Daily Topics - Monday - February 22 2010

healthcare imagesQuote:  "The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class." --   Aristotle, Politics

Hour One - Obama Healthcare?

Hour Two - What does privacy mean to you and is Orwell's 1984 here?

Hour Three - Bob King UAW Vice President www.uaw.org When is organized labor going to get serious about demanding protectionism like China and Japan?

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Comments

Charles in OH (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#1

Beck is right. If liberals get their way, there will be an "economic holocaust" for the top 1%.

Scott (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#2

Protecting jobs hurts U.S. workers, just like having a minimum wage or unions hurts workers. This is an ironclad truth that has been proven over and over and liberals never understand. The last 30 years have been a shining example of this in action and the last couple of years prove how great voodoo economics really is.

Captain Bebops (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#3

I don't know why Thom is SO OPPOSED to strikes. They work elsewhere in the world. So what if the GOP tries to co-opt them, they can't if the progressive leaders step up and support such a strike.

I'm also glad that Thom mentioned that Joe Stack seemed to be a frustrated American. We have a tax system resembling something medieval. It plays games of fear on the citizens. It is an abomination and needs to be fixed.

And I'm glad he's brought up the "big brother" spying on computers. This too is an abomination and needs to nipped in the bud.

Blue Native (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#4

Thom: It is irresponsible for the news network to not investigate what other countries are reporting on Toyota problems--unless, of course, the car is NOT being driven in countries other than the U.S. Thank you for reporting on the incident in Japan (China?) regarding the unfortunate incarceration of a man involved in a fatal accident with his Toyota. Those Toyota weasels are trying to keep a lid on their corporate greed that put profits above the "general welfare" and their customers' safety.

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#5

re: 4th amendment: It seems the whole tenet of "probable cause" is gone.

Richard L. Adlof (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#6

The difference between Glenn Beck on FUAX News and the character, Howard Beales, from the movie Network (1976) is Reagan’s War of Education worked. Rather than the masses figuring out that Beck is a insane, dry-drunk, they continue to idolize his stupidity.

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#7

@Scott: re: "Scott February 22

Protecting jobs hurts U.S. workers, just like having a minimum wage or unions hurts workers. This is an ironclad truth that has been proven over and over and liberals never understand. The last 30 years have been a shining example of this in action and the last couple of years prove how great voodoo economics really is."

No, Scott, you don't understand. Today is Washington's birthday, not April Fool's Day.

kim (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#8

Why aren't we saying to the populace that buying Chinese goods is supporting Communism? They are Communists, therefore supporting them is supporting Communism. Why are we saying that loud and clear? And blaming the Republicans for supporting Communism?
Is Vietnam also Communist? Or just a dictatorship?

kim (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#9

I meant "why aren't we saying that..."

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#10

@kim. This is the 21st century. The boogey man is now the terrorist, not the commie.

Zero G. (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#11

@Harry

The fourth amendment has long had a drug war exception. Since no one was willing to stand up for the rights of those who choose to self-medicate, it was only a matter of time until those rights were stripped from increasing members of the population.

Nels (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#12

Scott do you sometimes pronounce your name SCOTUS?

Zero G. (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#13

@Kim

The Chinese are Communist in name only. They are an authoritarian dictatorship, with a growing market economy. There is little that Marx would recognize as his.

Charles in OH (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#14

@kim - Communism is no longer a threat since we defeated the communism. I guess you didn't get the announcement from the Ministry that we are now fighting muslim extremists.

Zero G. (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#15

Thanks Thom, and thanks Jim Hightower, as well!

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#16

@Zero G: you're right, and I'm guilty of the same. I still dont have the nerve to show up and light up at a NORML protest.

Richard L. Adlof (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#17

@ Captain Bebops: THOM is not anti-strikes. He has continually expressed that targeted strikes are effective within specific individual workplaces. THOM correctly notes that national strikes and boycotts in America have historically been ineffective as any gains made are lost within two years.

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#18

re: Singer Vacuum cleaner. I bought one, brought it home, plugged it in, and, you know what? It REALLY sucks.

Richard L. Adlof (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#19

@Scott: Everywhere there is a Living Wage Ordinance proves you incorrect.

Richard L. Adlof (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#20

@NELS: It is spelled, "S-C-R-O-T-U-S."

kim (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#21

Hi guys -- You and I know that the bugaboo of Communism is passe', but the run of the mill right-winger doesn't. They are still afraid of commies under the bed -- and terrorists too. I meant to say it for their sake -- to get the vast majority of Walmart shoppers to think about what they are doing.
they are still calling Obama a commie to say he's bad, so they still think commie is bad....

kim (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#22

Was Scott kidding?

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#23
Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#24

Since I love our younger people, I want the best for them.

http://original.antiwar.com/don-robertson/2010/02/21/before-you-enlist/

chuckle8 (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#25

Surely, Scott was kidding. The last two years have been horrific (except for the election of Obama).

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#26

Thom, have you had the "Cost of War" counter on your web-page that shows a running total of the wars? It's at least $3000 per second.

http://costofwar.com/

"How do you find the Bush Ranch? Easy. Just head toward Waco and follow the slime trail." -harry ashburn

Captain Bebops (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#27

@Adlof -- It's Thom "opinion" that national strikes are ineffective and I don't recall much of any in the US at all so how can one say they are ineffective if we've never had one. It just might be this time.

Zero G. (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#28

It struck me, after a

Zero G. (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#29

(didn't mean to hit post, but anyway)

glass of wine and perhaps a bit of something else that two corrections are in order.

A) In a post above I said Gordon Brown when I meant Michael Gordon.

B) I thanked Thom and Jim Hightower, I should also thank Shawn (sp?) Taylor and Louise Hartmann, and the rest of the crew that puts on the show.

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#30

@Captain Bebops: The UPS strike of about 5-7 years ago was successful; that's the only one i remember. Jim Hightower, however, probably has record of many of them.

Zero G. (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#31

@harry

I guess you didn't have the experience of David Peel with and in the Lower East Side...

ulTRAX (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#32

I love Thom, but he's a typical Liberal who wears democracy on his sleeve, yet seemingly supports an anti-democratic system.

Today he was saying he was in favor of "democracy" in the Senate as if 51% of votes in the Senate was “democratic”. In reality because the Senate represents states not people, that 51% majority can represent as little as 18% of the US population.

Here are some other numbers. Depending on the stars line up the following is possible:

Senators representing a mere 11% of the population can block any legislation in the Senate using the filibuster.

Senators representing a mere 24% of the population can break any filibuster.

Senators representing about 30% of the population can ratify treaties.

If Thom TRULY believed in democracy he’d be calling for sweeping reforms of ALL anti-democratic features of our Constitution… the Senate, the EC, the amendment process, and judicial and treaty ratification.

Reforming the Senate is improbable given the reform-proof nature of our Constitution. But perhaps there’s a back door… using Senate rules to weight the vote of any senator to ½ of the population of their state. Read more here:
http://reinventing-america.blogspot.com/2010/02/reforming-anti-democrati...

Of course this would do nothing to bring other needed reforms to our system… such as proportional representation that could break up our dysfunctional if not braindead two-party system. As a Progressive I can vote FOREVER and never be represented for my beliefs in Washington.

ulTRAX (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#33

I should clarify my remarks about Thom. While I consider him a genuine Progressive on economic matters... willing to take on the basic assumptions of our market system, he seems to be caught in the middle of wanting to support democracy and talking favorably about social democracies in Europe... but he can't seem to challenge the assumptions of our political system. Maybe this has little to do with his REAL beliefs about democracy and more to do with his running a successful radio program and afraid of losing sponsors. After all, to question the assumptions that underlie our federal government is to question the moral legitimacy of our system.

ulTRAX (not verified) 12 years 17 weeks ago
#34

Perhaps God provided a series of divine Revelations to the animal kingdom.

They just didn’t write it down and instead passed it from generation to generation using an oral tradition.

God’s main warning? Beware of crazed humans who believe they have a right and a duty to subjugate the earth.

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