Friday 13 April '12 show notes

Friday 13 April '12 show notes

  • Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). "Brunch With Bernie".
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Buffet Rule.
  • Anything Goes on Townhall Friday.
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  • Speech: Address at Worcester, Mass. October 21, 1936- Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    You would think, to hear some people talk, that those good people who live at the top of our economic pyramid are being taxed into rags and tatters. What is the fact? The fact is that they are much farther away from the poorhouse than they were in 1932. You and I know that as a matter of personal observation.
  • "50 - Fireside Chat April 14, 1938" by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    It is going to cost Something to get out of this recession this way, but the profit of getting out of it will pay for the cost several times over. Lost working time is lost money. Every day that a workman is unemployed, or a machine is unused, or a business organization is marking time, is a loss to the Nation. Because of idle men and idle machines this Nation lost one hundred billion dollars between 1929 and the spring of 1933. This year you, the people of this country, are making about twelve billion dollars less than last year.
  • Fireside Chat 15: "On National Defense (May 26, 1940)by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    Our present emergency and a common sense of decency make it imperative that no new group of war millionaires shall come into being in this nation as a result of the struggles abroad. The American people will not relish the idea of any American citizen growing rich and fat in an emergency of blood and slaughter and human suffering.
  • Speech: "Remarks at Northside High School in Atlanta, Georgia", Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1985.
    We're going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that's crazy. It's time we stopped it.

    And the way I see it, if our current tax structure were a TV show, it would either be ``Foul-ups, Bleeps, and Blunders,'' or ``Gimme a Break.'' If it were a record album, it would be ``Gimme Shelter.'' If it were a movie, it would be ``Revenge of the Nerds'' or maybe ``Take the Money and Run.'' And if the IRS, Internal Revenue Service, ever wants a theme song, maybe they'll get Sting to do, ``Every breath you take, every move you make, I'll be watching you.''

    What we're trying to move against is institutionalized unfairness. We want to see that everyone pays their fair share, and no one gets a free ride. Our reasons? It's good for society when we all know that no one is manipulating the system to their advantage because they're rich and powerful. But it's also good for society when everyone pays something, that everyone makes a contribution.
   
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Giant Transnational Corporate Tax Dodgers are eating our towns
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Small businesses are screwed. Giant transnational corporate tax dodgers are costing small businesses thousands of dollars. Not only have 26 major American corporations used tax loopholes to avoid paying any federal taxes over the last four years, but roughly $60 billion in revenue is lost every single year thanks to corporations stashing cash in offshore bank accounts. And guess where that money has to be recouped from – working people and small businesses.
 
According to a new report by the U.S. PIRG – corporate tax dodgers cost every small business more than $2,000 each every single year. As the PIRG report says, “Instead of competing on a level playing field, small businesses and those without offshore tax havens must pick up the extra tax tab and compete against the artificially lower costs of multinational companies using tax havens.”
 
You can see the effect of this unfair competition in Main Streets across America – where small businesses have shuttered – and massive corporate chains have set up shop. These giants are monopolizing US towns.
 
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Hour One: If it's Friday, it's "Brunch With Bernie"... the honorable Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be here 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... Twitter
 
Hour Two: Anything Goes on Townhall Friday
 
Hour Three: Buffet Rule
- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Twitter
 
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Quote: "Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 
Hour One: What defines fascism and is time to call the Republicans fascists?
Article: "Progressive Caucus Releases Complete Budget for All" by Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Book: "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
Article: "Communism" by Encyclopedia Britannica.
Article: "Fascism" by American Heritage Dictionary.
Article: "The Danger of American Fascism" by Henry A. Wallace.
 
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- Sam Sacks, The Big Picture producer, progressive commentator Twitter
 
Quote: "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross" - misattributed to Sinclair Lewis".

Hour Two: Taxmageddon...latest conservative "scary tale?"
- Curtis DuBay, Heritage Foundation Twitter Twitter
Article: "Taxmageddon: Massive Tax Hikes on the Horizon" by Heritage Foundation.
 
Geeky Science rocks!
Geeky Science alert: "Study links dental X-rays to brain tumor risk" by Jennifer LaRue Huget.
Article: "Happy Birthday, Romneycare!" by Joan McCarter.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
- Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief Twitter
Article: "Hilary Rosen says Ann Romney never worked 'day in her life'" by Jackie Kucinich and Martha T. Moore.
 
 

Hour Three: Thom explains Taxmageddon with some help from FDR!
Speech: "Address at Worcester, Mass. October 21, 1936" by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Law: "Glass-Steagall Act", 1933.
 
Report from Occupy Seattle
- Mark Taylor-Canfield, Occupy Seattle Twitter Twitter
Site: "Occupy The No Justice Zone" (Rolling National Hunger Strike For Justice).
 
The good: San Francisco City Council: "Supes Unanimously Pass Resolution Calling Banks To Stop Foreclosures" by Patricia Decker.
The very, very ugly: Foster Friess: "Santorum mega donor wonders if Obama’s teleprompters ‘are bullet-proof’" by Stephen C. Webster.
Article: "Helium-3" by Wikipedia.
 
Article: "News Corp faces growing threat of phone-hacking lawsuits in US" by Josh Halliday and Ed Pilkington.
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Hour Two: Thom debates Dr. John Ellis, President of the California Association of Scholars, about the "radicalization" of our public universities.
 
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