The Jason Stapleton Program

The Jason Stapleton Program

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Try as we might, we could never describe the show better than those who choose to make it a part of their daily lives, so, in the words of one of our listeners,"So who/what is Jason Stapleton/podcast? Before I answer that, ever heard of the saying, 'In a world gone mad...a glimpse of sanity' or 'In an ocean of turmoil...an island of calm'? Well, he's that and a whole lot more...entertaining, topical, knowledgeable, informed, traveled, intelligent and articulate. In his podcasts he brings his special sense of understanding and ability to simply the issues (governments, politics, economy, domestic and foreign policy, war, markets, morals, and more) an hour each day. If all the madness and all the turmoil (at home and all around the world) have you confused, aggravated and looking for a source of clarity, perhaps Jason can bring you a bit of sanity and a welcome sense of calm."

Episodes

619: Michael Malice Joins Me to Talk North Korea.  

We get a lot of fear mongering coming out of the reporting on North Korea. I've been all over the world, but never over the 38th parallel so...

My perspective, opinion, and analysis of the North Korean situation is based solely on my life experience. That's why I've invited Michael to come and share his insights.

He's a recognized authority on North Korea, and he's got a sense of humor to boot.

I got a lot out of this interview, and I know you will too.

Michael has written a book on Kim Jong Il entitled "Dear Reader" and you can pick up your copy here:
http://amzn.to/2tTidmk

Enjoy!

Jason

618: Military "Flexing" May Take Us Into WWIII  

There's been a lot of posturing over the last few days with Russian and NATO jets "buzzing" each other in the sky.

It's the type of high school flexing designed to see if you'll flinch.

The problem is, this type of juvenile shenanigans can start a war, and all sides should take a step back from the edge.

Don't count on any big changes. Both the US and Russia are lead by macho-personas that don't show any signs of capitulation.

Are we on the cusp of another world war? I hope not, but the table is set, the chess pieces are in place. All we need now is for someone to make the first move.

Jason

P.S. Here's the link to the business course I talked about: www.jasonstapleton.com/kickstart

617: The World Economy is Changing. Here's How You Stay Ahead of the Curve  

The interwebs are in an uproar over Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods. Apparently, the world is ending, and big companies like Amazon must be stopped.

Never mind the fact that people can now get goods from all over the world shipped to their front door in 2 days for FREE.

And let's ignore the how Amazon often offers products cheaper than they can be purchased in store, providing additional savings to consumers.

The critics are right about one thing. Our global economy is changing. It always has been, it always will be. Those who see it and understand it will profit from it. Those who stay locked in the old ways of doing business will perish.

Today I'm going to share my thoughts on Amazon and the 21st-century economy. The opportunity to make millions exists for each one of you. All you need to do is seize the opportunity.

Jason

616: Media Says ObamaCare Increases are Trump's Fault  

Yeah, you read that right. Apparently the premium hikes you're going to see this year aren't due to a failed socialist program designed to capture and monopolize one of the most important industries in America.

NO! It's Trump's fault because he's created uncertainty for insurers over whether the government will continue to pay them billions in subsidies.

One might make the point that had the government not gotten involved in subsidizing private companies, to begin with, this problem wouldn't be, well, a problem.

But to make such a bold, shocking claim would require HONESTY! Something the media isn't all that fond of.

The Truth: Premiums are going up because Obamacare was doomed to failure from the beginning. Assembled by partisan hacks and paid lobbies who know as much about health insurance as they do quantum physics.

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NATO is increasing its troop deployments along the border with Russia. The buildup coincides with the US stationing 330 Marines in Norway, the first time since WWII they have been allowed to do so.

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After the downing of a Syrian aircraft by US warplanes, Russia has responded by vowing to shoot down all "flying objects" in Syria. One would assume that means US jets as well.

It seems Russia has beat us to the "no-fly-zone" punch.

What does it all mean? Should you be worried? Is another world war inevitable? I'll discuss it all today. Don't miss it

615: Should You Go To Jail Over Something You Said?  

Free speech right? But what if someone died because of what you said? More precisely what if you encouraged someone to kill themselves and then they did it?

That is exactly what happened to Michelle Carter. When she was 17, she convinced her boyfriend to commit suicide by sitting in his car and pumping fumes into the cab.

Her boyfriend died, and text messages revealed what a sinister black widow Michelle really is.

Today Michelle was convicted of manslaughter and faces 20 years in prison. Should she?

That's what I want to talk about today.

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The state of Illinois has halted all work on its roads and highways. It's officially out of money. They haven't had a balanced budget in almost three years, and their pension program is some 250 BILLION dollars underfunded.

The State currently has nearly 15 billion in unpaid bills, and its credit rating has now achieved Junk status.

Why? Why is Illinois in this situation? It's quite simple, years of progressive, socialist policies have finally taken their toll. I'll give you multiple examples on today's show.

Jason

614: Politicians Fear for Their Lives and Beg For More Security.  

I irony is not lost on me that Republicans, men, and women who love to rattle sabers, bang war drums and send our youth off the fight in far off lands are now running scared in the face of a little gunfire.

It turns out, despite talking tough politicians are really just scared suits.

You'll forgive me for being somewhat unsympathetic. I just can't help feeling indifferent to their plight. Not only do they assume some risk when entering Congress but D.C. makes it nearly impossible for them to defend themselves because of their strict gun laws.

Now you've got progressives turning violent. Never mind all the "mean spirited talk" coming from Donald Trump and the Trumpists. Progressives have gone over the top holding renditions of Julius Ceasar in Central Park where Donald Trump (playing Julius) is assassinated.

Imagine the Tea Party doing the same thing with Obama getting the knife.

We're living in a powder keg.

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Why is Rent so high in San Francisco? Well, it ain't because the free market failed. I'll explain today.

Finally, Bitcoin took a 25% hit on news that a new bill may cut the legs out from under the cryptocurrency. I'll give you my thoughts on that as well.

Jason

613: I'm Back! And Now the News!  

I had a great vacation. Big thank you to all of you who sent me emails wishing me well and telling me how much you love the show. It is my honor to sit behind the microphone each day and share my thoughts with you.

Today I've got a big announcement about my meeting in Los Angeles. You've been really patient with all the secrecy, and today I get to let a little out of the bag.

We're also going to talk about a little news.

You've no doubt heard about the shooting on Capitol Hill. I'll touch on that, and we'll also take a look at the senate's changes to Obamacare. I'm sure it comes as not surprise to you that Senate Republicans are considering keeping many of the ObamaCare taxes in place.

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Puerto Rico is considering statehood. They need to protection statehood offers to dig themselves out of the massive debt troubles they've created. I don't think it's got a prayer of happening, but I'll cover the highlights.

All that and whatever else strikes my fancy today on the show.

Jason

612: The Jack Spirko Episode  

I know you like talking guns, survival and the end of the world....

Well, maybe we'll skip the "end is near" discussion, but we are going to talk a lot about becoming autonomous in a world that is increasingly dependent on government.

Jack runs the highly successful Survival Podcast. You can check it out here: http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/

But Jack didn't start out living off the land. He came from the world of online marketing (a man after my own heart) and discovered both a joy for podcasting and a passion for sharing his ideas and insights with others.

Jack is crushing it. This episode is going to enlighten and inspire you. Give it a listen.

Jason

611: Mauldin Warns of a Complete Market Reset  

I love John Mauldin. He has a fantastic free newsletter every one of you should be reading.

You can get it here:
https://www.mauldineconomics.com/landing/thoughtsfromthefrontline

I've got an article from him I want to read to you about the massive amount of debt and promises America is going to have to address.

It's more evidence that we are living on borrowed time. We've been promised a future that cannot be and that scares me.

I'm afraid for my children and their future. What kind of life do they stand to have based on the greed of those living beyond their means today?

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We'll also take a look at the Venezuela media coverage here in the US. It should come as no surprise that there is a propensity to ignore both the suffering and violence happening there and a desire to avoid blaming the problem on socialism.

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Lastly, the business course I talked about yesterday is now open for registration. If you want to get in, here's the link:
http://www.jasonstapleton.com/kickstart

Jason

610: A Discussion on Wealth, Hard Work, and the Role Luck Plays in Success  

Does getting rich have more to do with luck rather than talent?

Certainly, you can have two people who work hard their whole lives, take chances and commit themselves fully to their own success yet one man may end up wealthy and the other in poverty.

What makes the difference? An article out of BBC.com claims getting rich isn't about hard work or talent at all. The author Danny Dorling claims it's all about luck...

...and that's why you aren't entitled to what you earn.

I think you know where I come down on this line of thinking but you may not know why.

More importantly, you may have trouble explaining your position to others without coming off sounding like a heartless, self-serving, elitist.

Today I'm going to walk you through the claims made by progressives and socialists that claim luck is the only reason people amass vast fortunes. It's nothing more than a clever way to disguise their own envy and greed.

Enjoy!

Jason

609: Is Comey Headed to Jail?  

A newly declassified order from the FISA court reveals the Obama administration routinely conducted "widespread" illegal searches of American citizens and the FBI routinely shared "raw FISA information" on American citizens with "private contractors."

Comey was the head of the FBI at the time and had to be aware of the information sharing that was happening.

So what now? Don't hold your breath for a prosecution. Comey is part of the system, a system that loves illegally spying on American citizens. Comey needs to survive so the system can survive.

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Now that John Boehner is out of office he is apparently able, to tell the truth. At KPMG’s annual Global Energy Conference he said, "Tax reform is just a bunch of happy talk."

The market certainly wouldn't agree. They have priced in some major tax overhauls. What do you think is going to happen when those tax changes don't come through?

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I've also got a little Q&A session set up for today. I'll answer some of your most interesting questions in the back half of the show.

No show on Money, have a great Holiday.

Jason

608: The Burrito Index - It's Important and Here's Why  

There's an index that measures inflation. It's called the CPI or "Consumer Price Inflation" index. It's supposed to tell us how much inflation is making its way into our economy.

Problem is, it's not reliable. Like most of the indexes used to track the economy, (unemployment, jobless claims, PMI, GDP) the government has manipulated them to try and put the rosiest face possible on our economic situation.

A better measure of how much inflation is impacting our lives is the Buritto index. While not a government sanctioned measurement, it may be the most accurate way of determining the real effects inflation is having on your average American.

Today we'll talk about the effect all this money creation is having on our economy and more importantly how it's impacting you in ways you haven't fully appreciated.

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In another example of US intelligence failure, the UK is now refusing to share information about the recent Manchester bombing because of leaks withing the US intelligence services.

It can't be that hard to find the person(s) leaking this information and get them removed. I think this is evidence of a deeper problem inside the intelligence community. Is it a hatred for Trump, the administration in general or just poor management? We'll discuss today.

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Brazil is on fire after recent revelations over corruption sent the Real plummeting. My mother just returned from a Business trip to Brazil, and the report she gave me is disheartening. Everyone is looking for dollars.

It's a bit funny given the discussion we had today about dollar inflation, but we count our blessings where we can.

607: Former CIA Director Brennan On Record Over Russian Interference  

Former CIA Director John Brennan was on Capital Hill yesterday speaking in front of the House Intelligence Committee.

His comments about the Trump campaign (or people working for the campaign) raises concerns over possible collusion between Russia and the campaign.

But Brennan went far short of suggesting there was collusion or that Trump was in any way involved in the communications.

I've got the highlights of the hearing for you on today's show as well as some witty commentary.

The bottom line is, this is a waste of time. The Intelligence Committee has access to the information Brennan is referring to. The FBI also has that information, and they are the ones charged with investigating any possible wrongdoing.

So WHY is Congress wasting time on a hearing? If the Intelligence Committee is concerned about what they've seen and doesn't think the FBI can act impartially, then they should appoint a special prosecutor to take over.

As of today, the American public has seen ZERO evidence of any wrongdoing by anyone. Flynn is the one exception, but his problems are unrelated to the Russia probe.

So, again, a lot of time and media attention wasted on something that has little to no real impact on Americans. Let the investigations move forward. When there is actual news of corruption, collusion or treason (or absolution of the same) then report on it.

Until then we have bigger problems we should be addressing.

606: The Trump Budget Explained  

The headlines talk about TRILLIONS in spending cuts to social welfare programs. Is any of it true?

Today we'll discuss the Trump budget and separate the facts from the media hype.

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The latest terror attack in the UK leaves at least 22 dead, 60 wounded and many still missing. I'll tell you what I know.

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California just released the price tag for its universal healthcare plan. Let's just say it's bigger than their entire budget.

It's a great news day. Lots of stuff to discuss.

Jason

605: Libertarian Party Official Calls Service Members Murders  

If you wonder why I have written off the Libertarian Party, this is a great example.

The LP is full of arrogant, self-righteous children and Vice Chair Arvin Vohra is a perfect example. No tact, no sense of messaging, no clue.

I hit the LP hard in this episode, so if you're a big fan, you might want to skip this one.

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Trump has been in the news all weekend with pundits debating his new mid-east strategy. What none of them are talking about is the 110 Billion dollar arms sale that all this diplomacy is meant to facilitate.

More on that in the back half of the show.

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Finally, we'll talk about the new Facebook rules for offensive and violent content. Turns out, if you want to kill yourself on a Facebook live stream they're ok with that.

Jason

604: St. Louis Fed Hints at New QE - Stocks Rally  

We knew this was coming. For all the talk of a recovery, the numbers just aren't playing out the way the Fed suggested.

And if you thought the Fed had a broad range of options to deal with a stagnant economy, low inflation, and falling GDP think again.

In typical fashion Jim Bullard, head of the St. Louis Fed suggested that future QE might be needed.

How many times do we have to repeat the past before we learn from it?

Connecticut is learning. Time and again they've exploited the richest in their state to pay for their bloated budgets, but that's not working anymore.

They now face a 400 million dollar shortfall this year.

It turns out you can't just tax the rich to pay for all the "stuff" you want.

The real monster eating our nation isn't the rich or the poor. It's not the Republicans or Democrats. What's destroying our nation is the government itself. That greedy, self-serving, animal that does nothing but take and consume.

Until we decided to draw a line in the sand and bind down out government nothing will save us.

Jason

 

 

603: President Pence?  

Is it that unthinkable? Yeah, I think it is. As a general rule, any time the media poses a question the answer is "No."

Ousting a sitting president is nearly impossible and getting Trump out is going to take a lot more than the circumstantial evidence they've put together so far.

But none of that is stopping the media from continuing the assault on Trump.

The Washington Post is reporting this morning on a story involving Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy who is apparently on tape saying he thought Trump was being paid by Putin.

Was he joking? Was he serious? It doesn't matter. The optics are terrible, and it distracts from any real work getting done.

For example, Republicans are now saying an overhaul of the tax system; even simple tax cuts will likely not happen until next year.

Typical, predictable and sad.

Jason

602: James Comey Drops a Media Bombshell on Trump  

Here's a question for you...

Does the President have the right the ask the director of the FBI to drop an investigation?

I mean, the president is the head of the executive branch, and the FBI is part of the executive.

We're going to talk about it today. Either way, it's terrible optics for an administration that is already struggling.

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Trump is about to announce a plan to create an "Arab Nato."

Mark my words, we are getting ready to arm our future enemies.

601: Trump Reveals Classified Infomation...is it Important?  

Apparently, during a meeting with the Russians, Trump "leaked" information to the Russians about an ISIS terror plot.

If I understand the particulars, the issue has more to do with a potential violation of an intelligence sharing agreement rather than a serious covert infraction.

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Does Facebook have a responsibility to prevent its subscribers from committing crimes, suicides or other inappropriate acts on live streams?

Today we discuss.

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If you're tired of seeing homeless people crap outside your business, does it make you a heartless capitalist?

It's happening in California, and business owners are fed up.

All that PLUS, Puerto Rico and they're pushing for Statehood.

Listen Now!

600: Ann Coulter, the Rights Version of Rachel Maddow  

Ann Coulter is, by my account an uglier version of Rachel Maddow. (both inside and out)

She makes her living by coming up with the most offensive and shocking way to express a political opinion.

Not surprisingly she is also a HUGE Trump supporter. Or at least she was.

It turns out she's not happy we don't have a wall, or a decent budget or mass deportation. She's so upset over Trump's shortcomings she's considering pulling her support for the President.

I've never liked Ann. Even what I was a conservative I didn't like her. She represents the worst qualities in a human being and politics today.

But, because she cranks out controversial books as fast as anyone can read them (and I wonder how many people do) she continues to find her way onto the national stage.

We'd all be better off if people like Ann stuck with the other jobs, they're qualified to do (Walmart greater, Stop sign holder on a road construction project, dog walker) rather than making life a little less tolerable by continuing to inject themselves into the political debate.

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Also on the show, we've got an update on North Korea and a fascinating look at China, and it's plan for global domination!

Jason

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