The Big Picture & The Thom Hartmann Program "On Air" Questions or Comments for Thom?

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Hi Thom..

I would like to see a "survival" curriculum in schools: you know, planting, building solar panels,and such, or just building, or invesitigating new energy sources, leanring to sew ( we used to do that) manage money,(we used to do that too) . High schools could offer such a curriculum. Not instead of the tirvium, ( which we used to do too, and don't too much now, I understand), but as elective studies.

Also, I would like to hear a discussion on GMO update.

Thanks for your time.

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Here is something we never hear in the debt ceiling debate:

Take the heat off Social Security and put it on the banks and businesses

How about a short term loan to the Fed from all those bailed out banks that have returned to such profitability that they are again paying huge bonuses?

How about short term loan to the Fed from all those businesses (bailed out or not) that are sitting on trillions of dollars in cash?

The Fed (no debt ceiling) could issue short term (30/60/90 day) CDs or bonds, the Treasury could mint platinum markers and trade them for the cash from the Fed bond sales and then use the cash to keep the government afloat until a sane deficit/debt limit deal is reached ... this could allow 3 to 6 months to hash out a complete package. [Complete package to include redeeming the platinum markers.]

Heck, if the banks and businesses aren't patriotic enough to chip in, as long as the bonds/CDs were available in small enough sizes, the American people could enable Obama to keep the country going until Congress gets its act together and actually passes a plan (that Obama will accept) through both House and Senate.

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I was a senior banker for 35 years (retired in 1999) who lived in, started and served as country head of an international bank in Canada, Korea, and Spain over a period of 17 years. I can identify a group of 200 million Americans who have one very important motivation in common (an affinity group) & would more than likely vote for a proposal I have to fix our broken economy, broken political system & deteriorating democracy. In addition, I have identified $6 trillion in saves without touching the 3 entitlement programs. I’d like to meet with a senior member of your group to discuss these things with him/her.

You can contact me at mccgreeneh@gmail.com

Howard Greene

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If we really want to turn our economy around and help main street this is the way to do it. Congress need to pass a bill to eliminate all federal taxes on 401k and pension withdrawals for anyone 55 and over. The Baby Boomers can no longer or want to do some of the things they once could. There would be thousands of bathrooms and kitchens remodeled, windows washed and so many other things. There are some who will most likely leave their jobs freeing up a job for someone younger. Kids and grand kids would be helped; a boomer would now be free to become a full time care giver to a love one. One thing we do know a boomer will not take the tax cut and buy out an other boomer and put two thousand people out of work as a large company would do with their tax cut.

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Thom, is the left fast enough at taking on the Republican narrative machine? It seemed to take us weeks to publish meaningful attacks on terms like "job creators" - to expose it and undermine it. Is there a way for us to get quicker about it? For instance, 4-8 hours after prominent Republicans introduce their new coordinated deceptive narrative chunks, we coordinate and hack it to bits using shared fact-based arguments/analogies that can easily be digested by the public. // "Cracking the Code" //. Imagine a site where the SOLE purpose was undermining the specific manipulative words/phrases produced by the Rep's deceit machine - and nothing more. I'm willing to help create it.

Corin

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Straight up or down vote on the debt ceiling. Call your congress person, your senator and the white house and DEMAND IT!!!! Here is what I am telling them ' I am calling to express my displeasure with the current debt ceiling fiasco. If do not care what the (congressman, senator,president) thinks about any other issues. We want a clean up / down vote so that we the people can decide who has the best interests of the country at heart. If the (person) wants to fight over SS or medicare or other spending do that seperately. I am sick of the BS and I WILL remember this next election. Again WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND A STRAIGHT UP OR DOWN VOTE ON A CLEAN BILL.'

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Why is Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes not even Mentioned?? Corporations are paying No Taxes at all.

A War Tax...surcharge..... to "Pay as we Go"

Social Security?....Simply Raise the $100,000 cap on when they stop taking FICA taxes.....NonProblem Solved.

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Regarding Fox-Media Hacking in America... Remember when the Right-Wing Video commando did that Acorn-Hooker video??

That same Video-Dude was Arrested trying to Bug a Democratic U.S. Senator's office.... Dressed up as a Verizon worker. WHY DIDN'T HE GO TO JAIL??? Imagine if You or I tried to bug Congressman Baehner's office...what would Happen to Us?

WAS THAT VIDEO COMMANDO WORKING FOR FOX???

Was Congressman Weiner's Phone HACKED.....and Exposed????

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Since the Repbulicans main retort against repealing the Bush tax cuts is their disingenuous and incorrect correlation between the unemployment rate and taxes, call their bluff.

Why not tie income tax rates on those voer 500K a year to the unemployment rate. Start by eliminating the Bush tx cuts then, lower income tax rates on a 1 to 1 ratio with decreaes in the unemployment rate. In theory, by lowering unemployment through hiring through domestic investment, the over 500K cowd could effectively have almost any tax rate they want. At the very least companies would be incentivized to invest domestically.

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Thom, will you vote for (and encourage your listeners to vote for) Obama if he signs a bill that cuts medicare benefits and raises the age for social security eligibility?

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Hi Thom,

About Puerto Rico ,,,I I watch your show as much as I can ! Great news man ! Anyhow I heard you mention you did not know if the Independence Party of Puerto Rico has or had any religious connections ? To answer your curiosity , no they dont , all they want is Puerto Rico to be free from the so called federal ocupation in the island wich has lasted for some one hundred something years...

And by the way the Tea Party republican agenda of the deficit shock doctrine has already been in full swing in Puerto Rico 2 years before it exploded here in USA ...

All the best Thom !and thanks to you , I want to read more about Jefferson...

Carlos

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Hi Thom ,

More on Puerto Rico .....Below I have posted a link to the Huffington Post regarding the situation of PR if are interested in taking a look...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maritza-stanchich-phd/wisconsin-and-puerto-rico_b_836903.html

peace

Carlos

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Hi, I would love to see Howard Dean Run for Pres.

but I like Bernie Saunders, and want him to be next. He seems to be speaking my language!

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I agree with you. kids as well as adults also need to learn dental hygene as a carreer. oral health is the foundation for general health.

permaculture, and self sustaining responsibility too. there is only 4 acres per person in this world. we need more farmers on our 4 acres. topsoil renovation too. This is the key to lasting wealth.

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very interesting program with James Galbraith on KPFA on Saturday - talking a lot about what Obama and Republicans are up to: http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/71780. References a NY Times opinion piece by the conservative David Brooks in March 2009 (2 months after Obama's inauguration) stating that those at the White House told him Obama wanted to cut medicare and social security, decrease spending on education.... and that the Tea Party enables him to play "good cop, bad cop" to do what he always wanted to anyway. This is why he doesn't fight for anything.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/06/opinion/06brooks.html?scp=1&sq=david%2...

Great appreciation for your work.

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Why are people in the house making at least 174,000 drawing SS. Mr. Burton said he is taking it on C-span this morning.

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I am finding it impossible not to make comparisons between these idealogue cultists on the right and the Nazis under Hitler's sway. Racism, dishonesty, war mongering, a sophisticated use of propaganda, crowd control, control of the media, a distinct hatred for many of their fellow citizens, fascism and a warped sense of what Christianity is all about. Perhaps comparisons would inform and educate, after all, it was Wall Street banksters that helped finance the Third Reich.....

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Dissonant noise: When two people, say a host and a guest, talk doggedly over each other at length, I don't care who they are, the result is dissonant, unbearable noise, and that's when I change stations for a while to find out what Rush Limbaugh is lying about today.

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Hi Tom,

I called in today, and checked out the article you pointed me to. I haven't found your 80% of terror incidents commited by Right wingers. Where did I go wrong? All the incidents are posted on the bottom and one of us cannot do the math!!! Is it me or you? Infact in the middle it says this.

Beginning in the 1950s, the most serious domestic terrorist threat shifted to leftist-oriented extremist groups that generally professed a revolutionary socialist doctrine and viewed themselves as protectors of the people against the adverse effects of capitalism and U.S. foreign policies. Some of the more sensational terrorist events during this latter period included the November 1, 1950, attempted assassination of President Truman at Blair House by two members of the National Party of Puerto Rico. On March 1, 1954, members of the same group opened fire on a session of the U.S. House of Representatives, injuring five congressmen. The 1958 commandeering of a Cuban airliner in flight from Miami inaugurated a decade of hijackings by Cuban revolutionaries.

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I heard you saying Boehner and GOP leadership want to kill Americans by cutting entitlements, but what do you have to say about Democrats who cut Medicare in the Obamacare bill? Do they also want to murder Americans?

Mike

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Thom has mentioned how the idea of "GOP TV" morphed into Fox "News" (which puts the boob in boob tube, as Norman Goldman says). I wonder, given the huge amount of money that the DNC and Obama have raised, whether they could follow that model and create "DemTV," which could be put on free cable throughout the country. For the amount of money we're talking about, could the Democrats lease an existing channel, perhaps the former CNN Headline News, from now through November 2012, and use it to present news and opinion with a liberal slant and make it available to cable and satellite providers at no cost.

Just a thought...

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On the subject of corporate personhood...can MoveOn.org or some reasonably well-heeled progressive group try to register a corporation to vote? Surely they will be rejected, and they can then appeal through the court system; and when it gets to the Supreme Court how can they avoid either allowing corporations to vote or reversing corporate personhood and thus its consequences such as Citizens United.

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About Wisconsin recalls in only 13 days: Why not give John Nichols more time to come up with ways for your audience to help out?

Hope he mentions the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: boldprogressives.org -Wisconsin ads. or calloutthevote.com to volunteer, or ActBlue (https://secure.actblue.com/) a direct way to contribute.

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Given the composition of the current Supreme Court, could President Obama's reluctance to invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling be out of concern for the precedent the Court would set should it rule against him?

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Talk to Casey Ludkin about the Dover, PA intelligent design trial. The judge concluded that ID was not science and that it could not untangle itself from its religious roots.

Also ask about common descent

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If the goal of the Republican agenda is to cut back on social programs, social security and medicare, then didn't they actually win the debt ceiling debate?

As I understood it, Obama presented a plan that would make cuts to those programs, social security and medicare were 'on the table'. They could declare victory and move on. So why don't they take the foot off the gas and stop heading full speed into the wall? It does not make any sense, unless of course they do want to crash into the wall. That would be very sinister to assume. On the other hand, it will leave Obama no choice but to raise the debt ceiling himself. So since they are handing him a political victory, why does he not take it, especially since I heard that the US Credit Rating has already been downgraded?

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So, if the Tea Party guy is for a VAT, is he also for taxing all consumption including a tax on each and every financial transcation on Wall Street? That is where the rich do their "shopping" and they should pay tax on the each and every stock they buy or trade if a VAT is to be fair.

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" especially since I heard that the US Credit Rating has already been downgraded? "

A credit rating can be downgraded multiple times, just because it has been done in the past, does not mean that you guys missing your debt extension is not going to send further shockwaves into its stability.

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Okay, I just got around to sending emails to three Texas Republican Congressmen. Here is what I said:

The time for compromise is here! The Republicans have held the American People hostage long enough and it's time for the debt ceiling to be raised without it being tied to balanced budge.

Yes, we want our government to be fiscially responsible, but not by sacrificing Elderly and people on fixed incomes. You know I think the first cut should be to cut all Congressmen/women salaries by half, give up your pensions, your health insurance and have to work 45 weeks a year. That's what ordinary people do and maybe if you guys didn't have such lush lifestyles we wouldn't be in this mess. A balanced budget starts with you as the rest of us don't have anything else to give.

Republicans were elected because they promised JOBS! Where is the jobs bill? All I see that Tea Party Republicans have done is hold the American People hostage and sacrificed our Medicare and Social Security. If the wealthiest top 1% are job creators, where are the JOBS? They have had ten years and the jobs have gone overseas.

So let's start balancing the budget by cutting congress pay and expenses. How many offices do you have? I think you could cut it back to one small office with one staff member and have to work 45 weeks of the year. Wouldn't that be less government?

It's time to raise the debt ceiling and get on with the business of government. Enough Already.

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Thom : Two Items I hope you can comment on

1) Invoking the 14th is FAR more constitutionally supportable than is the creation of the Super Conngress equivelent of the Polit Bureau, which is completely unconstitutional. .

2) Congress should be madated to have bills that are single issue only Ex. FAA funding and union busting are truly 3 seperate issues and should not allowed to be bundled, Just as The debt celing should be clean with out anything attached to it. These multifaceted complex bills are nothing more than a way for special interests to get legislation enacted via the back door. Single Issue, up or down with a simple majority. ( but keep the 2/3 requirement for amendments and veto over rides.)

Will

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Why does Thom keep pushing for more "growth"?

To grow the economy we must consume ever more resources and fossil fuels and those days are ending.It's not the 1950's anymore, oil is in decline, other resources are becoming more expensive and difficult to extract and worse, the excessive population keeps growing.

Saudi Arabia announced that the kingom will be exporting less oil because of the growth in demand at home.

Farmland is in decline, it's now growing more people instead of food to feed them.We cannot and wlll not keep growing on a finite planet with limited resources, instead, we will have a very painfull population crash, billions will die of wars, hunger, disease and starvation and in the end, the population will be reduced to about one billion people.

You can keep pushing "growth" all you want, it ain't going to happen. We will continue to crash everytime the economy tries to grow and fuel prices will keep going up until this whole house of cards collapses and the survivors start over in a much poorer, drained of resources, world.

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Thom,

I think that one of Obama's flaws in his presidency is appointing Immlet to head his economic advisory. The GOP must be laughing. There really is no more poignant example of the kind of bullshit that has been going on.

I would say symbolically, this appointment cost this president the credibility that he so desperately needs at this juncture in time. I can't take him seriously, and see what this asshole Immlet is doing in the process while being allowed such a prestigious position. Others should be following his example, no?

Is this some kind of a joke? When will the president realize he is getting bitch slapped? (I am sorry for the words, but there is no better way to put it).

I am glad that Sanders is speaking up and criticizing more than just the GOP. It's about time, because honestly I think there has been too much of a love fest internally and not enough critical thinking, or even CONVICTION to uphold what the party stands for. There are some things you can't just compromise with. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/29/bernie-sanders-blasts-democrats...

And of course our economic poster boy, Immlet http://nlpc.org/stories/2011/07/29/ges-immelt-blames-home-employs-abroad.

I still don't get it Thom, this has to be a GOP inside joke, is Obama not embarrassed by this goof? He is making him look like a chump, and frankly I am starting to question the presidents ability to solve anything.

(I have no doubt that in the future, this litle detail will be used symbolically as a side note to demonstrate how inept and out of step this administration was. It will be one of those hand on face moments that should of been obvious from the get go.)

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Thom,Thanks for all you do & more. Is it possible to do part of your shows to problem solving or solutions? You can show pass solutions compare to updated ones,the ones most needed is "economic". You know about public own state banks movement and the North Dakota State Bank,a focus on that can help us get out of this mess.Economic democracy is the replacement of economic kings. A solution part to your programs would be a good counter to all the "problems". People are turning to "bread & circus" because they`re burn-out on problems with no answers.Progressive media need to provide solutions to the problems they report,if not,they`re part of the "problem"!

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How can we repeal citizens united?

How can we tax corporations that outsource jobs?

How can we remove lobbyists from congress?

How can progressives and the tea party team up with each other?

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One minute tutorial. On a recent program, I think from Thursday 7/21, a gentleman asked for a "one minute tutorial". Time ran out, but for me that idea resonated as follows: Half of the population have IQ's less than 100. Conservatives regularly speak to that half. For example "Flip Flop..." and "You lie" and the talking points. Liberals often give the more detailed report and miss the pithy sound bite. I believe his request is for a simple, short, memorable take home message to sum up a topic that we can reuse in our discussions with friends.

Dick

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Thom,

thanks for your patriotism and objectivity on the wide variety of topics that are tossed your way. I want to run this idea by you so I can gauge whether it is a viable option to solve our country's problems.

1. Re-instate the military draft for18-26 year olds of both sexes.

2. 30 month active duty required unless you get a medical discharge/letter from doctor.

3. You can buy your son/daughters way out of serving for $150,000. Much like was done in the civil war to avoid having to serve in that war.

Look forward to your answer, either here or on the air.

Sincerely,

Mike Healy

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After the recent "crisis" in DC some of us think it's time to take it to Wall Street and try to occupy as in Tahrir Square. Interestingly, Ad Busters has initiated the call "Occupy Wall Street" on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. Do you support such an action?

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Call it the Politburo, American Politburo, or Budget Politburo

This new "Super Duper Committee" needs a short descriptive name that conveys its power over the constitutional houses of Congress and its power to short-circuit democracy by determining budget policy on its own and not permitting Congress to change it or do anything other than vote up or down. I think it should be called the Politburo.

Politburo

Historically - particularly in Trotskyist communism, the Politburo was an appointed group of party loyalists who decided policy and controlled the legislature. This beast created by the Debt Hostage Crisis is an American Politburo.

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Most of our elected Washington leaders have been bought and paid for so are totally unresponsive to citizen desires. Any way we could eventually bring about federally funded elections as in Canada?

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Big fan of Thom's, but he breaks my heart when he defends Obama and argues against the prospects for a primary challenge. This tenor of thought has the same Reid/Obama tone that has so weakened the Democratic party for the last thirty years. It's invariably characterized by reasons for why something CAN'T be accomplished. I worked hard for Obama in 08. But he's turned out to be an absolutey feckless, inept leader. We have to cut our losses. Hoping that this guy will change is sad. THINK POSITIVELY. We CAN find a viable, electable alternative. Don't sell ourselves or the electorate short. That's what the right is banking on.

cf http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/02-8

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Hey Tom,

The below is a blurb from the concord project site. The site says that the peope who put it together were former union activists.

In late May, two former union activists (one a former Director of Organizing for a major international union, the other a former union Mobilization Coordinator) were discussing how ordinary Americans don’t understand the influence of union Get Out The Vote activities on the political process.

The website claims to be non-partisan project yet it refers to left-wing organizations here is the text;

With labor unions and other left-wing organizations spending hundreds of millions of dollars and coordinating activities to influence political outcomes at the ballot box, the Concord Project is Prometheus’ flame, giving hard-working Americans the knowledge, platform, and tools to take back America through GOTV education and open-source coordination.

Another interesting item is the below text indicating that you go to unions quietly. and the targeting of churches.I didn't think Churches and politics were allowed to mix. Is that legal?

Your main job is to recruit allies, both entire groups and individuals within the group.

  • Know the culture of group you are speaking to
  • Approach the leader and supply talking points
  • Let them do the talking to their group

Go to:

  • Churches
  • Unions (quietly)
  • Civic groups – Masons, KofC, Rotary, softball team
  • Local chapters of national orgs – Chamber, NRA, churches
  • Businesses (see concordproject.org)
  • Doctors and nurses

Just thought I'd pass it along. I'm in WI & have been in this fight since it began in February and will be in it until for the rest of my days. I will definietly be utilizing this information to get involved as a Precinct Committee person. I will also be recruiting my progressive friends to do the same.

Thank you for the information & all you do for our country,

Chris

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When Thom has Bernie Sanders on, would he ask him if his Senate Democrat colleagues now regret not changing the filibuster rules when they had a chance? And will they do so at the next opportunity?

It's hard to believe someone is a hostage when they didn't take the bullets out of the hostage takers gun when they had the chance, and the filibuster threat is a big, big bullet.

I don't see any downside to eliminating the filibuster since Democrats failed to use it effectively if at all when Bush was president, and the GOP uses it at every opportunity.

Democrats would at least be evening the odds in a fight--if they are really fighting at all rather than just the pro wrestling kind.

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Supply vs Demand vs Return on Investment

The philisophical debate between supply side tax cuts and demand side stimulus spending is simply insane. We have been handing out stimulus checks, credit and supply side tax cuts for 30 years to hide the structural problems in the economy. FDR put people to work solving problems and creating an infastructure that is still providing return on investment today.

We need to discuss economics in terms of return on investment not economic activity or brief spikes in tax revenue due to private borrowing, government spending and lower interest rates. The bush tax cuts were an 80% loss, and so were most of the stimulus checks.

Tax incentives that target key industries and low interest borrowing for green infastructure and retrofits is our only chance to put people back to work here in the short term.

Stimulus spending and loose monentary policy in the face of structural problems in trade, taxes and healtcare is akin to trying to fix a dam by adding more water to the lake. It ani't going to happen.

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Thoms Accounting Example

Thom likes to refer to when he sold a business to take advantage of lower capital gains rates. How come he did not make the reverse analogy when Obama extending the bush tax cuts? Everyone likes to point at the 2.4 trillion business is holding. If Obama had let the the cap gaines and dividend tax cuts expire, would that have not forced business to either reinvest, buy back stocks or pay out dividends to avoid higher tax rates? That would have been 2.4 trillion in free stimulus plus the added tax revenues.

No one seems to pick up on this basic accouting fact.

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Would a run by a big name Left winger in just a few primary states- so that it does not threaten Obama's reelection prospects be feasible and/or desirable? Could a Paul Krugman, Russ Fiengold or Jesse Jackson, Graholm (or Thom Hartmann) challenge in Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania and make Barack address the needs of the left the same way that John Edwards forced him and Hillary to in 2008 (without Edwards in race, healthcare would have been untalked about- as it is Obama was the weakest in the field on healthcare)

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Thom/Louise,

This morning NPR's Morning Edition featured ex-Olympic skater, Wayne Seybold, now the conservative Republican mayor of Marion Indiana, and his economic stimulous initiatives -- one of which is eliminating dozens of small, neighborhood parks one would walk to, in favor of 5 larger city parks one would have to drive to. He says, in effect, we no longer need small, walkable neighborhoods, because we are now a car-based culture that drives to things... Given what we know about Peak Oil and Climate Change, how can we get these knuckleheads to see that this is going in exactly the wrong direction?

Thanks,

Brad in Newbury, VT

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Thom,,while I appreciate your rant about the idiots not funding the FAA please give credit where credit is due...Alaska Airlines announced on the first day they are not collecting the taxes and not raising rates..the passengers can keep the money as it doesn't belong to the airline..pretty classy I think

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Hi, I'm new here. Thanks for having me and Thank you for your tireless work.

I have a question for anyone who might offer a reasonable explanation.

Is there a possible way to have a psychologist/psychiatrist on as a guest to try and explain the psychology behind todays politics. We have dynamically different (or are they?) political parties, yet we are being marched toward austerity and a certain effort to destruct Democracy by the Minority. I understand corporations are a huge influence.

Why does Obama continually choose bad advisor's, appoint uber conservative Judges, give in to republican demands and fail to use the bully pulpit to benefit the Clear Majority of us? If he is Not a closet tea-partier/republican then what the heck is going on that would create the environment that he would not fulfill his campaign promises? Is it a simple matter of the tea partier's being the Loudest squeaky wheel and we are not? Or is there a different agenda that I fail to recognize and/or identify?

I would really appreciate some sort of guidence..watching one thing happen as a very different plan emerges from the mouth is quite complexing for many of us.

It just may be a simple fact that I and many others are simply clinging to our own denial of the obvious.

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Why can't the Federal Reserve create the Infrastructure Bank that president Obama wants to use to create jobs?

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Aug. 4, 2011 10:52 am

Thom,

I called into your show today and after waiting over an hour to speak (which I didn't mind at all), I felt totally slammed by you. I called to talk about why the poor and disinfranchised keep voting Republican, and before I could even finish, you stopped me and accused me of using Rush Limbaugh's talking points. No greater insult has ever been hurled at me. I am a progressive, but I am also a kind, caring, loving, and sensitive person. I never expected to be treated like that by you. I have been listening to your show and donating to FSTV for a long time, and it was only today that I decided to call in and reference the book Deer Hunting with Jesus by Joe Bageant. You asked me why poor people keep voting for Bernie Sanders, but you were comparing apples to oranges. Vermont has always been a stauchly independent and progressive state-- that's why Bernie Sanders is always relected, not to mention he is a stellar leader and wonderful Senator. I was speaking specifically about poor people who continuously vote Republican and against their economic best interests-- the people who are portrayed in the book. These people have a deathly fear of liberals/Democrats/Progressives because they PERCEIVE that we walk around thinking we are better than they are. They don't trust us. They think we are trying to take away their guns and their God. That's what I was trying to say.... that we have to reach out to these people and show them that we are on their side and that the Republicans truly ARE NOT on their side. That's all I was trying to say. Thanks for the swift kick in the gut, Thom. I appreciated it.

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The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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