Tuesday 20 March '12 show notes

Tuesday 20 March '12 show notes

  • Legal to shoot a black teen in FL, but illegal to shoot a dog?
  • Nancy Altman, Social Security Works. Ryan budget impact on Social Security/Medicare.
  • Trey Kovacs, Competitive Enterprise Institute. Nader Proposes $10 Minimum Wage - wouldn't this help the economy?
  • The American Dream in only made possible by "Big Government"
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  • Clip: Theodore Roosevelt. "Social and Industrial Justice", Oyster Bay, New York, c. August, 1912. Recorded on wax cylinder by Thomas Edison.
    "We stand for a living wage. Wages are subnormal if they fail to provide a living for those who devote their time and energy to industrial occupations. The monetary equivalent of a living wage varies according to local conditions, but must include enough to secure the elements of a normal standard of living--a standard high enough to make morality possible, to provide for education and recreation, to care for immature members of the family, to maintain the family during periods of sickness, and to permit a reasonable saving for old age.

    Hours are excessive if they fail to afford the worker sufficient time to recuperate and return to his work thoroughly refreshed. We hold that the night labor of women and children is abnormal and should be prohibited; we hold that the employment of women over forty-eight hours per week is abnormal and should be prohibited. We hold that the seven-day working week is abnormal, and we hold that one day of rest in seven should be provided by law."
   
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The Republican vision of America is one in which 99% of us are condemned to serfdom
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Republicans in Congress unveiled their vision for America today – and if they succeed, the 99% of us are condemned to live like serfs. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, himself a multimillionaire, released his blueprint budget for fiscal year 2013 – which includes massive cuts to food stamps, student loans, Medicaid, and Social Security. The budget also dismantles Medicare as we know it – transforming an insurance program into a voucher program, leaving millions of senior citizens on their own to deal with for-profit health insurance companies.
 
And in a nod to the Republican Party’s super-rich members like himself, Ryan proposes enormous tax breaks for the 1% - lowering the top income tax rate from 35% down to 25%. According to the Tax Policy Center – Ryan’s budget would give $3 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans – all paid for by cutting spending on education, healthcare, and Medicare. Congressman Ryan said about his budget, “It’s up to the people to demand ... a choice between two futures. The question is which future will you choose?”
 
That is the question indeed – will we choose the future in which a middle class can thrive again in America like it did for 50 years after the New Deal until Ronald Reagan blew everything up? Or – will we choose Paul Ryan’s path to an Ayn Rand dystopia, in which only the super-wealthy can go to good schools and see doctors, and everyone else is left with what trickles down from the tables of the rich?
 
-Thom
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Even Republicans don't like Paul Ryan's Budget (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Even Republicans don't like Paul Ryan's Budget
- Stewart Acuff, Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Twitter
 
Screwed: Why Gen Y has minimum rage...
- Nona Willis Aronowitz, Good News Twitter Twitter
 
Jubilee for student loans?
- Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-MI, 13th District) Twitter
 
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- John Horgan, Center for Science Writings Twitter
 
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Today on The Thom Hartmann Program, 3-6pm
 
Hour One: The American Dream in only made possible by "Big Government"
 
Ryan budget impact on Social Security/Medicare
- Nancy Altman, Social Security Works Twitter
 
Hour Two: Nader Proposes $10 Minimum Wage - wouldn't this help the economy?
- Trey Kovacs, Competitive Enterprise Institute Twitter
 
Hour Three: Why is it Legal to shoot a black teenager in FL but illegal to shoot a dog?
 
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Quote: "An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment." -- Justice Hugo L. Black.
 
Hour One: Thom vs. Seton on privatizing the libraries
- Seton Motley, Less Government Twitter Twitter
Article: "All Hail the PUBLIC Library" by David Morris.
 
Article: "Abandoning the minimum wage, too" by Steve Benen.
 
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- Sam Sacks, The Big Picture producer, progressive commentator Twitter
 

Hour Two: The 1% vs the 99% - why OWS will never go away
Law: "Glass-Steagall Act", 1933.
 
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
- Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent Twitter
Article: "Who Is a Child? The Supreme Court Decides" by Bonnie Rochman.

Hour Three: What the GOP presidential campaign is really about
- George Lakoff, Linguistics Professor UC Berkeley/Author Twitter
 
Article: "Chevron, Transocean Managers Banned From Leaving Brazil" by Peter Millard and Rodrigo Orihuela.
 
Report from Occupy Seattle
- Mark Taylor-Canfield, Occupy Seattle Twitter Twitter
 
 
Article: "The richest get richer" by David Cay Johnston.
Article: "Illinois Polls Give Mitt Romney Wide Lead" by Mark Blumenthal.
Article: "WikiLeaks: Founder Julian Assange to run for Australian Senate" by Michael Martinez and Pierre Meilhan.
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