Daily Topics - Tuesday June 19th, 2012

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

Hour One: Republicans find another union to bust / Plus, Romney campaign carnival caravan hits Wisconsin - John Nichols, The Nation Magazine / And, Victory in Tucson AZ! Ben Bosley, Tucson United & Move to Amend

Hour Two: Figting Citizen's United in Montana - Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT)

Hour Three: More trouble at San Onofre nuke plant - Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear


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astrid399 4 years 18 weeks ago

If you would be so kind to also address this.


At Saturday’s convention in Missoula, Montana, a few convention-goers set up outside with an outhouse labeled “Obama’s Presidential Library.” But that wasn’t the most outrageous part. According to the Missoulian, the outhouse was also decorated in sexism, birtherism, and implicit threats:

The outhouse was painted to look as though it had been riddled by bullets.

Inside, a fake birth certificate for Barack Hussein Obama made reference to the disproven controversy over the president’s origins. It was stamped “Bull––.” A graffito advised “For a Good Time call 800-Michelle (crossed out), Hillary (crossed out) and Pelosi (circled in red.)”

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Gene Savory 4 years 18 weeks ago

Published as a letter to the editor, from me, on 15 JUN 12 in the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois

Let's get this out of the way right now: You may label me a communist, fascist, socialist, Nazi, pastafarian, philatelist, botanist, lepidopterist, and so on. It doesn't change the truth.

It is obvious that unlimited cash in our political process is pure poison, and it is time to change to public financing of elections. Now, before the smoke pouring from your ears sets off the alarms and sprinklers, absorb this: our elections are already publicly financed. We just don't have any control over the distribution of that money. Before you start screaming about the evil "redistribution of wealth," note that it's already being taken and redistributed, and we don't have any control over that process; it is undemocratic; we are attempting to run a democracy (OK, democratic republic for the nit-pickers) through a clearly anti-democratic process that allows a tiny population of wealthy sociopaths and their institutions to choose and install their minions at the levers of power in our government. If you need a local example, In the 16th Congressional District primary held in March, Republican Adam Kinzinger was the beneficiary of $224,529 in campaign support against Republican Don Manzullo from Campaign for Primary Accountability, a Super PAC based in Texas. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor also pitched in $25,000 to support Kinzinger against a fellow Republican. Negative campaign advertising and tactics pushed by a flood of unregulated cash proved successful - Manzullo could not afford to combat the tidal wave of distortions and lies and he lost the election.

Elected officials are our employees, but they spend as much as half their time trying to raise money for election. They are not working for us when they're dialing for dollars. Our employees are not spending their time working for us; they're begging for money, rewarding their patrons, and ignoring the needs of the overwhelming majority of the American people. True public financing is a medicine we need to treat this disease - the distorted, undemocratic system that is drowning us with money and lies.

And my sister is a thespian.

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DFMM 4 years 18 weeks ago

Re. Sessions & food stamps

A better question to pose to Jeff Sessions ---who wants to eliminate food stamps because of fraud--- would be to point out that there is unethical, unscrupulous, illegal, etc. behavior done by members of Congress. Should we abolish Congress?

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DFMM 4 years 18 weeks ago

Re. Romney & touch-screen

About Mitt Romney marveling about the touch-screen for ordering at a restaurant; someone should have told him that there are machines that dispense money, and if we set up more of those we could put money in consumers' pockets and stimulate the economy. Mitt probably would have fallen for it.

On a related note; employees at restaurants have used those touch-screens for probably at least 20 years; the difference now is customers are using the touch-screens; i.e. customers are performing labor that used to be done by employees. You'd think that restaurants would charge less since they save on labor.

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DFMM 4 years 18 weeks ago

Romney private sector experience.

Romney keeps touting his private sector experience as qualifying him to be president. We need to frame that the position of president is a public servant; and a rigid PRIVATE sector mindset like what Romney has, isn’t conducive with being a good PUBLIC servant.

And Romney should be asked how does his business experience qualify him on foreign policy/diplomacy, health care, law enforcement, military, national security, economics (business is related to but it is not economics,) constitutional issues, etc.

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Gene Savory 4 years 18 weeks ago

Just imagine the headlines if President Obama told the "Rose Garden Rogue" that he could leave his question in writing at the door as he was leaving - immediately.

Carbon Tax... Where Should We Start?

In Washington State a fierce debate has erupted over a ballot measure aimed at fighting climate change. As the reality of runaway climate change continues to sink in, the question of what do about it gets even more pressing.

We are not just dealing with the possibility of a few hotter days there - or a few nastier thunderstorms there.

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