Ed Thompson’s “Just a Little Common Sense” radio commentary aired on Tomah radio stations WTMB-FM and WBOG-AM from July 11, 2005 to November 27, 2006.
Most of the shows are presented here, in both audio and print formats.
AIRED: August 21, 2006
Waste and mismanagement pop up again in Wisconsin government. This time the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau reports that 152 programs for economic development are doling out cash and equivalent incentives to insurance companies, among other recipients. Ed doesn’t like it.
AIRED: August 14, 2006
Ed doesn’t deny that he’s got a temper but he’s managed to keep it
AIRED: August 7, 2006
Ed visits Kevin Barrett and discovers a few things. Ed says the jury’s
AIRED: July 31, 2006
Ed doesn't presume to know what caused the events of September 11, 2001, but he does know this: If someone thinks the 911 disaster was a government conspiracy, they ought to be able to express that belief. And they shouldn't lose their job for it.
AIRED: July 24, 2006
Some people say the problem with our political system is the system itself. Ed points out that the system was created by politicians and bureaucrats.
AIRED: July 17, 2006
Ed can't get the illegality of rubber duck races out of his mind. This time he compares the Wisconsin Lottery with ducky derbies. If you're in favor of what's good for the people, then the duck races win, hands down.
AIRED: July 10, 2006
Authorities vow to stamp out gambling crime running rampant across the Badger State. You’ve probably already guessed that here Ed addresses the problem of charitable rubber duck races.
AIRED: July 3, 2006
When the IRS goes after athletic associations for ten year olds, you’ve got to think something’s wrong. Ed sure does.
AIRED: June 19, 2006
Ed reminisces about his childhood in the 1950’s, when life was more like an old-time movie. He’s sorry to say that modern life is too much like a contemporary movie.
AIRED: June 12, 2006
Ed invents his own future world, where the rules and laws control the politicians and the people get to be free.
AIRED: June 5, 2006
State way over its head in debt? Political felons eligible for pensions? Not Illinois? Nope, it’s Wisconsin, known for its clean government before the professional pols stepped in.
AIRED: May 22, 2006
If you say you want a resolution, well, you know, Wisconsin state government is a good place to get a whole bunch.
AIRED: May 15, 2006
When a state legislature can generate over 25,000 pages of bills in a little over a year, you know something more than timber resources is in danger.
AIRED: May 8, 2006
Wisconsin has gained the reputation of being a tax hell for its citizens, and it looks like there’s no hope of protecting the people from the free wheeling spending of professional politicians.
AIRED: May 1, 2006
Ed had a dream that politicians were able to solve our nation’s energy problems, but you’ll never guess how they did it.
AIRED: April 24, 2006
Bureaucrats are as dull and drab and unproductive as you can imagine. As their numbers grow the rest of us may fall victim to their sameness.
AIRED: April 17, 2006
In the muddle of American law, politics, and bureaucracy, rights are springing up all over the place but the ones that matter, as recorded in The Bill of Rights, are surely being eroded.
AIRED: April 10, 2006
You can marry someone of your own race, your own religion, or your own neighborhood, but if you try marrying someone of your own sex—watch out!
AIRED: April 3, 2006
Signs of the erosion of our precarious freedom are apparent but the advice of our Founders often goes unheeded.
AIRED: March 27, 2006
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, has named over 600,000 hazardous substances, including sand and bricks. This is bureaucracy at its finest.
AIRED: March 20, 2006
Wisconsin Congressman David Obey introduced a bill that would have the taxpayers pay for House of Representatives elections, which would effectively ensure that only Democrats and Republican could ever run for office.
AIRED: March 13, 2006
Can you guess what world government would have the audacity to ask its already-burdened taxpayers to contribute to reducing its national debt? It’s the good old US of A.
AIRED: March 6, 2006
It’s hard to tell which is the bigger tragedy: The destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, or the government ineptitude that has been going on for months afterward.
AIRED: February 27, 2006
Campaign donations and government contracts have nothing to do with each other—It happens as if by magic!
AIRED: February 20, 2006
All the evidence says that concealed carry of weapons reduces crime but Wisconsin’s governor believes otherwise, and proves it with a veto.
AIRED: February 13, 2006
Wisconsin politicians rant about bringing business into the state while the practices of the state Department of Revenue make you think they’re trying to drive business away.
AIRED: February 6, 2006
America, the land of free enterprise, the land of competition, the land of opportunity . . . until you consider the public school monopoly on education.
AIRED: January 23, 2006
The road to hell, in Wisconsin at least, is paved not with good intentions but with loads of taxpayers’ money.
AIRED: January 16, 2006
One thing for sure about politicians caught breaking the law, they all feel real bad about it. Real bad.
AIRED: January 9, 2006
Based on the results of a former state senator’s felony conviction, Ed offers a solution for dealing with criminals all over Wisconsin.
AIRED: December 19, 2005
A holiday reminiscence about Tomah’s much-loved Parish Priest, Father Dan Kozlowski.
AIRED: December 12, 2005
When Ed commented on citizens mistrusting state government, one listener declared that Ed ought to shut up. Ed disagrees.
AIRED: December 5, 2005
The best way to educate our kids might be to not send them to school. It might not work for everybody but it works well for a lot of kids and parents.
AIRED: November 28, 2005
We should have learned from the 1920’s that prohibition is a great way to promote crime, but we are learning it all over again with the War on Drugs. And we’re not very fast learners.
AIRED: November 21, 2005
Wisconsin once had a reputation for clean government but a poll shows that the people know today’s politicians can’t be trusted.
AIRED: November 14, 2005
Comparing the conditions of the medieval worker with the average taxpayer of today. It might surprise you.
AIRED: November 7, 2005
Government has no problem with tax freezes as long as it can charge additional fees for services that were once paid for with tax dollars.
AIRED: October 31, 2005
Wisconsin school administrators are asking the question: Should lunch come before or after recess? Maybe the school administrators don’t have enough to do.
AIRED: October 24, 2005
If Americans are a free people, then why do so many of us conform to the demands of authority rather than thinking on our own?
AIRED: October 17, 2005
Ed comes up with his own simple diet plan, and it works!
AIRED: October 10, 2005
Oil isn’t the only way to provide for the country’s energy needs, but it seems difficult to change things.
AIRED: October 3, 2005
In Wisconsin, nothing is too good for state employees’ pension plans, but the taxpayers might not agree.
AIRED: September 26, 2005
You might find it hard to believe, but that’s what research conducted by a respected economist says.
AIRED: September 19, 2005
It was once illegal not to grow hemp in the New World. My, my, how things have changed.
AIRED: September 12, 2005
If some legislators get their way, this could mean an end to the IRS!
AIRED: September 5, 2005
Ed encapsulates the story of one of the worst schools in the Chicago system, its rise toward success and the destruction caused by a mindless bureaucracy. You can listen to the original National Public Radio show in its entirety at www.thislife.org.
AIRED: August 29, 2005
If the Federal Government takes editorial writer Paul Krugman’s advice, we could be on the road to making fatness illegal.
AIRED: August 22, 2005
Chile solved their social security problem 25 years ago, so what’s taking so long with the U.S.?
AIRED: August 15, 2005
Scientific conclusions are often contradictory, even when it comes to whether it’s better to be fat or skinny.
AIRED: August 8, 2005
When no one is responsible, it’s no surprise that health care costs skyrocket.
AIRED: August 1, 2005
Marijuana has been recognized as a medicine for thousands of years and ignorant legislation has now demonized it.
AIRED: July 25, 2005
Should the government be allowed to ban the use of a legal substance in a private establishment?
AIRED: July 18, 2005
The Tomah city council doesn’t actually outlaw mosquitoes on private property, but it comes mighty close.
AIRED: July 11, 2005
According to the Supreme Court, it’s okay for developers to seize private property. According to Ed Thompson, it’s not okay.
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