Jim Rash - one of the new kids on the block at WGMD and works Monday through Friday from 9 to noon and join him on the road Wednesdays from 9 to noon at Atlantic Cellular
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I've got to tell you, knowing what to include here reminds me of the line in Bob Seger's Against the Wind, "what to leave in, what to leave out." So, I'll cover some personal and some professional information.
I'm from Harrington. It was a great place to grow up...Boy Scouts, MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship), Little League, high school sports. My grandfather owned the pool hall so I spent a lot of time learning bad habits (being careful not to exercise them under his watchful eye). I graduated high school in 1967, worked at the DuPont nylon plant in Seaford for a year, then joined the Navy. After Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, I went to Pensacola, Florida, where I trained as a Communications Technician (CT) and was subsequently stationed in Morocco and on Guam. After my discharge I moved to Dover, went to Delaware State College, then moved to California where I lived for 17 years. I worked in radio in Bakersfield and Fresno. In Bakersfield I worked in Top-40 and AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio. After deciding I’d rather be rich than famous, I went into radio advertising sales, sales management, and station management. Contemporary Christian Music was my next format (in Fresno) where I also hosted a Sunday evening talk show. I moved back to Delaware in 1991 and married my high school sweetheart. We have two kids and five grandchildren.
In 2008 I was elected State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Delaware. It was during the 2010 election cycle that I met Bill Colley when he interviewed me as the LPD candidate for the U.S. Senate. I've since left the Libertarian Party but will always be libertarian.
Now I'm doing what I love...being on-the-air! I've been given a unique opportunity to express my libertarian views as they relate to current events which is why I sometimes seem Conservative and sometimes appear to be Liberal. Actually, my political leanings are Classical Liberalism which, according to Wikipedia, "is a political ideology, a branch of liberalism which advocates civil liberties and political freedom with limited government under the rule of law and emphasizes economic freedom."
Well, that's about it. I'm not inclined to talk about myself (I guess you'll be the judge of that!) so I've left out my hobbies, the list of Merit Badges, and that whole thing about "long walks on the beach." You're welcome!
Jim Rash's Blog
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2014 May Be the Last Year to Salvage Your Assets is an essay by Jeff Berwick on his blog, 'The Dollar Vigilante'.
There's been some talk of the U.S. monetary system collapsing on July 1, 2014. He addresses FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which becomes effective on that date. Berwick obviously sees it as a benchmark but disputes the Armageddon-like results that some say will accompany its implementation.
Here's an excerpt:
The year around 2000 may be looked back upon as near the beginning of the end of today’s systems. Think back to the year 2000 and think what you would have thought if someone told you that the Nasdaq would nose dive 78% within two years. That for the first time in history two skyscrapers would collapse at freefall speed into their own footprint due to fire. That this would lead to the US attacking and occupying Afghanistan and Iraq. That the lead “economist” of the New York Times would call for money printing to blow another bubble in real estate after the tech bubble collapse and would get it (that one isn´t that surprising). That the subsequent housing bubble would destroy trillions in wealth and cause a near collapse of the global financial system, one in which George Soros said that the financial system did collapse in 2009 but is now only being kept temporarily alive by money printing. That the US government debt would triple in the next 12 years, that deficits would rise from a technical surplus in 2000 to more than a trillion dollars per year a few years later. That, under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) accounting, deficits would be over $5 trillion per year within a decade. That a half-black man with no known personal history would be president of the US within eight years and would institute a fascist-style nationalized medical care system. That Greece would collapse. That the Cypriot government would abscond with nearly half of bank depositor’s money in broad daylight.
If you'd like to read the entire article click here.
I've been opposed to the FairTax in the past, but, after having looked into it more closely, am now in favor it's implementation. My rub was the 'prebate (a monthly check Treasury mails out to cover purchases up to the poverty level).' What I didn't understand, although I'm sure many tried to help me understand, is that there are no exemptions to the prebate. Everyone would get a check. Please, take a few minutes to check out the FairTax.
Students for Liberty have released an e-book called The Morality of Capitalism. I've downloaded it but haven't read it. You can dowload it here.
What follows is from the House Democrats' e-mail as discussed with Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf on last Wednesday's Atlantic Cellular broadcast.
A Path to Improving Route 1
A task force chaired by House Speaker Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf is recommending increased lighting, hybrid pedestrian signals and sidewalk and roadway improvements to make the Route 1 corridor in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Task Force outlined the problems and dangers facing pedestrians and cyclists traveling along the busy highway from Five Points to Dewey Beach town limits, particularly during the summer. A Delaware State Police review of pedestrian and cyclist accidents along Route 1 from 2011 through August 2013 showed 14 injuries and five fatalities.
In its 27-page report, the 14-member task force listed several recommendations, including:
• Add more overhead lighting throughout the corridor;
• Add bicycle-friendly rumble strips between through lanes and right-hand turn lanes to denote where drivers should enter the turn lane;
• Add a flashing caution pedestrian sign at the north end of the “Forgotten Mile.”
• Reduce access points to Route 1 by considering reconfigurations of current access points and not allowing the creation of new access points
• Support DelDOT plans to:
o Add six new ADA-compliant crosswalks;
o Add two pedestrian hybrid signals (HAWK beacons);
o Add continuous sidewalks from north of Five Points (U.S. 9) intersection to Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Bridge;
o Align bus stops with new crosswalks.
We've (at least, I've) had issues with logins and passwords for the last couple of weeks so it's taken me much longer to get this posted than I anticipated. Having resolved those issues, here's the LP's response:
Libertarian Party response to 2014 State of the Union address
WASHINGTON — Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
Thanks to unprecedented levels of government interference and government coercion, Americans' rights are violated like never before. We are harmed by taxes, regulations, prohibitions, and shocking privacy intrusions.
Unfortunately, most of the harm and injustice of government occurs because too many Americans support existing government policies. We're suffering under a tyranny of the majority. Our Libertarian hope is that we can convince enough Americans to change their minds. We hope voters will come to understand that government is force, and force is unjust.
Here are some of the problems we see.
The government debt situation is atrocious. Government debt is a terrible thing, because it forces future generations to pay off debts they never agreed to incur. From 2001 to 2008, George W. Bush doubled the debt, mostly with the support of a Republican Congress. Since 2009, Barack Obama and the Democrats (and Republicans) have nearly doubled it again. It doesn't matter whether Republicans or Democrats control the government. Libertarians would quickly balance the budget by cutting spending on everything, including entitlements and the military.
Thanks to the work of Republicans and Democrats, America has declined in the Economic Freedom Index. We've been sliding for years, and now we're down to #12. We're below Australia, Canada, and Denmark. Libertarian policies would get us back to #1.
Government should stop creating programs to fight economic inequality. Some economic inequality is natural and healthy in a free society. Actually, government often creates artificial inequality by granting special privileges to certain businesses or classes of people. Republicans and Democrats do that all the time. Libertarians prefer a level playing field.
The employment situation is still pretty bad. Why? Because government gets in between employers and employees, and tries to dictate everything. Minimum wage laws, hiring laws, firing laws, subsidies, and business taxes all make it harder to create jobs and find jobs. These laws are supported by both Republicans and Democrats. Libertarians would eliminate the minimum wage, employment red tape, and business subsidies and taxes.
Since 2001, the federal budget has exploded. Whenever the government spends money, it displaces it out of the private sector. That means the government is making more choices about how we use our resources, and free people are making fewer choices. That inevitably harms our economy. Libertarians would eliminate most programs, and cut spending on the rest.
If there's one thing we have learned since 2001, it's that we can't trust what government officials say. They lie. Bush and Cheney said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. James Clapper (Director of National Intelligence) said under oath that the NSA does not collect data on Americans. Those are a couple of the most outrageous lies, but there have been many others. The more power government has, the more government officials will have the opportunity and incentive to lie. Libertarians would greatly reduce government power.
Government should not be trusted to tell the truth about global warming, or to create restrictions in the name of fighting it. Look at the waste and environmental damage caused by government ethanol subsidies!
It used to be that if you said the government was watching you, people thought you were paranoid. Now, partly thanks to the efforts of Edward Snowden, everyone knows it's true. Between the Patriot Act, the IRS, the FBI, and the NSA (and probably other agencies as well), Americans have no idea whether ANYTHING they do is private anymore. Government should respect people's privacy, not violate it. Libertarians would end foreign wars, and end the War on Drugs, which would take away most of the government's excuse for spying. Libertarians would also repeal the Patriot Act and other invasions of privacy.
What about Obamacare? The problems with American health care go far beyond Obamacare. The problem is the whole huge mess that government interference has created. For decades, the government has done nothing but undermine health care by interfering in the health care market, and creating mandates and prohibitions that override our choices. Obamacare took a bad situation and made it worse — but let's not forget that it was already very bad. And that's thanks to the efforts of both Democrats and Republicans. As stated in our platform, Libertarians would "recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions."
Libertarians believe that government should have no involvement in education whatsoever. That goes double for the federal government. Unfortunately, the federal government massively interferes with education today: subsidies for preschool, subsidies for K–12 education, subsidies for higher education, and lots of mandates and regulations thanks to efforts like the Republicans' No Child Left Behind law. Our children would be much happier and better educated if government would get out of the way. Libertarians would eliminate the Department of Education and repeal No Child Left Behind.
Republicans and Democrats have also created a mess with immigration. The immigration debate has nothing to do with border security; it's all about employment. Currently, millions of foreigners work here illegally, because Republicans and Democrats have made it almost impossible to do legally. Libertarians would make it very easy for foreigners to come here, live here, and work here.
How about the military? The Libertarian attitude is pretty simple: the U.S. military should leave other countries alone, even if their governments are unstable, and even if there are people living there who hate Americans. We need to cut military spending a whole lot. Try getting Republicans or Democrats to support ANY cuts to military spending.
Amid all this gloom, we do see a bright spot: the War on Drugs. In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed initiatives to end prohibition of marijuana. Recently the New Hampshire House of Representatives did so too. A majority of Americans now believe that marijuana should not be prohibited. As time goes on, we believe that more and more Americans will join us in opposing the War on Drugs. We're pleased President Obama is moving in our direction on this issue.
All in all, the state of our union is a big mess created by Republicans and Democrats. Libertarians offer a path forward to peace and prosperity. Our 149 elected Libertarians nationwide work to implement libertarian policies directly. Hundreds of other Libertarians run for office each election cycle.
On last Wednesday's show at Atlantic Cellular, I said I'd put a couple of items on this blog.
The first was the link to the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation's website. It's http://www.DelawareBayLights.org.
The other was the e-mail address to JoAnne Howe at the Clayton Theatre. It's JoAnne@TheClaytonTheatre.com.
Here's the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ridefortheconstitution?ref=stream&hc_location=stream
Yesterday I got an e-mail from Staci. She's concerned about her niece's education as the result of helping her with her homework. This isn't an isolated incident by any means. I hear so many stories about how poorly our kids are being educated that references helping with homework or reading from a textbook or being asked a question by a child that just doesn't sound right.
In her e-mail, Staci included a link to a web page that offers a free download of the e-book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. I've downloaded it but have only had time to glance at the preface. There are two thing I found there that I want to point out.
The first is a reference to the War on Education.
The second is a quote by Aristotle: 'Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are from the dead.' Obvious, yet profound.
There is a war on education and our children are the casualties. Our progeny are the victims. This just can't be allowed to continue.
As I told Staci, you don't need a college education to succeed in this world. You just need to read with understanding, write with clarity, and calculate accurately and the world is yours for the taking. Our kids need to know this but they'll not learn it in school. Oh, they'll learn the 3Rs in the classroom but they won't be taught the real-world value of embracing them. The schools are far more interested in teaching kids how to get along. That's something they'll learn on the playground...quickly!
This is a war we cannot afford to lose.
Here's the link to the e-book: http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/ Please, download it. It's free but it just might be worth a fortune.