May 21st, 2019 at 11:29 am
WSJ Applauds FCC Chairman Pai, Commissioner Carr in Support of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
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Echoing CFIF, today’s Wall Street Journal board editorial applauds Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s and Commissioner Brendan Carr’s expressions of support for the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger:

By joining forces, T-Mobile and Sprint will be better positioned to compete against wireless leaders Verizon and AT&T in the 5G era.   Sprint is sitting on loads of mid-band spectrum that boosts wireless speeds while T-Mobile boasts ample low-band spectrum that provides coverage.  The combination is likely to provide a faster, denser network.”

As they rightly conclude, “government penalties pale next to the powerful market incentives that already exist for Sprint and T-Mobile to rapidly build out their networks lest they lose market share to Verizon, AT&T, cable companies and even satellite startups being launched by Amazon and SpaceX.”  Well put.


May 20th, 2019 at 4:55 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Mary clare Amselem, Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation: SAT Adversity Score;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Aparna Mathur, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute: Mother’s Choice to Work;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Clark Packard, Trade Policy Council Team at R Street: China and Trade;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: David Keating, President at Institute for Free Speech: South Dakota and First Amendment Law;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Tzvi Kahn, Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Iran;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Timothy Snowball, Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation: Socialism; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Bill Conti, Attorney at Baker & Hostetler: Presidential 2020.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.

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May 13th, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Image of the Day: Anyone Thinking We’re Undertaxed?
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From the mild-mannered yet oft-censored Dennis Prager, for anyone feeling undertaxed or who advocates even higher taxes:

Anyone Feeling Undertaxed?

Anyone Feeling Undertaxed?

 

 

 

 

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May 6th, 2019 at 2:08 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Ryan Berg, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute – Venezuela;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Kenny Stein, Director of Policy and Federal Affairs at the American Energy Alliance – Electric Vehicle Tax Credits;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Quin Hillyer, Associate Editor of the Washington Examiner and Nationally Recognized Authority on the American Political Process – AG William Barr;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Myron Magnet, Renowned Author and City Journal Editor-At-Large – “Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Andrew Och, Award-Winning Television Producer and Author of “Unusual for Their Time: On The Road with America’s First Ladies” – First Ladies as Mothers in the White House; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs – The Economy, World IP Day and NRA/NYAG.

Listen live on the Internet here Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.


May 6th, 2019 at 10:37 am
Image of the Day: Worker Productivity Finally Surges, and Why That’s Important
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After years of Obama economic malaise, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) highlights how worker productivity is finally surging following the election of Donald Trump and implementation of his deregulatory and tax-cutting agenda:

Worker Productivity Finally Surging

Worker Productivity Finally Surging

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Here’s why that’s important, as AEI’s James Pethokoukis notes:

[P]roductivity increased at a rapid 3.6% annualized rate during the first three months of this year.  On a year-ago basis, this puts productivity growth at 2.4%, the fastest pace since early 2010 and far better than the 1% pace that has typified the post-financial crisis expansion.  As Barclays economist Blerina Uruci told The Wall Street Journal, ‘That means we can grow at a faster pace on a more sustained basis.  It also means the economy can run hotter for longer without causing inflationary pressure.’  Moreover, consistent 2%-plus productivity growth makes a 3% real GDP economy less of a stretch.”


April 22nd, 2019 at 1:09 pm
WSJ Urges Regulators to Approve T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
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We at CFIF have steadfastly highlighted the consumer benefits of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, and cautioned the federal government against any pointless and destructive objection to the deal.  In today’s Wall Street Journal, its editorial board encourages the Department of Justice (DOJ) to move forward on the deal:

The Justice Department lost its lawsuit to block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner.  Yet now the antitrust cops are holding up T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint even though it could give AT&T more competition in wireless.  What gives?

A year ago, T-Mobile announced plans to acquire Sprint for $26 billion in stock, yet the merger is still stuck in government antitrust purgatory.  The Federal Communications Commission keeps pausing its 180-day shot clock on the merger review to let staff and third parties dig through documents to trash the deal.”

The piece goes on to neatly summarize the benefits the merger would bring:

With more than 100 million customers, the new T-Mobile would be a stronger competitor to Verizon Wireless (118 million) and AT&T (94 million).  It would also offer a broader mix of spectrum that would improve service.  T-Mobile boasts low-band spectrum that increases coverage in rural areas.  Sprint is sitting on mid-band spectrum that can transmit more data at higher speeds in urban areas.”

Simply put, it’s time for regulators to approve the merger to release the fruits that it promises.


April 22nd, 2019 at 12:49 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.”

Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Jonathan Wood, Senior Attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation: Earth Day and Environmental Progress;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Charles “Cully” Stimson, Senior Legal Fellow and Manager, National Security Law Program at The Heritage Foundation: Julian Assange and the Legal Case Against Him;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist and Vice President for the Center for state Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council: Rich States, Poor States Report;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Lawrence Mead, NYU Professor and Book Author: “Burdens of Freedom: Cultural Difference and American Power”;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Demian Brady, Director of Research for the National Taxpayers Union Foundation: How the Trump Tax Cuts Lowered the Compliance Burden;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: Rising Prescription Drug Costs; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: The Mueller Report and the Latest 2020 Presidential Candidates.

Listen live on the Internet here Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.


April 12th, 2019 at 1:39 pm
House Democrats Revive Obama FCC’s Ruinous Effort to Regulate Internet
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What’s old is somehow new again on the political left.

Desperate for what they perceive as street cred, leftists continue to repackage failed policies as somehow novel, in a destructive race to claim the most extreme realms of the political continuum.

Merely three decades after it was consigned to the dustbin of failed ideas, socialism actually maintains renewed popularity on the left.  According to Gallup, a majority of Democrats no longer view capitalism favorably, but almost 60% view socialism positively.

People like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D – New York) advocate a return to income tax rates not seen since President John F. Kennedy began cutting them.  Thirty-five years after Jeane Kirkpatrick delivered her famous 1984 Republican convention speech castigating those who “blame America first,” people like Representative Ilhan Omar (D – Minnesota) tweet, “We must confront that our nation was founded by genocide and we maintain global power through neocolonialism.”

Not to be outdone, Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the fray by attempting to resuscitate one of the Obama Administration’s most foolish and demonstrably destructive agenda items – to begin regulating the internet as a public utility.

Think of it as socialism for the internet.  What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty, it turns out.

From 1996 through 2015, the internet flourished like no other innovation in human history, precisely because the federal government from the Clinton Administration forward employed a “light-touch” regulatory approach.  Just ask yourself what was “broken” about the internet that somehow cried out for a federal bureaucratic “fix” during that two-decade stretch of unprecedented innovation and transformation of our lives.

But like so many other realms of American economic and civic life, the Obama Administration decided in 2015 that the internet merited its trademark brand of hyper-regulation.  Specifically, its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suddenly decided to regulate internet service as a “public utility” under statutes enacted in the 1930s for copper-wire telephone service.  In Orwellian fashion, the Obama Administration and its apologists throughout the media and entertainment industries labeled it “Net Neutrality,” when by definition federal commandeering of an entire industry and picking winners and losers via the business model it imposes is anything but “neutral.”

So how did the Obama FCC’s scheme work out?

Disastrously.  For the first time in history outside of a recession, private investment in network infrastructure by service providers actually declined.   By way of comparison, investment in wireless alone had increased almost 33% – from $25 billion to $33 billion – between 2010 and 2013, even amid the most sluggish cyclical economic “recovery” in history under the Obama Administration.  But in the first year alone following the Obama FCC’s bright idea to regulate the internet, investment declined by an astonishing $5.6 billion.

In other words, investment declined in just one year by almost the entire amount that wireless investment had increased from 2010 to 2013.

When the Trump Administration arrived, one of its first priorities under new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was to reverse that destructive Obama Administration boondoggle.

Latenight comedians and leftists in media and politics attempted to convince Americans that the sky was falling, and that this would “break the internet.”  But as noted above, it was the Obama Administration’s 2015 effort that was breaking the internet, while the Trump FCC under Ajit Pai was merely restoring the light-touch regulatory approach that had allowed the internet to evolve and flourish from 1996 to 2015.

The results have been immediate and positive, as highlighted by a Recode piece entitled “U.S. Internet Speeds Rose Nearly 40 Percent This Year”:

The internet is getting faster, especially fixed broadband internet.  Broadband download speeds in the U.S. rose 35.8 percent and upload speeds are up 22 percent from last year, according to internet speed-test company Ookla in its latest U.S. broadband report.  The growth in speed is important as the internet undergirds more of our daily lives and the wider economy.  As internet service providers continue building out fiber networks around the country, expect speeds to increase…” 

 

But now, House Democrats have introduced legislation to return to the Obama Administration’s destructive internet regulation regime.  Perhaps airheaded latenight comedians like Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver find that prospect soothing, but nobody else should.

“The United States has turned the page on the failed broadband policies of the Obama Administration,” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr announced this week.  “By getting government out of the way,” he added, “internet speeds are up 40%, the digital divide is closing across rural America, and the U.S. now has the world’s largest deployment of next-generation 5G networks.”  Carr continued, “There’s a lot of common ground on net neutrality, but this bill studiously avoids it.  It elevates the partisan politics of Title II over widely supported rules of the road, and would turn back the clock on the progress America is making,” he concluded.

Wise words.   We all want net neutrality, but heavy-handed federal regulation of internet service is precisely the opposite.   We’ve already witnessed the unwelcome consequences of that scheme, as well as the beneficial consequences of reversing it under the new FCC leadership.  House Democrats’ legislation must be swiftly rejected accordingly.

 

 


April 10th, 2019 at 2:27 pm
Image of the Day: Three Cheers for Capitalism
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Think a dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to?  Think again.  Let’s hear it for capitalism and the underappreciated progress that it brings:

Three Cheers for Capitalism

Three Cheers for Capitalism

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April 5th, 2019 at 10:35 am
Image of the Day: U.S. Leads World In Carbon Reductions, No “Green New Deal” or “Green Real Deal” Necessary
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In this week’s Liberty Update, CFIF wonders what Congressman Matt Gaetz (R – Florida) was thinking in throwing Congressional climate alarmists and their “Green New Deal” a lifeline with his “Green Real Deal.”  We noted how the U.S. already led the world in carbon reductions, which they claim is their goal, even without either bill and the economically disruptive policies they’d impose, and after President Trump rightfully withdrew us from the indefensible Paris climate accord.  This helpful image from the American Enterprise Institute illustrates our leadership in that regard:

 


April 4th, 2019 at 10:16 am
CFIF Urges Opposition to the Importation of Foreign Price Controls
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ALEXANDRIA, VA — In November of last year, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) joined with 57 free-market organizations and individuals on a coalition letter opposing the importation of foreign price controls on prescription drugs, a proposal currently under consideration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”).  In a coalition video released last week, several leading free-market voices, including CFIF, spoke out once again against the perils of imposing foreign price controls.

Unfortunately, recently introduced legislation by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) entirely ignores that overwhelming opposition from conservatives and the free-market community and seeks to import foreign price controls into the U.S.  This legislation, known as the “Transparent Drug Pricing Act” (S.977), would fix U.S. drug prices to the lowest cost of the same drugs sold in five other countries: Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany.

It is CFIF’s strong belief that importing socialist price controls in an effort to lower drug prices is the wrong approach and will reduce access to medicines, kill innovation and harm patients.  Therefore, CFIF urges Senators not to cosponsor or vote in favor of this harmful legislation.

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April 1st, 2019 at 2:09 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT:  John York, Ph.D., Policy Analyst, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics – Electoral College and Cyber Insecurities;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Karlyn Bowman, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute – Why Does Community Matter?

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Ilya Shapiro, Director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute – Constitutional Issues of Interstate Trade Among Marijuana-Legal States, Cato’s Latest “Funny” Brief, and Student Speech in Rhode Island;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Nathan Lewis, Author of “The Magic Formula” – Making the Case for Lower Taxes and Stable Currency;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Craig Bannister, CNSNews.com – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT:  Sally Pipes, Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute – Why Medicare for All is Not the Answer; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: In the News – The Green New Deal, College Admissions and International Drug Pricing.

Listen live on the Internet here Talkradio 99.1. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.


March 29th, 2019 at 10:49 am
Want Green Power? Go Nuclear.
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In our Liberty Update this week, CFIF highlights how this week’s Senate vote on leftists’ “Green New Deal” once again exposed their hypocrisy.  We note how if climate alarmists really meant what they said, they’d support nuclear power, which offers carbon-free, reliable, safe power.  In a Wall Street Journal piece entitled “The Nuclear Option Is the Real Green Deal,” nuclear scientists John Rie and Alan Emery further detail nuclear power’s record of safety:

Is nuclear power dangerous?  The only major nuclear accident in the U.S. – Three Mile Island, in 1979 – caused neither death nor increase in cancer areawide.  The 2011 ‘disaster’ at the Fukushima plant in Japan also directly caused neither deaths nor disease from exposure to radiation.

World-wide, there have been fewer than 150 deaths from nuclear plants, mostly from the 1986 Chernobyl accident, in which bad design and a series of operator errors led to a significant release of radiation into the environment.  Thanks to the Soviet government’s attempt to keep it secret, lifesaving efforts such as the provision of iodine pills to local residents never happened.”

 


March 25th, 2019 at 10:48 am
Notable Quote: Why Americans Care About Israel
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As the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2019 Policy Conference continues in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh carpet salesman Lou Weiss offers a cogent summary in The Wall Street Journal echoing CFIF’s recent commentary on why Americans care about, and should continue to care about, Israel:

AIPAC is driven by the Smiths, the Joneses and the Sanchezes, Americans who intuitively grasp the importance of support for the Jewish state.  Some admire Israel as a plucky democracy standing up for deeply American values of liberty and pluralism.  For others it’s Israel’s progressive treatment of women and gays.  Some see Israel on the front lines of the war on terror and want to help it fight back.  Others admire Israel because the Hebrew Bible states that those who bless Abraham and his great nation will themselves be blessed.  Is it purely a coincidence that America, the most successful country in history, treats its Jews better than any other nation ever has?”

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March 19th, 2019 at 12:57 pm
Image of the Day: American Exceptionalism
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Another nice illustration of American Exceptionalism.  We’re just 4% of the world’s population, but a quarter of its prosperity:

American Exceptionalism, Cont'd

American Exceptionalism, Cont’d

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March 18th, 2019 at 3:29 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.”

 

Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT:  Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial

Studies – Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Possible Campaign Finance Violations;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Iain Murray, Vice President for Strategy and Senior Fellow – Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Break Up Big Tech;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Quin Hillyer, Associate Editor of the Washington Examiner and Nationally Recognized Authority on the American Political

Process – Should DOJ Reopen Case Against Hillary Clinton?

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute – What the College Admissions Scandal Reveals about the Culture of Higher Education;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Marc Levin, Vice President of Criminal Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Right on Crime – Why Second Chances Matter;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT:  Andrew Moylan, Executive Vice President of National Taxpayers Union Foundation – Extending Tax Filing Deadlines; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler – 2020 Conventions and Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidates.

 

Listen live on the Internet here Talkradio 99.1. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.

 


March 12th, 2019 at 3:35 pm
Image of the Day: Liberals’ Israel Problem
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Amid a troubling increase in anti-Semitic behavior from the left both in the U.S. and across the Pond, a Pew Research image illustrates an undeniable and disturbing turn against Israel by liberals:

Liberals' Israel Problem

Liberals’ Israel Problem

 


March 4th, 2019 at 4:13 pm
Image of the Day: Greenpeace Founder Takes Down Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)
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So “Green New Deal” fanatic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D – New York) apparently doesn’t practice what she preaches, as her extravagant personal carbon use doesn’t accord with what she advocates for everyone else.  Now, Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore just absolutely takes her apart on the matter:

AOC, the

AOC, the “Green” Hypocrite

 

That’s gonna leave a mark.


March 4th, 2019 at 3:49 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Dr. Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, Institute for Constitutional Government: Socialism Today;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: David B. Rivkin, Jr., Partner at Baker & Hostetler: Congress and the Investigation of a President;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: David Keating, President, Institute for Free Speech: HR1;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Christopher C. Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Multi-State Scheme to Run Private Investigations through State AG Offices;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Tzvi Kahn, Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Iran and President Trump’s Foreign Policy Report Card;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Steve Milloy, Founder and Publisher of JunkScience.com: Bad Science and Paper Receipts; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: ATT/TimeWarner Merger and Latest on 5G.

Listen to Talkradio 99.1 live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.

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February 26th, 2019 at 3:13 pm
Want “Green Energy?” Go Nuclear
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Amid public ridicule of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” monstrosity, The Wall Street Journal includes a brilliant commentary in today’s edition addressing a truly beneficial way to advance safe, reliable, carbon-free energy – nuclear.   Importantly, authors John Rie and Alan Emery detail nuclear energy’s remarkable safety record through the decades:

Is nuclear power generation dangerous?  The only major nuclear accident in the U.S. — Three Mile Island, in 1979—caused neither death nor increase in cancer areawide.  The 2011 ‘disaster’ at the Fukushima plant in Japan also directly caused neither deaths nor disease from exposure to radiation.

World-wide, there have been fewer than 150 deaths from nuclear plants, mostly from the 1986 Chernobyl accident, in which bad design and a series of operator errors led to a significant release of radiation into the environment.  Thanks to the Soviet government’s attempt to keep it secret, lifesaving efforts such as the provision of iodine pills to local residents never happened.  For comparison, according to a 2012 World Health Organization report, urban outdoor air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels and biomass is estimated to cause three million deaths world-wide each year.”

It’s an excellent piece worth reading in full, not least for its corrective of the all-too-common myth that nuclear power somehow maintains a comparatively weak safety record.