The best political talk anywhere … Andrew Langer and I are joined by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance’s Michi Iliazi to talk weddings (Colleen Rogers); Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber (who thinks you’re stupid); why the Left is wrong about the midterm elections and voter turnout; the president pressuring the FCC on regulating the internet; the Postal Service delivering groceries; and much, much more. We also set the record straight for David Barclay on The Langer Cast vs. Laura Ingraham.
Aloha from the Big Red Wave! Episode 32 of @The LangerCast is up! Andrew and I were live from the American Conservative Union’s Election Night Party.
A great cast of characters sat and paneled with us, helped us to break down the returns as they came in – and discussed with us solutions to issues and painted a picture of how the GOP might govern come January.
Are the anti-GMO activists pushing flawed labeling requirements in the states? What is their true agenda–a ban on GM science or the consumer’s right-to-know? What’s best–a patchwork of 50 different labeling regimes or one standard under FDA authority? Listen here as we discuss GMO labeling in a civil, yet spirited, debate on Grass Roots Radio Colorado with Kris Cook.
We get a surprise phone call from the “streets of the Bronx.”
Andrew and I give a preview of next week’s midterm elections, and discuss Hillary Clinton’s boneheaded statement last week that businesses don’t create jobs.
We talk about why civil society matters and why race hustling is failing. Then we talk about cronyism in the lame duck session.
Finally, we circle back to the tour of the Bronx – I remember growing up in the North Bronx near the Tracey Towers, and Andrew discusses his Dad’s family in Crotona Park and Riverdale. We talk about the importance of family, community, and that it’s never too late to give thanks and show gratitude.
Music on this week’s show: The Sweet, Run DMC, Pilot, Joe Jackson, Stevie Wonder, War.
Episode 30 of the LangerCast is up and ready for your enjoyment! “We’ve Seen All Good People”— recapping Homecoming weekend(s) (both mine and Andrew’s). Andrew talks about what makes great people—like the wonderful group of friends he saw this past weekend.
Then, we go back and revisit the story of Houston subpoena-ing pastors, and talk about the Coeur D’Alene, Idaho situation. Andrew talks about the nature of rights, how rights intersect, and how to relieve tensions when rights clash.
Finally, we talk about Ron Klain’s appointment as Ebola Czar, just what this portends for the American republic generally and the Obama administration specifically. How Klain’s appointment compares to Stuart Simonson’s, and the hue and cry that would have been raised had a Republican president appointed Karl Rove to be Ebola Czar.
Music this week from Grandmaster Flash, Greg Kihn, Lyn Johnson, the Pretenders (among others) and we close out (on the recommendation of Rob Lane) with Wilson Pickett singing Hey Jude, accompanied by a then-unknown Duane Allman.
The Langer Cast is BACK! Episode 29: Turnip… For What??!!
We start with a word of thanks to our listeners, with a word about our “adequasivity” from Bill McNeil. Andrew tells his tale of Howl O’ Scream expectations gone horribly awry, coupled with a note about doing the right thing for a friend. And I talk a little about being Unfriended on facebook because of Columbus Day.
Julie, taking advantage of a break in DC’s tornado warnings, joins us in the second segment. We talk about food policy, GMOs (of course, with a tip o’ the hat to Jimmy Kimmel), and chat about Cook’s Country and America’s Test Kitchen’s Chris Kimball.
We then preview and discuss the curious case of Michelle Obama and a turnip (for what?).
Finally, we talk speech – the horrible “star chamber” at Fordham University, the lunacy of Houston’s iron-fisted mayor subpoena-ing sermons, and have a discussion of whether objectivists are uncomfortable defending people of faith.
Colorado Food Fight
By Jerry Rogers
For years now, American farmers have reported the numerous advantages of using genetically modified (GM) crops. What’s more, roughly 2,000 studies have confirmed that genetically modified organisms (GMO) are as safe as or safer than conventional or organic foods. For thirty years, the science has remained unchanged. Yet, the anti-GMO activists continue their disinformation campaign.
Ronnie Cummins, national director for the anti-GMO Organic Consumers Association (OCA), wrote that the “turning point in the anti-GMO Movement in the U.S. came in 2012-13 when organic and anti-GE organizations … decided to bypass the federal government and launch high-profile, multi-million dollar state ballot initiative campaigns for mandatory labeling of GMOs in California and Washington State.”
Mr. Cummins knows that the campaign for state-based labeling has nothing to do with a consumer’s right to know, and everything to do with using mandatory labeling to drive GMOs off the market. He admits that “state legislative battles in Vermont, Oregon, and other states will likely reach critical mass in 2014, forcing industry and the federal government to finally adopt EU-type regulations and practices on GMOs.”
Over four dozen pieces of legislation have been introduced in nearly 30 states to require GMO labeling. This death-by-a-thousand-cuts campaign has traveled to Colorado with a GMO labeling question on that state’s November ballot.
The good news is that some in the mainstream media are paying attention to the science and benefits of GMOs. Just last week, the Denver Post editorial board urged its readers to vote “no” on the GMO labeling measure (Proposition 105)—writing that it is “a badly flawed measure that will hurt Colorado farmers and food producers without providing any health benefit to consumers.”
The politics of GMOs need to catch up with the science. There is federal legislation that may be a good first step in doing just that. Introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014” would preempt unsound efforts like Colorado’s Prop105 and create national standards for food labeling under the sole authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This week, Andrew and I are live from the studios of One America News! A special message goes out to one of the LangerCast’s most-dedicated fans. Andrew talks about slugging, and the dumbest things he’s ever read. We talk about the mishandling of the global Ebola crisis, and I expose the myths in the latest US unemployment numbers. Then we talk about why we are of two minds regarding the video ambush of Lois Lerner, and how to think about politics and policy as if we’re playing in the post-season.
Jimmy Carter Redux?
By Jerry Rogers
In his speech at Northwestern University last week, the president touted—as good news—the unemployment rate. He said that “by every economic measure, we are better off now than we were when I took office.”
By every economic measure, we are better off?
We know from the September Jobs Report that the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.9 percent. However, if you’re like most American workers, your earnings have declined or remained flat. Household income—for most Americans—is lower today than it was five years ago when the great recession officially ended.
Behind the rosy headlines celebrating the “rebounding” economy and the “reassuring” news of falling unemployment is the gloomy truth that the labor-force participation rate remains shockingly low—1970s, Jimmy Carter low. Earnings are stagnant because we have a surplus of workers sitting on the sidelines.
As I said here yesterday, the unemployment rate dropped because more people simply gave up looking for jobs. President Obama is failing as dramatically as did Jimmy Carter. The last time the labor force participation rate fell to 62.7 percent (today’s level) was during the Carter malaise in 1978. Let’s leave the late-70s behind us, and build an economy for the 21st Century.
Policy-makers need to pass meaningful market-based reforms that will liberate entrepreneurs from taxes and costly, job-killing regulations. The health of America’s economy depends on start-ups and new businesses being able to obtain capital, expand research, and grow into public companies that can hire people while bringing new products to market.
We can do better, and I’ll be exploring how at the CapAllies Post as we lead up to the midterm elections. Stay tuned.
5.9% versus 62.7%: The Spin versus the Truth
By Jerry Rogers
At Northwestern University last week, President Obama said we are better off than we were six years ago; and the September Jobs Report—at first glance—supports the President’s assertion. With 248,000 new jobs added to the economy, things appear to be on the upswing.
However, while the keepers of conventional wisdom celebrate the 5.9 percent unemployment rate, the economy continues to sputter. The pundits gladly report on the 248,000 Americans who found jobs—good news! What they’re not reporting is the disturbing news of more than 300,000 Americans who have quit the work force; people who have given up and dropped out.
The unemployment rate dropped because more people simply gave up looking for jobs. The labor force participation rate in September fell to 62.7 percent, a level not seen since 1978. 92.6 million Americans are not participating in the work force!
Too many Americans are still working jobs for which they are overqualified, and wages are still lagging behind the rising costs for housing, healthcare, education, groceries, and energy. More than 500,000 full-time jobs have been replaced by 800,000 part-time jobs since the great recession, the highest increase in part-time employment since 1993.
More than five years after the recession ended, we’re still living in a feeble economy.