One day after Oregon's Democratic Senator Ron Wyden teamed up with Republican Congressman Paul Ryan to end Medicare as we know it - the Democratic backlash is underway. Several Democratic Members of Congress - and the President - have rejected the Wyden-Ryan plan, which turns Medicare into a public option - giving senior citizens a voucher to buy private health insurance instead of Medicare.
The middle class is becoming an endangered species in America. According to the latest census data - half of the country is now living in poverty or just scraping by in a low-income lifestyle. And this problem is being made worse as conservative Governors cut funding to critical social welfare programs. A survey of 29 mayors around America found that 1-in-4 Americans in need of food assistance did not receive any help.
Hour One: American workers are losing $5000 per year to greedy CEOs - what can be done?
Hour Two: What's up with the new Ron Wyden/Paul Ryan unholy alliance? Carl Wolfson, AM 620 KPOJ / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - scientists discover a new reason "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!"
Hour Three: The return of "debtor's prisons"...in America?! Marie Diamond, Think Progress
Hour One: Should you be fearful of "Big Government?"
If you’re in Pennsylvania – and you need help from the police – you’re screwed. That’s because Republican Governor Tom Corbett – who already slashed $900 million out of his state’s education budget – is now targeting the police budget. According to Patriot-News, Corbett wants to cut the police department budget by 5% - essentially laying-off 500 cops. That could result in Pennsylvanians who need 9-1-1 emergency help
Republican Presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich doesn’t just want to throw you in jail for smoking pot – he wants to execute you! As Speaker of the House back in 1996 – Gingrich introduced the “Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996” – a bill calling for the execution of anyone convicted more than once of carrying two ounces of marijuana across the border.
Hour One: Surprise...guess who supports Newt's tax plan? Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
Hour Two: Newt Gingrich proposed the death penalty... for pot? Former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM)
Hour Three: Thom challenges Libertarian Wayne Root - "I Am the 1%"
When it comes to privacy – we’re screwed. According to the Los Angeles Times – unmanned Predator drones aren’t just for hunting terrorists in the Middle East anymore – they’re being used to hunt American citizens too. Three men were arrested in North Dakota on suspicions they stole cattle from a nearby farm – and they were located thanks to the help of a Predator drone conducting surveillance above. Local police are
In a crisis - we're seeing democracy die in Europe. Led by France and Germany - a new treaty was worked out between Eurozone nations in an effort to halt the growing financial crisis sweeping the continent. The treaty - written mostly by banksters - imposes strict new rules on individual European nations including: capping how high annual budget deficits can run - agreeing to "automatic consequences" if deficits get too h
Republicans in the House yesterday passed legislation giving themselves even more power. The “Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act” – or REINS Act – gives either chamber of Congress complete veto power over new regulations put in place by White House executive orders.
"It's Time to Talk" Day to raise awareness on domestic violence
Hour One: Yesterday K Street, today Boehner's office! Krista Rand, 99 in DC / Plus, Politicians that Charm vs real issues...
Hour Two: TSA Gropers strike again...violate seniors - Les Rayburn / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - Why some people see God...in pizza?!
For the second time in a little over a year in Tennessee – firefighters sat and watched a house burn down. When her house caught fire – Tennessee homeowner Vicky Bell called 9-1-1 – but when firefighters arrived they parked their trucks away from the fire – and just watched the flames consume Vicky’s home.
Hour One: Thom speaks with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) about his amendment to get corporate $ out of politics
Hour Two: Europe is replacing heads of countries w/Banksters...guess what? So are we.
Hour Three: Banksters pushed minorities into subprime loans...isn't this a crime? Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
Occupy Wall Street is going off in a new direction today – occupying foreclosed homes. A day of action is planned today in 25 cities across America – including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago to help Americans hardest hit by foreclosure. Occupy Wall Street patriots will take to the suburbs to stop cops from evicting people from their homes – and they’ll begin “occupying” already foreclosed and vacant homes.
Hour One: Money isn't sacred
Three: Could he be the running man? 2012, Occupy Wall Street and why he sued the TSA - Gov. Jesse Ventura