Thursday, April 28, 2011

Breaking It Down With DT Episode Recap

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we had special guest Forest Thigpen, President of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, an independent public policy organization based in Jackson. We discussed several issues that the Center champions: Leading Towards Liberty and Governing Principles.

Make sure you visit his website to find out more about the ideals and principles they promote.

The other website they promote is Governing By Principle. Another great site to check out for points that our elected officials should be paying attention to.

Not a show to miss so take a listen to the replay!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Radio Show Recap

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we had James Lafferty from the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force on to discuss the current state of affairs with Muslims in the US and around the world.

We also talked about taxes and the AARP. Take a look at the report from the House Ways and Means Committee.

It was an exciting show .. take a listen to the replay.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Radio Show Recap

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we had a amazing guest, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, who just recently announced an exploratory committee for the 2012 Presidential election.

Go check out former Governor Roemer's Website, his Facebook page and his Twitter to find out more about him and why he thinks we need a President that is "free to lead".

If you want to find out what Buddy thinks about US Energy policy, International Trade, Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Legal Immigration make sure you check out the replay from tonight.

It was our pleasure speaking with Mr. Roemer and we want to thank him for taking time out of his New Hampshire trip to speak with us.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Radio Show Recap - 4/7/11

Tonight's show featured Geoffrey Lawrence, Deputy Policy Director for the Nevada Policy Research Institute which is a free-market think tank that seeks private solutions to public challenges facing Nevada, the West and the nation. The Institute's primary areas of focus are education and fiscal policy, with the goal of advancing free-market principles in both.

During the show Geoffrey focused on issues related to state budgets and the positive aspects of performance based budgeting which is now being used successfully in Washington and several other states. Geoffrey shared that the current budget process is bankrupting our states and that we need to be able to verify the success of government programs before we blindly continue to fund them.

Geoffrey also discussed the massive unfunded public pension liabilities across the country. He shared with us the causes of the lack of funding related to poor foreasting and assumptions made by pension managers as well as the meddling of politicians who influence the investments of the pension managers into investments which may not be financially rewarding but might provide political capital come election time.

Geoffrey wrapped up our conversation by discussing education reform and the success of certain programs across the country. Many school districts are facing massive shortfalls and Geoffrey suggested technology based education opportunities such as online charter schools which can be used to curb the costs of education. We discussed the evidence that more money doesn't fix the problems in education, providing as proof that the Disctrict of Columbia has the highest per student budget yet has some of the lowest test scores of all districts nationwide.

This was a fantastic interview. Geoffrey brought many great points to light that are important for everyone to know when they get around the water cooler tomorrow at work.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Radio Show Recap

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we had a super guest, Daniel Kish, Senior Vice President of Policy from the Institute for Energy Research in Washington, D.C.

Dan has more than 25 years of experience on congressional committees focused principally upon of natural resource and energy policies. His service includes the principal resource committees in the House and Senate, including six years as chief of staff for the Republicans on the House Resources Committee and four years on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee staff.  His primary focus has been access to resources on government lands and in the waters of the Outer Continental Shelf, and specifically, upon the enormous conventional and unconventional energy there that waits to be allowed to add value to our nation’s well-being.

Dan brought to light some key information about energy policy. He says energy is the true measure of power for a nation. The US government OWNS more land than anyone truly realizes. Politicians are in control of the nations energy and dole it as they see fit. We discussed that domestic industry is handcuffed by the government and not allowed to develop more resources.

Today, there are many states that are making it law that energy consumers must buy 'green' energy sources. The MOST expensive sources of energy we have. He confirmed the research done by the Congressional Research Service that states the US has the largest energy reserves in the world is entirely truthful. We question why the government would force us to spend more on energy than need be and why doesn't the US energy consumer respond.
He also posits that the power over energy really should belong with the people and not the politicians who are using that power to dictate how we live our lives, what cars we should drive and how much we pay for energy. Again we questioned why do the politicians state we have scare resources .. for power .. over us.

The technology exist for the US to be independent from any source of foreign energy that we wish to be. Energy could be provided more cheaply AND efficiently if policy makers allowed it.

Listen to the replay, if you missed the show, to find out what the Chinese are providing the US energy industry that you don't know about  HERE.

Thank again to Dan for joining us tonight and shedding light on one of the most important topics of today.

Make sure you tune in next week, April 7, when we talk to Geoffrey Lawrence, Deputy Director of Policy at the Nevada Policy Research Institute as we focus on Labor and Unions: the Deficits, Politics, and Solutions.