Thom, Couldn't agree with you more re. unemployment benes. The truly sad thing is that I think if Dems refused to sign on to a budget w/out benes. being continued, it would have made the Repubs look like they were holding the budget hostage over denying them, thus they would have been blamed, if again a shut down occurred. I truly think the Dems, although more covert and subtle, are as much to blame as the Repubs.
Re. the ignorance you spoke of on the show today, is as a result of lack of a ubiquitous, inescapable media in service to the people. Without getting control of the national dialogue it will be impossible to bring enough public pressure to force the hands of legislators to bring about change for the People. The only reason we know who MLK was, and even had a civil rights movement is because media that Americans could not escape covered him and the movement. Without an educated majority, which can only come about if media as ubiquitous as reality TV educates it, there will never be enough public pressure to control the dialogue and thus, force Washington's hand. Even if we got an amendment ratified in all 50 states to get $ out of politics, media in it's present state would ignore it and thus, Washington would also...Even if the constitution was amended, no one would know it or enforce it.
Unless all social/environmental justice movements join hands and combine resources to take back the FCC and corp. media, no issues will be dealt with on Capitol Hill. Thanks for showing up today , even though you are jet lagged.