Daily Topics - Tuesday July 10th, 2012

Daily Topics - Tuesday July 10th, 2012

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

Hour One: Voter suppression...a legacy of slavery? / Plus, GOP ignores SCOTUS, plots health care repeal vote - Congressman Steve Israel, (D-NY)

Hour Two: Should firefighters be making the minimum wage...$7.25/hour? Peter Ferrara, Carleson Center for Public Policy

Hour Three: Would cutting the work week put everyone back to work?

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Blue Mark 2 years 23 weeks ago
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Thought you might find this interesting:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/08/1107585/-Without-GOP-Unemployme...

This accounts for the cost of state and local austerity not only on public employees, but the spillover effect on local economies - 2.3 million jobs, plus the consequences of blocking the 2011 Jobs Bill - 1.9 million jobs.

How many jobs has GOP obstruction and economic wrecking cost Americans? A partial accounting shows that the current unemployment rate would be under 6% but for the actions (or inactions) of the GOP.

If instead of austerity Congress had used federal revenue sharing and grants to state and local governments - as it has done in every other recovery - and grown public employment at just half the level that Reagan did - or equal to what GWB did - unemployment today would be under 5%.

The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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