The Moderate Podcast

The Moderate Podcast
In this day and age of polarizing, conservative vs. liberal politics, the Moderate Podcast is for those trying to meet in the middle.

43 - Impeachment, Part 3
May 31 • 51 min
In the final part of my three-part series looking into impeachment, I take an in-depth look into the impeachment that never was…because President Nixon resigned before it could happen. We also talk about Mueller’s statement and Trump’s tariff on Mexico.
42 - Impeachment, Part 2
May 25 • 47 min
This week, I take a look at the second and, to date, last impeachment of an American president. But first, I rant a bit on general stupidity.
41 - Impeachment, Part 1
May 17 • 30 min
This week, I begin a three-part series in looking at impeachment (or, in one case, almost impeachment). The similarities we are seeing in today’s political climate are striking to things we have seen in our history. In part 1, I talk about what led to the…
40 - STILL Nothing Has Changed
May 5 • 51 min
I’m back after a few weeks off talking about “poor shaming” and the Mueller Report. As we found from the Barr summary of the report, people’s minds still aren’t changing: if you supported Trump, you probably haven’t read it and, therefore, your mind…
39 - Quick Takes
Apr 14 • 39 min
This week, I’ve got a little bit of everything. We hit some interesting stories, talk a bit about the request for Trump’s tax returns, and look at what the right thinks is a big hit but is more likely a major dud.
38 - Don’t Screw it Up
Apr 5 • 39 min
It looks like the Democrats are really doing their best to re-elected Donald Trump, by having way too many people running and sabotaging their best chance at victory. Also, not so fast on those Mueller Report conclusions! All that, this week on the…
37 - Nothing’s Changed
Mar 31 • 33 min
This week on the show, the theme is nothing has changed. Charter schools still are allowed to bilk the California taxpayer, and the Mueller Report’s release has done nothing to put a close to that “Russia thing”.
36 - CalPERS and the Pension Problem
Mar 22 • 49 min
This week, I take a deep dive into what created the pension hole in California (though it is not as big as some would like you to believe).
35 - College Scandal
Mar 15 • 34 min
Of course we talk about that whole rich people college scandal, as I’m sure many other shows. Hopefully you find we will come at it from a slightly different angle. I also touched upon the latest entry into the Democratic primary and the “testicular bill…
34 - Disasters, Democrats & Whitesplaining
Mar 8 • 45 min
This week, I talk about accusations of how disasters are handled based on political leanings, the Democratic nomination field, and the “epidemic” of “whitesplaining”.
33 - The Subprime Mortgage Crisis
Mar 1 • 37 min
This week, I take a break from the current news and look back at the subprime mortgage crisis, which led to the Great Recession. I talk about the things that lead up to the crisis, and how we didn’t learn from history and, sadly, might still repeat…
32 - I Can’t Stay on Task
Feb 22 • 38 min
I meant to get to a lot more than I did this week, but I kept going on tangents and spent more time talking about some things than I had expected. This week, I touch on more Amazon stuff (their pullout from NYC and their tax bill), Mueller vs. Trump, and…
31 - Inconsistencies
Feb 15 • 39 min
This week, I talk about various inconsistencies on various issues such as gun control and abortion, the death of Payless Shoes, Amazon’s decision not to locate in NYC, and the deal to avoid another government shutdown with a side of national emergency and…
30 - All Over the Map
Feb 8 • 36 min
This week, I am kind of all over the place as I talk about Trump and the Mueller investigation, how well AOC’s Green New Deal Resolution went over, and the political mess in Virginia.
29 - Local Talk
Feb 2 • 37 min
This week, I talk about local government. I get into the lawsuit that California Governor Gavin Newsom filed against the City of Huntington Beach. Also, I talk about the 2019 Financial State of the Cities report from Truth in Accounting. How much “truth”…
28 - The End is Near
Jan 25 • 33 min
The government shutdown appears to be ending. But is the re-opening only temporary? And is there a better way to deal with immigration? Also, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez predicts that the world will end in 12 years. Do I give “zero” f—-s?
27 - Quick Takes
Jan 18 • 39 min
It’s a quick takes episode! This week, I follow up on a couple of points from last week’s show, the LAUSD teachers’ strike, an update on the shutdown and the peeing contest between Trump and Pelosi, what Trump really meant about Mexico paying for the…
26 - Trump’s New Equivalent
Jan 11 • 37 min
This week, I discuss the APA’s take on “traditional masculinity,” Trump’s first Oval Office address, and the lofty goal that was discussed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on 60 Minutes.
25 - The “Blue Wave” Cometh
Jan 4 • 35 min
In the first episode of 2019, I get into what I think will happen with the government shutdown, why moderate politics is really the prevailing political philosophy but won’t take hold, as well as some other news and notes, including a tribute to the late,…
24 - Christmas Eve at the Davis House
Dec 24, 2018 • 36 min
First we have some business as I follow up on the previous episode regarding charter schools and I cover some of the new California laws coming January 1. Then, it gets fun with interviews with all three of my kids!
23 - Charter $chool$
Dec 21, 2018 • 37 min
I know it’s been a month…it’s just been a crazy busy time! Today, I talk about an online charter school in Arizona who’s CEO is raking in the cash. I also talk about a highly successful charter school that my kids used to attend and how it all came…
22 - Quick Takes Thanksgiving Edition
Nov 21, 2018 • 39 min
I get into a bunch of different issues this week, including a Twitter debate on “voter fraud”, Trump firing Jeff Sessions, Trump vs. Jim Acosta, Ivanka Trump’s e-mails, and the wild fires. Happy Thanksgiving!
21 - Veterans Day with Dad
Nov 12, 2018 • 28 min
In this special episode, my dad joins me to talk about the midterm elections this past Tuesday and the latest fires in California. Thank you to all of our veterans for helping keeping us free. I couldn’t do this podcast without the freedom you have fought…
20 - California Propositions 2018 Edition
Nov 5, 2018 • 38 min
In this somewhat extended episode, Jimmy dives into the California propositions. Get the last minute scoop on the potential laws that may or may not change your life. If you don’t live in California, well, you can get a glimpse as to why that might not be…
19 - Handicapping the Midterms
Oct 26, 2018 • 15 min
First, a caveat: this episode was actually recorded on Tuesday afternoon, but I was not able to upload until today. Nonetheless, in this brief episode, I do my best to handicap where I think the midterm elections will go for the House and Senate. Enjoy!
18 - Democratic Socialism
Oct 15, 2018 • 36 min
Bernie Sanders could arguably be called the father of the modern Democratic Socialist movement in the United States, and candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are adding to the numbers in Congress promoting it. The Nordic Model seems to be the thing…
17 - Final Thoughts on Kavanaugh
Oct 8, 2018 • 20 min
With the confirmation of now Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Jimmy gives some final thoughts on the confirmation process and what one of the lessons that ought to be from this whole thing. Also, who can guess the connection to this episode’s bumper music?
16 - The Drama Continues
Sep 29, 2018 • 32 min
There wasn’t much to talk about this week…other than that whole Ford-Kavanaugh hearing. Jimmy also gripes about a couple of things that he didn’t like.
15 - Did He or Didn’t He
Sep 21, 2018 • 24 min
We catch up on the saga that has become the Kavanaugh confirmation process. A showdown is brewing…when will it happen?
14 - Anonymous Hearings
Sep 9, 2018 • 23 min
This week, we look back at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and talk a little about that op-ed piece from the New York Times. Yeah, THAT op-ed piece.
13 - Kavanaugh and School
Sep 4, 2018 • 22 min
The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings begin tomorrow, so we look into some background on Judge Kavanaugh and how his appointment could affect the country. Also, we talk about a case that could be heard by the Supreme Court. Finally, my boys join me to…
TMP Special - Labor Day with Dad
Sep 2, 2018 • 29 min
In this special bonus episode of The Moderate Podcast, my dad joins me to talk about John McCain’s funeral, Ron DeSantis’ “monkey around” comment, and the upcoming November elections and how Trump’s Russia problem might play into them.
12 - Quick Takes
Sep 1, 2018 • 30 min
A jam packed edition of Quick Takes. A follow up to Episode 10, In-n-out boycott, Trump vs. Google, federal employee raises (or lack thereof), and economic credit…whew!
11 - John McCain: In Memoriam
Aug 30, 2018 • 37 min
In this special episode of the Moderate Podcast, we take a detailed look at the life and legacy of John McCain (1936-2018).
10 - The Same Playbook
Aug 28, 2018 • 37 min
In an extended episode, we get into how similar the Left and Right playbooks are, depending on the issue at hand.
9 - Trump’s Cohen Problem
Aug 23, 2018 • 31 min
Tuesday was a tough day for the President, as Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight charges and Michael Cohen pleads guilty to several charges, including two that would seem to implicate the President. But what does this all mean? Will this be President…
8 - Who is Paul Manafort?
Aug 22, 2018 • 22 min
Fresh off of his conviction on 8 financial crimes, we look into who Paul Manafort is. What does this mean for President Trump? Also, we do a quick follow up on our coverage of the “truth isn’t truth” segment that we talked about on Episode 7.
7 - What Media Bias?
Aug 21, 2018 • 19 min
Jimmy gives some examples as to why people think the media is biased. Which way are they biased, though? Listen to find out!
6 - The War on Plastic
Aug 20, 2018 • 23 min
It is looking more and more like plastic straws are going the way of plastic bags. What plastic product is next? Found out on The Moderate Podcast.
5 - Jimmy’s Rant: They’re All Crazy!
Aug 19, 2018 • 27 min
This is our first Jimmy Rant. In this rant, Jimmy talks about the divisiveness of politics today and how each side is trying to out-extreme the other.
4 - Quick Takes
Aug 14, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode, Jimmy admits that he’s wrong. Also, he does quick takes on Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, the Alex Jones ban, and flag bans at U.S. embassies.
3 - Trump vs. LeBron
Aug 11, 2018 • 36 min
With LeBron James taking on the President in a Don Lemon interview, the President went on the offense on Twitter. Also, NFL preseason games involved some protests during the National Anthem. Finally, is it racist if a nonwhite person makes derogatory…
2 - Fire and Water
Aug 7, 2018 • 21 min
I get to geek out a bit in this episode, talking about one of my favorite topics: water. The President went after California Governor Jerry Brown in a pair of tweets in regards to the California wildfires…but was his criticism on the mark?
1 - Russian Meeting?
Aug 6, 2018 • 11 min
In the first real (albeit abbrieviated) episode of The Moderate Podcast, we get into the latest twist in Russian meddling in the 2016 election, with the President now saying the July 2016 with a Russian attorney WAS about getting dirt on “an opponent”.…
Ep. 0 - Intro Show
Aug 5, 2018 • 5 min
If you’re new to the show, this is a must listen so that you know what the goal and point of this podcast is. Hope you enjoy!