The Jason Stapleton Program

The Jason Stapleton Program


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 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."


AMA Friday!  

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Why Rent Control Sucks  

Yes, that's right today one of the things we're going to talk about is why rent control is so bad. I've got a story about a couple of landlords who went to some pretty extreme measures to get rent control tenants out of their apartments. Rent control is another creation of those government "wizards of smart" whose plans always seem to end up hurting the very people they are designed to help. More on that in today episode. Also, SHOCKING NEWS! Republicans plan to delay the Obamacare repeal for up to 3 years. I know, you're floored, right? It turns out the Republicans are going to use this policial gem as leverage for as long as they can. If you were under any false notion that government is looking out for you this episode will cure you of your delusions. Great to have all the new listeners! Talk soon, Jason

Just Who is Trump Appointing to Office?  

Over the last week, we've seen several appointments by Donald Trump to positions including Education Secretary, Head of the CIA and Treasury Secretary but who are these people? When Trump was running for office, he promised to "drain the swamp" suggesting he would end the corruption and dysfunction in Washington. Millions believed him and rushed out to vote for him. We now have a glimpse of what his administration will look like. Is he holding up his end of the deal? I also want to take a look at auto loans today. Most people wouldn't find the subject interesting, but I do, and I know once I share it my thoughts with you, you will too. It turns out 25% of Americans are rolling negative equity from a previous car purchase into a new car. If that makes no sense to you, just listen to today's show. It's easy to understand, and I think you'll enjoy learning something to help outsmart your progressive friends and coworkers. Enjoy, Jason

The World Goes Nationalist  

The election of Donald Trump is not just a signal that America is shifting away from globalism, the entire world seems to be souring to the idea. The latest example is French presidential nominee François Fillon who is being described as a Margaret Thatcher-style conservative. His election would mean a rejection of socialist rule in France and evidence the French people are tired of collectivist policies. But the move way from globalism comes with a lot of negatives. Not everything about global cooperation is bad. Truly free trade, freedom of movement and economic cooperation are all benefits of globalization. Unfortunately, men like Donald Trump brings with him a desire to restrict these types of cooperation for a much more protectionist economic policy. On the show today I want to talk in detail about the changes happening around the world. We are certainly living in interesting times, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited about the history we're living through right now. Jason

Disagree with Me? You're a Russian Propagandist  

The narrative has been set. If you disagree with the universally accepted narrative, you're now a propagandist working for the Russian government. Report on things that reflect negatively on America? You should be labeled a "fake news" site or better yet shut down entirely. This is what mainstream news outlets would like you to believe, and if you're not careful, they might just sway you. Fortunately, we still have a counter voice and today I'm going to crush this idea is short order. There are no doubt dishonest players in the alternative news business. Anytime you have an industry that relies on clicks to fund it's operation you're going to get misleading or outright untrue headlines. But that doesn't mean or are Russian shills. If anyone in media today is spewing propaganda it's the very news outlets doing the saber rattling. Networks like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox NEWS all promote a slanted and primarily politically driven agenda. How about we start by cleaning up the largest and most influential news outlets on earth and then move to cleaning up the riffraff on the internet.

What's with the Alt-Right?  

The news is blowing up with discussions about the alt-right. What the heck is going on and what does it mean to be part of the alt-right? In short, alt-right is the new term being used to describe the group of people who got Trump elected. But the media is framing alt-right as extreme neo-Nazi racists and bigots. The idea is to use this new term (alt-right) and tie it to racist ideas and then link it to Trump. Anyone who supports Trump would then be tied to the Alt-Right movement and be associated with racists and bigots. It is a creation of the media, and if we're not careful, we could get dropped into it. After all, it was the third party voters who cost Hillary the election. :-) We've also go an AMA session today so I'll be answering your questions. Don't miss this episode. Jason

Scott Horton Talks Yemen  

I've had a lot of questions about Yemen lately. It's not in the news very often, and after you listen to this episode, you'll know why. Would you believe me if I told you we were fighting with and provided material support to ISIS in Yemen? I know that sounds crazy given all the patriotic talk from our wayward leaders in Washington, but it's true. Right now the U.S. is working with the Saudi government to help the Islamic State defeat a rival faction in Yemen. When you hear this episode, you're going to get sick to your stomach, and it's going to reaffirm what many of you thought about our government and our reasons for being in the middle east. Big thanks to Scott Horton for sharing his knowledge with us. You can find his new site here: Enjoy the holiday everyone!! Jason

The Show with Vinnie Totorich  

I'm going to deviate from our typical conversation on economics and politics today to cover a book I really enjoyed reading. People are always asking me for book recommendations, and the question came so frequently that I even put out a recommended reading list of books I thought were "must read." Today's book isn't about history, economics or politics; it's about health. It's written by one of the most interesting guys in the health and fitness niche. His name is Vinnie Totorich and his book, Fitness Confidential not only provides some great insight into getting fit and staying fit, but it also tells Vinnie's incredible story. It's a mix of inside Hollywood and overcoming staggering adversity and if you read it for no other reason than the story it will not be wasted time. You can get the book here: Enjoy the show and don't forget to Subscribe and Share!

AMA Friday! Answering the Questions on Your Mind  

Each and every week I take one day make the show about you. The questions you have that I haven't answered, the news stories I haven't covered...ask away!

Is the Economy Really Getting better?  

No time for a description today.

Three Stories that Tell us what to Expect From the New Congress  

We're less than a week removed from the election, and the Republicans are already passing new regulation and tax legislation. If this is any indication of how Republicans will govern I think a lot of Americans are going to be a bit disappointed. I get accused of being too cynical, and I wholly admit to having an extremely low opinion of our elected officials, but there's a reason for that. Today I'm going to discuss three articles that will shed some light on what kind of government we just elected. I would love to be proven wrong, but I rarely am. We're also going to discuss an article suggesting we eliminate the states and consolidate power within the federal government. As I'm sure you can imagine, I've got plenty to say about that as well. Lots to discuss today. Don't forget to Subscribe and Share!! Jason

Michael Savage and Right Wing Media Come to Grips with the Real Donald Trump  

I don't listen to a lot of talk radio anymore. It's mostly audiobooks. But last night I did catch about 10 minutes of Michael Savages show as I was driving to pick up dinner. I just have to share what I heard. You have to keep in mind that Savage has been licking the boots of Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president. Maybe it's the whole "Language, Borders, and Culture" thing or maybe he just obnoxious, self-righteous northeasterners. Whatever it is, he's been professing the virtues of a Trump presidency for more than a year. Now that Trump has the candidacy it's time to walk back or at least lower the expectations of his voters and Savage is not happy. You might think he'd reevaluate his support for Trump or even his judgement, but you'd be wrong. Instead, he came up with a downright laughable conspiracy theory. Trump is not the savior of conservatism. He's not the great white hope for America. He's just another politician who told people what they wanted to hear.

Tom Woods Talks Election Fallout and Messaging  

It is my great pleasure to welcome the great Tom Woods to the show today. If you don't know who Tom is, shame on you and you should immediately go to to find out more. Tom is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show, which releases a new episode every weekday. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He's also the author of almost as many books as I've read including Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion, Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. Today I'm chatting with Tom about the election, unprincipled progressives and the libertarian message. This is a show you don't want to miss. Listen Now! Jason

Ask Me Anything Friday!!  

The day you get to ask me the nagging question that's been bugging you all week.

A Libertarian Response to Clinton Supporters  

We've all see the outright hysterical reaction to Hillary Clintons loss on Tuesday. My Facebook feed has been blowing up with people on both sides. One expressing fear and sorrow, the other mocking their pain. I even saw a tearful Miley Cyrus live-stream her emotional breakdown on Facebook and I'd be lying if I said it didn't warm my dark heart a little. But if you're a libertarian and you're spending your time laughing at your colleagues and coworkers for blubbering like a teenage girl at a Christian camp revival you are missing another great opportunity to share a message of hope wrapped in a libertarian bow. I have gone to great lengths to explain not only what we believe and why it's important but I've also focused heavily on messaging. How do we sell liberty and personal responsibility to an increasingly dependent society? The answer is, we take every opportunity to show how one person's pain can be solved by moving toward liberty. This election is yet another chance to spread that message in a positive way. Today I'm going to show you how I'd do it. I'm hoping you can use the template I lay out to assist you in discussing libertarianism with those close to you who are distraught over the election results. It never stops folks. We are constantly pushing, constantly looking for every opportunity to convert the lost. You need to be a light for liberty a torch that provides hope for a brighter tomorrow. Carry on, Jason

The Day After  

I have heard the pundits spin this election from all angles. I've heard right-wingers explain WHY Donald Trump lost and I've heard the progressives try to explain away Hillary's devastating loss. I have yet to hear a single person explain the underlying message that locked up the presidency for Trump. I've got so much I want to cover today. So many different things I want to explain to you. I hope I can get it all into an hour. If you've been listening to the show for more than a couple of days, you know this was a possibility. I talked about a Trump upset. I told you about my skepticism of the poll numbers and the chance for a Trump blowout on October 20th, right after the last debate. Here is the Truth, Republicans didn't win for the reasons they think and Democrats didn't lose for the reasons they think. This is not complicated or hard to understand, but I'm going to break it down for you on today's episode.

On the Show: KrisAnne Hall Discusses Nullification in Kansas  

In 2014 Kansas passed a law protecting its citizens from federal prosecution on a variety of 2nd Amendment issues. Put simply; Kansas adopted a law that nullified a host of federal laws and made enforcement of those laws by federal agents a class 10 felony. Attorney General Holder immediately sent a letter to Governer Brownback informing him that the new law was a violation of the Constitution and the State of Kanas was subject to federal law. Secretary of State Kris Kobach sent a letter back to Holder saying, in not so few words, "Whatever." Now two Kansans have been arrested by the Feds and are being charged with felonies for violating federal gun control laws. The very laws Kansas aimed to nullify. And what is the response from the local Sheriff, Govoner and Attorney General? Crickets. They have left these two men out to dry. It's a disgusting dereliction of duty, and I brought on one of the top Constitutional minds to discuss it with me today. If you're as angry as I am, take a couple of minutes and call those involved. Let them know how unhappy you are with them and their cowardice. Gov. Sam Brownback - 877-579-6757 Kansas Attorney General - 888-428-8436 U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten - 316-315-4300

Regardless of the Election Outcome, America Faces Dark Days  

I have no idea how this election will turn out. I normally have an idea but this year I can't tell who's telling me the truth. Here's what I do know. This is not going to be a razor-thin victory for Trump. Either all the polling that puts Clinton up by 3-4 points is garbage and Trump is going to win in a landslide or Clinton will be the next president. Trump has trailed in the polls since the beginning of the race. As we get closer to D-Day, we've seen those polls tighten, but Trump only has a lead in a few outlier polls. That means either everyone is wrong and we're staring at a 1980 style upset, or it means the pollsters got it right and Hillary will win 290 electorial votes. But it really doesn't matter who wins this year. Think I'm full of it? Listen to today's show. The financial condition of our country, our national balance sheet so to speak, is in bad shape. That's an understatement. Our nation is in a debt-death-spiral, and we're getting close to the point where we won't be able to grow our way out of it. Today's show lays out just how bad our problems are and why neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is the cure. Enjoy! Don't forget to Subscribe and Share!

It's "Ask Me Anything" Friday!  

AMA Friday, where you get to ask me all the questions that never get answered. Today we're going to be talking about the Dakota pipeline, constitutional amendments, and my awkward conversation at the Bill Weld event last night. Fridays are always one of our most popular episodes. Don't miss this one. Jason

We Blew it: How Libertarians Squandered Their Greatest Opportunity  

Hillary is back in the news today after Fox News reported they have two sources close to the Clinton investigation who say an inditement is "likely." It's as though this election was tailor made for libertarians. People are hungry for a change. They're tired of being lied to, tired of being taxed to death, tired of being regulated out of a job and tired of hearing news stories about American wars around the world. Unfortunately, when delegates at the Libertarian convention had the chance to nominate a candidate who would promote and articulate our values and principles they decided instead to pick two former Republicans who's only firm conviction seemed to be geared toward drug legalization. Now libertarians find themselves with no voice. No one to promote their principles, and a candidate who will likely get far less than the 5% necessary to make the party eligible for federal money. It's a lose, lose, lose scenario. The worst possible outcome. The mainstream always thought of us as clowns and crazies, but for a brief moment, America was giving our ideas a look. What they found were a burnout and a Clinton supporter. It was our greatest opportunity, and it turned out to be our biggest failure. Jason

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