Two recommended segments from Chris Stigall

If you have 20 minutes, please take the time to listen to two recent podcasts from Chris Stigall’s 710 AM KC radio show.

1.  Go to 710 AM podcast site

2.  Listen to podcast titled “Proposition C and How the Press Covers It…”  About 10 minutes.

3.  Listen to podcast titled “Stark Townhall Blowup (Interview)” where Stigall interviews Kymberleigh Korpus, who held Congressman Pete Stark accountable to powers enumerated in the Constitution at a town hall meeting a few days ago.  Also about 10 minutes in length.

Go Kymberleigh.  If only more of us were as versed on the Constitution and could hold others accountable when they support the continual extension of the government beyond its specifically defined role.

Anyone Mad at the Government?

The topic of discussion on the Chris Stigall radio show was BP and the oil spill.

A caller who was frothing mad at BP, Jerry, blamed lax regulatory environment that led to BP self-regulating, resulting in the oil spill.  Jerry thought this was a good for “stronger regulation” and kept repeating that BP had 97% of the safety violations.

Folks like Jerry baffle me.

According to Jerry lax regulation led to the spill.  So, why isn’t Jerry mad at the government?

According to his own words, the government is directly responsible for this.  He said that the government didn’t enforce regulation.  He said that government had issued a large number of safety violations to BP, but didn’t do anything about them.

I don’t know if Jerry is correct, but if this is what Jerry thinks, shouldn’t he apportion some of his blame to the government for not doing their job effectively?

He holds BP accountable, which I have no problem with, but Jerry not only gives government a free pass for its perceived failure, but wants to give more power to government.  That seems like bad logic to me.

But, this is the pattern that repeats over and over again.  Government interferes to fix some problem.  Some failure occurs which should have been fixed by the government interference.  In reality, the government interference may have caused it, but few people understand that.  They perceive it as another problem of the “market” that needs to be fixed, so they sanction even more government involvement.

It’s a spiral.  Government intervention partially caused the mortgage meltdown and contributed to soaring medical costs.  The fix? More government intervention in the form of new financial regulations and the Obama care.

And nobody seems to consider that these things may cause things to get worse – as previous government interventions have – not better.

Chris Stigall Holds KC Mayor Accountable

I recommend listening to the Friday’s With Funk podcast from the May 28Chris Stigall Show on KCMO 710 AM in Kansas City.  Since Mark Funkhouser became mayor of Kansas City, Chris has had him on his show on Fridays for a Q&A session.

Yesterday, the Mayor and Kansas City’s City Council voted to reprimand Arizona’s immigration law.  In the podcast, Chris holds the Mayor accountable.  You don’t often hear radio like this. Typically hosts treat their guests well to keep them coming back.  Guests don’t like hostile environments.  Chris lets the Mayor have it.

The biggest shocker of the segment is that the Mayor has not even read Arizona’s law.

I agree with Chris’s point.  Whatever you think of the Arizona law, it should be a non-issue for the elected officials of Kansas City.  That’s Arizona’s business.  Funk tries to make the point that a similar law could be in Missouri.  But, it’s not now.

This was a clear waste of city government official’s time.  They were not elected to pass judgment on laws of other states.  They were elected to pass laws for the City and run the City services.  If they want to use their personal time to write opinion pieces about what they think of Arizona’s law, fine.  It’s a free country.

But misusing their elected positions to convey the opinion is ludicrous.  It shows how out of touch and elitists politicians have become.  Most don’t know their job description.

What I Want to Hear Politicians Say

This week I listened to an interview of Congressman Roy Blunt from Missouri on the Chris Stigall radio program.  In talking about an upcoming race for Senate to fill the seat currently occupied by Kit Bond, Roy Blunt said something to the effect of:

It will not be hard decision.  If you want more of the policies that the Obama Administration is pushing through, vote for my opponent, who will likely be Robin Carnahan.   If you don’t, then vote for me.

That’s exactly what I want to hear from politicians.  I don’t want to hear long-winded, sophisticate, non-committal discussions on their ever wavering positions which are standard fare for political speech.

I want to hear, these are my principles, this is how I will vote, if you like that vote for me, if not, don’t.  In other words, I appreciate plain and simple honesty.