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38 minutes | 2 years ago
029: Taxation is a Prison. Is it Unfair to Buy Your Way Out?
What’s up freedom lovers? Thanks once again for stopping by. If this is your first episode I’m going to warn you, we get way down in the weeds in this episode. Today we talked about Corporate Welfare. We don’t hide the fact that we are big supporters of business, big or small. But what happens when taxpayer money is “given” to certain businesses? First off, we have to start with taxes. We hate them. We want the tax rate to be around 0% for everyone. But since we have taxes, is it fair for a business to be able to buy their way out of them? It probably isn’t, but is the business where the problem starts, or is it actually the deeper issue of taxation in itself that we need to fix? If we are Libertarians, can we actually suggest equal tyranny is any better than unevenly dispersed tyranny? Some people want to focus on fixing the tyranny, some people think we can start by making things fair first. See, even the notes were a mess! We hope you enjoy this deep libertarian episode, and If you do, please share the show with a friend!
49 minutes | 2 years ago
028: Without Corporations, We All Would Die
It’s been another long 2 weeks since we last spoke and there has been a ton of news! Thanks for coming back to listen to our take on this crazy disaster called American politics. We started with a local story right here from Nashville, TN. Our very own HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) really stepped in it this time. Apparently they were given 1 million dollars in taxpayer money that had been laid out to support poor areas of town. The click-bait headline reads that they used that 1 million on office furniture. Does everyone assume that they weren’t going to buy office furniture until Nashville gave them the money? Point is, that was a fixed cost for the building. And of course no one cares that they spent 10 million of their own money to rebuild the infrastructure for the area! Seattle is doing what they do best; removing reasons to ever become productive. They have passed a “per-head” tax on any business that grosses more than 20 million a year. That right, “gross” not “net.” Even if you gross 20 million and your expenses are $19,999,999, you still owe the government their extra money! For each employee you have to pay an additional $300 tax. I say additional because employers already pay taxes for each employee. Nate lays out his dream scenario for Jeff Bezos’ reaction. Thanks for listening as always, and check back soon for more episodes! Email us! email@example.com Facebook.com/TheBigFreedomShow Twitter.com/BigFreedomShow
37 minutes | 3 years ago
027: Libertarians - "We Care Harder"
Well, it has been awhile and to say we have missed you would be an understatement! Charlie was way south of the border, in Peru. There weren't any walls he had to climb over, either. Nate got married in the Bahamas! Congrats to him and his life-long decision. Jon has been working on his property and was robbed. So, it wasn't a fun time for all of us, just Charlie and Nate. You may be asking, how do libertarians actually care harder? Well, we explain that for you. Most libertarians are considered heartless, or that we only care about money and big business. Really, we care about you and your quality of life. Labor is a commodity. That means, that you can compete with your labor and skills, and when it is as easy a possible for a business to thrive, the more demand you have for your labor skill. The idea of the free market is actually truly beautiful. The fact that this system works without any rules or controls is mind boggling. What else in your life works that way? If we just allow this system to thrive, everyone would be richer for it. This week's Whiskey of the Week: Barrel Whiskey batch 001 Email us! firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook.com/TheBigFreedomShow Twitter.com/BigFreedomShow
43 minutes | 3 years ago
026: The Real Truth About Nashville And Big Transit
This week we take a closer look at a local issue. On May 1st, Nashville will be voting on a mass transit plan that promises to fix the crippling gridlock that’s plagued its citizens for the last several years. Yes you heard it right, government thinks it’s the answer to fixing gridlock. All they need is more money, and they can for sure fix the problem. Assuming they are the first government in history to come in within the budget and on time, it should only cost about $9 billion and be finished by 2032. We brought on a very special guest to help us understand the plan in more detail. Hannah Cox from the Beacon Center of Tennessee, joins us to drink whiskey, make sarcastic jokes, and maybe discuss “Let’s Move, Nashville” a little too. The Beacon Center describes itself as “a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and independent organization dedicated to providing expert empirical research and timely free market solutions to public policy issues in Tennessee.” Hannah does a great job destroying the transit plan, so check out the episode and tell us what you think!
43 minutes | 3 years ago
025: Congress Finally Declares War... On Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, was grilled this week by Senate and Congressional hearings regarding Facebook's "failure" to not safeguard Cambridge Analytica from selling 87 million user's data to 3rd parties. Somehow, this has become Zuckerberg's obligation and fault. We will say that he has this obligation, but only because of the users of Facebook want their data protected, not because it should be government mandated. The market has already moved against Facebook, including Ellon Musk deleting all of its Facebook accounts. There's not some magic law or fine that will keep this from happening. Hitting Facebook in the pocketbook will keep this from happening and it's already proven to be true before the hearings were even scheduled. Every time I typed out these show notes, I feel like I'm always having to tell President Trump to stay off of Twitter. It really has been a circus since he has taken office as far as his tweets go. The latest we talk about, being bombing Syria and threatening Russia that they can't shoot down the missiles because they're "smart." He literally put "smart" in quotation marks, like I just did! The United States has 0 business being involved with Syria, or bombing them, even if it were true that Assad used Chemical Weapons. There is no truth to that, but this war has nothing to do with America's security and Liberty. Our Republic is not being threatened by Assad, so there's no reason for us to go to war. We explain some of the history of Syria as well as our thoughts on this mess. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook! Twitter.com/BigFreedomShow Facebook.com/TheBigFreedomShow Email us at email@example.com
54 minutes | 3 years ago
024: March For Our Lives...From Spending
In lighter news, in today's show, Stormy Daniels defied her agreement with President Trump and told her story on 60 Minutes. I'm not sure why that's even news, but to each their own, we guess. Apparently, the Donald, or as we like to call him, Tariff Daddy, was reading and talking about himself when he made the cover of Time Magazine, and she took that magazine and spanked him with it. This was 11 years ago. Did anyone think that Trump wasn't going to cheat on his 4th wife. Or 8th wife - I'm not sure; I lost count. Hundreds of thousands of kids took to the streets in protest, in what they called the "March for our Lives" this past weekend. Where did they come up with that name? How original is that? Oh yeah, there's already a protest called "March for Life." Real clever, teenagers. It must have taken your parents a long time to come up with that one. Is anyone taking these kids seriously besides the left spun media? Are we really trying to listen to the same teenagers that were eating laundry detergent a mere 3 weeks ago? The Tide Pod eating craze was so popular, it forced Democrats to advocate for laws trying to compel companies not to make laundry detergent so appetizing. Seriously. And we are supposed to listen to them about policy and the natural right to protect yourself? Your "Republican" President signed a $1.3 Trillion spending plan on Friday. Sounds real conservative. Charlie gets heated in this discussion. In fact, Jon calls him Rush Limbaugh at the end because the rant was fire! How is it, that "conservatives" in power pass the second largest spending bill in United States history? And the President has the gall to say, "I'm never signing another bill like this." Then why did you sign that one!? I'll never understand that logic. Oh, and we will have to make another episode about abortion and Planned Parenthood, but in case you didn't know, yes, it still received it's $500 million in funding from the Federal Government. Can we stop voting in these clowns? Join the conversation! Twitter.com/bigfreedomshow Facebook.com/thebigfreedomshow firstname.lastname@example.org This week's Whiskey of the Week is Bird Dog! Not quite in the Hall of Shame, but it was close.
43 minutes | 3 years ago
023: Trump Proclaims Death Penalty For Getting People High?
Another Libertarian show talking about drugs... Except this one is different! It's time to have a real conversation about drugs. Drugs are bad. Heroine destroys lives. The opioid crisis is real. Trump and his administration's plan is horrible. Here's why. In a speech, President Trump talked about being tough of drug dealers and drug traffickers. In fact, he called for the death penalty. Now, whatever your feelings are about drugs or this black market business, calling for the death penalty doesn't solve this problem. What is this? 1400 England? Do we have a king shouting, "OFF WITH YOUR HEAD?" The fact remains, prohibition doesn't work. It never has and it never will. Building walls, locking people up, and instituting a death penalty, will not curb the issue that we see. History proves that prohibition didn't work with alcohol, and the last 50 years proves that the drug war hasn't worked either. What do we do about the violence, drug overdoses, and the $340 billion dollar black market of illicit drugs? Believe it or not, legalize them! Just because something is legal doesn't mean you have to do it. Plus, don't you own yourself? Can you decide what goes into your body, or does the government get to decide that? Join the conversation! Twitter.com/bigfreedomshow Facebook.com/thebigfreedomshow Email: email@example.com This week's Whiskey of the Week is Russell's Reserve Single Barrel. A delectable, spicy, sipping whiskey.
51 minutes | 3 years ago
022: Why Profit Isn't Greedy or Evil
Jon made the ultimate libertarian mistake last episode and talked about the Federal Reserve being a for profit corporation like profit was a bad thing. But have no fear! Mistakes allow you to expand on your intent and it brings you the newest episode on why profit is a good thing. First things first, what is profit? What is money? Well, money is just a representation of value to trade with others. Profit is trading to get excess value to trade for additional things that are needed or wanted. We get in depth on basic economic principles of money and the profit motive. The profit motive is what drive efficiency an innovation. The greatest things in life have come from people looking for ways to make life better, easier, and more comfortable all due to wanting to make profit. Milton Friedman said, "It's always the other fellow whose greedy. It's never any of us." Whether or not you are a business owner, everyone tries to make as much money as possible for the least amount of work. When you interview for a job, you want the highest salary possible. Apple, Uber, Ford, Space X, Facebook and Amazon are just a few companies that have given us examples of how profit has improved everyone's lives. Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, and Ellon Musk are all epitomes of visionaries driven by making a profit. Listen in and let us know what you think! Help spread this message! Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us: Twitter.com/BigFreedomShow Facebook: Facebook.com/TheBigFreedomShow Whiskey of the Week is Pinhook. An interesting bourbon rye.
53 minutes | 3 years ago
021: Why You Should Want The Government To Audit The Fed
I think it goes without saying that we believe in less government intervention here on The Big Freedom Show. So why is it that we should cheer on Rand Paul for wanting to audit the Federal Reserve? What is the Federal Reserve? We answer these questions and much more in this in depth episode. It's important to understand economics and financial institutions, because it's affecting your life more than you think. What if you could purchase 8% more groceries, gas, or clothes in your life? Would that drastically improve your situation? Dr. Ben Carson, President Trump's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has supposedly lobotomized HUD. Basically, Carson sees a different direction for those that are dependent on HUD. He believes that people have a poverty mindset, and instead of continuing to just house them, we should work to help move them out of poverty. Dr. Carson didn't even fight to not decrease the HUD's budget. This is a good thing, and we explain why. Follow us on Twitter for Trolling with Nate! Twitter.com/bigfreedomshow Interact on Facebook facebook.com/thebigfreedomshow Email us any questions or comments: email@example.com
59 minutes | 3 years ago
020: Even Libertarian Show Hosts Fall Down The Slippery Slope of Gun Control
Those that don't know history are destined to repeat it. Several have said this, but I believe this specific quote comes from Edmund Burke. It's a powerful statement, really. How quickly can humankind forget events that have so negatively impacted them? This phenomenon spans many issues, but in today's episode, we discuss some more gun debate and we are high on tariff watch. President Donald Trump has announced on social media and other outlets, that a steel and aluminum tariff are coming. This is part of his America First agenda. Really, it's a way to stir up his base. However, this doesn't put America First. It only benefits a very minute sector of American industries and could be costly to every other American. As I mentioned before about history, one only has to look to the 1930's to understand why tariff's like this are an atrocity. That time period was the last time that America exported more than it imported. It wasn't a good time. Don't be fooled. Listen in and hear why this is bad news for everyone. We hated to do this, but a gentleman we really admire on the show, and listen to his show all the time, the Jason Stapleton Program, has gone back and forth with a listener about some different gun control measures. Shockingly, we didn't agree with what Jason had to say in regards to a position he was defending. Jason defends a stance that guns can be taken away from you in a restraining order type process, if your mom or relative petitions the court, before due process has taken place. We explain what constitutes due process as well as not wanting to give an inch to the gun grabbers. We have given enough inches, it's time to take back some of our liberties. Follow us on Twitter for Trolling with Nate! @bigfreedomshow Like us on Facebook! Facebook.com/thebigfreedomshow Question or comment? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org This week's whiskey of the week is George Dickel No. 12! Surprising delicious.
43 minutes | 3 years ago
019: The 2nd Amendment is About Protecting Yourself From Tyrants
It wasn't that long ago that the Bundy's and a bunch of ranchers in Nevada held off federal agents in a standoff. An overreaching, tyrannical branch of the federal government, the BLM, was deterred from trying to achieve theft of property by citizens with guns. This is why the 2nd amendment exists. The constitution is nothing new. A light bulb didn't go off in the founders' heads, and they drafted the constitution. It comes from over 600 years of experience of dealing with tyranny and oppressiveness. There's a specific reason the constitution is meant to limit government and protect natural rights for people. The King himself, Jon King, wasn't able to make this episode. He's out filming, so Nate and Charlie recorded in a makeshift home studio to bring this to you. We discuss some self responsibility, how to not be a victim, what it means to work for what you want, and some deeper personal stories. Let us know what you think! Email us at email@example.com Follow us on Twitter! @bigfreedomshow Follow us on Facebook! Facebook.com/thebigfreedomshow
55 minutes | 3 years ago
018: The Real Truth About Gun Control
We're back! We have missed every single one of you. The flu struck The Big Freedom Show, but we have persevered! There's nothing easy to say about today's topic. The shooting in Parkland, Florida, was nothing but tragic. How did we get here? What's the answer? We discuss some possibilities surrounding the surge in school shootings over the last 20 years. Just a hint: there are no easy solutions. We know gun control won't work. There are over 300 million guns in America, and confiscation of those weapons would be impossible. Background checks are already required. It's already against the law for violent criminals to purchase or possess a gun. What can lawmakers do? As libertarians, we believe first and foremost in liberty and freedom. Above all, those principles are natural rights. That doesn't mean you can't be pro-life and pro-gun. Those two things can exist. This is a discussion you won't hear anywhere else, especially in the libertarian or conservative realms. Nate has an idea that could possibly take us on some steps to making kids safer, and allowing freedom to prevail. Follow us on Twitter: @bigfreedomshow Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org This week's Whiskey of the Week is Steward's Solera Bourbon Whiskey. A delicious blend of new and old whiskey. This one has made the Big Freedom Hall of Fame.
55 minutes | 3 years ago
017: Stock Market Flash Crash and Bitcoin, FISA Memo, Tariff Watch, Healthcare, and More!
We have a packed episode for you today! Lots of things happening on a Monday actually, for us to bring to you on this fine Tuesday. First things first, what's happening in the stock market? Whether or not you think it's Trump's fault, we tell you everything you need to know about the flash crash. Your Lispy Libertarian, Nate Thurston, watches the market every day. Bitcoin makes the market watch discussion as The Jon King chimes in with his Bitcoin losses by the second. At the end of last week, Republicans decided to declassify their Memo listing out a he-said, she-said version of FISA abuses. It's no surprise that Government is abusing it's power, especially when it comes to violating the fourth amendment. The real headline should focus on how Congressman Nunes, and the intelligence committee ilk, knew about what was happening and sat on the information while Congress voted overwhelmingly to expand and extend FISA power for another 6 years! Charlie gets heated in this one. Interesting story about restaurants and how tips will be divided among servers. Should the restaurant owner be able to collect all tips and then decide if he even wants to give them to the servers appropriately? The liberals make our taxation is theft case for us in this one! Every episode, we can't escape our tariff daddy, Trump. Apparently, there will be a tariff war between the EU and the USA. This is the last thing we need. Definitely the last thing Jon needs while still trying to build his house. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, in the state of Kentucky, denies a woman's ER claim because it was determined that her illness was not life threatening. Can an insurance do this? It sounds maddening and you're right, it is, but take note of the discussion then let us know your thoughts! Email us: email@example.com Twitter: @bigfreedomshow This week's Whiskey of the Week is stellar! Colonel E.H. Taylor. One of our favorites. Please subscribe and share the show! This can't be done without you and we can't thank you enough for sharing this with your friends!
63 minutes | 3 years ago
016: The Huge, Big League State of the Union From Trump Was Surprising to Say the Least
Most of you were probably like me, and didn’t watch the State of the Union Tuesday night. Jon did, but Nate and Charlie went to a hockey game instead. Of course, we watched/caught highlights, just for you! We have the good, the bad, the sad, the ugly, the huge, the bigly, but most importantly, the truth. Taxes, roads, military, jobs, DACA, Trump’s Twitter and more! We cover the whole thing so you’re caught up. If Trump did one thing really well, it was telling emotional stories. So much so, that 75% of Americans liked his speech according to a cbs poll. We even throw some crypto currency and bitcoin discussion into the mix of today’s show. You can now purchase bitcoin through the cash app. Nate and Jon will tell you how much they’ve lost. If you want to go to a hockey game, hit us up! Info@thebigfreesomshow.com Twitter: @bigfreedomshow facebook.com/thebigfreedomshow Music: It's Not Over 'Til The Bossa Nova by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
48 minutes | 3 years ago
015: Nashville Government Says They Have The Authority To Tell You What To Do With Your Property
It's no shock that any form of Government loves power. Nashville's Metro Council is no exception. The city has decided that non-owner occupied short term rentals will be phased out. One councilwoman proclaims that they have a precedent and the authority. Is this just hotels not liking competition, or is there a real problem with homeowners using Airbnb to rent their property? We have the discussion for you! Trolling with Nate is back! In this dramatic reading on Twitter, Nate gets a response by replying to Burger King and their "Whopper Neutrality." With a simple question, Nate is accused of favoring evil corporations. I don't want to spoil the ending, so you'll have to find out for yourself how this one ends... Follow us on Twitter: @bigfreedomshow Can there be a crime without a victim? This is a libertarian discussion you won't find anywhere else, seriously. The Federal Government wants to control drinking and driving. They want a national standard; to lower the DUI standards from .08 to .05. We don't advocate drinking and driving on The Big Freedom Show, but we may just have a solution for you. This week's Whiskey of the Week has been voted into the Hall of Shame! It's Angel's Envy. Overpriced for the quality in our view. Let us know your thoughts! firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook.com/thebigfreedomshow thebigfreedomshow.com
42 minutes | 3 years ago
014: Maybe the Government of Hawaii needs a Border Wall for Their Warning Button
If you needed more reasons to not trust the government, just ask the people of Hawaii about the emergency warning that a ballistic missle was headed their way and to seek shelter. Apparently it was an accident and it only took them 38 minutes to send the all clear signal. Only... What are your thoughts on a border wall? Is it necessary? We discuss if it's a good or bad thing, the cost, and if it should go up. Although there are probably wiser things to spend money on, we talk about why immigration wouldn't be so bad if we fixed the actual problem. The welfare state. I think Trump will probably get what he wants. Or the government will shut down. That sounds like a win to us! What was immigration like before 1914? Well, we will tell you! Someone tweeted about Trump's grandpa, Fredrick Trump, immigrating when he was 16 years old, and we explain why it is different than today's immigration. Apparantly Carrier is supposed to be in the business of getting people out of bad marriages. At least that's what some on the left would have you believe. Trump made the mistake of taking credit for Carrier staying in the US for a year, but they are going to go ahead and shut down that Carrier plant in Indiania. Those that work there and voted for Trump are now regretting their decision. This is why you should invest in yourself and not rely on politicians who don't care about you. We wrap things up continuing a necessary talk about self responsibility and why you should take some pride in yourself. If you're not relying on anyone else, you'll never be out of a job or dependent on certain things happening. Email us some questions and you might make it on the show. Info@thebigfreedomshow.com
50 minutes | 3 years ago
013: Redneck-enomics and poo-hole countries.
Why does it always have to be the right versus the left? In this week's Trolling with Nate, Twitter users respond to the House GOP's announcement of how many bills it passed committee and sent to the Senate. We won't even ask the question of why they passed so many, or why there's a need to put on display that over 400 bills made it out of committee. Nate responds to someone in particular whom shouted that not one bill benefited the poor or middle class. The reading is dramatic! Somehow some people think that the rich don't pay any taxes... Trump can't stop giving the media exactly what it wants. More fuel to try and demean his character. Allegedly, Senator Dick Durbin said, that President Trump referred to Haiti and other African countries as sh*thole countries. Is he wrong? This leads us into an immigration discussion you won't find on Facebook. The House of Representatives has passed the extension of the FISA Act, which allows the government to continue to spy on Americans. This sounds like freedom and liberty... not! We do have some hope, as Rand Paul has mentioned that he will filibuster, and Trump tweeted negatively about it. Maybe Trump won't sign the bill if it makes it out of the Senate! Edward Snowden, the genius that told the American people of our government spying, mentions that if you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don't care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. Do you know what a stock buyback is? We break it down in simple numbers for you. Everyone benefits from this. Well, at least everyone that has some sort of retirement. Mutual fund, IRA, 401k, or pension, they all benefit from a stock buyback! In case you didn't know, we are from Nashville. So we give you a taste of our southern accents for fun! We give you our take of what aspect of liberty is most important! What aspect of liberty or freedom is most important to you? Let us know: email@example.com This week's Whiskey of the Week is Willett Rye Small Batch. 70% Rye!
58 minutes | 3 years ago
012: Trump Pushes North Korea's Little Buttons, the Truth and Lies About Wal-Mart's Wages, and the Guys Describe Their Ideal Form of Government
Happy New Year! The Big Freedom Show is excited to be back and we have a packed episode to kick the new year off right. We have a lot of exciting things coming your way in 2018! President Trump is at it again on Twitter. He sent the media into a frenzy again. Apparently, Kim Jong Un mentioned in a New Year's speech that he has a nuclear button on his desk, and Trump responded by saying he has a much bigger nuclear button and his actually works. Obviously Trump is just firing up his base and Kim wants a seat at the table as a nuclear power. We discuss the non-aggression principle, how it applies, and whether or not a preemptive strike is a good idea. A new segment is upon us! Trolling with Nate! Each week, we will have a dramatic reading of Nate's passive aggressiveness on Twitter as he tries to get people to engage in conversation and teach them all about Liberty. We discuss another Twitter battle about Wal-Mart's wages and the fight for $15. Not surprisingly, the CEO pay wouldn't even put a dent in raising wages. Your favorite Tariff Daddy, Trump, can't get enough of punishing Canada. Jon dives into the new tariffs and how they are affecting business. Apparently the way to Make America Great Again, is to put other countries down. We talk about how this only hurts the American consumer. Finally, we talk about what a small government actually means. What did the founder's think? Government is a necessary evil, and if that's true, how do we actually fund it without stealing? All these questions and more are answered in this episode! Tune in and let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org This week's Whiskey of the Week is Weller Antique 107. Our highest rated bourbon to date!
41 minutes | 3 years ago
011: Should Idiots Be Allowed To Vote And Can A Government Company Really Make Money?
This week on The Big Freedom Show....We look at the story of a public internet utility that seems to be outcompeting the free market, and the outrage at taxpayer handouts to big telecom. We also pose the question: Should every US citizen should have the right to vote? Is there a better way than our current system? What do you think? E-Mail us at email@example.com to join the conversation! This weeks incredible whiskey of the week is Stagg Jr. from the legendary Buffalo Trace Distillery.
54 minutes | 3 years ago
010: You Have a Right to Life, but What About Healthcare? Also the Travel Ban, Tax Plan, and More
This week on The Big Freedom Show... Solar Tariffs save companies that can't compete, the frankenstein tax bill inches closer to reality (by way of ANWR?), and the Trump's travel ban passes supreme court muster, topped off with a Big Freedom breakdown on the real solution to our healthcare crisis. The whiskey of the week is Old Granddad 114 from Jim Beam.
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