Archive for June, 2012

A Chat with Congressman Burgess

 7:35amCT – Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess

The Congressman from the 26th District joins us this morning to discuss the Supreme Court’s pending decision on the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also talk about the ongoing fight over light-bulb efficiency laws.

Dr. Burgess talks with the Texas Tribune about consumers making choices instead of federal government control in the selection of energy-saving light bulbs.

Click HERE for Dr. Burgess’ interview with the Texas Tribune about energy-saving lightbulbs.

Click HERE for his piece in The Hill “Healthcare Decision a Waiting Game.”

Visit his website HERE.

Congressman Michael Burgess

Congresswoman Kay Granger

9:05amCT

Calling in for a chat about the Romney campaign, as well as recent GOP successes nationwide is the Congresswoman from the 12th congressional district. She was the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the House, and we’re happy to have her on the show today.

Visit her website HERE.

Congresswoman Kay Granger

A Chat with Michael Quinn Sullivan

9:05amCT 
 
Michael Quinn Sullivan’s organization Empower Texans exists to inform voters, taxpayers, and elected officials about policy solutions that are consistent with the principles of individual liberty and free markets, while working to build support for those policies among key constituencies.
 
Michael joins us to discuss recent Texas primary news, the US Senate runoff, as well as the fight for the TX House Speakership.

Visit EmpowerTexans.com

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Rick Santorum’s “Patriot Voices”

Former Republican presidential candidate (and forever friend of the show) Rick Santorum announced today the launch of a new organization, Patriot Voices, which will mobilize one million conservatives around this country who are committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity.

PatriotVoices.com

Crazy Internet Thing of the Day

I am fairly ambivalent about cats.  I’m a dog guy.  But this just seems wrong.

See more photos and video HERE.

Driving to work alone? Good for you

Mark Davis: A salute to solo commuters in Dallas-Fort Worth

Mark Davis

Published: 05 June 2012 10:15 PM

The last time I bothered myself with the Census Bureau concoction called the American Community Survey, it was to tell people to ignore it and tell the government to butt out of their lives.

But, since most people don’t share my minimalist (and constitutionalist) view of what the census may and may not ask, countless people gladly shared countless details about their lives. It is only fitting that some of them have given me column material.

One of the curiosities Washington has about us is how we get to work. The federal government’s feelings on this generally depend on whose ideas are holding sway. If a Democrat in the White House means you will feel pressure to carpool, ride a bike or take public transportation, then Barack Obama in the White House means you will be vilified if you don’t.

So I wonder what the feds of the moment thought when the census data revealed that Dallas is not exactly lunging toward the Obama-approved methods of getting to your job, presuming you have one.

The city’s carpooling is down, and mass transit ridership is about flat. The percentage of Dallas workers commuting alone actually went up a tick between 2008 and 2010. Younger commuters, heavily counted on by the nanny state to lead all of us old loners onto trains and bicycles, also increased their taste for the solo commute.

Amid the wave of finger-wagging lectures aimed at Americans daring to actually drive themselves places, this is remarkable. And I cannot suppress my smile.

Please understand, I have no quarrel with mass transit, which I have used often when living in or visiting cities that have it. And heaven knows I could hit the bike more often.

But there is something inspiring about a population that listens to its government insult the choices it makes, and sticks with those choices anyway.

DART is making inroads, and good for it. An already ambitious system will soon be able to take us to D/FW Airport, Irving, even Rowlett by rail. I respect anyone’s choice to make that trip by that method.

But if I happen to want to get from point A to point B by getting in a car I own and driving it there, I would appreciate it if the president and any other disapprovers minded their own business.

It is a good thing for a major city to have mass transit people actually use. It is a bad thing for our leaders to try to make us feel like lesser citizens if we say thanks, I’ll drive.

Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo was in town Monday, touting the merits of rail over cars. He is welcome to persuade us to leave the car in the garage and hop a train. But if mass transit does not go where we wish, or if, heaven forbid, we like the freedom and individuality of driving, that choice should not be derided by our government.

When shifts away from cars are called an “improvement,” it is clear the power structure prefers you gathered with the masses in a government environment, or at the very least left your evil fossil-fueled car to rust in the driveway.

I salute those Dallas residents standing up for the liberty and autonomy of driving their cars alone to work, a consumer choice every bit as valid as a bike or a bus or a carpool. In fact, while our leaders try to make our cities march to a European lock step tune of the masses commuting as one, the man or woman driving to work alone is saying, “I’ll go where I want, when I want,” a statement that sounds downright American.

The Mark Davis Show airs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays on KSKY (660 AM). He can be reached at themarkdavisshow@gmail.com

 

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Thursday’s Lineup

8:35amCT – State Rep. Bryan Hughes

While many Capitol insiders believe that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will serve a third term as leader of the House, it isn’t keeping one Texas conservative from challenging him. State Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) has officially filed papers with the Texas Ethics Commission declaring his candidacy for the 2013 Speaker’s race, and he joins us this morning to discuss.

Get more info HERE.

9:35amCT – Congressman Bill Flores

It’s time to check in with the Congressman from the 17th district, Bill Flores. Flores, a former entrepreneur and energy executive will share his thoughts on recent dismal employment numbers, and will also discuss his recent efforts to fight burdensome energy regulation — regulation that he believes has been a roadblock to economic recovery.

Visit his website HERE