Daily Topics - Tuesday April 17th, 2012

Daily Topics - Tuesday April 17th, 2012

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

Hour One: Republican dirty tricks...

Hour Two: Should hospitals ban obese employees? Carrie Lukas, Independent Womens Forum

Hour Three: President Obama takes on the oil speculators

Comments

Boatwright 3 years 14 weeks ago
#1

Re: Rebublicans and power as an end unto itself

"...one may safely say that it would be no sin if statesmen learned enough of history to realize that no system which implies control of society by privilege seekers has ever ended in any other way than collapse."

William E. Dodd, Ambasador to Germany 1933 - 1938, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Chicago

This quote is from the conclusion of a speech given before German leaders during Hitler's rise to absolute power, referenced by Erik Larsen in his excellent history of the nightmare of the Nazi rise to power, "In the Garden of Beasts".

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mathboy 3 years 14 weeks ago
#2

I got an e-mail today saying GE is a "taxhole". I don't know if Thom can really get away with saying that on the air, but it would be great to apply that to any corporation or rich person that doesn't pay or doesn't want to pay their share of taxes. <cough>Romney</cough>.

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mathboy 3 years 14 weeks ago
#3

So could we make it a slogan to say "Democracy Must Be Endogenous"?

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mathboy 3 years 14 weeks ago
#4

I think I heard "philogastriciously ugly", but I just got my headphones in as Thom was saying it. If I have that right, it should mean something like "belly-loving". o_O

Or maybe it was "physogastriciously", which refers to the huge abdomens of insect queens. I have to admit those are pretty gross looking.

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mathboy 3 years 14 weeks ago
#5

Grasper isn't a ghost; it's a team of ninjas.

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DrMike 3 years 14 weeks ago
#6

In regards to the republican Freudian projection, where the republicans are reflexively accusing the democrats and Obama of offenses that they have committed (and been accused of).

I believe their strategy is that at the end of the day, they want the low information voters to think “both sides say that” and believe “both parties are the same”…

50 Years Later - it's time for Medicare "Part E!"

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill that created Medicare and ensured that senior citizens would never again have to go without life-saving medical care.

And now, it’s time to reboot – and use a very, very, very simple message so all Americans can understand it.

From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy
From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While
From Screwed:
"If we are going to live in a Democracy, we need to have a healthy middle class. Thom Hartmann shows us how the ‘cons’ have wronged this country, and tells us what needs to be done to reclaim what it is to be American."
Eric Utne, Founder, Utne magazine