Daily Topics - Wednesday May 4th, 2011

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Truthout proudly presents weekly installments of Thom's bestselling book "Unequal Protection"

Hour One: Latest on the war on democracy...BIG win for WI Dems! John Nichols, The Nation Magazine

Hour Two: Are liberals really the enemy of the poor?! Ryan Streeter, Conservative Home USA

Hour Three: Benton Harbor City Commission fights back...defies emergency manager! Commissioner Dennis Knowles


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making progress 4 years 22 weeks ago

A Monster of Our Own Creation

We, as a country, have become the monster that we are attempting to fight.

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Maxrot 4 years 22 weeks ago

I'm in the "show the photo" crowd. We have pictures of Mussolini hanging like a butchered pig, we have photos of gangsters shot by the FBI and other gangsters. Release the picture, there's no squeamish reason not to. I don't think people who want to commit terrorist acts are going to say, "You released his death picture, oh no you didn't, now we's gots to kill you even more!!!" They already want to sow terror, show the picture now while the wound's still fresh. If you wait six months or a year, your basically bringing up an old issue and tearing open the wound again. Do it now while the true believers are in shock about it.

If you want to argue about how gruesome such pictures are, that's fine, but its not a social taboo. That's a different issue.


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rladlof 4 years 22 weeks ago

More horrific than the Ryan Plan for Poverty is Senator McCaskill's Plan for Poverty by Screwing America Behind Their Backs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/the-republican-plan-with-_b_857242.html

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fbacher 4 years 22 weeks ago

I would like to see one or more experts on education budgets, including higher education, shed some light on where the money goes and if there is any basis to the common wisdom that we spend too much on administration. Budgets can be difficult to comprehend and I doubt if more than a tiny percent understand what is going on. The enemies of education get a lot of milage talking vaugely about waste. What's the truth? Are administrative expenses largely waste, or is it more like R&D at a company? Are sports and theatre an extravegent expense?

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mathboy 4 years 22 weeks ago

There are no pictures of Hitler's body.

The Billionaire Hypocrisy of Helping the Poor

There's one thing that both progressives and conservatives can agree on, and they can quote both FDR and Ronald Reagan on it.

And that is that, "The best welfare program is a job."

FDR extended the idea to say that when there are no jobs, the government should act as an employer of last resort.

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From Screwed:
"Thom Hartmann’s book explains in simple language and with concrete research the details of the Neo-con’s war against the American middle class. It proves what many have intuited and serves to remind us that without a healthy, employed, and vital middle class, America is no more than the richest Third World country on the planet."
Peter Coyote, Actor and author of Sleeping Where I Fall
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"If you wonder why and when giant corporations got the power to reign supreme over us, here’s the story."
Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author of Swim Against the Current