• Show live from Washington D.C., from the radio row at America’s Future Now (formerly known as TAKE BACK AMERICA), Omni Shoreham Hotel.
  • Article: Randall Terry: Tiller "Reaped What He Sowed," I Won't Tone Down Rhetoric (VIDEO).
  • Abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered yesterday.
  • Article: Randall Terry: "George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God.".
    "On the February 2, 1992, edition of CBS' 60 Minutes (accessed from the Nexis database), Lesley Stahl reported:"While Terry insists he has never committed any violent acts himself, this footage, taped by the staff of the Boulder Abortion Clinic in Colorado, shows him asking his followers to pray for either the salvation or the death of the clinic's doctor." 60 Minutes then aired video of Terry stating "But pray that this family will either be converted to God or that calamity will strike him." Stahl added, "The doctor he's talking about is Warren Hern, who runs the clinic. He's been a major target of pro-life groups for years because he's one of only three doctors in the country who specialize in late-term abortions.""
  • Guest: Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, founder of the pro-life organization Operation Rescue. In 1988 he was associated with James Kopp who went on to murder an abortion doctor and is in prison. Terry had said, "But pray that this family will either be converted to God or that calamity will strike him." Is he pleased? No, Tiller deserved a proper trial, sentencing, then time to prepare his soul to meet God, he was a villain, evil man. How would he deal with the women who have abortions? He said Thom wanted us to use flowery language that lets people go to sleep. Thom said he had blood on his hands. Jim Kopp worked for him for 6 months ten years ago. He's Catholic, against all birth control that kills, they will all be made illegal.
  • Bumper Music: Shake It Up, The Cars.
  • Guest: Kristen Day, Executive Director, Democrats for Life of America, Inc., a national organization for pro-life members of the Democratic party. The Pregnant Women Support Act. They are against euthanasia, execution, and in favor of life. Help for pregnant women. The murder is a tragic situation.
  • Bumper Music: Jai Ho Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack.
  • Article: Feds drop prosecution in NH phone-jamming case. James Tobin.
  • James Tobin goes free, Ted Stevens free, Don Siegelman not free.
  • Article: General Ricardo Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission - VIDEO UPDATE, Jack Hidary.
  • Ben Nelson is no longer opposed to public option - due to your calls?
  • Why can't the administration use the Patriot Act and call anti-abortion people terrorists?
  • Randall Terry's theology turns god into a person who punishes sins by murder? Old Testament. A caller had an abortion because she was an alcoholic and on drugs and birth control failed ,and she has been called a murderer. TV gave as much coverage to Terry as to the family. Why are radicals not calling for the death of fertility doctors? Thom would have liked to have asked if a woman is pregnant and she will die if does not abort, should she be allowed to die? Sex education, planned parenthood, don't be condemnatory, be supportive.
  • Bumper Music: You're the Voice, Heart (video).
  • Guest: Page S. Gardner, Founder and President, Women's Voices. Women Vote. (WVWV). Making sure that traditionally unheard voices are heard, the largest group is unmarried women. They turned out 23% compared to 21% in last election. Unmarried women are just over 24% of those of voting age, including divorced, widowed. The country is becoming more unmarried. People are waiting until later, in Europe too. The divorce rate is stable. How are they reaching out? Unmarried women are the group first hit, hardest, they are driven by economic issues, progressive, want health care and jobs. At Thom's Alaska IEW keynote, only a few there were women. Are they interested in the union movement? SEIU is doing traditional jobs like nurses. They are pro union, labor. They may be doing 2 jobs, anything to make it easier helps them participate more.
  • 1791 Hamilton 11 step plan based on the Tudor plan of Henry VII, used by other countries:
    I. Protecting duties.

    Protective duties, or duties on those foreign articles which are the rivals of the domestic ones, intended to be encouraged. [B]y enhancing the charges on foreign articles, they enable the national manufacturers to undersell all their foreign competitors.

    II. Prohibitions of rival articles or duties equivalent to prohibitions.

    Considering a monopoly of the domestic market to its own manufacturers as the reigning policy of manufacturing nations, a similar policy on the part of the United States in every proper instance, is dictated, it might almost be said, by the principles of distributive justice; certainly by the duty of endeavoring to secure to their own citizens a reciprocity of advantages.

    III. Prohibitions of the exportation of the materials of manufactures.

    The desire of securing a cheap and plentiful supply for the national workmen, and, where the article is either peculiar to the country, or of peculiar quality there, the jealousy of enabling foreign workmen to rival those of the nation, with its own materials, are the leading motives to this species of regulation. …

    IV. Pecuniary bounties [industry direct financial subsidies].

    This has been found one of the most efficacious means of encouraging manufactures, and it is in some views, the best. Though it has not yet been practiced upon by the government of the United States (unless the allowances on the exportation of dried and pickled fish and salted meat could be considered as a bounty) and though it is less favored by public opinion than some other modes. Its advantages, are these -- It is a species of encouragement more positive and direct than any other, and for that very reason, has a more immediate tendency to stimulate and uphold new enterprises, increasing the chances of profit, and diminishing the risks of loss, in the first attempts.

    V. Premiums [incentives for production, innovation, or quality].

    These are of a nature allied to bounties, though distinguishable from them, in some important features. Bounties are applicable to the whole quantity of an article produced, or manufactured, or exported, and involve a correspondent expense.

    Premiums serve to reward some particular excellence or superiority, some extraordinary exertion or skill, and are dispensed only in a small number of cases. But their effect is to stimulate general effort. Contrived so as to be both honorary and lucrative, they address themselves to different passions; touching the chords as well of emulation as of interest. They are accordingly a very economical mean of exciting the enterprise of a whole community.

    VI. The exemption of the materials of manufactures [raw materials] from duty [import tariffs].

    The policy of that exemption as a general rule, particularly in reference to new establishments, is obvious. It can hardly ever be advisable to add the obstructions of fiscal burdens to the difficulties which naturally embarrass a new manufacture; … exemptions of this kind in the United States, is to be derived from the practice, as far as their necessities have permitted, of those nations whom we are to meet as competitors in our own and in foreign markets.

    VIII. The encouragement of new inventions and discoveries [patents and copyrights].

    The encouragement of new inventions and discoveries at home, and of the introduction into the United States of such as may have been made in other countries; particularly those, which relate to machinery.

    This is among the most useful and unexceptionable of the aids, which can be given to manufactures. The usual means of that encouragement are pecuniary rewards, and, for a time, exclusive privileges. The first must be employed, according to the occasion, and the utility of the invention, or discovery: For the last, so far as respects "authors and inventors'' provision has been made by law.

    IX. Judicious regulations for the inspection of manufactured commodities [regulation and inspection].

    This is not among the least important of the means, by which the prosperity of manufactures may be promoted. It is indeed in many cases one of the most essential. Contributing to prevent frauds upon consumers at home and exporters to foreign countries--to improvement quality and preserve the character of the national manufactures, it cannot fail to aid the expeditious and advantageous sale of them, and to serve as a guard against successful competition from other quarters.

    The reputation of the flour and lumber of some states, and of the potash of others has been established by an attention to this point. And the like good name might be procured for those articles, wheresoever produced, by a judicious and uniform system of inspection; throughout the ports of the United States. A like system might also be extended with advantage to other commodities.

    X. The facilitating of pecuniary remittances from place to place [a stable currency and banking system].

    The facilitating of pecuniary remittances from place to place is a point of considerable moment to trade in general, and to manufactures in particular; by rendering more easy the purchase of raw materials and provisions and the payment for manufactured supplies. …

    XI. The facilitating of the transportation of commodities [transportation infrastructure].

    Improvements favoring this object intimately concern all the domestic interests of a community; but they may without impropriety be mentioned as having an important relation to manufactures. There is perhaps scarcely any thing, which has been better calculated to assist the manufactures of Great Britain, than the ameliorations of the public roads of that kingdom, and the great progress which has been of late made in opening canals. Of the former, the United States stand much in need; and for the latter they present uncommon facilities. …

  • Guest: Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of "The Nation" magazine. “Meltdown: How Greed and Corruption Shattered our Financial System and How We Can Recover”. GM declared bankruptcy, there has been no media coverage of the holders of bonds, mostly hedge funds, who are ahead due to credit default swaps. A New York Times piece today prefigures the regulatory change ahead. The economy cannot go back to "normal" since Reagan. Clinton axed the Glass Steagall Act. Article about bankers organizing against regulations. Credit default swaps should be outlawed. Chrysler, Cerberus. The first stimulus was weakened with tax cuts. We need jobs. Green it. Transition it. Protect it. Hamilton's plan. There was a Nation teach-in in Detroit last week. Bottom up, but need help. The need to lay the groundwork for a second stimulus, states are a disaster, painful cuts, like California, their summer program for all kids was cut yesterday. Calif proposition 13, Oregon out of state money making a 2/3 vote necessary. "jobkilling taxes" language.
  • Bumper Music: Come On In, Brad Paisley (video).
  • Guest: Robert Amsterdam, an attorney who focuses on those deprived of human rights outside the U.S., for example Russia and Venezuela. The situations in a variety of Southern and Central American countries. The U.S. is too polarized left and right, you need to focus on the truth. He was impressed with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil. He was impressed with Chavez until he stacked the court and turned it into a one party state, but he has now gone around the edge.
  • Bumper Music: Crazy, Gnarls Barkley.
  • Article: Mmm ... raw sewage? Leaks blamed on Krispy Kreme.
  • Possibility of paying off the national debt using currency issued by the government? Silver certificates, greenbacks. Ellen Brown talks about it.
  • Guest: Scott Paul, founding Executive Director, Alliance for American Manufacturing. "The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a unique non-partisan, non-profit partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S. AAM brings together a select group of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers. Our mission is to promote creative policy solutions on priorities such as international trade, energy security, health care, retirement security, currency manipulation, and other issues of mutual concern." Manufacturing has changed. It's more than just about Detroit assembling autos, many others depend on it. Chrysler, GM partners, manufacturing abroad. Hamilton plan. What's wrong with protecting America? There's no such thing as a post industrial economy, it is 20% unemployment, with retail based on debt. Japan foreign aid in Africa is about selling Japanese food and transport there. There is too much connection between Wall Street and Democratic thinkers and global companies. He had hoped for a big change after Obama's campaign. The progressive movement used to be labor, professors were communists and fascists. Free trade is fiction, look at the length of of the GATT. There is not a level playing field. The creeping definition of protectionism. How do we bring it back? Mobilize people outside of manufacturing to understand how you need it.
  • Bumper Music: Tommy Can You Hear Me? The Who.
  • California's proposition 13 helped middle class home owners. But it was developers and higher end earners, etc. who gained most.
  • Book: "Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy", Dean Baker.
    "For the second time this decade, the U.S. economy is sinking into a recession due to the collapse of a financial bubble. The most recent calamity will lead to a downturn deeper and longer than the stock market crash of 2001

    Dean Baker’s Plunder and Blunder chronicles the growth and collapse of the stock and housing bubbles and explains how policy blunders and greed led to the catastrophic—but completely predictable—market meltdowns. An expert guide to recent economic history, Baker offers policy prescriptions to help prevent similar financial disasters.

  • Guest: Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research. Author, "Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy", "Thinking Big: Progressive Ideas for a New Era" and "The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer" and "Getting Prices Right: The Debate Over the Consumer Price Index". Prop 13 threw a bone to middle income home owners. It affected business property owners too. They paid a smaller proportion of the commons they use. Lower income people move more, and it only helped if you stayed put. The third stimulus. Where do we go from here? People have been underestimating recession, people forget the first one which was supposed to solve it, with people getting checks. The gap is $2.6 trillion, the stimulus is not large enough. Some suggest, including Krugman, that World War II got us out of it, if so, we'd have to spend the equivalent of the amount that was spent then. Politicians are followers not leaders. We know the answer, spend money, employ people. The "Conservative Nanny State" is his and Thom's favorite of his books.
  • Bumper Music: Piggies, George Harrison, Beatles (video).
  • Article: AIG Charity Grab: Bids To Claw Back Grants To Pay Bonuses.
  • The Chile pension funds were privatized under Pinochet, it was a disaster, but the current president's campaign was to renationalize.
  • Article: Closing the Benefits Loophole, Ellen E. Schultz.
    "A bipartisan group of legislators is pressing the Treasury Department to close a loophole that has allowed banks to seize Social Security and disability benefits from customers' accounts despite federal rules intended to protect these benefits from creditors.

    The loophole also has enabled some banks to seize from customers their recent $250 Economic Recovery Payments, payments to disabled veterans, and supplemental benefits to impoverished individuals from the Social Security Administration.

    Federal law says creditors can't take Social Security, disability, veterans' and children's survivor benefits to pay a debt. But the federal law doesn't say how money deposited directly into bank accounts is to be protected -- a gap that has given banks the ability to seize such funds.

  • Workers in slums, two class society, very stable.
  • Prop 13, homeowners move far more often than corporations? Corporations will create a company to hold the property, and they can sell that company without changing the title holder.
  • Bumper Music: Give a Little Bit, Supertramp.
  • Guest: Robert L. Borosage, president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future. What's on his radar screen? We are headed into the greatest opportunity for progressive reform, health care, energy, Employee Free Choice Act, etc. All face big resistance. Get keyed up so that politicians who stand in the way know. We slammed Ben Nelson's office, now he has changed his mind. They are out of touch, listen to lobbyists. It is a time of enormous fear and hope. Trickle down economics, etc. In Obama we all saw what we hoped for, and conservatives what they feared. He is the most progressive president since LBJ who was pushed by Bobby Kennedy and King. We have to create energy to stiffen him. Unlike Clinton he has introduced significant reforms like health care, energy, Employee Free Choice Act, and said that unions are part of the solution not the problem. People should be emboldened, the country is more and more center left. Organize, push. Despair is not an option, get active.
  • Bumper Music: Who knows, Avril Lavigne.
  • Article: In New Book, Howard Dean Takes On Opponents of Health Care Reform.
    "The opponents of health care reform are already lining up, swiftboating, backing off on their promises, and mounting a heavily-funded and totally dishonest campaign to kill any chance of a public option. They’ve got Rick Scott. They’ve got the insurance companies. They’ve got their Limbaughs and their Becks and their Hannitys.

    But we’re not going to meekly back down and accept some watered-down legislation favoring the insurance giants and pharmaceutical companies. We’ve got a grassroots movement with massive support. We’ve got a Democratic majority (as long as they’re willing to show some backbone). And we’ve got Howard Dean, armed with his eponymous new book, "Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer". ...

    [The book] will be released as an e-book in all formats the week of June 8, 2009, then released as a printed paperback on July 1, 2009. It will also be released as an iPhone application available for download in the iTunes App Store. In addition to being able to navigate and search the entire book, this interactive book application will allow readers to quickly and easily take action and get involved in the fight for health care reform. The official publication date is July 20, 2009.

  • Guest: Governor Howard Dean, M.D. Health care. It was top of his agenda as governor in Vermont, and campaigning for president. Ben Nelson was against a public option. Is it at least a starting point? Republicans are afraid it would be the camel's nose under the tent? They think their supporters will not be able to support them. We want to offer Americans a choice. Single payer Medicaid since 1965. Private insurance is much worse now, so more doctors would support it. Medicare 4% not spent on health care, the best non profit 12%, for profits range from 20-50%.

    Iconic moments like the Dean scream. 5 years ago William McGuire left his job with $1.78b. They called him dollar bill McGuire. Bill Frist. "Rick" Scott scammed Medicare. Why are they not as famous as the Dean scream? Polling, CEOs have a lower rating than congress. His new book "Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer" about to be released, the title was chosen by the publisher. There is huge support for education, government run national health care system. Why is it so hard to get it through the legislature? Money talks. Go to his site, working with DFA, you can get an action kit to use with your iPhone.

  • Bumper Music: Democracy is coming to the USA, Leonard Cohen.
  • Prop 13, Governor Brown and democrats had a chance to come up with an alternative to people losing homes due to big property rises.
  • The Tiller murder, nobody said that if there were one more Catholic on the Supreme Court, they could vote again Roe v. Wade. Thom is not concerned that they are Catholic, but that four of them belong to a very right wing church. The Catholic Church can be progressive. Thom went to Colombia with Salem International, the Catholics offered them land, but all their people had been murdered by drug lords. Don't categorize them like we do Muslims. Thom was impressed by John Paul 2, and a Catholic charity in Uganda. A televangelist flew in for photo-ops and used them to solicit funds, but never fed the starving.
  • The tax cuts that ware in the budget, the checks were due by the end of May?
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