Daily Topics - Monday April 30th, 2012

Daily Topics - Monday April 30th, 2012

Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE at our new time, 3-6pm Eastern!

Hour One: Why Senators should implement the Volcker Rule now - Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Hour Two: Why do conservatives want to bankrupt our kids? Phil Kerpen, American Commitment / Plus, "Taking Our Country Back" - Ron Barber, running for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' House Seat (D-AZ, 8th District)

Hour Three: CISPA...Patriot Act for the Internet? Aaron Swartz, Demand Progress

Obamacare is not some socialist marxist leftist plot...

Obamacare is not some crazy communist, left-wing, socialist plot. It’s a Republican plot.

Back in 1971, then President Richard Nixon was extremely concerned that he would have to face then Senator Ted Kennedy in the 1972 presidential election. At that time, Senator Kennedy was pushing a proposal for a national single-payer healthcare plan that would extend coverage to all Americans.

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From Cracking the Code:
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David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine