Friday 25 February '11 show notes

Friday 25 February '11 show notes

  • John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine; Associate Editor-Capital Times; author/co-author of several books, latest (with Robert McChesney) "The Death and Life of American Journalism". Latest from Madison.
  • Anything Goes on Townhall Fridays!
  • Alaska State Rep. Sharon Cissna who refused a TSA pat down and literally took the long way home instead...
  • David Vines, political science major, University of Wisconsin. Latest from Madison.
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    "While our Navy and our airplanes and our guns and our ships may be our first line of defense, it is still clear that way down at the bottom, underlying them all, giving them their strength, sustenance and power, are the spirit and morale of a free people.

    For that reason, we must make sure, in all that we do, that there be no breakdown or cancellation of any of the great social gains which we have made in these past years. We have carried on an offensive on a broad front against social and economic inequalities against abuses which had made our society weak. That offensive should not now be broken down by the pincers movement of those who would use the present needs of physical military defense to destroy it.

    There is nothing in our present emergency to justify making the workers of our nation toll for longer hours than now limited by statute. As more orders come in and as more work has to be done, tens of thousands of people, who are now unemployed, will, I believe, receive employment.

    There is nothing in our present emergency to justify a lowering of the standards of employment. Minimum wages should not be reduced. It is my hope, indeed, that the new speed-up of production will cause many businesses which now pay below the minimum standards to bring their wages up...

    And one more point on this: (Also) Our present emergency and a common sense of decency make it imperative that no new group of war millionaires shall come into being in this nation as a result of the struggles abroad. The American people will not relish the idea of any American citizen growing rich and fat in an emergency of blood and slaughter and human suffering...

    But there is an added technique for weakening a nation at its very roots, for disrupting the entire pattern of life of a people. And it is important that we understand it.

    The method is simple. It is, first, discord, a dissemination of discord. A group --not too large -- a group that may be sectional or racial or political -- is encouraged to exploit (their) its s through false slogans and emotional appeals. The aim of those who deliberately egg on these groups is to create confusion of counsel, public indecision, political paralysis and eventually, a state of panic...

    Campaigns of group hatred or class struggle have never made much headway among us, and are not making headway now. But new forces are being unleashed, deliberately planned propaganda to divide and weaken us in the face of danger as other nations have been weakened before.

    These dividing forces (are) I do not hesitate to call undiluted poison. They must not be allowed to spread in the New World as they have in the Old. Our moral, (and) our mental defenses must be raised up as never before against those who would cast a smoke-screen across our vision.
    Franklin D Roosevelt, Radio Address of the President, Delivered from the White House, May 26, 1940.
  • Quote:
    "Under the Republican Administration, as our country has prospered, so have its people. This is as it should be, for as President Eisenhower said: "Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country—they are America."

    The Eisenhower Administration has brought to our people the highest employment, the highest wages and the highest standard of living ever enjoyed by any nation. Today there are nearly 67 million men and women at work in the United States, 4 million more than in 1952. Wages have increased substantially over the past 3 1/2 years; but, more important, the American wage earner today can buy more than ever before for himself and his family because his pay check has not been eaten away by rising taxes and soaring prices.

    The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen's compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.

    In addition, the Eisenhower Administration has enforced more vigorously and effectively than ever before, the laws which protect the working standards of our people.

    Workers have benefited by the progress which has been made in carrying out the programs and principles set forth in the 1952 Republican platform. All workers have gained and unions have grown in strength and responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 millions.

    Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened by the insistence of this Administration that labor and management settle their differences at the bargaining table without the intervention of the Government. This policy has brought to our country an unprecedented period of labor-management peace and understanding...

    Republican action created the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as the first new Federal department in 40 years, to raise the continuing consideration of these problems for the first time to the highest council of Government, the President's Cabinet.... We have supported the distribution of free vaccine to protect millions of children against dreaded polio.

    Republican leadership has enlarged Federal assistance for construction of hospitals, emphasizing low-cost care of chronic diseases and the special problems of older persons, and increased Federal aid for medical care of the needy.

    We have asked the largest increase in research funds ever sought in one year to intensify attacks on cancer, mental illness, heart disease and other dread diseases.
    Republican Party Platform of 1956.

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What’s the point in lobbying politicians – when you can just BUY politicians?
The American Petroleum Institute – the largest lobbying organization for big oil polluters – announced yesterday they would start contributing to political candidates this year in preparation for the 2012 elections. The executive vice president for government affairs at API said about the announcement, "This is adding one more tool to our toolkit…at the end of the day, our mission is trying to influence the policy debate." It’s perhaps more than a coincidence that API made this announcement on the heels of President Obama announcing he will pursue cutting oil subsidies – a policy that the API said was, “a bad idea.”
This isn’t the first time the API has gotten in the game of politics. Last year – Greenpeace uncovered an internal memo at API revealing the organization attacked environmental regulation by creating and funding a fake grassroots movement. At the same time – API spent nearly $7 million lobbying Members of Congress in 2010. But of course – after Citizens United – what’s the point in lobbying politicians – when you can just BUY politicians.
And I think these guys are going for the big fish – they want the presidency.
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The Big Picture Weekly Rumble panel: With:
- Anushay Hossain, writer/commentator/author/activist/contributor to Forbes Woman (progressive)
- Jamie Weinstein, Deputy Editor - Daily Caller (conservative)
- Dan Gainor, Vice President-Business and Media Institute (conservative).
Daily Take: Republican war on teachers.
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Highlights Of The Upcoming Week ... Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2011
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Hour One: Latest from the Trenches...War on Labor - John Nichols, The Nation Magazine
Plus, the latest on the "mainstreet movement" - Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News
Hour Two: "Walker should 'Reagan-up'...tell Wisconsin teachers: You're Fired!!" What?! - Wayne Root, Root For America
Hour Three: What lessons should Republicans learn from Wisconsin - Carrie Lukas, Independent Women's Forum
Hour Two: Why would a TSA Union compromise air safety? - Matt Patterson, Pajamas Media
Hour Two: Why do conservatives think bombs are the answer to everything? - Michael Ledeen, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Hour Three: Geeky Science - Why not let taxpayers choose... fat cat "Big Oil" or clean, green energy?
"Brunch With Bernie". Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) spends the hour with Thom discussing the issues and takes your calls .
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Quote: "Quote: ~ Privacy - like eating and breathing - is one of life's basic requirements." ~ Katherine Neville.
Hour One: Latest from Madison Thom asks John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine; Associate Editor-Capitol Times; author/co-author of several books, latest (with Robert McChesney) "The Death and Life of American Journalism".
Crazy alert: "Mayor Gray loves 'Sex in the City'" by Katy Adams, Nikki Schwab and Alyse Howard.
Speech: "Roosevelt's Fireside Chat, 26 May 1940", by Franklin Roosevelt.
Book: "How to Be Rich" by J. Paul Getty.
Conservative alert: "Rep. Paul Broun is asked, 'Who is going to shoot Obama?'" by Melissa Bell.
Book: "Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back" by Thom Hartmann - new updated version out now!
Book: "Threshold: The Progressive Plan to Pull America Back from the Brink" by Thom Hartmann - now in paperback!

Hour Two: "Anything Goes on Townhall Fridays!"
Article: "Are These People Overpaid?" by Arthur Delaney.
Full Monty alert: "Nebraska man cited in naked joyride" by Bailey Johnson.
Talk Radio News Segment: Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent.

Hour Three: refusing a TSA pat down Thom talks to Alaska State Rep. Sharon Cissna who refused a TSA pat down and literally took the long way home instead...
Latest from Madison from David Vines, political science major, University of Wisconsin.
The bad: "Boehner golfs as GOP refuses to budge on government shutdown" by Jed Lewison for Daily Kos.
Article: "Foes are closing in on Libyan capital" by Borzou Daragahi and Raja Abdulrahim.
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