The Refinery ep.1428: Christmas Spirit, Two Americas, Bullying

On this week’s episode of #TheRefinery The Conservative Union’s Leslie & Ryan, The Party Of Choice’s Andy & Cori, and Free Radical Network’s Felicia, Peter, & JD get into the Christmas spirit with some holiday talk, we get into what might happen if the country was split into two new countries based on ideology, and we talk about “The Age Of The Bully” in our Left Tactics segment!

THIS WEEK’S LINKS: 

Abundance Without Attachment – Arthur Brooks – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-abundance-without-attachment.htm

4 Ways to Reduce Stress and Materialism This Christmas – http://thefederalist.com/2014/12/16/4-ways-to-reduce-stress-and-materialism-this-christmas/

7 Ways to Simplify Your Christmas – http://thefederalist.com/2014/12/19/seven-ways-to-simplify-your-christmas/

We Live in the Age of the Bully – http://thefederalist.com/2014/12/22/we-live-in-the-age-of-the-bully/

The Left Discovers You Shouldn’t Collectivize Guilt – http://www.nationalreview.com/article/395320/left-discovers-you-shouldnt-collectivize-guilt-charles-c-w-cooke

IRS Targeting – http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2014/12/23/irs-hid-conservative-targeting-until-after-2012-presidential-election-smidgen-corrupt/

Kurt Schlichter’s Free Market Jesus Paradise piece – http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2014/12/15/nothing-succeeds-like-liberal-secession-blue-america-without-red-america-would-be-a-basket-case-n1931175

Republicans are Winning the Fiscal Fight – http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/republicans-are-winning-fiscal-fight

Culberson Sets Record Straight on CROmnibus – http://ponderingpenguin.blogspot.com/2014/12/culberson-sets-record-straight-on.html

Foreign nationals job stats – http://dailycaller.com/2014/12/19/fewer-us-born-americans-have-jobs-now-than-in-2007/

Immigrant Job Gains, Native Job Losses – http://cis.org/immigrant-gains-native-losses-in-the-job-market-2000-to-2013

CU Talks – Obamacare Is A Failure, And It Will Turn Out Fine – ep.032

Obamacare-exchange-550x360This week’s podcast is here!

Today the “fix” of Healthcare.gov was released, and promptly crashed. Obamacare and the website have failed, and will continue to do so. The laws of economics and human nature will not support any other end. The only question is what is to become of America given this failed policy?

  • Single Payer? That’s the goal that leftists openly seek. It may come faster than they dared dream, due to their drastic misunderstanding of the speed with which Obamacare would fail
  • Free Market? That’s the goal that the conservatives and libertarians seek. That reality has been approaching already, it’s already here in many ways. I argue that it IS the result, it WILL be a good thing, and it WILL happen faster than we think.

We should do everything we can to make that Free Market solution get here as quickly as possible.

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Current Events from a Conservative standpoint

We will discuss the week’s happenings within the larger context of growing the conservative movement.

  • What does it mean to me?
  • How can we look at and talk about the news of the day in a way that grows the movement and keeps us happy, productive, and successful?

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CU Talks – Prepping and the Free Market – ep.027

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Let’s dispense with the doom and gloom and discuss how to respond to the craziness going on without being infected by it. What actions can you take? How can you live your best life when all around you is insane?

Moderate Prepping

A way to reduce the stress in your life, and save yourself a bit of money. Apply the principles of redundancy, resiliency and recoverability in your own life.

    • Why to do it – hurricane kills power for a week, truckers strike and grocery store doesn’t get deliveries, bank is closed and your credit card got melted
    • How to do it – a little at a time, a bookshelf in the spare room, buy canned goods on two for one, toss a $20 in an envelope and then ignore it, use those coupons
    • Benefits – you don’t stress out when it starts pouring rain right before you were going to the store – relax, go look in the guest room and get some green beans; you can help your neighbor who just got laid off and is freaking out; peanut crop failed and peanut butter prices will be high for the next 6 months? No worries, you have a year’s supply

The Free Market for Health Care

Obamacare is a disaster, yes, but it’s not the final word. The free market WILL win out, and it will be not just okay, but awesome! There are already examples of people going around the system for their healthcare. American ingenuity and drive for profit WILL give us the solution, much more rapidly than Obamacare can destroy things. Have faith, read the articles linked here. Think about how Lasik and Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry all started out as rich people things, and now almost anyone can afford them. That will happen with regular care, too.

Articles Mentioned during Podcast

Breitbart post describing MediBid and other free market healthcare solutions http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/28/Free-Market-Healthcare-Ramps-Up-As-ObamaCare-Self-Destructs

MN Post Bulletin article about MediBid and other cost sharing networks cropping up http://www.postbulletin.com/life/health/patients-firms-shop-for-better-health-care-deals


 

Every Week: Current Events from a Conservative standpoint

We will discuss the week’s happenings within the larger context of growing the conservative movement.

  • What does it mean to me?
  • How can we look at and talk about the news of the day in a way that grows the movement and keeps us happy, productive, and successful?