Thursday 17 February '11 show notes

Thursday 17 February '11 show notes

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This is all about defunding the Democratic Party and having Republicans end up with one-party rule
Protests in Wisconsin are expected to continue today for the third day in a row. Yesterday - Madison, Wisconsin was nearly shut down as ten thousand protestors assembled outside the state capital to protest Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip state workers union of their collective bargaining powers in an effort to balance his state’s budget. 40% of teachers working in the Madison school district called in sick to attend the protest – forcing the Superintendent of Schools to cancel classes.
Today’s classes have also been cancelled in 15 school systems around Madison – as another couple thousand teachers are planning to show up outside the state capital again this afternoon. The reality here that everyone is missing is that Governor Walker is not facing a budget crisis at all – in fact Wisconsin is doing better fiscally than most other states in the nation. And a memo by the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau showed that Wisconsin is actually facing a budget SURPLUS at the end of the year – not a deficit that would require painful cuts.
Governor Walker is telling a lie about his state’s fiscal situation in order to justify busting unions. It’s a classic Republican union-busting thug strategy that's been going on for centuries, but went on steroids since Ronald Reagan. They're doing it because Unions are most often major campaign supporters for Democrats - both in cash and feet on the ground.
This is all about defunding the Democratic Party and having Republicans end up with one-party rule – and we can’t let Wisconsin’s governor get away with it.
(Is he going to get away with it? Tell us here.)
The Big Picture (small)
Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... WI union busting efforts not about's about the politics (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
Need to Know: WI union busting efforts not about's about the politics With:
- Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan
- David Vines, political science major, University of Wisconsin.
- Mike Elk, Reporter-Working In These Times
- Steve Kreisberg , Director of Collective Bargaining & Policy AFSCME.
Screwed: Obamacare, Obama budget, Fair Tax With Congressman Steve King (R-IA, 5th district).
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Bahrain Protests: Police Storm Protest, Army Controls 'Key Parts' Of City With Adel Iskandar, Media/Communication scholar with focus on the Arab world and Middle East; Adjunct Instructor Center for Contemporary Arab Studies - Georgetown University, and Reem Khalifa, senior editor diplomatic affairs - Al Wasat News in Bahrain.
Fox News Watchers Consistently More Likely To Have Negative Views Of Muslims With Alex Seitz-Wald, Reporter / Blogger-Think
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Daily Take: Montana Legislator Introduces Bill To Declare Global Warming ‘Natural’ And ‘Beneficial’
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Quote: "I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of the moneyed corporations, which dare already challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." -- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President, architect and author (1743-1826).
Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" It's a special Thursday edition of "Brunch With Bernie"...America's Senator... Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be here to talk about the important issues of the week and take your calls too...
Article: "Sanders Proposes Early Child Care Program" by Bernie Sanders.
Article: "Annual general fund revenue and expenditure projections" by Robert Wm. Lang, Director, Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Wisconsin, January 31, 2011.
Thom has risen from 10th to 8th in this year's "Talker's Magazine" heavy hundred.
Article: "D Börse and NYSE unveil deal terms" by Jeremy Grant in London, Telis Demos in New York and James Wilson in Frankfurt.

Hour Two: What's happening in Wisconsin?
Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should Be Married And Home With Kids
Geeky Science Rocks - Think you rock Facebook...another species has us beat!
Article: Too Sexy? Too Bad: "Natural selection stops the evolution of male attractiveness" by Emma Hine1, Katrina McGuigan and Mark W. Blows.
Article: Bats Are Social Networking Rockstars: "Bats are able to maintain long-term social relationships despite the high fission–fusion dynamics of their groups" by Gerald Kerth, Nicolas Perony and Frank Schweitzer.
Because I got high alert: "Driver's dog helps Oregon deputy make drug bust" by AP.
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
Article: "Boxer: No Government, No Paycheck" by Rachel Whitt.
Article: "Obama calls Abbas in bid to prevent UN vote on settlements" by Natasha Mozgovaya, Shlomo Shamir and News Agencies.

Hour Three: Wisconsin Gov. Walker Reiterates That The ‘National Guard’ Will Be Used Against A Worker ‘Walk-Off’ John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation; Associate Editor-Capitol Times (WI).
Protesters Stay Overnight at Wisconsin State Capitol with David Vines, political science major, University of Wisconsin.
The good: Ray McGovern: "'So This is America': Veteran Ray McGovern Bloodied and Arrested At Clinton Speech" by Partnership for Civil Justice.
Article: "City to pay out $93M to retirees" by Barry M. Horstman.
Progessives United against Citizens United Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) joins Thom with a major announcement...
Book: "Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back" by Thom Hartmann - new updated version out now!
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Hour One: Taxing the super rich; Social Security; Obama budget Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich weighs in on the President's budget, Wisconsin's war on labor and why we should tax the super-rich...
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If Congress and the White House fail to come up with a budget deal, the U.S. could face a government shutdown next month. Thom talks to Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky about what a government shutdown could mean for the nation. Then Republican Congressman Peter King is going after Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Thom explains how King's proposed Shield Act could also go after investigative journalists. Plus tens of thousands of state workers have descended upon the capital of Wisconsin demanding workers' rights be upheld. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler discusses the progress of these labor strikes.

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