Wednesday 25 April '12 show notes

Wednesday 25 April '12 show notes

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Two years of trickle-down austerity has The U.K. officially in a second recession
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The U.K. is officially in a second recession as the British economy shrank for the second straight quarter. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron whose government has been pushing trickle-down austerity for nearly the last two years called the new economic numbers, “very, very disappointing.” The U.K. joins the long list of other European nations that have pursued trickle-down austerity and watched their economies tank – like Greece, Italy, and Spain.
Meanwhile in France – Conservative President Nicholas Sarkozy is desperately trying to cling to his job against Socialist Francois Hollande who’s running on an anti-austerity platform. And in the Netherlands, the Dutch Government is in limbo after it caved to pressure and failed to pass its own austerity budget. Over the last year – we’ve seen the devastating consequences of trickle-down austerity – the job layoffs, the riots, and the suicides. And now – the politicians, banksters, and technocrats pushing trickle-down austerity in Europe are feeling the political backlash from their desperate populations.
Meanwhile – multi-millionaire Congressman Paul Ryan and the Republican Party here in the United States are pushing the same sort of trickle-down austerity – ignoring the economic consequences on full display across the Atlantic.
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Syndicated columnist & Democratic strategist Karl Frisch in for Thom today...
Hour One: Transgender Breakthrough EEOC ruling, and Mitt Romney and his new gay spokesman
- Chris Geidner, Metro Weekly Twitter Twitter
Article: "Transgender Breakthrough" by Chris Geidner.
Article: "Executive Order 11246", 1965.
Article: "GOProud" by Wikipedia.
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Article: "H.R. 1513: Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act of 2011" by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R-MD6].

Hour Two: ALEC's alienating political agenda
- Ari Melber, The Nation Magazine / Politico Twitter Twitter Twitter
Article: "ALEC’s alienating political agenda" by Ari Melber.
Article: "Shutting Down ALEC".
Mitt Romney and his new book "Showdown"
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Article: "Senate debates curb on NLRB" by Tim Devaney.
Article: "Obama heads to campus" by AP.

Hour Three: "Democrats, Dump ALEC!" campaign
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What goes on in "The Republican Brain"
- Chris Mooney, author of "The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality" Twitter Twitter
Book: "The Republican War on Science" by Chris Mooney.
Article: "Mexican Immigrants: How Many Come? How Many Leave? " by Jeffrey Passel and D’Vera Cohn.
Article: "Reports show hard-to-track donors dominate outside giving" by Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars.
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Full Show 4/24/12: The End of ALEC?
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Guest host Sam Sacks asks why ALEC, the ultimate lobbyist group, is exempt from paying taxes. Also discussed: our nation's next economic disaster (college debt), and when will our representatives start representing the people and start taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses the dangers of austerity and what it's doing to many European nations.

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