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AMA 155 – Citizens Against Government Waste and the Congressional Pig Book with Tom Schatz

Thomas A. Schatz is president of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and its lobbying affiliate, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW).

Mr. Schatz is a nationally-recognized spokesperson on government waste and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows from coast to coast.  He is a regularly featured guest on national television news programs and local news broadcasts.  His appearances include ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “60 Minutes,” FOX News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Nightly News,” and PBS’s “The News Hour.”  He was a regularly featured guest on the “Pork Watch” segment of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”  His editorials on fiscal policy have appeared in publications nationwide, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Schatz has testified numerous times on government waste issues before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as before state and local legislative and regulatory bodies.

During his 30 years with CAGW, Mr. Schatz has helped make CAGW a “leading government watchdog on fiscally conservative issues, like taxes and earmarks,” according to National Journal. He has been named one of the “top lobbyists” in Washington for the past six years by The Hill. The newspaper also cited CAGW for its leading role in successfully pushing for the congressional earmark moratorium, which was identified as one of the “top 10 lobbying victories” of 2010.

Prior to joining CAGW in 1986, Mr. Schatz spent six years as legislative director for Congressman Hamilton Fish Jr. and two years practicing law and lobbying.

Key Takeaways:

[1:37] This years pork report

[4:00] What Congress has done with spending bills that is creating less transparency and less trust in the system

[8:02] The difference that having a business person in the White House rather than a lawyer/politician might make

[11:55] If people are actually paying attention to local politics

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AMA 154 – Clinton Cash, The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill & Hillary Rich, The Punisher, Batman, Nightwing, Robin and The Hobbit with Chuck Dixon

Chuck Dixon is a well-known, freelance graphic novel writer who has worked on the Batman series for 11 years for DC, adapted the Hobbit to a comic and adapted the new book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich with hopes of disseminating the information to an entirely new audience. Jason and Chuck talk politics, journalism or the lack of it and conspiracy theories.

Key Takeaways:

[1:19] Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash was adapted into a comic book by Chuck Dixon so the information could reach a wider audience.

[3:01] The Clintons have patterns of behavior which do not bode well for democracy.

[5:26] No one will come forward to rat on the Clintons because they reward loyalty.

[7:27] The Clinton’s relationship with Vladimir Putin allowed Russia to have holdings in uranium mining in the US.

[14:51] Chuck has always wanted to be in comics and spent 11 years doing Batman books for DC Comics.

[19:31] Chuck was required to prove that the characters in his comic book actually represented real things said by the Clintons.

[23:07] Real journalism in non-existent in the US today.

[28:29] Contact information for Chuck Dixon.

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Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich

Chuck Dixon on Facebook

AMA 153 – Brexit & Real Estate, Enduring Success: What We Can Learn from the History of Outstanding Corporations with Christian Stadler

Christian Stadler is a Professor of Strategic Management at the Warwick School of Business, strategy contributor to Forbes magazine and is author of the book Enduring Success: What We Can Learn from the History of Outstanding Corporations. He offers his thoughts and insights about the perception vs. reality of Brexit, immigration and Jason’s second favorite subject, the self-driving car.

Key Takeaways:

[2:12] Economists agree that Brexit is not a good economic idea, here’s why.

[6:04] It could also be more difficult more difficult to battle terrorism with open borders.

[15:29] Current political positions are considerably right compared to the former government.

[16:58] Immigration is still considered a good thing for the country who accepts the immigrants.

[27:53] Poor immigrants can understand markets and create products that others don’t.

[24:06] Talking points of the possible benefits of the self-driving car.

[29:21] Contact information for Christian Stadler.

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AMA 152 – The Problem with Socialism with Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo, Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business, Ludwig Von Mises Institute

Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo is a Professor of Economics at Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business, a Senior Fellow at Mises Institute, a columnist for Lew Rockwell  and author of the new book, The Problem with Socialism. He joins Jason to discuss the problems Socialism creates for the poor and shares examples of how Socialism has failed other countries around the globe.

Key Takeaways:

[1:55] What is the problem with Socialism?

[5:58] Breaking down the scheme of demonizing a class and the belief that taxing the rich will save an economy.

[10:28] The truth about Sweden is when they moved towards Socialism there were no new jobs created for 55 years.

[12:42] Examples of how welfare programs harm the poor by creating a vicious cycle of dependency.

[15:43] How does Socialism cause pollution?

[19:07] Raising the minimum wage was designed to support higher wage union workers.

[23:40] Big corporations have always been behind creating regulations as a way to create monopoly power.

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AMA 151 – Brexit, Popes and Bankers, History of Credit & Debt, From Aristotle to AIG with Jack Cashill

Jack Cashill  is an independent writer and producer and, on a contractual basis, the Executive Editor of Ingram’s Magazine.

In addition to his work with Ingram’s, Jack has written for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, AmericanThinker.com, and regularly for WorldNetDaily.

Within the last decade Jack has written seven books of non-fiction — First Strike, Ron Brown’s Body, Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch,What’s the Matter with California, and Deconstructing Obama. Three of his books have cracked Amazon’s top ten list. Jack has produced a score of documentaries for regional PBS and national cable channels, including the Emmy Award-winning, The Royal Years.

Jack has a Ph.D. from Purdue University in American studies, has taught media and literature at Purdue and at Kansas City area universities, and served as a Fulbright professor in France

Key Takeaways:

[2:38] Jack’s thoughts on the Brexit

[4:15] Who the base of the left are these days

[7:19] Where the breakthrough came in terms of creating a culture that would create a long term, successful economy

[9:40] Where the contempt for our culture is derived

[13:05] How greed pervaded all layers of our culture in the 2008 housing crisis, not just the lenders like the media portrayed

[16:33] How the Jewish code and the usury ban led to a helpful (but not exactly healthy) relationship between the two

[19:30] Whether the bible conflicts when it comes to credit

[21:50] What we need to make capitalism succeed

[23:31] Why we need to question the root cause of things, not just address the symptoms, or else we end up hurting the people we’re trying to help

[26:16] What actually happened with TWA 800

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