americans.  What will start out as a nationalized health insurance plan running alongside commercial insurance plans will eventually lead to commercial plans going out of business, doctors and hospitals closing their doors as insurance reimbursements decline, and rationing of health care based on age, health, and other factors.

You may hate your current health insurance provider, but you will like government insurance even less; especially when politicians and bureaucrats will decide what diseases and treatments are covered based on voting patterns of the populace.

Dr. Devon Herrick, senior fellow and health care economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, joins us to explain how it will all happen.  He is a preeminent expert on 21st century medicine, including the evolution of Internet-based medicine, consumer-driven health care, and changes in the global health market.

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The dangerous Fed:  Does a free country like America

really need a central economic planner?

Date: April 26, 2009

Former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul joins us to talk about the Federal Reserve Bank.  The Fed can and does print money at will with nothing to back it.  It can also arbitrarily determine interest rates, which effects the interest rates you pay for car loans, home mortgages, business loans, and credit cards; as well as how much you earn on your investments.  This powerful central planner of the American economy has caused bubbles and depressions throughout history (including our latest economic crisis), yet its financial books are CLOSED to the American people and even to members of Congress.  Congressman Paul is pushing legislation to audit the Fed, a first step in reining in its unchecked power.

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What really caused this economic crisis?

Date: April 19, 2009

Dr. Thomas Woods, historian and author of the New York Times bestseller Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, joins us to discuss what really caused the current economic crisis.  Most politicians and the media worldwide have convinced the people that the free market was the cause of the economic meltdown.  Of course, it wasn’t.  It was government policies like the Community Redevelopment Act, and government-created entities like Fannie Mae, as well as the Federal Reserve, which allows bureaucrats and politicians to manipulate the value of the money we use.

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The truth about taxes:  The maddening FACTS!

Date: April 12, 2009

Scott Hodge of the nonpartisan Tax Foundation joins us to talk facts about taxes as we approach April 15.  Two that might surprise most people:  Half of Americans pay nearly no taxes (and they VOTE!), and Virginia’s tax burden is one of the worst in the country – ranking us right up there with New York, New Jersey, California, and “Taxachussetts.”  Also on the show:  organizers from Tax Day Tea Party protests in Richmond, Roanoke, and Charlottesville worry about taxes going up even more and tell us plans for their events; and more about those hundreds of thousands of dollars in VDOT bonuses while the state is running budget deficits.

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New era of government accountability and transparency begins —
Governor signs bill to put Virginia’s budget online

Date: April 5, 2009

How will putting Virginia’s budget online save the taxpayers money and potentially rein in runaway spending?  State Senator Ken Cuccinelli joins us to talk about his and Tertium Quids' efforts to get his bill for state budget transparency signed into law.  Why were the politicians opposed to this last year, yet the bill passed both houses unanimously this year?  Also:  Tax Day tea parties being shut down in Virginia by local governments, Congress giving its own employees millions in bonuses after threatening to take away bank execs' bonuses, VDOT handing out bonuses after cutting 1000 employees and during the fiscal crisis, and more!

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FDR’s New Deal prolonged the Great Depression —
why look to New Deal 2.0 for America’s salvation today?

Date: March 29, 2009

This week, we talk to the author of New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America. Today, our leaders in Washington are following the same failed path of New Deal big government in an attempt to turn our faltering economy around. Economic historian Dr. Burt Folsom uses historical and economic facts to challenge the conventional wisdom that President Franklin Roosevelt saved the country and brought us out of the Great Depression with his New Deal policies.

FDR’s policies expanded government’s reach into nearly every aspect of the economy and created new agencies to handle everything from wage and price controls to making government jobs for the unemployed to instituting the welfare state we still know today.  According to Dr. Folsom, these policies not only did not work, but actually PROLONGED and DEEPENED the Great Depression.  They also created a legacy of economic problems that we still are dealing with in 2009.

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Giving parents tax credits to send kids to their schools of choice
can save Virginia's budget as well as its failing public schools

Date: March 15, 2009

Dr. Adam Schaeffer, a senior fellow with the Education Reform Initiative at the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, is a national expert on school choice.  He talks with us about how letting parents keep their tax dollars so they can pay for tuition to the private (or public) schools of their choice can improve education for all students, even those who remain the public school system.  School choice can save billions, and those savings can go toward improving schools, teacher pay increases, new roads and other state priorities, or they can go back to the taxpayers as tax cuts.  With a win-win-win scenario for kids, teachers, and taxpayers, who could be against this?

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A discussion with the Lt. Governor about fiscal discipline,
the smoking ban, and drilling for oil off Virginia's coast

Date: March 8, 2009

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling joins us to discuss the just-ended General Assembly session. What important new laws were passed? How far does the smoking ban go, and why did Republicans vote for it? Did taxes go up? What about the budget - did government spending increase while the citizens had to tighten their belts? And what is the state doing with the billions in stimulus from the feds?

Mr. Bolling also discusses his request to the Federal government to allow oil and natural gas exploration off Virginia's coast.

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Losing your gun rights in an Obama administration

Date: March 1, 2009

Leading up to election day last November - and immediately following - numerous news reports abounded about people stocking up on guns and ammunition as they feared bans might be imminent with Democrat control of Congress and the White House. Are people's fears justified? What is the future of gun ownership in an Obama presidency?

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, joins us and tells us that outright gun bans do not need to be passed by Congress. He says there are already plenty of laws on the books that can be more strictly interpreted by the Administration to effectively nullify your right to bear arms.

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The stimulus bill will harm the economy —
with Wall Street Journal economist Stephen Moore

Date: February 22, 2009

The Wall Street Journal's senior economics writer and editorial board member, Stephen Moore, joins us to discuss what is inside the $800 billion Obama "stimulus" package and whether it will help or harm our troubled economy. Moore answers how long he thinks it will take for the economy to recover and whether this is the end of capitalism and the free market. He is also author of the book, "The End of Prosperity." Is this really it? (This is an updated version of the podcast which includes the results of how Tertium Quids’ legislative agenda fared in the 2009 Virginia General Assembly session. The agenda included four items:  putting the state’s budget online, putting property rights in the Virginia Constitution, putting expiration dates on all new taxes and fees, and locking up the Transportation Trust Fund from being raided to pay for non-transportation projects.  Recorded March 18.)

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The debut show:
Holding back big government in Virginia's General Assembly

Date: February 15, 2009

Conservative legislators Senator Ken Cuccinelli and Delegate Ben Cline talk about some of the good and bad laws the Virginia General Assembly is passing in 2009. Also: Commentary on the proposed smoking ban, the leader of the Senate says property rights don't belong in the Virginia constitution, and more.

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