ORLY-EP0147 - The Trump Budget Examined

ORLY-EP0147 - The Trump Budget Examined

Welcome to ORLYRADIO #147 recorded Friday, March 17th, 2017 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen, with my usual suspects, Amber Biesecker and Daniel Atherton.

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  1. White House releases a budget proposal for consideration. It’s a thing… https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/amendment_03_16_18.pdf https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-presidential-budget-2018-proposal/

  2. Paul Ryan Tells it like it is, btw, he is the Speaker of the House and the Head of the GOP aside from the Executive Branch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT3Px11xN-0


  1. Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

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Science Bitches!  

  1. https://futurism.com/we-can-officially-collect-solar-energy-without-solar-panels/

  2. Needed action on climate change to save reefs. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520450521/study-urgent-action-against-global-warming-needed-to-save-coral-reefs

Law & Order:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/us/politics/supreme-court-jury-bias-secrecy.html

  2. http://www.salon.com/2017/03/01/the-supreme-court-just-delivered-a-major-victory-for-gerrymandering-opponents/

  3. White House fights its own agency in court. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-consumer-idUSKBN16O2SQ

  4. Disney forced to pay after Federal investigation. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-bz-disney-wages-labor-violations-20170317-story.html

Good Ideas:

  1. http://educateinspirechange.org/nature/environment/cost-iphone-can-now-buy-wind-turbine-can-power-entire-house-lifetime/

  2. Maryland passes sick leave bill. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-veto-proof-sick-time-passed-20170316-story.html

  3. http://tucson.com/news/local/supreme-court-affirms-arizona-s-higher-minimum-wage/article_b7c5a0f7-1ab5-57cb-a1b5-a3da180da7b2.html

Bad Ideas:

  1. White House dialing up Taiwan arms deal http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-arms-idUSKBN16O2LQ

  2. Trump wishes to build a large Naval Fleet, but where are the skilled workers? http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-shipbuilding-insight-idUSKBN16O142

  3. Florida Republicans just can’t stand food stamps http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/03/16/florida-republicans-want-to-take-food-stamps-away-from-over-200000-poor-people


  1. Netherlands parliament election http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/dutch-election-netherlands-vote-results-latest-mark-rutte-geert-wilders-a7634041.html?cmpid=facebook-post

ORly Radio Show 50 - Budget Smacktacular

ORly Radio Show 50 for Friday March 20th, 2015 - Budget Smacktacular

Hosts: Andy & the Usual Suspects:Don!!!
Music: "Rocket and Pamgaea” by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)

Errata From Last Week: Mike and Jess are now wedded! I didn’t even cough on them once during the ceremony. WIN!

Top Story: The GOP Budget. What have they wrought on the nation?

(Reuters) http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/17/us-usa-budget-republicans-idUSKBN0MD1KU20150317  - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday proposed higher defense spending and deep cuts to social services including healthcare for the poor in an aggressive new budget plan that seeks to eliminate deficits by 2024. The blueprint from House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, which has almost no chance of becoming law, prescribes $5.468 trillion in spending cuts and interest savings over 10 years compared to current policies. The document assumes $2 trillion in 10-year savings from full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the signature healthcare reform law that President Barack Obama has vowed to defend.
Price's plan would cut $913 billion in Medicaid spending by shifting it to a grant program to allow states to tailor the healthcare program for the poor. It would devolve other programs to states through grants, including food stamps and transportation funding. Pell grants for college tuition would also shrink.
Price's plan could struggle to gain the support of deeply divided House Republicans. It seeks to skirt "sequester" spending caps, nominally keeping them in place to please deficit hawks while boosting military spending by adding nearly $40 billion to an off-budget war funding account.
Like previous Republican budgets, Price's plan contains no tax increases. It assumes Congress will enact revenue-neutral reforms to the tax code to reduce rates while ending many tax breaks. But it leaves the details for later.

Price said tax reform and other proposals, including a roll-back of financial regulations enacted in 2010, would unleash stronger economic growth that will help slash deficits by more than $1 trillion through 2025.
While these growth assumptions are baked into Price's budget numbers, they have not been confirmed by the Congressional Budget Office.
(Reporting by David Lawder, Roberta Rampton; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh, Susan Heavey and Tom Brown)

"I was pretty impressed with the creativity here -- I won't call it political gymnastics, but it certainly could be called parliamentary contortionism," said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who considers himself both a defense and deficit hawk, and is likely to back the budget. 

Bernie Sanders Weighs in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB1efQXFThk

Science / Technology / Politics

Item: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function
URLs: http://www.sciencealert.com/new-alzheimer-s-treatment-fully-restores-memory-function
Item: Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum

Common origins of RNA, protein and lipid precursors in a cyanosulfidic protometabolism

Humanities / Religion/ Politics

Item: San Francisco Saint Mary’s Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away
URLs: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/san-francisco-catholic-church-installs-watering-system-to-drench-homeless-people-as-they-sleep/ http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/18/homeless-saint-marys-cathedral-archdiocese-san-francisco-intentionally-drenched-water-sleeping/
Item: Utah passed historic legislation against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination
URLs: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/utah-passes-historic-legislation-against-19434/

Politics / Humanities / Politics

Item: Obama orders federal agencies to cut carbon emissions 40% within 10 years
URLs: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/19/8257249/obama-federal-greenhouse-cuts
Item: Oklahoma House passes bill restricting marriage to people of faith
URLs: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2015/03/oklahoma-house-passes-bill-restricting-marriage-to-people-of-faith/

Potpourri / Politics / Flotsam & Jetsam

Item: Someone On a British Airways Plane Took a Shit So Bad That It Had to Turn Around and Come Back Again
URLs: http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/someone-did-a-shit-so-bad-a-british-airways-flight-had-to-turn-around-and-land-475


Andy’s: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artana/tesla-vs-edison
Don’s: Raspberry Pi 2