Finland to Offer Universal Basic Income (H/T Milton Friedman): Scott Ott Podcast #41

Finland to try Universal Basic Income, a Milton Friedman idea -- on this Scott Ott Podcast
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Finland is about to wipe out a bunch of social service programs for the poor, and replace them with a monthly stipend — a Universal Basic Income — for everyone. Believe it or not, Milton Friedman proposed this years ago as, essentially, a “negative income tax.” You might be surprised at my reaction to the plan in Scott Ott Podcast #41. Listen and tell me yours.

Here’s the City Journal story I reference in the podcast.

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Why Evangelical Christians Have Stopped the Socialist Invasion of USA…So Far: Scott Ott Podcast #40

Data crunchers at FiveThirtyEight.com say evangelical Christianity has been a bulwark against socialism in the United States. Scott Ott explains why.
Data crunchers at FiveThirtyEight.com say evangelical Christianity has been a bulwark against socialism in the United States. Scott Ott explains why in Scott Ott Podcast #40. [Map shows countries governed by “Democratic Socialists”, according to Socialist International.]
Blame evangelical Christians for cheating America out of the glories of socialism — that’s according to some data crunchers at FiveThirtyEight.com. And they may be right, but they don’t fully understand why. In episode 40 of Scott Ott Podcast, I layout the Biblical case against Socialism, and then pile on with the economic, environmental and “pursuit of happiness” cases…until Socialism is sprawled on the floor, a quivering mass of gelatinous failitude.

Read the FiveThirtyEight.com article.

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Punch Him in the Nose: Psychologist Tells Bullied Kids to Fight Back | Scott Ott Podcast #39

Fight back against bully, Scott Ott Podcast 39
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A clinical psychologist tells parents to coach their bullied kids to fight back. In episode 39 of Scott Ott Podcast, I tell my personal tale of bullying, which should send shivers up the spines of you sensitive parents.

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Trump Thuggery Grabs My Former Colleague, Michelle Fields: Scott Ott Podcast #38

Michelle Fields, Scott Ott and Stephen Kruiser on PJTV's Trifecta
Stephen Kruiser and Michelle Fields sitting in for Bill Whittle and Stephen Green, joined Scott Ott on PJTV’s Trifecta back in November 2014.

We don’t know yet whether witnesses are right and Donald Trump’s campaign manager physically assaulted my former colleague, Michelle Fields, but we know what Corey Lewandowski and other Trump thugs did to an injured woman afterward. I’ve not been this angry in a long time. Within hours of recording episode #38 of Scott Ott Podcast, we learned that Fields has filed a criminal complaint. The implications for the Republican Party are profound.

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Thanks, Obama! My Adventure with the Steampunk Warrior Princess: Scott Ott Podcast #37

Scott Ott undergoing steampunk face burn from warrior princess. “Thanks, Obama!” How many times each day do you think that phrase gets repeated in medical offices across the country. In episode 37 of Scott Ott Podcast, join me for my adventure with the steampunk warrior princess who burns things off of my face.

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10 Questions Explain Why Democrats and Republicans Come from Different Planets: Scott Ott Podcast #36

Texas flag with question mark, Scott Ott ShowDemocrats are from Mars, Republicans are from…Texas. In this episode of Scott Ott Podcast (#36) ballot questions tell us all we need to know about the two parties. It’s not just how they answer these ballot propositions that gives us a window into the soul of the party, but it’s the actual questions party bosses choose to ask their own people.

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Will the #NeverTrump Republicans Have to Quit the GOP? | Scott Ott Podcast #35

Donald Trump signs the Republican Pledge
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If I don’t support the Republican Party’s presidential nominee (e.g. if it’s Donald Trump) am I still a Republican? And what is a Republican anyway? What are the benefits and obligations of membership? We non-Trumpians may have a big decision before us. Episode #35 of Scott Ott Podcast should help us get ready for this political worst-case scenario.

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GOP Missing Opportunity to Connect with Latinos: Scott Ott Podcast #34

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio
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Despite having two Cuban-American presidential candidates — Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — Republicans don’t seem to be doing much to reach the rapidly growing Latino population. In this episode (#34) of Scott Ott Podcast, my daughter, Grace Barron-Martinez, makes the pitch for changing the approach from talk of walls and simmering xenophobia, to genuine connection with these future voters who share many Republican values.

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The Undeniable Weakness of Donald Trump: Scott Ott Podcast #33

Donald J. Trump
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It’s time for Republicans to speak bluntly about the undeniable weakness of Donald “Donny” Trump. On the eve of Super Tuesday, just before the GOP debate in Houston, I gave advice to Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for hamstringing the pompous blow-hard. Wonder of wonders, they took it. Listen to find out how they can take it further on episode #33 of Scott Ott Podcast.

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Scalia–Happy Champion of Democracy: Scott Ott Podcast #32

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
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Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the Supreme Court, died this week, but he left me with two priceless lessons — one about the Constitution, and the other about living a happy life. His view of the law, would keep the future in the hands of the people. His view of people would keep all of us happier in the long run. Joy and tears at the same time on this episode (#32) of Scott Ott Podcast.

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