Thursday 26 January '12 show notes

Thursday 26 January '12 show notes

  • Indiana...the right to work for less state.
  • Kevin Jackson, The Tea Party.net / The Black Sphere. Is the tea party dying out?
  • John Nichols, The Nation Magazine. Latest from Walkerville...New felony charges against two Walker aides.
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  • Speech: Madison Square Garden Speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, October 31, 1936.
    Of course we will continue to seek to improve working conditions for the workers of America—to reduce hours over-long, to increase wages that spell starvation, to end the labor of children, to wipe out sweatshops. Of course we will continue every effort to end monopoly in business, to support collective bargaining, to stop unfair competition, to abolish dishonorable trade practices. And for all these we have only just begun to fight.
  • Reagan Campaigns for Truman in 1948.
    This is Ronald Reagan speaking to you from Hollywood. You know me as a motion picture actor but tonight I'm just a citizen pretty concerned about the national election next month and more than a little impatient with those promises the Republicans made before they got control of Congress a couple years ago.

    I remember listening to the radio on election night in 1946. Joseph Martin, the Republican Speaker of the House, said very solemnly, and I quote, "We Republicans intend to work for a real increase in income for everybody by encouraging more production and lower prices without impairing wages or working conditions", unquote. Remember that promise: a real increase in income for everybody. But what actually happened?

    The profits of corporations have doubled, while workers' wages have increased by only one-quarter. In other words, profits have gone up four times as much as wages, and the small increase workers did receive was more than eaten up by rising prices, which have also bored into their savings. For example, here is an Associate Press Dispatch I read the other day about Smith L. Carpenter, a craftsman in Union Springs, New York. It seems that Mr. Carpenter retired some years ago thinking he had enough money saved up that he could live out his last years without having to worry. But he didn’t figure on this Republican inflation, which ate up all of his savings, and so he's gone back to work. The reason this is news, is Mr. Carpenter is 91 years old.

    Now, take as a contrast the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, which reported a net profit of $210 million after taxes for the first half of 1948; an increase of 70% in one year. In other words, high prices have not been caused by higher wages, but by bigger and bigger profits.

    The Republican promises sounded pretty good in 1946, but what has happened since then, since the 80th Congress took over? Prices have climbed to the highest level in history, although the death of the OPA was supposed to bring prices down through "the natural process of free competition". Labor has been handcuffed with the vicious Taft-Hartley law. Social Security benefits have been snatched away from almost a million workers by the Gearhart bill. Fair employment practices, which had worked so well during war time, have been abandoned. Veterans' pleas for low cost homes have been ignored, and many people are still living in made-over chicken coops and garages.

    Tax-reduction bills have been passed to benefit the higher-income brackets alone. The average worker saved only $1.73 a week. In the false name of economy, millions of children have been deprived of milk once provided through the federal school lunch program. This was the payoff of the Republicans' promises. And this is why we must have new faces in the Congress of the United States: Democratic faces.

    This is why we must not only elect President Truman, but also men like Mayor Hubert Humphrey of Minneapolis, the Democratic candidate for Senator from Minnesota. Mayor Humphrey at 37 is one of the ablest men in public life. He's running against Joe Ball, who was a member of the Senate Labor Committee, helped write the Taft-Hartley law. The Republicans don't want to lose Ball, and are spending a small fortune on his campaign. They've even sent [Thomas] Dewey and [Earl] Warren to Minneapolis to speak for him. President Truman knows the value of a man like Hubert Humphrey in the Senate, and he has been in Minneapolis too, campaigning against Joe Ball. Mayor Humphrey and Ball are the symbols of the political battle going on in America today. While Ball is a banner carrier for Wall Street, Mayor Humphrey is fighting for all the principles advocated by President Truman; for adequate low cost housing, for civil rights, for prices people can afford to pay, and for a labor movement freed of the Taft-Hartley law. I take great pride in presenting my friend from Minneapolis, Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey, candidate for United States Senator.
  • Speech: Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, President Harry S. Truman, January 5, 1949.
    At present, the working men and women of the Nation are unfairly discriminated against by a statute that abridges their rights, curtails their constructive efforts, and hampers our system of free collective bargaining. That statute is the Labor-Management Relations Act of 1947, sometimes called the Taft-Hartley Act.

    That act should be repealed!
   
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Is Indiana the new front line for the war on the working class?
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Indiana is screwed as it crept one step closer to becoming the 23rd state in the nation to pass a right-to-work FOR LESS law. The State House passed legislation that was passed by the Senate earlier in the week to bring right-to-work-for-less to the state – putting an end to closed union shops and pitting workers against workers across Indiana, thus killing off the union movement in that state
 
The bill now awaits Governor Mitch Daniels' signature who took a break from his war on unions this week to deliver the Republican response to the President’s State of the Union address. Indiana will become the first state in the nation’s manufacturing belt to pass a right-to-work-for-less law – which has been proven to lead to lower wages, less healthcare coverage, and more workplace accidents.
 
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Quote: "This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us." -- Hubert Humphrey.
 
Hour One: Indiana...the right to work for less state
Speech: "Madison Square Garden Speech", President Franklin D. Roosevelt, October 31, 1936.
Article: "Veto of the Taft-Hartley Labor Bill" by Harry S. Truman, June 20, 1947.
Article: "Right to Work for Less" by AFL-CIO.
 
Speech: "Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union", President Harry S. Truman, January 5, 1949.
Look for the Union Label 1981 classic ad, International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Case: "Buckley v. Valeo", 1976.
Article: "Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire" by Cornell University.
Book: "The Trap", by Sir James Goldsmith.

Hour Two: Is the tea party dying out?
- Kevin Jackson, The Tea Party.net / The Black Sphere Twitter Twitter
 
Geeky Science rocks! ...psychedelic cure for depression?
Geeky Science alert: "Magic mushrooms may be therapeutic" by CNN.
 
Article: "Newt Backed Reagan, Romney Opposed Him" by Jim Meyers.
Quote: "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Book: "Das Kapital" by Karl Marx.
Article: "Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote" by Ford Fessenden and John M. Broder, November 12, 2001.
 
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Article: "Dempsey: New Pentagon Budget to Balance Past Lessons With Future Threats" by Kevin Baron and Yochi J. Dreazen.

Hour Three: Latest from Walkerville...New felony charges against two Walker aides
- John Nichols, The Nation Magazine Twitter
Article: "Wisconsin Rises Up Against Walker " by John Nichols.
 
Book: Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith, 1759.
Site: "HowStuffWorks".
 
Article: "Press Freedom Index 2011/2012" by Reporters Without Borders.
Article: "Time for women to rise up, urges Desmond Tutu" by Agence France-Presse.
 
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