Wednesday 5 May '10 show notes

  • Guests:
    • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, U.S. Congressman (D-IL, 4th District).
    • Keith Sadler, a UAW worker who lost his job and is barricaded in his foreclosed home.
    • Jeremy Scahill, Independent Investigative of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army"...his latest piece for the Nation "Secret Erik Prince Tape Exposed".
    • Rep. Brian Baird.
  • Topics:
    • Is it possible to build a society that doesn't depend on poverty level wages?
    • When is America going to revisit FDR's Homeowners Refinancing Act?
    • Erik Prince says Afghani's are just "barbarians who crawled out of the sewer"...
    • Should members of Congress be allowed to bet against falling markets??? Really?!
  • Bumper Music:
  • Today's newsletter has details of today's guests and links to the major stories and alerts that Thom covered in the show, plus lots more. If you haven't signed up for the free newsletter yet, please do. If you missed today's newsletter, it is in the archive.
  • Quote: A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. -- Andrew Gaines.
  • Madison Square Garden Speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, October 31, 1936.
    "We have not come this far without a struggle and I assure you we cannot go further without a struggle.

    "For twelve years this Nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government. The Nation looked to Government but the Government looked away. Nine mocking years with the golden calf and three long years of the scourge! Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines! Nine mad years of mirage and three long years of despair! Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent.

    "For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

    "We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace - business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

    "They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

    "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their hatred.

    "I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master."

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