On Sundays I conduct a live webcast in which I discuss news and politics from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. You are invited to get in on the discussion tomorrow, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
If you join in live, you’ll have the ability to communicate with me and other listeners via text chat, which is provided on my BlogTalkRadio show page, and also by phoning in, either on your phone or via Skype (using Skype’s calling service, which unfortunately is not free, but it’s cheap). The advantage of this platform is that there is no registration required to listen to the show. As before, if you are not able to attend live, the recorded podcast will be available later Sunday evening or Monday morning, so you can download it and listen to it at your leisure during the following week. Links to subscribe to the show, via iTunes and other audio media platforms, are provided on my BlogTalkRadio show page as well. (Several episodes recorded on my previously used platform are still easily accessible on iTunes here, or by clicking on the “Don’t Let It Go…Unheard” tag at the bottom of this post.)
Topics planned for tomorrow include: Does the sheer number of Cain accusers mean that we should think there must be something to the allegations? How did the candidates perform in the debates this week? Who is your favorite at this point? For whom could you tolerate voting? Is there yet another truly horrible provision of Obamacare, one that might also make it unconstitutional? What does it say about our culture that college students are more upset about a coach being fired, than about the sexual abuse he helped to cover up? And more…
Sorry if the acronym is a bit corny, but after hearing a bunch of big-government prescriptions from “Republican” candidate Mitt Romney in tonight’s debate, I couldn’t resist.
Here are some choice tidbits:
1. He said, when asked why he supported a progressive income tax: “I want to take our precious dollars, as a nation….” Whose dollars?!
2. He said that we should get health care “to work more like a market.” How about having it work as a free market — i.e., get government out of health care?
3. He said, “Government is playing too heavy a role in health care.” Translation: Government — i.e., force — has a role to play in health care. My answer: it has no such role. Government is force. A gun is not a doctor. It cannot diagnose, treat or cure anything.
4. Romney proudly announces that he plans to cap spending … at 20% Of course he didn’t bother to say what I assume he means, which is 20% of GDP. Romney thinks he’s saying something bold when he says he wants the government to spend 1/5 of our gross domestic product on government.
5. Romney says “I love free trade, but…” and then says he plans to “crack down on cheaters like China” in the form of higher tariffs. This will make goods from China more expensive, at a time when he and others on stage were saying they did not want to increase taxes. Huh?
And that’s just the five things I happened to catch in one debate. Romney can use the phrase “free enterprise” in his plan all he wants; that’s not what he stands for.
I have been a loyal and enthusiastic Apple customer since 2002, when I bought my first iMac, the “Sunflower,” and wrote this review. I did not, however, get involved in the “cult” of Steve Jobs. I knew little about him until the media coverage of his deteriorating health made him almost impossible to ignore. I recall watching only one of his famous keynote addresses live, the announcement of the iPad in January of 2010. Around the time of his retirement in August, I, like so many others, watched his wonderful Stanford Commencement Address for the first time.