Wednesday 7 September '11 show notes

Wednesday 7 September '11 show notes

   
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It’s time to dump the post-partisan-mantra – and start acting like FDR!
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Will $300 billion fix the economy? President Obama hopes so. According to early reports from the White House – the President’s job creation plan set to be unveiled Thursday night will come with a price tag of $300 billion – a number that is likely too high for Republicans to support – given they likely can’t support a $20 dollar job creation package – and also a number far too low for many progressives hoping the President would go bold and throw a trillion dollar package out there. More troubling – only about $50 billion of that $300 billion will ACTUALLY go toward rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The rest will go to tax cuts that have been proven to not have nearly as much bang for the buck as stimulus.
 
The President does plan to extend unemployment benefits also – a critical measure to ease the suffering of millions of unemployed Americans and stimulate the economy – but also a measure that Republicans will target for removal first in negotiations. President Obama’s stimulus package in 2009 kept our economy from a Great Depression – but it wasn’t nearly big enough to re-boot strong job growth. His own economic advisors told him this – but he decided to compromise with Republicans in the Senate by reducing its size and throwing in some tax cuts. As a result – Republicans can make the argument that it failed. Now – it looks like President Obama is making the same mistake twice – with a stimulus package that is too small to work.
 
It’s time to dump the post-partisan-President mantra – and start acting like FDR and Harry Truman. Go bold with a jobs plan tomorrow – and beat the Republicans over the head with it until November.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Is Obama in a trap? (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Is Obama in a trap? - Pete Sepp, National Taxpayer's Union Twitter
 
Lone Liberal Rumble:
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- Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard Twitter
 
Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American?! - Matthew Vadum, author of the new book "Subversion, Inc." Twitter
 
Do FOX viewers think Islam is incompatible with American values? - Zaid Jilani, Think Progress.org Twitter
 
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Hour One: S.O.S. for the U.S.P.S.? - Chuck Zlatkin, NY Metro Area Postal Union Twitter
 
Because I got high alert: "Drunken elk rescued from Swede's apple tree" by Rebecca Martin.

Hour Two: Transforming America Cliff Schecter, Libertas, LLC Twitter
Article: "9/11 Transformations" by Cliff Schecter.
Article: "Did Osama Win?" by Andrew Sullivan.
Book: "The Turner Diaries: A Novel" by Andrew MacDonald.
 
Speech: "Mitt Romney Speaks about the Economy", September 6, 2011.
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Article: "Obama's Labor Day Speech (VIDEO)" by Ryan Grim.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief Twitter
Book: "SCIENCE AND HEALTH" - First Edition, 1875 by Mary Baker Glover (later Eddy).

Hour Three: It's raining...jobs plans?! Earnest Istook, Former Congressman (R-OK) & Distinguished Scholar - Heritage Foundation Twitter
Transcript: "The Third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate", October 13, 1960.
 
Site: "Move to Amend".
Cheesy news alert: "Perry Outlines Bold Proposal to Repeal Twentieth Century" by Andy Borowitz.
Case: "Shlensky v. Wrigley, 1968.
 
Article: "Obama jobs plan could cost $300 billion, include tax cuts, new spending" by David Nakamura and Zachary A. Goldfarb.
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Hour Two: Why do some conservatives think that "Registering the Poor to Vote is UnAmerican?" Matthew Vadum, author of the new book "Subversion, Inc." Twitter
 
Hour Three: the headline reads "Oil exploration under Arctic ice could cause an 'uncontrollable' natural disaster" Cambridge University's Professor Peter Wadhams
 
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