Daily Topics - Tuesday May 15th, 2012

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

Hour One: Rally against "Austerity American Style" - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Hour Two: Is Facebook co-founder an American hero or anti-American? Carrie Lukas, Independent Womens Forum

Hour Three: Romney on jobs...savior or vampire? Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers Union


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ShredOfTruth 3 years 20 weeks ago

Today is the last day I listened to the Thom Hartmann Show. For what it's worth, I'll tell you why Thom. I can no longer stand listening to brainless conservatives who you insist on having come on your show and drone their stupid talking points ad nauseum. I want to listen to Progressive Talk Radio because I don't want to hear the psycho babble from the right. You let these jokers get away with spewing nonsense continually and I am tired of it. i will listen to Randi Rhodes at 3pm EST from now on because she is a Progressive who doesn't need to have conservative BS on her show. Get a clue Thom. I love your cerebral style and your level of knowledge but I can't stomach the GOP crap segment any longer. Good luck!

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Maxrot 3 years 20 weeks ago

As to the Republicans calling someone a hero for leaving the United States to avoid taxes, I think they may have a point. I think they should also emulate their heroes and follow suit... they can also renounce their citizenship at the door.

In the meantime, those of us who don't find it heroic, can stay here and wrest their moneyed claws off of our commons.


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mathboy 3 years 20 weeks ago

And will you rail at Randi for the same reason when she talks to conservative callers and plays sound bites of Rush Limbaugh, Shred? If you don't listen to both sides, you're not being open-minded. You're also going to be uninformed about exactly what Republican pundits are saying, and therefore you'll be unarmed in a battle of wits against any Republicans you argue with (not that you would bother to engage, though, I gather). I suggest you move to a cabin in the woods, if you want to avoid encountering anything that you might disagree with, but I'd prefer it if you stayed to fight.

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LynnMelough 3 years 20 weeks ago

Federal Government has money to give to the USVI, but the Federal government stop Federal Unemployment Insurance with unemployed people in the states. What is wrong with this picture?

$7.8 Million Federal Grant to Help with Hovensa Layoffs

By Source Staff — May 15, 2012

The territory will net $7.8 million in federal funding through a National Emergency Grant to help with the spike in unemployment due to the closing of the Hovensa refinery, according to the office of Delegate Donna Christensen.

“This is one of the first major funding to be received by the territory in the wake of the Hovensa closing,” Christensen said in a statement, congratulating V.I. Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan for the successful application.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, $3.6 million will be released immediately.

Gov. John deJongh Jr. said the grant should provide comfort to laid off workers "trying to figure out what to do next." With the grant in place, "We can tell them we have the financial resources to assist their professional transition."

"I would like to thank Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and the Obama Administration for keeping their promise to provide timely assistance for the territory as it faces a major economic challenge,” Christensen said.

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fbacher 3 years 20 weeks ago

Corporations are Trusts.

A trust implies that there are guardians of the trust who's highest charge is to prudently grow and preserve the trust. A trustee is must not have conflicts of interest with the trust. Today, CEOs act to rob the trust with excessive management fees, insane risk and conflicts of interests.

We need to go back to calling Corporations Trusts.

The Billionaire Hypocrisy of Helping the Poor

There's one thing that both progressives and conservatives can agree on, and they can quote both FDR and Ronald Reagan on it.

And that is that, "The best welfare program is a job."

FDR extended the idea to say that when there are no jobs, the government should act as an employer of last resort.

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