Friday 15 July '11 show notes

Friday 15 July '11 show notes

   
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Another day - another credit rating agency warning about our debt. On the heels of Moody’s threatening to downgrade our nation’s debt rating on Wednesday - the S&P rating agency fired a warning shot too - putting our nation’s triple AAA rating on negative watch. In a statement released yesterday - S&P said, “owing to the dynamics of the political debate on the debt ceiling, there is at least a one-in-two likelihood that we could lower the long-term rating on the U.S. within the next 90 days."
 
That’s right - there’s a 50-50 chance the United State will be downgraded to a nation with a spotty record of paying our bills. Even if a deal is made - S&P warns - our credit rating could still be downgraded if the agency doesn’t feel enough has been done to solve the problem for the long term which puts Republicans short-term solutions off the table. Meanwhile - another round of talks at the White House pushed the President into laying down a deadline for a deal. “It’s decision time,” the President said issuing a 24 to 36 hour deadline for Congress to make a deal on the debt-limit. The house of cards that our economy is built on thanks to 30 years of Reaganomics and so-called Free Trade is now starting to crumble. And last night - lawmakers took to the diamond to play their annual Congressional softball game.
 
Does anyone else hear the fiddle playing as the nation burns?
 
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Quote: "Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." -- Thomas Jefferson.
 
Hour One: It's 'Anything goes' on townhall Friday
Article: "Obama: Americans back me on debt deal" by Brian Montopoli.
Transcript: "The Third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate", October 13, 1960.
 
The very, very ugly: "Herman Cain Strikes Again: Says TN Mosque Project Is ‘Not Innocent’" by Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Hour Two: Economic recovery Ravi Batra, Economist, Professor of Economics (SMU), author.
Article: "When will the recession be over?" by unlawflcombatnt.
Article: "When will the recession be over?" by New York Times, February 28, 2009.
Article: "Weapons of Mass Exploitation" by Ravi Batra.
Book: "The Great Depression of 1990" by Ravi Batra.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Bob Ney  Twitter
Article: "'Obama lies'" by Maggie Haberman (Sarah Palin tweet).

Hour Three: If it's Friday, it's "Brunch With Bernie"... the honorable Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joins Thom with all the news from our nation's capitol and as always he'll be spending the hour taking your calls and answering your questions too...
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Article: "Constitution of the United States", article 3 section 2. "... the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make..."
Article: "Washington Post Op-Ed : How Medicare can be saved" by Senator Joe Lieberman.
 
Article: "News Corp. Phone-Hacking Accusations Probed by the FBI" by Justin Blum, Bob Van Voris and Andrew Harris.
Article: "Gov. Dayton Agrees to Republican Budget to End Minnesota Shutdown" by Jeff Goldberg and Mike Durkin.
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