"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
Thom Hartmann: Okay, there’s some history here, you know. When it comes to like smuggling stuff which is really at the bottom line, when you get right down to the whole thing. What this whole TSA 'may I grope your genitals, please' stuff is about is trying to stop people from smuggling explosives onto airplanes. Or weapons. And that seems like a perfectly reasonable thing. So have we been successful at stopping people from smuggling things on airplanes in the past? You know, white powder things. Or pasty things. Or even relatively solid things.
Thom Hartmann: Last night we were talking on our TV show with, excuse me with Jane Hamsher about this. It’s, well, we’ve been talking about it every day for the last couple of days I guess. This is in the news, I experienced this myself going through the Chicago airport just a few weeks ago. I opted to get groped but the line, there was this long line to wait to get groped so they said you know you’ve got to wait 15 minutes because we’ve only got a certain number of gropers and so I went through the x-ray machine.
Thom Hartmann: 20 minutes past the hour. Okay, as I said, we’ve got two choices. Now maybe there’s others that I’m missing. But I think that at the most, at the biggest most macro level, in order to pay off our debt, or in order to reduce our debt, which is brought to us courtesy of three republican presidents over nine trillion dollars of the US federal debt. Over nine trillion dollars of that debt was incurred during the Reagan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. administrations.
Thom Hartmann: So what’s going on here. We’ve got this mess with the banks, this meltdown, the overall disaster that’s going on. The report that came out yesterday, yesterday afternoon. For every one job out there, and there are a couple, there’s a couple million jobs, there’s a couple, you know, if you look at the listings, there are people looking for work. For every job out there there’s five people looking for a job.
Thom Hartmann: Yeah the banksters, “Oh, it’s just an act of God. It’s the way things work!” No, it’s a scam. 1999, Phil Gramm, Gramm-Leach-Bliley. Deregulate the banks. In the UK, Maggie Thatcher, Tony Blair, ‘Oh yeah let’s deregulate the, let’s become the world, the capital, the money center of the world.’ And what are we seeing now? Banksters based in the UK and the US, based in New York and London, rolling all over the world, wiping out governments. Banksters. And making billions.
Thom Hartmann: Greetings my friends, patriots, lovers of democracy, truth and justice, believers in peace, freedom and the American way. Maybe the European way, I don’t know.
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