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Fred Lundgren is the founder and CEO of KCAA Radio, the first affiliate of Air America. He is a third-generation Texas Democrat with roots around Austin politics.

You can follow him on Twitter: @CeoLundgren

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The American Economy Is a Buffalo Jump

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 4:37 PM

A "Buffalo Jump" is a cliff where Native Americans killed bison in mass quantities. They stampeded the bison over the cliff while others waited below to kill the disabled animals with spears and bows.

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In economic terms, the same thing is happening to...

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Now Is the Time for a Living Wage Law in America

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:50 PM

"There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way...

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American Expatriates Should Come Home For The Holidays

(11) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 1:56 PM

2014-12-24-download1.jpgA friend and former employee now living abroad said he was not coming home for Christmas this year because he is so fed up with America that he will never return. I reminded him that America is filled with the descendants of people who...

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Thanksgiving Is Over But "Shopmas" Has Just Begun

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:39 AM

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination." -- Oscar Wilde

If Oscar Wilde was correct, Americans have no limit to their imagination during the holiday season.

The National Retail Federation estimates that over 55 percent of all holiday shoppers intended to shop...

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The Agony of Victory May Soon Face Republicans

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Clint Eastwood said, "Winning an election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. OK, now you're the mayor. The bad news is, now you're the mayor."

If you voted Republican on November 4th, you have every right to rejoice in your party's victory, at least until newly elected Republicans take...

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You Can't Give a Girl Too Many Flowers

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:31 PM

The great naturalist Luthur Burbanks said, "Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind."

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Linda and I celebrated our 18th anniversary today...(you may applaud). We had trouble deciding if we were going...

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Don't Let Nature Take Its Course

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:11 AM

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt

This picture of Lake Oroville in Northern California is representative of the worsening drought in California. It looks appalling but...

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A Man and His Horse

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Recently, a KCAA broadcaster told a story about her horse. It reminded me of my love for horses. As a youngster, I had a horse named Pokey who died tragically in a stall hanging accident.

This attracted the attention of Buddy Pruett, who owned a brick yard in my...

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They Are Our Children Now

(5) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:30 PM

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus wrote these powerful words in 1883 in support of indigent...

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Conservatives Blame the Wrong People for Economic Problems

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Adam Smith, the father of modern capitalism, famously wrote:

"The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments."

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Are Some People Too Dumb to Run for Congress?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Mark Twain said, "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself."

Twain's ridicule of Congress is timeless and priceless, but it understates the mind-boggling ineptitude described in the following story.

KCAA Radio offered 79 California political candidates $1 radio ads to...

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AM Broadcasters Must Fight for Survival or Be Forced Over the 'Buffalo Jump'

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 1:06 AM

In the days before guns and horses, Native Americans used a "buffalo jump" to harvest Bison in mass quantities. They would stampede the animals over cliffs and spear them to death when they fell upon the rocks below.

Figuratively speaking, AM radio faces a similar fate. Like the Bison,...

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Hi Mom, How Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Since Mother's Day, I have really missed my mother, who passed away in 2009. For those of you who still have your mother, take advantage of every day of your blessing. When your mother is gone, it will leave a hole that can't be filled. So, call her today. It...

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The National Minimum Wage Is a Moral Crime

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:22 AM

It can be argued that companies dependent upon $7.25 an hour labor to be profitable are not really legitimate businesses, they are publicly supported "corporate welfare recipients."

The term "corporate welfare" is seldom used by the talking heads of radio and television because they share the spoils of subsidized...

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Will Bitcoins Become the People's Federal Reserve?

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:46 AM

Henry Ford said, "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."

Ford was right, and that revolution has begun. It has taken the form of

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Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

(28) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Will Rogers famously said, "I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat."

His quote struck a personal note when I received a call from a friend who owns a conservative radio talk network. Needless to say, our conversation quickly turned to...

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Racism -- 'I Know It When I See It'

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 6:39 AM

My morning email contained another absurd smear campaign against Obama.

This one began with: "Just look at the paraphernalia this pompous ass (Obama) carries into a school to speak to small children." The email came from a man who complained that Obama uses a teleprompter and Bush 43 did...

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Use America's Strength to Sustain Peace Instead of War

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 4:21 PM

As we celebrate the Christmas season, we should recommit ourselves to avoid conflict and instead, focus on purging violence from our culture in all its manifestations.

We must re-employ comity in order to settle our political, religious and ideological differences.

Nationally, we must steadfastly avoid the urge to go...

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The Mystery of Dimes Appearing From Nowhere and Other Strange Phenomenon

(83) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 6:40 PM

Einstein said, "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

People who've experienced paranormal activity of any type are most likely to agree with Einstein's observations. One the most common is the phenomena of dimes that seem to appear out of thin air.

Stories about...

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The Republican Coup d'etat of 2013

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 2:59 PM

If the Republicans force the president to back down on Obamacare, how do they propose to stop millions of uninsured Americans from abusing emergency rooms that cost the remaining insured population much more than subsidizing insurance pool participation?

If I am going to subsidize the health of another, I...

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