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If you subscribe to these ideas or if you have an interest in learning more, then this subscription might be of interest. If you think businesses are inherently bad, or that the government needs to step in more often, you're probably not going to like this broadcast.
Some reviewers rate this subscription low because they don't like Cato's philosophy. I guess that's okay, but people should know that the program is very informative and non-confrontational. Though often labelled "right-wing," Cato is certainly not Republican--just look at their stances on the War on Drugs, the War in Iraq, and abortion issues.
My only objection is that the subscription only gives you a measly 1-hr. every month. Meanwhile, the government-subsidized NPR shows broadcast more often, giving better value. The debate continues...
This debate is fascinating, much more so than the Republican/Democrat debate. There are four ?third party? candidates here, all from very diverse backgrounds.
The Constitution Party?I?m not too familiar with this party, but they really like the Constitution and its very limited powers and seem to want to stick to a strict interpretation of the Constitution, which means a very limited government.
The Green Party?This party wants to promote sound social and ecological change through governmental policy. They want the minimum wage to be raised to a living wage among other things.
The Libertarian Party?Not confused with ?liberals,? this party emphasizes limited federal government, with more emphasis on state power and ?laissez-faire?-style free market capitalism in most affairs.
The Socialist Party?Not THOSE Socialists, but other socialists who are patriotic, peaceful, and want a strong, centralized government with lots of public ownership.
As you can see, there is a lot of contrast here, and the debate, while short, has a good deal of substance to it. The most notable downside to it is the moderator, who is so unprofessional that the segment sounds more like an intellectual dorm meeting rather than a national presidential debate. He comes off as a moron with his side comments and jokes. I?m not even exaggerating here. A MORON.
The candidates, however, are entertaining and informative. Republicans and Democrats are great, and they have the power, but they don?t always make you think. Expand your mind by getting to know some the other parties out there. Although it is unlikely any of these parties will win a national election anytime soon, their debate influences public policies which are often usurped by the Red/Blue parties.
In this recording, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld gives a statement to the 9/11 commission and answers questions from the panel. I will leave it to the listener to determine their own opinion of Rumsfeld, but he seems to provide sincere responses to the various members of the 9/11 commission. If you're not interested in politics, you may find this somewhat boring. if you are interested in the subject matter, however, you will enjoy some of the exchanges between Rumsfeld and his questioners.