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 3 years 42 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%.

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