About Those 1/2 Million Call Center Jobs Shipped Overseas...

Ron Collins, Communication Workers of America (CWA) joins Thom Hartmann. A job that's becoming increasingly harder and harder to find in America over the last few years is one in the call center industry. Since 2006 - a half-millions American call center jobs have been packed up and shipped overseas to low-wage countries. Companies like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and T-Mobile are the some of the biggest culprits when it comes to killing American call center jobs. But, Democrats in Congress have been pushing legislation to put an end ot this mass exodus of jobs. The Unite States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act cuts off federal loans and benefits to companies that off-shore their call center jobs. This bill also keeps a running list of companies that have off-shored call center jobs in an effort to discourage the practice. Back in June, the House of Representatives took a vote on this legislation - and most Republicans lined up against it - killing the bill - and leaving the few Americans who still have call center jobs screwed. But now, Democrats in the Senate are trying to revive the legislation with the help of Senators Sherrod Brown in Ohio and Bob Casey in Pennsylvania - two states that have been hit really hard by call center job losses. As Senator Sherrod Brown said this week in defense of the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act: "When companies send call center jobs overseas, they don't just frustrate consumers - they hurt ...

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Facinorously Ugly!

The Good! *Toyota* Toyota has released an ad in Asia - that features the androgynous Ukrainian model Stav Strashko. Take a look... The Bad! *Rep. Steve King (R-IA)* At a recent town hall meeting - King expressed concerns over Iowa State University having too many multicultural groups on campus. King told the crowd that he searched a database and found that there were 59 "multicultural" groups on campus - and that the groups were made up of people "who feel sorry for themselves." and the Very Very Ugly! *David Gee* Gee is the Sheriff of Hillsborough County, Florida, where Tampa Bay is located. And - in order to prepare for the Republican National Convention next week - Gee has ordered that an entire prison - the Orient Road Jail - be emptied - and the prisoners relocated or bonded out - so that the prison can accomodate those arrested for protesting during the RNC.

Why Belong to a Party that Doesn't Want You?

Sarah Longwell, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, joins Thom Hartmann. Not all Republicans are happy with the the Republican Party's new platform - especially when it comes to the Party's attack on same-sex couples.

Selig vs Hartmann - The Lost Decade

David Selig, Conservative Commentator / Pro-Business Advocate joins Thom Hartmann. It's no longer worth speculating whether or not America is in the midst of a lost decade. The numbers are in - and America IS definitely in the midst of a lost decade. At least the middle class is. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center - for the first time since World War 2 - the median household income of the middle class dropped in the last decade - from nearly $73000 to well below $70000. That might not sound like a lot - but as this chart shows - it means a significant decline in the middle class's share of national income - as in - how much of the total income in our nation belongs to the broad middle class compared to the very rich few at the top. This lost decade caps off a 30-year steep decline in the middle class share of national income - so that now - upper income Americans hold a greater share of national income than the middle class. And notice the line at the bottom - that's the lower class's share of income - it hasn't budged. So the rich get richer - the poor stay poor - and the middle class gets poorer. Still think those Bush tax cuts were a good idea? During this lost decade - as middle class incomes fell - the incomes of the 400 richest Americans - all billionaires - quadrupled. Oh, and their tax rates were halved during that same time too. Now given all this information - you would think doubling-down on more tax cuts for the rich would be a really, really ...

Full Show 8/23/12: America's Lost Decade

Thom discusses why there is such a thing as a gay Republican considering the party's stance on gay marriage, the new study detailing the growing wealth inequality in America and a new bill in Congress aimed at keeping call center jobs in the US And in tonight's special edition of "Conversations with Great Minds" Thom talks with NSA Whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Kirk Wiebe.

If You Were Eating Food that Could Kill You - Want to Know?

If you were eating something completely unnatural - something that could make you sick - give you cancer - make your testicles shrink - heck, even kill you - wouldn't you want to know? If you answered yes - then you're on the same side as over 90% of your fellow Americans. Poll after poll over the last few years - has shown that more than 90% of Americans support specific labeling of genetically modified foods that they buy in grocery stores. And European and other developed countries require labeling of GMOs -- genetically modified foods. But even though for years Americans have been demanding the right to know what's in their food - and whether or not it's franken-food - not a single piece of state or federal legislation has ever been passed to make it happen. Which brings us to California. Efforts to force the state legisature to pass laws to require labeling of genetically modified foods have failed - so now citizens of the state have taken matters into their own hands. After collecting more than a million signatures - the citizens of California put proposition 37 on the ballot for November - which will force all genetically modified foods to have special labels. Good news, right? Well...now the fight is just starting. That's because the biggest purveyors of genetically modified foods - giant corporations like Monsanto, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle - all of them are spending enormous amounts of money to defeat Prop 37. They don't want you to know what's in your ...

It's Hurricane Akin that is hitting the GOP Convention!

Joining Thom for more on how the Republican Party deals with this Akin mess - and their own well-documented history of embracing radical anti-abortion and anti-women policies is Mike Papantonio, Attorney - and Host of Ring of Fire Radio Despite having one of the largest gaffes of the 2012 campaign season - Rep. Todd Akin is staying in his Missouri Senate race. How will Republicans continue to deal with Akin's comments - and why are they attacking him if the party has a history of embracing radical anti-abortion ideas anyway?

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Talionicously Ugly!

The Good! *RT* RT has been nominated for an International Emmy Award in the news category for the network's coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement which began last year in New York. From the start of the movement - RT was one of the first channels to provide coverage and in-depth analysis of the events. The Bad! *Judge Tom Head* Head - a county judge in Lubbock, Texas - told a local television station that he would join the resistance against a United Nations takeover of American sovereignty - should that happen. In other words - Judge Head is drinking the far-right Conservative conspiracy kool-aid. and the Very Very Ugly! *Kevin Williamson* Williamson is a deputy editor for the Conservative-leaning National Review magazine. And - in the latest edition - Williamson wrote that "Mitt Romney should get 100 percent of the female vote," because his wealth makes him superior to President Obama. He went on to say that "men select mates for fertility, while women select for status." Williamson also felt the need to say that "age is cruel to women." So - it seems Conservatives aren't content to just go after women's bodies and their healthcare.

Lone Liberal Rumble - Could a GOP hurricane be a sign?

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & SE Robinson, The Blaze join Thom Hartmann. Want to understand just how far-right and radical the Republican Party has become? Just read the official Republican Party platform. Also, Would a hurricane hitting the RNC be the irony of ironies - a subtle way of the universe telling Republicans that climate change is actually happening - and their policies are to blame? More on that in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble...

Conversations w/Great Minds - Neil Barofsky - TARP - An Inside Account P2

Neil Barofsky, former special inspector-general of the TARP & author "Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street," joins Thom Hartmann. In 2008, we were all told TARP was needed to prevent a Great Depression. Instead - TARP funds have made the big banks richer - and given them an even greater feeling of invincibility. So how was this allowed to happen?

Full Show 8/22/12: Great Minds: Neil Barofsky

In tonight's special edition of "Conversations with Great Minds" Thom talks with former TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses the GOP platform and their upcoming convention in Tampa, and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at what citizens in California are doing to find out exactly what they're eating.

Conversations w/Great Minds - Neil Barofsky - TARP - An Inside Account P1

Neil Barofsky, former special inspector-general of the TARP & author "Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street," joins Thom Hartmann. In 2008, we were all told TARP was needed to prevent a Great Depression. Instead - TARP funds have made the big banks richer - and given them an even greater feeling of invincibility. So how was this allowed to happen?

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Desipienteously Ugly!

The Good! *Valarie Martin* Martin is a constituent of California Republican Congressman Dan Lungren. And - at a recent town hall meeting that Lungren hosted - Martin attacked him over his blatant climate denialism and his support for big oil. The Bad! *Rep. Steve King (R-IA)* While most Republicans rushed to distance themselves from Rep. Akin's "legitimate rape" statement - King did the opposite - and came out in support of him. His explanation for his support though didn't do much to help make the situation any better. King told an Iowa reporter that he had never heard about rape victims getting pregnant from stataory rape or incest. and the Very Very Ugly! *Spring Valley Hospital* Brittany Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli - domestic partners - went to Spring Valley Hospital when Leon was having complications from pregnancy. But - when they got there - admissions staff told Simonelli that she would have to secure power of attorney in order to be with Leon - even though under Nevada law domestic partners have the same rights as married couples.

FDR Exposes the Origins of the Romney/Ryan "Big Lie"

It seems that right-wingers - we call them Republicans here in the US - haven't changed their strategies much at all over the years - that Romney and Ryan are following an old, old pattern. According to Godwin's Law - the first person to use a Hitler comparison in an argument - loses. Well...call me a loser - and call President Franklin Roosevelt a loser too - because in 1944 - while running for re-election - Roosevelt compared the Republican's political strategy that year to Hitler's. Now don't expect President Obama to compare Republicans to Hitler like Roosevelt did. He shouldn't. But he should call out the liars - and use the actual word "liar" in doing so. Because if he doesn't - then the propaganda machine on the Right won't stop - and he could be left wondering, on November 7th, how he lost an election when the Republican and Rove and Koch Brothers attack ads were all filled with lies - big, big lies. Consider it a warning, Mr. President. Oh, and one more thing - in that same speech that Roosevelt called out Republicans for using Hitler's techniques - he also called them out for suppressing the vote - which just so happens to be the Republican strategy today too - right alongside lying. The more things change - the more they stay the same

NYPD spying on Muslims turns up 0 leads after 6 years!

Gadeir Abbas, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) joins Thom Hartmann. Despite spying on Muslims in New York City for 6 years - the NYPD has yet to turn up a solid lead on any threat from Islamic terrorists. Has this program - along with anti-Muslim advocates - caused Americans to fear - and hate - the Muslim community?

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