Thursday 7 July '11 show notes

Thursday 7 July '11 show notes

   
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Is wealth inequality in America hurdling our nation toward civil unrest? In a television interview this morning – former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski warned that the growing wealth imbalance in America – now reaching levels not seen since the Great Depression – could lead to civil unrest in the streets. As the middle-class in America falls deeper and deeper into desperation – Brzezisnki said, “we’re going to slide into intensified social conflicts, social hostility, some forms of radicalism, there is just going to be a sense that this is not a just society.”
 
We have a society in which 400 people own more wealth that 150 million other Americans. We have a society in which 50% of all the children in America will depend on food stamps at some point in their life before they are 18 – and among African American children that number is 90%.
 
We no longer live in a just society - and if Brzezinski is right - turbulent times could be ahead for America.
 
-Thom
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... If Medicaid is on the table...so is social unrest (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: "If Medicaid is on the table...so is social unrest".
 
Screwed: Should Unions Bring back the Strike? - Joe Burns, Attorney, former Union leader and author..
 
The Best of the Rest of the News...
 
Murdoch-style infotainment here in America?:
- Jeff Cohen, journalist, lecturer and media critic, Founder of FAIR  Twitter
- Corie Wright, Policy Counsel-Free Press  Twitter
 
The PROTECT IP Act – Warning: This Bill May Cause Seizures - Lawrence Walters, Attorney specializing in intellectual property.
 
Bachmann's Christianity Radical Even for Evangelicals? - Frank Schaeffer, Author of "SEX, MOM and GOD".
 
Daily Take: Republicans ran up the debt and now they don't want to pay the bills.
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Quote: "It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." -- Samuel Adams.
 
Hour One: If Medicaid is on the table...so is social unrest
Article: "Fox News takes on Media Matters" by Keach Hagey.
Documentary: "Hot Coffee".
 
Article: "What did we learn from the Oregon HIE?" by Don McCanne MD.
Article: "Medicaid Is Worse Than No Coverage at All" by Scott Gottlieb.
 

Hour Two: How do we expand and protect the middle class? Van Jones, President-Rebuild the Dream economic campaign  Twitter
Site: "Rebuild the Dream" campaign.
Article: "We're not broke" by Van Jones.
Letter: "Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane", 6 Sept. 1819 "The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist, and shape into any form they please."
 
Big Brother alert: "‘Big Brother’ Contract Leaked".
Article: "Treasury Department - Secretary Of Treasury - Authority - Payment Of Obligations" letter from OMB to Rep. Bob Packwood, Oct 9, 1985.
Article: "The Mother of All No-Brainers" by David Brooks.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ken Bazinet  Twitter
Sign the Petition: "Shared Sacrifice " by Senator Bernie Sanders.
Article: "Obama Didn't Embrace Twitter, at First" by Ken Bazinet.

Hour Three: Debt ceiling deadline looming...will the President make Republicans blink? Thom challenges Stephen Moore, Editorial board member and senior economics writer, The Wall Street Journal  Twitter
Article: "America's Troubling Investment Gap" by David Malpass And Stephen Moore.
Article: "National Income and Product Accounts Table" by Bureau of Economic Analysis (Line 14: Net exports of goods and services).
 
Article: "A Day In The Life Of Joe Republican" by John Gray.
Article: "Anti-tax pledge gives Norquist reins in Capitol" by Charles Babington.
The very, very ugly: Minnesota Republicans: "Minnesota shutdown costing millions" by Reid J. Epstein.
 
Coming up Friday on The Thom Hartmann Program 
 
Hour One: If it's Friday, it's "Brunch With Bernie"... the honorable Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be here 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...
 
Plus, It's Anything Goes on Townhall Friday...you choose the topics and we'll talk...
 
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