Budget & Taxes Audio
A budget is where priorities meet realities. At least that's how it should work.
The problem with government is that it gets to write the rules--about tax rates, fees, and even what counts as a balanced budget. That makes it easy for politicians to pretend everything is a priority and every moment a crisis demanding greater sacrifice from taxpayers.
The Freedom Foundation is a tireless voice for priority-based budgeting in state and local government. We work with responsible policymakers to craft sound, balanced budgets. We expose irresponsibility and gimmicks. We helped launch performance audits in Washington State as well as the model for health savings accounts eventually adopted into federal law.
We work with elected officials and citizens to make government budget writing transparent and to focus it on real priorities, cutting spending on programs that are unnecessary, counterproductive or unconstitutional.
The principles are pretty simple: taxes should be as low, simple, and fair as possible and budgets should be balanced.
June 18, 2012
Mike Reitz defends the inflammatory accusations presented by Sen. Kline on local NPR station KUOW.
May 08, 2012
The video is online, but if you prefer audio podcasts, here is part 2 of 2 from the Freedom Foundation's Obamacare Event.
May 08, 2012
The Obamacare event video is online, but for those like me who prefer just the audio, we're providing the event audio also. Here is part 1 of the event.
April 29, 2012
The last show in the original format offers an inside look at The Heritage Foundation's Resource Bank conference in Colorado Springs and some reflections on the world-wide movement for individual liberty and free markets, as well as the blessings of political stability that we enjoy in our country. Plus, what do law students think about the Electoral College, and about the Constitution in general? And if you want to know more about the Constitution, you can find it at WeThePe...Read more here
April 25, 2012
From Mariners baseball to shotgun pellets to Obamacare, the new Radio Free Washington podcast covers it all. Do lawmakers check the facts before regulating our lives, or do they just look for justifications for their own shortsighted good intentions? Is Trent getting old? What are the dumbest areas of federal spending? And recapping some great victories with a full house to hear good news from the Obamacare Supreme Court oral arguments (from someone who was there, in the cour...Read more here
April 22, 2012
Tax day was late, but we have the answers on Radio Free Washington. And the other Washington is looking to us as an example of successfully limiting government? Really? Plus, a tipster provides a welfare receipt from a tax-consuming litterbug ... find out what kind of nutritious snacks you get to buy for persons unknown on this second-to-the-last of our radio-versions of Radio Free Washington (but be sure to listen to our new podcast).
April 17, 2012
The moment we've all been waiting for ... except for Blake, who missed our inaugural show. Listen to four of the Freedom Foundation's freedom fighters talk about the "war on women," the party habits of various federal agencies (GSA, Secret Service...), Gov. Gregoire's steal-of-a-deal with the tribal casinos (steal for the casinos, that is), and more. And join the conversation at the Radio Free Washington's Facebook page.
April 14, 2012
Blake and I talk through the 2012 legislative session, and special session, and extra-special session, as well as the budget deal that wrapped it all up. Time to celebrate? Not quite. The real question is whether what has happened at the beginning of 2012 will shape what happens this November.
October 06, 2011
Property Rights Director Scott Roberts tells us about two Washingtonians who turned the tables on government, including a victory in Spokane Valley and an ongoing fight in Thurston County. Before that, Blake and I parse the meaning of the Occupy Wall Street protests, which are fast becoming the Occupy This, That, and Wherever protests. And I admit to my own participation in health care rationing. Yes, I am my own death panel--and I like it that way. ObamaCare is headed to the...Read more here
September 30, 2011
This week on Radio Free Washington, Blake and I talk with Eric Lohnes about the sad state of the state budget and the legislature's upcoming November special session. Also on this week's show, we talk Tacoma teachers and expose one of Washington's counties that wants to charge citizens ... for having ideas.
September 23, 2011
On our first day out of the box, we talk about the Tacoma Teacher Strike, Spokane's Prop. 1 ("rights" for rivers, among other things), and--with the Freedom Foundation's Amber Gunn--we talk about the looming threat for taxpayers and state workers from our public pension system.
April 16, 2011
OLYMPIA, Wash. Tea Party and other conservative voices took over the steps of the Washington statehouse Friday. Turnout for the so-called "Tax Day" rally was much smaller than last Friday's large union-backed event in the same location.
February 21, 2011
This week at the Supreme Court - Val-Pak Publishers to Pay Higher Tax Rate
January 24, 2011
This week on Radio Free Washington, Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, joins us to talk about what happened in the District of Columbia and why she was forced out. Well also discuss solutions to Americas education woes with Michelle Rhee, considered by many to be this countrys foremost expert of education reform. Then later on the show, author Dick McDonald exposes why Americans are so angry at Congress and how the people can fix the problem. M...Read more here
January 01, 2011
Radio Free Washington kicks off 2011 with a show dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform joins us to talk about the need NOT to raise taxes in these uncertain financial times. Later in the show, Bob Williams, President of State Budget Solutions, joins us with a warning: the day of reckoning for states in financial trouble, like Illinois, New York, and California is coming very soon. Bob will talk about his proposed solution to t...Read more here
December 18, 2010
This week on Radio Free Washington, one of the funniest men in America joins us. Comedy legend Jackie Mason drops by to discuss Al Gore, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and much more. Later, Newsmax's Ronald Kessler digs deep into the WikiLeak fiasco. He analyzes what happened and what to expect in the future.
December 04, 2010
This week on Radio Free Washington, one of America's finest economic minds, Steve Forbes, joins us. Steve will share with us his ideas for America to turn around recent economic woes. Later in the show, Steven Travers joins us to talk about a number of topics. Travers is a jack of all trades --- former major league baseball player, best-selling author, and political commentator.
October 02, 2010
This week on RFW, Juan Williams joins us and says he's angry...angry about the continued lack of any true education reform in America. He sees an unholy alliance of union thugs and so-called community leaders blocking any real efforts to fix America's schools. Later on in the show, health care expert Sally Pipes talks about ObamaCare...there is bad news coming in regard to not only the loss of quality health care but also the financial hardship this bill will bring. But Sall...Read more here
January 23, 2010
Health Care, Fallout From the Mass. Senate Race, Cap and Trade, and Much More!
November 13, 2009
Guest Amber Gunn of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation details problems with ailing state pension system. Dori takes calls on the atheist bus cards that attack Christianity and particularly Christmas.