Highlights on the Show...January 18 - 22, 201

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Hour Two: Is socialism the cause of the financial meltdown?! Thom debates economist William Baker, author of "Endless Money"  www.wiley.com

Hour Three: Are their crazies better than our crazies...really?! Thom has a rumble with Matthew Vadum www.dailycaller.com

Tuesday

Hour One: "The real tragedy in Haiti...lack of free market?!" Thom confronts Alex Epstein of the Ayn Rand Institute www.aynrand.org

Hour Two: Moral Bankruptcy...why are we letting the banksters off so easily? Thom speaks with Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz motherjones.com

Hour Three: How do we save the planet from financial madness? Raj Patel, author of "The Value of Nothing" guests with Thom rajpatel.org

Wednesday

Hour Two: "False Profits: Recovering From the Bubble Economy" Thom talks with economist Dean Baker about his new book www.cepr.net

Hour Three: "Rich Man, Poor Man...what about the jobless middle class?" Thom mixes it up with conservative Dan Gainor www.businessandmedia.org

Thursday

Hour Two: "Cracking of the Heart" Thom talks to conservative David Horowitz about his relationship with late daughter...a liberal  www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org

Hour Three: “How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets At The Best Answer In Today’s Economy" Thom has a rumble with Steve Forbes www.forbes.com

Friday

Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spends the hour with Thom discussing the issues and answering listener questions www.sanders.senate.gov



Comments

Frank Feuerbacher (not verified) 9 years 38 weeks ago
#1

What happened to Haiti's economy is happening to us. Haiti was forced to drop import duties on rice so rice became so cheap that the local rice producers went out of business. But without jobs the Haitians now can't afford the rice.

Because we eliminated most import duties our manufacturing sector is almost dead and outsourcing is killing many high paying service and professional jobs. We owe a mountain of debt because we can't afford what we buy. What happens when the lenders no longer lend?

DDay (not verified) 9 years 38 weeks ago
#2

As I write this post, the voters of Mass. are putting a stake in the heart of the President's agenda and jettisoning a years labor towards achieving health care reform. It is hard to feel sorry for this administration. It seems as though they are getting what they deserve. It has been reported that staffers at the W.H. are referring to events as being Shakespearean. I couldn't agree more. They seem to forget that they are the authors of this failure. This unforeseen outcome is not so much the result of the winds of fate, as it is the natural consequence of the hubris and arrogance in doing the people's business, making deals, behind closed doors.

Our President made no secret that he intended to "Change the way that Washington did business" during his campaign and at his Inauguration. He spoke often of his intention to bring bi-partisanship forward. His hubris was in assuming that he could do so by the force of his words and efforts. He forgot that he had only half the say in such things. He mis-judged the intentions of his opponents and assumed the force of his personal abilities would prevail. Arrogance. The last time major social legislation was accomplished in this country was under President Lyndon Johnson. Barack Obama is no Lyndon Johnson. Johnson was a master of legislation. He had vast experience, he knew where the bodies were buried, he knew the levers to pull, and was clear eyed and comfortable pushing the buttons and spilling the blood when it was required. Johnson was also willing to sacrifice to achieve his goals. He was willing to throw under the bus members of his own coalition and party who stood in the way of progress. The landmark Civil Rights legislation he muscled through stands as testament to this. Johnson understood the necessity and use of muscle in the Capitol. Barack it seems counted more on finesse and nuance to push his agenda. Barack refused to recognize the dead end that bi-partisanship is when your opponent refuses to deal in good faith. He continued to betray his base by making concessions to the enemies of reform. Republicans. He gave power to those in his party who least deserved it. Blue Dogs. He made deals with the devil by refusing to consider the best solutions and instead allowing the Insurance and drug companies to set the agenda. NO universal, comprehensive, single payer health care, even though the majority of experts and the majority of the people favored it. His lame excuse for doing so? "It would be too disruptive." To who? We all know the answer: it was too disruptive to the special interests! (Never mind the best interests of the people.)

What can be stated as fact today is that President Obama bit off more than he could chew. He promised more than he could deliver. He squandered his opportunities and power and time, and, in doing so, emboldened the forces of the status quo. At best it was half a step forward followed today by a step and a half back. I lament the loss of this health care bill less than I do the loss of Ted Kennedy's former seat in Mass. Few people did more to elect Barack Obama than Sen. Ted Kennedy. Now through his Administration's incompetence, not only the good Senator's dream of health care reform is dead, but his former safe seat will be occupied by a charlatan intent on destroying his predecessor's legacy. It is Shakespearean. It is a tragedy.

Thomas Jode (not verified) 9 years 38 weeks ago
#3

Thom,
What can I do to reppeal the court decision? How can I take down the corparate conquest?

sebillah (not verified) 9 years 38 weeks ago
#4

If Obama is not sure what to do and what the American people are expecting from him, all he needs to do is listen to his own speeches from the campaign. We are displeased with him, because we believed that words do matter. Maybe now he will begin to put some of those words into action. We can only hope...and support groups like PDAmerica and DFA....

DDay (not verified) 9 years 38 weeks ago
#5

Thursday January 21, No Daily Topics Live Blog.....What gives?

DDay (not verified) 9 years 38 weeks ago
#6

What a miserable week. Let's review the lowlights: Tuesday, January 19th...Massachusetts voters are in a snit about the way things are going, angered because of the back-room deals and fecklessness of the ruling party so they collectively decide to cut off their noses to spite their faces by electing a centerfold poser of independence. "Brown 41", (yes it is related to "Brown 25" from the old movie: "Groove Tube") The liberal lion of the Senate turns in his grave.

Wednesday, January 20th,...The Appeaser in Chief abandons yet another public servant for the crime of being open to union representation. Senator Jim Demented, from South Carolina, does another victory dance while celebrating Waterloo.

Thursday, January 21st,....Black Thursday...the day that democracy began to die...SCOTUS, by a vote of 5 to 4 slit the throat of the people's voice and ceded their power to special interests. Overturning more than 100 years of precedence and ignoring the principals of Stare Decisis, this most activist of all courts, began to replace our cherished democracy with a plutocracy. The legacies of Thomas Paine, Sam Adams, and our founders have been replaced by Citizens United, a corporation. Meanwhile, Democratic politicians were reported to be scurrying around the Halls of our Capitol like frightened mice.
Later Thursday afternoon, we learned that Air America Radio had filed for Chapter 7...liquidation. Icing on the cake. The coup is proceeding nicely.
First you weaken the opposition , then you silence them, then you kill'em.

So here we are...the morning after. Like Keith Olbermann kept asking on "Countdown" last night, "What are you going to do about it?" Typing on keyboards and relying on the Internet ain't gunna cut it. One of my favorite characters from history is Sam Adams. He was the primary rabble rouser and prime architect of getting the people agitated, activated, and motivated to throw off the chains of tyranny. It was his spark which ignited the Revolution more than any other single person. Where is our Sam Adams?

Chances are, without a unifying clarion voice like Sam Adams, the masses will stand idly by, chewing their cud, waiting to see what happens. Many will scoff at those who wail, calling them "Chicken Little". "The sky is not falling", they'll say, "this is a good thing, it's a victory for free speech!." Many craven Democrats will agree. If ever there was a chance for the Democratic Party to stand for something...this is it. There is no compromise or appeasing this threat. The battle lines are now drawn, opponents to our shared values are massed and on the move. Who will join the battle? The DLC Democratic middle will not. The Blue Dogs will not. The Tea Party will not. It is up to us to start the revolution. We must go to the streets. We must practice civil disobedience, and make the establishment uncomfortable. They, (our opponents), have the money but we have the truth and right on our side. Most importantly, we potentially have the numbers. If we build it...They will come.

I have been reading and writing on this blog for almost six months now. i have come to admire the knowledge, wisdom, and decency of those who come here. The first Revolution began in a few small taverns in North Boston. There is no reason we cannot begin here...people of a like mind...people who cherish their liberties and individual freedoms....people who hold the gifts and promises of our fore father's work dear. Yesterday I included the first part of a Thomas Paine quote on this blog roll. I left out the second half. Today It seems useful. Dec 23, 1776 "These are the times that try men's souls.......
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheep, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value."
What are we going to do about it? Any ideas? Lets put our heads together and join hands. One idea: February 21st. is a Sunday. maybe we should organize and promote a vigil for democracy and individual freedoms, opposed to all forms of tyranny, in front of our federal Court Houses in each community each month on the 21st. Come armed with press releases recounting the history and our fore father's views about the dangers of corporate hegemony. Or are we too afraid and lazy to take real action? The Tea Baggers aren't.

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