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I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.

I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.
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I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.

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English


Episodes

It's Guns Stupid!

2/19/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: dozens of other countries have violent video games. This episode is my response to the tired, ridiculous idea that America's mass shooting epidemic can be blamed on something other than guns.

Duration:00:03:11

Are You Willing to Have Your Child Shot?

2/18/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: arming teachers only makes sense if you're willing to have your child shot. Honestly, this episode resulted from the frustration I'm feeling around the idea that arming teachers is a practical way to defend against school shootings.

Duration:00:01:33

Guns and Law Abiding Citizens

2/17/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: everyone is a law abiding citizen--until they aren't. In this episode, I discuss one of the most unfortunate statements heard after every American mass shooting.

Duration:00:03:14

Better Finances for People With Disabilities

1/14/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: everyone involved with the disability community should learn about ABLE accounts. In this episode, I discuss what I have learned about ABLE accounts. ABLE accounts are tax-free financial accounts that people with disabilities can use to pay qualified disability expenses. After learning about ABLE accounts, I opened my own and have begun spreading the word about ABLE accounts. I believe ABLE accounts are one of the best things that has happened to the...

Duration:00:14:34

Explaining the Republican Tax Bill

12/31/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Republicans care way more about corporations than people. In this episode, I explain the provisions of the Republican tax bill you may want to know about. This post details the changes to tax law and provides links to resources. This page has links to all of the content I have produced about taxes.

Duration:00:11:05

Michael Flynn's Russia Involvement Explained

12/3/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Flynn's guilty plea proves the so-called fake news is right a lot of the time. In this episode I briefly recap Michael Flynn's guilty plea. After that, I describe the timeline of events that demonstrate Flynn's involvement with Russia. This post has information about Flynn's guilty plea. Here's a post with links demonstrating the timeline of Flynn's involvement with Russia.

Duration:00:09:47

Republican Tax Bills Will Add Trillions to the Debt

11/18/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Republicans don't care about the debt. In this episode, I show you how Republicans are using tricks to hide the true cost of their tax proposals. I also discuss some of the problems created by the Senate's proposal to eliminate the individual mandate that requires people to have health insurance. This post demonstrates how GOP tax plans could result in billions of dollars being cut from Medicare. Here's information about the repeal of the individual...

Duration:00:07:58

The Russian Uranium Deal Explained

10/28/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Hillary Clinton did not trade uranium for donations to the Clinton Foundation. In this episode, I detail the transaction behind the sale of a company named Uranium One to the Russian government. I demonstrate why Hillary Clinton couldn't have approved the sale on her own. I also show how the Clinton Foundation's failure to properly disclose donations added to the conspiracy. The articles from Snopes and Factcheck have a lot of information about the issues...

Duration:00:11:36

John Kelly is not Admirable

10/24/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: John Kelly's press briefing was not only dishonest, but it was evidence of his outdated beliefs. In this episode, I discuss Kelly's press briefing about the phone call between Trump and the family of La David Johnson (a soldier slain in Niger). The focus of the episode is Kelly's words about the days when women, religion, the military, and Gold Star families were considered sacred. I conclude that Kelly's words demonstrate that he wants a society where...

Duration:00:07:18

Black Lives Matter

10/12/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: my Facebook post about all lives matter was wrong. In this episode, I discuss a Facebook post I wrote as a response to the messages that black lives and blue lives matter. I describe how I didn't realize that many white Americans are racist. I point out how Donald Trump has shown me that to far more whites than I knew black lives don't matter nearly as much as white lives do.

Duration:00:10:46

Tax Brackets Create Winners and Losers

10/3/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: reducing the number of tax brackets makes things far more unfair than simple. In this episode, I explain the current tax brackets. Next, I describe how Donald Trump's tax plan would decrease the number of tax brackets, giving the wealthy a huge tax cut. Here's a post I wrote explaining tax brackets.

Duration:00:08:56

Republicans Care Way More About Banks Than us

9/26/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: class action lawsuits are easily the best way to protect consumers cheated by financial institutions. In this episode, I show how Republicans are trying to eliminate a rule that prevents financial institutions from forcing customers to arbitrate claims against them. Next, I demonstrate how class actions are far better for consumers than is arbitration.

Duration:00:08:36

Slavery was the Reason for Secession

8/26/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: the words of the treasonous states demonstrate that slavery was the reason for secession. Four states: Georgia; Mississippi; South Carolina; and Texas published documents explaining their reasons for Secession. As you will see, their words prove that they seceded to maintain slavery. Slavery and Secession has links to the information discussed in this podcast.

Duration:00:11:11

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 013

8/8/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Trump's immigration plan is racist. In this episode, I explain diversity visas, refugee visas, the family-based system of immigration, and the employment-based system of immigration. I then show how eliminating diversity visas and reducing refugee visas by more than half will greatly restrict the ability of people of color to immigrate to America. Adding the ability to speak English as a critical component of the employment-based system of immigration will,...

Duration:00:05:55

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 012

8/4/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: America must not embrace its much more racist past. In this episode, I give a brief description of the history of America's immigration law. I then demonstrate how Trump's immigration proposal is rejecting the progress we've made and returns us to the days when America's immigration policy was based on racism and resentment. The post entitled American Immigration has links to the information discussed in this podcast.

Duration:00:08:23

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 011

7/31/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Trump won't defund the individual insurance marketplaces. In this episode, I explain cost sharing reduction payments. I show what they do and who qualifies for them. I also let you know who will be hurt if the cost sharing reduction payments end. I finish by telling you why I don't believe Trump will stop making the cost sharing reduction payments. This post contains links to more information about cost sharing reduction payments.

Duration:00:06:01

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 010

7/27/2017
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The title of this episode is: Explaining Some of the Terms Around the Health Care Debate. The verdict for this episode is: budget reconciliation and the Byrd Rule make health care reform even more difficult. In this episode, I walk you through the process known as budget reconciliation and the Related Byrd Rule. Also, I explain why the Senate is having to use budget reconciliation in its efforts to reform health care. Lastly, I demonstrate how the Byrd Rule has already affected those...

Duration:00:08:19

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 009

7/23/2017
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Here's a post called The Individual Cost of Medicare. This post has links to the information about Medicare discussed in this podcast. The post called Health Care in Canada discusses Canada's government-run system of health care. Here's a link to all of the content I've produced about Medicare.

Duration:00:06:10

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 008

7/12/2017
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This podcast is based on a post I published to friends on my personal Facebook page. I was inspired to write it after reading a number of comments critical of the government made by people who once relied on government assistance.

Duration:00:05:43

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 007

7/10/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: the Emoluments Clause should cover elected officials. After discussing arguments against and for the proposition that the Emoluments Clause should cover elected officials, I come to a conclusion that I feel is hard to argue against. Here's a post I wrote about the Emoluments Clause. It has links to resources about the Emoluments Clause and the arguments against and for the notion that it covers elected officials.

Duration:00:07:39

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