Daily Topics - Tuesday December 28th, 2010

Truthout is proud to bring you an exclusive series from America's No. 1 progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann. We'll be publishing weekly installments of Hartmann's acclaimed new book, "Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country." We invite Truthout readers to join us as, chapter by chapter, we explore these groundbreaking ideas for national transformation.

Quote of the Day: "We want a better America, an America that will give its citizens, first of all, a higher and higher standard of living so that no child will cry for food in the midst of plenty." -- Sidney Hillman

Hour One: Retirement Crisis: Baby Boomers Near 65 With Retirements In Jeopardy?

Hour Two: Is America mourning the damage 3 Republican presidents have done over the past 30 years? Thom challenges Bill Pasco, Executive Vice President of Citizens for the Republic - www.CFTR.org

Hour Three: Is Eradicating Polio (or any other disease) a Good Idea? Thom speaks with Dr. Arthur Caplan, Professor of Bioethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania - www.project-syndicate.org


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Maxrot 5 years 43 weeks ago

Amazing how conservatives deplete the treasury when in office, then when the ripple effect starts to hit the common American, they blame the progressives who were voted in to stop the reckless behavior of the conservatives. What a racket they've figured out... how many times will it happen before the average American figures it out? My guess is it's nearly limitless, since the info is flashed on American Idol.



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Maxrot 5 years 43 weeks ago

Don Blankenship doesn't belong in Jail, no where he should be is working in his mines. The deepest darkest mine Massey Energy owns.


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making progress 5 years 43 weeks ago

Jesus! Is no one listening to Thom's show this week? Only two entries in the daily live blog?
Anyway, I just podcast the show (from 2 days ago) and I loved the rant on Teachers Unions at the end of the hour. My father lives in Montgomery County Maryland and he is always complaining that their County teachers make too much and the union is "Overreaching." He's a Liberal Democrat BTW. My point is that there seems to be this widely held belief that Teachers Have to Be Altruistic. Therefore they should do it for no more than lower middle class salaries? It’s as if they are overvalued or something?

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From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann seeks out interesting subjects from such disparate outposts of curiosity that you have to wonder whether or not he uncovered them or they selected him."
Leonardo DiCaprio, actor, producer, and environmental activist
From Screwed:
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World
From Screwed:
"If we are going to live in a Democracy, we need to have a healthy middle class. Thom Hartmann shows us how the ‘cons’ have wronged this country, and tells us what needs to be done to reclaim what it is to be American."
Eric Utne, Founder, Utne magazine