Friday 10 February '12 show notes

Friday 10 February '12 show notes

   
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Low-income children are screwed when it comes to getting a good education. New studies show that a quality education in America is now increasingly only available to the very rich. A study out of Stanford shows that the gap in standardized testing scores between rich students and low-income students has increased 40% since the 1960’s. And another study out of the University of Michigan shows that gap between rich and low-income students when it comes to college completion – which is the single biggest factor when it comes to succeeding in the economy – has grown 50% since the 1980’s.
 
As the New York Times reports, “The changes are tectonic, a result of social and economic processes unfolding over many decades.” Those social and economic processes are called Reagan, Clinton, and Bush-onomics. In the last 30 years, thanks to the Reagan Tax Cuts, Clinton’s attack on welfare and embrace of Free Trade, and Bush’s Great Depression – our economy only benefits the very rich.
 
And with public education budgets being slashed around the nation – and taxpayer dollars being diverted to for-profit schools – the one great equalizer in America – our education system is under attack.
 
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Conversations with Great Minds - Corey Robin, Brooklyn College & the CUNY Graduate Center Twitter
 
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Hour One: 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: "Budget Ducks Big Benefit Cuts" by Damian Paletta.
Article: "Senate invokes cloture on $109B transportation bill" by Keith Laing and Josiah Ryan.
Article: "Obama frees 10 states from No Child Left Behind" by Mary Beth Marklein.

Hour Two: Keystone XL & alternative energies
- Charles Drevna, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.
 
Article: "Eric Cantor Is Short Treasurys (Sort Of)" by Mark Gongloff.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
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- Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief Twitter

Hour Three: Is Prop 8 unconstitutional?
- Dr. John Eastman Twitter
 
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Book: "Conservatives Without Conscience" by John W. Dean.
Video: "Jesus Was a Capricorn" - Kris Kristofferson ("everybody's got to have somebody to look down on).
Video: "Tv Theme Flipper " ("They call him Flipper").
Bible: "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8".
 
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