Wednesday 1 February '12 show notes

Wednesday 1 February '12 show notes

  • Romney says he's not worried about the poor, they have a safety net...really?
  • Matt Welch, Reason Magazine. Are Libertarians real conservatives?
  • Curtis DuBay, Heritage Foundation. The Buffet Rule bill battle royale begins!
  • Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Challenges for election 2012
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  • Letter to Edward Carringtonby Thomas Jefferson, 16 Jan. 1787.
    The tumults in America I expected would have produced in Europe an unfavorable opinion of our political state. But it has not. On the contrary, the small effect of those tumults seems to have given more confidence in the firmness of our governments. The interposition of the people themselves on the side of government has had a great effect on the opinion here. I am persuaded myself that the good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves. The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro' the channel of the public papers, and to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them. I am convinced that those societies (as the Indians) which live without government enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than those who live under European governments. Among the former, public opinion is in the place of law, and restrains morals as powerfully as laws ever did any where. Among the latter, under pretence of governing they have divided their nations into two classes, wolves and sheep. I do not exaggerate. This is a true picture of Europe. Cherish therefore the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, judges and governors shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions; and experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor
   
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Mitt Romney say's he's “Not concerned with the very poor?”
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No surprises - Mitt Romney on the Florida primary last night by 15 points over Newt Gingrich. The Romney campaign – with the help of SuperPACs funded by Wall Street billionaires – carpet-bombed the state with TV ads – airing 13,000 TV ads, compared to Newt Gingrich who only aired 200.
 
But if Romney thought the race would be over soon – he thought wrong. Last night, Gingrich gave a speech to supporters in front of a sign reading “46 states to go.” And thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision – Newt CAN keep running until the end of the primary race – as long as he has casino millionaires cutting him checks.
 
Meanwhile – in a victory interview with CNN last night, Romney admitted that he’s “not concerned with the very poor” in America because they have a “safety net there.” Of course, it’s a safety net that Romney and Republicans in Congress are trying to get rid of. Currently – almost half the nation is in poverty or low-income – meaning the Republican front-runner for President just admitted he’s not considered with half of all Americans.
 
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Hour One: Hour One: Romney says he's not worried about the poor, they have a safety net...really?
Article: "Letter to Edward Carrington" by Thomas Jefferson, 16 Jan. 1787.
Article: "SB 810 Killed on the California Senate Floor" by Andrew McGuire.
Movie: "Miracle at Christmas: Ebbie's Story" (Susan Lucci Plays Scrooge).
Speech: "Cross of Iron" - Address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower "The Chance for Peace" delivered before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16,1953.
Article: "Private Banks (Quotation)" by Thomas Jefferson.

Hour Two: Are Libertarians real conservatives?
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Book: "The Population Bomb" by Paul Ehrlich.

Hour Three: The Buffet Rule bill battle royale begins!
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Article: "Senate Dems push Buffett Rule bill" by Jonathan Easley.
The very, very ugly: House Republicans: "Josh Fox arrested at hearing" by Talia Buford.
Book: " What Would Jefferson Do?" by Thom Hartmann.
Album: "Old Ideas" by Leonard Cohen.
 
Red to Blue races 2012 / taking back the House / challenges for election 2012
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Article: "Charlie Crist: I might vote for Obama" by Mackenzie Weinger.
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