I am disappointed in the show for the following reason: you often and rather redundantly talk about Social Security and Medicare as if these are the only federal programs providing assistance to people in need of resources. It seems to me that familiarity with federal programs other than these two alone is not only necessary but would be expected of someone who is a commentator on national politics and on federal domestic policies. The sequestration or automatic budget cuts are across-the-board and will affect programs that people rely upon and need, other than Social Security and Medicare. In my opinion, there is a need for a substantial increase in funding for housing for low-income or homeless citizens. The politicians in Washington decided long ago not to fund any new public housing units, but instead to place people in privately owned apartment buildings by helping with the rent. These rent subsidies are necessary so that low-income people can be secure in their housing and so that they don't have to pay a ridiculous amount of their already scarce income toward one expense, namely housing. People need money for other items such as food, health care, and in many cases, expensive transportation costs. If the housing of citizens is threatened by the greed and incompetence shown mainly by the Republicans in Congress, this should be publicized greatly, because it would show that the U.S. is becoming a third world tin pot dictatorship rather than a fair and open country with concern for its citizens.
I believe, however, that it would be difficult for the federal government to increase the amount of funding made available for housing assistance because of the size of the deficit. The possibility of increasing the number of homeless people through robotic, mindless budget cuts will add to the social instability of America, which may be more instable than many are willing to admit. People can see what is happening in their neighborhoods, a fact that the Republicans have forgotten.
The hatred of others is behind the contempt being shown toward the federal government. One thing I don't understand is why in a country with universal public education and so many supposedly high-quality colleges and universities are people so ignorant of history, civics, and basic economic and sociological facts. I am not sure that teachers deserve the automatic respect that many progressives assign to them, but the approach taken by conservatives with No Child Left Behind and standardized tests as the primary evaluation of teacher competency is does not address many of the major problems of having an educated citizenry, which Jefferson thought necessary for democracy to flourish.