The States Are Pushing Back (Townhall.com) March 24, 2011Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
Tags: Public Policy
After decades of growing federal power nearly wiped out
the 10th Amendment protection of states’ right, newly emboldened leaders in state capitals are finally pushing back:
- In TX, Governor Rick Perry refused to participate in the Dept. of Education’s “Race to the Top” grant program, fearing more federal encroachment on state control of education;
- In Montana, a bill has been introduced to permit the state to nullify federal laws protecting endangered species;
- While in Kentucky, the State Senate is considering a bill declaring the state a “sanctuary” from intrusion by the Environmental Protection Agency.
This is on top of 27 states challenging Obamacare in court and other court cases over regulation of greenhouse gases and immigration.
It’s about time we remembered that our federal republic depends on local and state control, and not just a federal giant in Washington.
To listen to the audio: http://townhall.com/talkradio/dailycommentary/572825
Time to Get Serious (Townhall.com) March 22, 2011Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
I am surprised to say this, but if we want to tame big government and tackle our economic woes, maybe we should start paying attention to places like Canada and Germany.
While the U.S. tries to spend its way out of a recession, Germany (and much of Europe) have cut government spending. It’s too early to declare victory, but Germany’s real output for the second quarter grew at a 9% rate, compared with just 1.6% in the U.S.
Canada, once derided as out socialist neighbor, has actually been cutting the size of federal government for over a decade. Its percentage of government spending compared to GDP dropped 13 points between 1992 and 2008, while the U.S. reached record levels.
When we lag behind countries like Germany and Canada in fiscal discipline, you know it’s time to get serious about change.
To listen to the audio: http://townhall.com/talkradio/dailycommentary/501765
David discusses why NPR must give up its public money. The show was broadcast on Sunday/Mon 1220A: (920 Pacific Time). Other guest interviews include John Loftus and Aaron Klein.
Public Broadcasting Should Go Private (Townhall.com) March 11, 2011Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
As we look at how to cut trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, it’s time for the government to go out of the
Both PBS and NPR were formed in 1970, when there were very few networks and limited audience choice. Today, you can find a channel or station for most any interest you may have. So why do we need these government-run broadcasters? The answer is, we don’t.
I like their quality programming as much as the next guy, but it’s time for these high paid executives, with their own political agendas, to compete in an open market. Just as public universities are gradually going private, it’s time for public broadcasters to do the same. Defunding public broadcasting sends the right message and saves millions of dollars.