Tuesday 7 December '10 show notes

Tuesday 7 December '10 show notes

  • Why did Obama sell out his progressive base to make a deal with Republicans?
  • Jamie Weinstein of the Daily Caller. Is Big Brother is coming to a Wal Mart near you?
  • Professor Clarence B. Jones, former speechwriter and counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King. "Time to Think the Unthinkable: A Democratic Primary Challenge To Obama's Reelection?"
  • Speech: Jimmy Carter televised "Crisis of Confidence" Speech on July 15, 1979.
    "The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation. These are facts and we simply must face them. Moreover, I will soon submit legislation to Congress calling for the creation of this nation's first solar bank, which will help us achieve the crucial goal of 20 percent of our energy coming from solar power by the year 2000.

    What I have to say to you now about energy is simple and vitally important. Point one: I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the United States. Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977 -- never. From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation.

    The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the 1980s, for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade -- a saving of over 4-1/2 million barrels of imported oil per day."
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Wikileaks: the Agenda At Play
You need to know this. Julian Assange was arrested today in London. The wikileaks founder turned himself in to London authorities this morning in relation to a sex crimes investigation in Sweden. Assange is accused of having consensual – but unprotected sex in that country – which is illegal. His accuser is a woman who works for an anti-Castro group funded by the CIA. Unclear what happens next – Assange is likely to challenge extradition to Sweden which means he will stay in custody in the UK or be released on bail pending another hearing. Yesterday – his legal defense fund – 31,000 pounds - was frozen by a Swedish bank – affecting his chances to receive a fair trail should it come to that. A spokesperson for wikileaks – claimed Assange’s arrest will not impair the site – and the release of more sensitive documents will continue. Also – the site has no intention yet of dispatching the “doomsday” files that Assange warned would be released in case he was arrested or killed. However – should the United States – which has also launched an investigation against the whistleblower for unknown crimes – succeed in having Assange extradited here – the release of those files is highly likely.
(What do you think ought to happen to Assange and Wikileaks? Tell us here.)
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Today on the Big Picture... Wikileaks: the Agenda At Play... On RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)

Need to Know: Wikileaks: the Agenda At Play... Julian Assange Arrested: WikiLeaks Founder Taken Into Custody In London On Swedish Warrant. With Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

Screwed: Obama compromised on tax cuts-what does it really mean? Obama Caves on Tax Cuts for Wealthy, Capitulating to 'Bush-McCain Philosophy'. With Felix Salmon, Reporter/Blogger - Reuters.

Immigration, Dream Act The White House Pushes the DREAM ACT. With Tom Tancredo, Former US Congressman & Republican Presidential candidate (R-CO).

Best of the Rest: Organ vampires? Organ Wagons to make house calls. With Wesley Smith, Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute; author of 11 books, most recently "A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement".

Debate: Capitalism vs Socialism...which is the real life "Wonderful Life?" Capra and Rand on the Wonderful Life or Beck's Distortions of 'It's A Wonderful Life' Mirror His Distortions of Current Events. With Yaron Brook, president and executive director-Ayn Rand Institute; regular contributor to Forbes.com.

Crazy Alert! A Festivus for the rest of us! Incoming Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is borrowing an idea from the hit TV show Seinfeld and plans on holding a Festivus fundraiser.Just as Frank Constanza envisioned it – Cantor’s Festivus reception - where tickets are $500 – will include the “feats of strength” and the “airing of grievances.” I’m sure there will be no shortage of grievances to be aired at a Republicans fundraiser – in fact – they could be there all night!

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Daily Take: Homeland Security asks Walmart Shoppers to report Suspicious Behavior. Welcome to the United States of FEAR...

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Quote: "It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Hour One: Why did Obama sell out his progressive base to make a deal with Republicans?
Article: "Obama Announces Deal on Tax Cuts" by Jake Tapper.
Cheesy news alert: "In Latest Compromise with GOP, Obama Agrees He is a Muslim" by Andy Borowitz.
Grinch alert: "Eric Cantor hosts Festivus fundraiser" by Patrick Gavin.

Hour Two: Is Big Brother is coming to a Wal Mart near you? with Jamie Weinstein of the Daily Caller.
Talk Radio News Segment: Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent.

Hour Three: "Time to Think the Unthinkable: A Democratic Primary Challenge To Obama's Reelection?" Professor Clarence B. Jones, former speechwriter and counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King, joins Thom.
Book: "Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation" by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly.
Quote: "On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity comes along and asks the question, "Is it popular?" But Conscience asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right." — Martin Luther King Jr.
Movie: "Inside Job".
Speech: "Crisis of Confidence" by Jimmy Carter, July 15, 1979 ("The energy crisis is real").
Speech: "Obama holds a news conference: Speech Transcript", Dec. 7, 2010 - Washington, D.C.
Speech: "First Inaugural Address", Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 4 March 1933.
The very, very ugly: "Meet the NRA's Poster Boy for Teens Packing Heat" by Dennis A. Henigan.
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Hour Two: Why the mainstream media black out on the Cancun media summit? So much for global warming? Really?! I'll have a rumble with Dan Gainor of the Business and Media Institute...
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Crazy Alert! Does the TSA have a secret homosexual agenda?
Crazy Alert! Does the TSA have a secret homosexual agenda?

Daily Take: Is Obama a Nixonian Republican?
Daily Take: Is Obama a Nixonian Republican?

President Obama failed in convincing Spain not to prosecute Bush for war crimes?
President Obama failed in convincing Spain not to prosecute Bush for war crimes?

Rebooting the American Dream
Tighten the workforce

Here’s another way to tighten up our labor market and thus raise wages and our standard of living: lower the current Social Security retirement age from the current 65-67 to 55, and increase the benefits back to where they were in inflation-adjusted 1960s dollars by raising them between 10 to 20 percent (so people could actually live, albeit modestly, on Social Security).
The right-wing reaction to this, of course, will be to say that with fewer people working and more people drawing benefits, it would bankrupt Social Security and destroy the economy.
But history shows the exact reverse. It would instead eliminate the problem of unemployment in the United States. All those Boomers retiring would make room in the labor market for all the recent high school and college graduates who are now finding it so hard to find a job.
Thus a tightened labor market would increase wages. And as wages go up, tax revenues – which are paying for Social Security (among other things) – would increase.
Additionally, these new-into-the-workforce people can then pay off student loans, buy new houses and cars, and otherwise drive the economy from the bottom up (which is the only way that actually works). Which will further increase tax revenues, further strengthening the Social Security system.
What all of the above measures – cracking down on illegal employers, standardizing citizenship procedures for all non-refugee applicants, banning any government services for illegal immigrants other than urgent medical care, lowering the retirement age to 55 – will do is ultimately tighten our labor market.
And a tighter labor market will improve wages and once again result in a stable middle class.
Learn more in chapter nine, "Put Lou Dobbs Out To Pasture", of "Rebooting the American Dream". (On Kindle too)

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