Wednesday 4 April '12 show notes

Wednesday 4 April '12 show notes

   
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The minimum wage is not a living wage
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Minimum wage workers are screwed. While Republicans in Congress want to drop or throw away the federal minimum wage – new data shows that the minimum wage in America is woefully inadequate. The current minimum wage is pegged at $7.25 – but given the price increase of pretty much everything over the last few decades – from healthcare to housing to education – that $7.25 doesn’t get you very far.
 
In fact – today’s minimum wage needs to be nearly ten dollars to have the same buying power as it had in 1968. The Center for Economic and Policy Research found that somebody earning the minimum wage would wipe out an entire year's income JUST to pay for a family health insurance plan. During the heyday of the middle class – from the 1940’s to the 1970’s – one good union job could support a family of four and provide all the basic essentials.
 
That doesn’t exist anymore – and now we’re a nation made up of the working poor who are collecting wages that give them no chance of chasing down the American Dream. Economies grow when working people have money in their pockets – not when the super-rich are given trillions of dollars in tax cuts and are expected to trickle that money down to the rest of us. It’s time to put in place a real living wage that a family can actually live on.
 
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Hour Two: Drug test America's biggest welfare queens...banksters & oil barons
- Jamie Weinstein, The Daily Caller Twitter Twitter
 
Hour Three: Did the Klan murder MLK?
- Stuart Wexler, investigative researcher / co-author (w/Larry Hancock)-The Awful Grace of God Twitter
 
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Quote: "Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people." -- Harry Emerson Fosdick.
 
Hour One: President Obama's speech today
Article: "Transcript: Obama's AP luncheon speech", April 3, 2012.
Quote: "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams".
 
The Big Picture
- Sam Sacks, The Big Picture producer, progressive commentator Twitter
Book: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand.
 
Article: "Obama, Romney and their 'marvelous' clash" by David Jackson.
Article: "Constitution of the United States" Article 1, section 8: ...To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
Movie: "Heist".

Hour Two: Is Ryan's budget social Darwinism?
- Peter Ferrara, Carleson Center for Public Policy Twitter
Article: "Ryan's Budget Is Better Than You Know" by Peter Ferrara.
 
Article: "Francis Galton" by Wikipedia.
Article: "National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform" (Bowles-Simpson/Simpson-Bowles) by Wikipedia.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
- Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief Twitter
Article: "Christine Lagarde's speech: in full" by 03 Apr 2012.
Article: "Paul Ryan: Obama distorting my budget plan" by Seung Min Kim.
Article: "It’s On: Obama Sets Election Tone" by Geoff Holtzman.

Hour Three: "Rebuild the Dream"
- Van Jones, Rebuild the Dream.com Twitter Twitter
Book: "Rebuild the Dream" by Van Jones.
 
The very, very ugly: "Douglass Academy walkout earns suspensions for about 50 high schoolers" by Chastity Pratt Dawsey.
Case: "Bush v. Gore", 2000.
Case: "Marbury v. Madison", 1803.
 
President fights back
- Josh Earnest, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, White House Press Office Twitter Twitter
 
Article: "The Enduring Consequences of Unemployment" by Binyamin Appelbaum.
 
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