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June 10 Update: Union Critic McMahon, Megacommunities Author Gerencser

June 10, 2010

Brett McMahon

Brett McMahon

Mark Gerencser

Guests on my June 10 DC Update radio show with Scott Draughon were Halt the Assault spokesman Brett McMahon and Mark Gerencser, co-author of Megacommunities. Hear them nationwide by archive via the My Technology Lawyer Radio network.

McMahon his group are free-market advocates on: Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)/ Card Check, Davis-Bacon Act/Prevailing Wage, Health Care Reform, Immigration Reform, Three Percent Tax Withholding, Union-Only Project Labor Agreements and Job Creation.

He focused on the unfairness of a federal bailout of a proposed union pension funds and the failure of labor to prevail in Tuesday’s Arkansas Senate primary against incumbent Democratic Agriculture Chair Blanche Lincoln.

Megacommunities introduces a radically new framework to solves today’s thorniest problems, such as hurricanes and global pandemics. Gerencser focused particularly on the case study of convening solution providers for Alzheimer’s disease into a group effort to share information on new drugs instead of marketing them individually. He said success is based on exclusion.

About Brett McMahon, ABC and Halt the Assault
Brett McMahon, vice president of the Maryland construction company Miller and Long, is an active member of the Association of Building Contractors (ABC) PAC and the Government Affairs Coordinating Committee. ABC (www.abc.org) is a national association representing 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 79 chapters across the United States. Recently, it helped found Halt the Assault, an advocacy body. Details.

About Mark Gerencser, Booz Allen Hamilton Brett McMahon and MegaCommunities

Mark Gerencser is senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton. Headquartered in McLean, VA, it serves clients in defense, security as well as civil government agencies and ministries around the world. In 2009, he co-authored Megacommunities: How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today’s Global Challenges Together. It suggests solution models for problems too large for any one authority to solve alone.

May 6 Update: Author Paul Craig Roberts Charts Drastic Decline of U.S. Liberties, Media

May 6, 2010

Paul Craig Roberts

Author, former Reagan official and civil rights advocate Paul Craig Roberts described on the May 6 edition of my Washington Update radio show why he is retiring from writing because of the nation’s appalling decline in civil rights protections.

Roberts has had an extraordinarily successful career as a Wall Street Journal editor, author, research scholar and assistant Treasury secretary. You can hear him here in an archived version of the show from anywhere in the country following his live interview on the My Technology Lawyer Radio network.

This spring Roberts published what he called his final essay, “Truth Has Fallen and Has Taken Liberty With It.” In it, he wrote:

Americans have bought into the government’s claim that security requires the suspension of civil liberties and accountable government. Astonishingly, Americans, or most of them, believe that civil liberties, such as habeas corpus and due process, protect “terrorists,” and not themselves. Many also believe that the Constitution is a tired old document that prevents government from exercising the kind of police state powers necessary to keep Americans safe and free….The American media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government….As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off.

We spent much of the show exploring his insights, battles and grim outlook for the country, previewed in his 2000 book updated in 2008, The Tyranny of Good Intentions. Co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, the book is subtitled: How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice.  The book, rated with five stars on Amazon.com by most readers with a low-rating of three-stars by a reader who protests that Roberts does not provide enough solutions for the dire portrait of the nation’s future.   The book is an impressive survey of the advancement of legal theories of due process and other civil rights from ancient times to what he describes as a bipartisan abdication of our rights to central executive authorities in an abdication of responsibility by Congress, the news media and the courts that he describes as foreign to Anglo-American legal traditions.

His book and essays critique not simply the legal system, but breakdowns in the news, manufacturing, and Wall Street. As a result, he says, his writings are now longer welcome at major corporate-owned publications. He has been a prolific author up to now for web-based investigative outlets until recently.

Scott Draughon, the show’s founder and co-host, drove much of the lively interview.  We began the show with a news overview addressing the Gulf oil spill and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s party switch from GOP to independent. Listener advisory: Mac listeners need “Parallels.”

About Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts has held many academic appointments, and holds France’s Legion of Honor. He authored Supply-Side Revolution: An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy; and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy. co-authored with Lawrence Stratton The Tyranny of Good Intentions, subtitled: How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice.