Daily Topics - Friday November 19th 2010

Quote of the Day: Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. ~Louis Brandeis

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

Hour Two: Fighting for our rights in the House - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH, 10th District) will be here http://kucinich.house.gov

Hour Three: Medicaid Prescription coverage for all? Find out what Montana's Democratic Governor is doing to help citizens his state! Governor Brian Schweitzer will be here http://mt.gov


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Katey 9 years 44 weeks ago

When Exxon Mobile has made more profit than ANY COMPANY IN HISTORY but paid NO TAXES last year, it is a moral disgrace that the "Debt Commission" should even suggest that taxpaying citizens must wait until they are 70 years old in order to recieve Social Security!

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Pablito 9 years 44 weeks ago

Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha....once again the Democrats & a spineless Prez has caved......You all just heard Senator Bernie Sanders saying that Democrats ought not to give in to billionaires tax cuts....well first it was millionaires don't deserve a tax cuts over middle class Americans...Noe the post has been shifted to billionaires.

Almost all members of congress are millionaires...you really think they are going to put your interest above theirs.......

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cmoore68 9 years 44 weeks ago

Hey, Pablito. Do you know how taxes work? Just because you have accumulated enormous wealth does not mean you pay taxes on that wealth.

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Blue Mark 9 years 44 weeks ago

Social Security is doing just fine.

Despite the Catfood Commission, Social Security will never increase the national debt. In fact Social Security is just about the ONLY government program that is well funded for as far as we can forecast. It has a huge surplus of well over 2.5 trillion dollars that will continue to grow to well over 4 trillion dollars before it begins to decline. Sometime between 20 and 30 years from now that trust fund will run out, and SS will have to run on its current revenues - just like it did for its first half century of existence. That is not "broken", that is what it was always intended to do. Once the trust fund is gone, we can continue to fund benefits at 80% of current levels basically forever. Not bad, do absolutely nothing at all and SS doesn't have to cut a penny, increase the retirement age or reduce any benefits for at least 20 years, and after that can go forever with just a 20% cut. So why do they want to make those benefit reductions now?

I have a better idea. Let's enhance Social Security so that it lowers unemployment, stimulates the economy, and restores confidence.

  • Reduce unemployment by lowering the voluntary retirement age to 60 instead of raising it to 69. Life expectancy is mainly increasing because fewer people are dying young - but people reaching the end of their working years are not actually living significantly longer - and a lifetime of work, especially physical labor, is not easier on today's sexagenarians. 69 might be a good retirement age for a banker, but not for skilled iron-workers, or auto workers, or even janitors. Let them retire earlier and open up those jobs.
  • Turn FICA into a true flat tax, rather than the regressive tax it is now. Currently FICA taxes are 12.4% of the first $106,800 in earned wages (split between worker and employer), and absolutely nothing on any income above that - and FICA taxes are not collected on unearned income such as dividends and capital gains. Let's make it a true flat tax, Collect it on all income - no exceptions. We could then easily pay for lowering the voluntary retirement age, and never have to reduce benefits, and at the same time we could probably cut the FICA tax rate to half of its current level.

Reduce unemployment, substantially reduce FICA taxes for most taxpayers, preserve benefits and create confidence in today's workers that Social Security will be there for their retirement. Damn, that sounds downright conservative!

harry ashburn 9 years 44 weeks ago

does anyone know how to stream thom's RT tv show? I keep getting a 404 error message on that RT America link. I couldnt find it on Democratic Underground web site. can anyone help? thanx

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Maxrot 9 years 44 weeks ago

You know it isn't just that people don't have the time/money to protest/demonstrate/rally. The fact of the matter is even if people do get out in the streets, there is little to no media coverage unless its supporting reich wing views.


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gerald 9 years 44 weeks ago

Here is my comment for Thom’s blog on November 19, 2010.

If you recall my two predictions, the primary one is the United States will cease to exist by 2065 through a nuclear holocaust that she started against the world. The second one is that endless misery, pain, and suffering will be upon Americans through the Twenty-first Century and well into the Twenty-second Century. With all that is happening in the world and in the United States, we must remember these experiences are God’s will and He knows best. God is involved!!! Americans refusal to accept God through a lack of a repentant heart and soul damns the United States of Mortal Sin.

I was watching a Turner Classic Movie, “On the Beach.” Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner starred in the movie. The theme centered around a nuclear war where radiation was in the air and the winds circled the globe killing all human life. The movie was released in 1959.

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the mouth canno... 9 years 44 weeks ago

This may be yesterdays news, but I honestly don’t understand why the TSA issue is such a big issue right now or why people are actually surprised by it, without being disrespectful to people who are sensitive to being ex-rayed naked or being groped, or worse, having to let their children being touched by strangers. Without any doubt, Celebrities will have their nude pictures being leaked onto the internet (some may actually receive a career boost from it), normal guys like myself have to content with finding our tush on sites like “rate my TSA shot”. I agree, it is grotesque and tasteless, and if it wasn’t for the people who are really being victimized like children, rape victims, or as one of your callers, a person with skin cancer, at best it would make a comedy piñata.

I personally am beyond the point of getting agitated if somebody gets aroused from seeing my bum up close (those poor souls). My outrage started much earlier: I felt very naked when the patriot act got rushed through, I felt naked when the NSA started to wiretap people without a warrant, and I felt absolutely violated when habeas corpus was suspended by the military commissions act. And when President Obama did not overturn the military commissions act to reinstate habeas corpus, and did not move to impeach Judge Alito to put at least the first nail into the coffin of “Citizen’s United”, that’s when I felt let down.

And I felt naked when all of that passed quietly under the pretext of fighting terrorism and was targeted towards terrorists, and almost nobody got even excited about it. Now suddenly, that they stick their hands into our pants and touch our children in the name of homeland security, everybody acts surprised. Suddenly the whole issue of government power becomes personal to us. What happens at the airport now is a perfect metaphor for what has been going on ever since the Supreme Court gave the election for George W Bush. (arguably even sooner)

Most people (including me), are upset because of our children, and we should be. What we are witnessing is a mutation of government and we are to blame, nobody else. It is a monster created by our fears, by our greed, but mostly by our ignorance. And our children as far as they haven’t already, will feel the consequences for the foreseeable future.

Isn’t this the point where even the most fanatic Tea Party right wing conspiracy theorist has to see the writing on the wall? Simply follow the money. Who pays for the x-Ray machines, and who is supplying them? Why was this method of securitizing chosen, when it is the most intrusive, while there are much more effective ways available to keep the air traffic safe that are less intrusive? Follow the money, and while you’re at it, look up who makes a fortune from having us occupy two other countries. It’s not a government conspiracy against the people. If at all it is a conspiracy by the super rich who use lobbyists to legally create legislation designed to funnel taxpayers’ money into the coffers of their clients. None of that is breaking news.

With so many special interests and lobbying groups, we have arrived at a point where government has no strength left to defend the constitution on behalf of the people. (preferably the 4th Amendment).

The government today is a mere shell of what the founding father’s envisioned. It has been dismantled, into a government by the corporations; for the corporations. Under this new lordship, our children are getting groped, Wikipedia and with it history, is being rewritten by fascist think tanks, and former President Bush feels completely safe and justified in admitting to having authorized torture. He even put it in a book. Who is worried about being photographed naked when they pretty much took everything away from us already? It's a circus.

In all this I am reminded of the sentencing speech by Spencer Tracy in The Judgment of Nuremberg, written by Abbey Mann:

“A decision must be made, in the life of every nation, at the very moment when the grasp of the enemy is at its throat, when it seems that the only way to survive is to use the means of the enemy, to rest survival upon what is expedient, to look the other way. The only answer to that is, survival as what? A country isn’t a rock. It is not an extension of oneself. It is what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult. Before the people of the world, let it now be noted, that here in our decision, that this is what we stand for: Justice, truth, and the value of a single human being. “

Weren’t there Japanese war criminals hanged for water boarding?

In our current political climate it seems nostalgic and out of place to even assume that President Bush ever has to answer for his motivations for authorizing torture in front of a judicial body, even though it is the judgment of this investigation that would reset the standard for our own moral compass, our ethics and morality for future administrations and governments of this nation. Enough with the pardons, and enforce accountability. That would be change I’d like to believe in, and it would send a clear message to the conduct of the lobby industry. Even though the culture of lobbying and President Bush’s moral and ethical conduct are two separate things, they are both two branches of the same tree. After all, what may have started with the terrorists, will not end over there half across the planet in Iraq or Afghanistan, or with the Muslims there, in Europe or here, or the brown people, or the poor people, it may not even end with us being humiliated, molested, groped, fondled, photographed, it may not even end with our children being touched down by strangers in uniforms. Sir you are right, Osama Bin Laden has indeed won. Now we can experience a tiny taste of Abu Ghraib in the safety of our own airports. The war on Terror has finally arrived in America.

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j.sea 9 years 44 weeks ago

K.R. in Yalta -- nice time to set up a trade? Weapons for war games and a cozy little base of one's own.Throw in some pipeline talk and -- what a delightful get together.

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gerald 9 years 44 weeks ago

About a year ago or eighteen months ago, I read six articles - three by foreign CEOs and three by American CEOs. Each CEO prefers hiring foreign workers because these workers seem to be able to solve problems. They seem to think more and better than American workers. In the United States of Mortal Sin the teachers teach to the test and do not challenge their students to problem solve.

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gerald 9 years 44 weeks ago

I do not know how the same two articles are on Thom's blog.

No help wanted!


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j.sea 9 years 44 weeks ago

FOX Failure to mention that Republican'ts said "hell no" to rescuing the unemployed and portraying it as a failure of the Obama administration is a reminder to all to hasten thee to Media Matters and lend them some muscle. Also -- if you have relatives or friends in media under-served areas --pick up the phone and warn them. Even if they think you are crazy at first. The truth will surface -- truth always does -- and we owe it to the mighty rivers of truth to let it flow... You cannot blame those who have no way to know the truth -- we can blame ourselves if we don't get it out there.

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rladlof 9 years 44 weeks ago

Breaking up California will NOT work out how you think it will . . . California is at once the 'bluest' of all States in the nation and the 'REDDEST' State in the nation.

Only the heavily metropolitan, the Los Angeles metro and the San Francisco Bay areas are blue the rest of the state is populated by refugees from the farging fly-over States who habitually vote beyond stupid.

Go to the NYT election results and look at the Senator Boxer/Woman-whose-name-rhymes-with-catfood election results AND the Governor Moonbeam vs Meg(lomania) Whit(less Wo)man race. You will end up with the hairs on the back of your neck standing straight up and ice-water running down your spine.

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gerald 9 years 44 weeks ago

Here is my comment for Thom’s blog on November 20, 2010.

Former Governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, called the Kennedy assassination a coup d’etat. Kennedy was planning to have American troops leave Viet Nam. Personally, the military-industrial complex wanted a war for profit that would benefit defense corporations. Our foreign policy is pre-emptive wars for profit and if any politician was opposing to the killing of God’s children, they would be relieved of their position one way or another. I wonder how many Americans have been assassinated by the military-industrial complex and its close relationship with our CIA. I have no doubt that the United States of Mortal Sin is the most evil, vile, wicked, and sinful nation in the history of the universe.

Personally, I could never come to believe that only one person was involved in the Kennedy assassination.

My wife is an interesting person. She is more of a listener than a talker. She is astute in her assessments and she has global vision. She does not rant or rave like I do. She heard Jesse Ventura on the radio talking about the Kennedy assassination and said it was a coup d’etat. In her mild manner voice she said to me, “How many Americans have been assassinated or murdered by our government?” We, in America, have this undying belief that our country is a good, holy, and saintly nation. But, really we are not a saintly nation. I feel sad in saying it but we are totally evil.

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gerald 9 years 44 weeks ago

Survival class!!! As the fascist-Nazi Party takes control, we will need to know how to survive. This video may be of some help.


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gerald 9 years 44 weeks ago

Here is my comment for Thom’s blog on November 21, 2010.

I have just viewed Jess Ventura’s “Conspiracy Theory” on the assassination of Kennedy. He makes a very compelling case that the assassination was from the highest level of our government officials in the United States of Mortal Sin. Names, like Nixon, Ford, George H. W. Bush, and LBJ may have been involved in the assassination. The CIA, I believe, was most definitely involved in the killing of Kennedy. Is that one reason why Obama seems so weak and wishy washy? The American psyche is entrenched with assassinations and murders. Our federal government continuously breaks the Fifth Commandment, “Thou shall not kill.” Mortal sins will never cease in our nation. These mortal sins are proof that the United States of Mortal Sin is evil, vile, wicked, and sinful. Our nation has turned its back on God and our citizens’ endless lust in killing God’s children is well documented. Mortal sins damn the human soul. There are reasons why our federal government is well noted for being Satan’s Disciples.

With our citizens concern and interest to be safe and secure in our natural life through our killing of God’s children means we are destined for eternal damnation in our supernatural life. Our endless lust for murder and mayhem has sealed our eternal destiny.

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gerald 9 years 44 weeks ago

The TSA!!! Should the government TSA be abolished and the new TSA should be privatised? I do not like the word, privatization, but the current over reaching of the TSA may make privatization necessary!!! We may have to give it a chance.


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gerald 9 years 44 weeks ago

If the current TSA continues both men and women should have a right to determine who will grope them. I am heterosexual and I feel very uncomfortable in a male groping me.

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michael deterding 9 years 44 weeks ago

wake up wake up wake up

doesn't everybody get it ? the american political drama is a chris mindfuc5 !

as soon as obama picked his cabinet it was so obvious.

(wikipedia the resumes of his staff)

same as the old boss !!

another nation state could never overtake or conquer the u.s.

they have to fight our army,,

a corporation can raidand hostilly take over another corporation though, all the staff at the whitehouse are aces there too !(look up the resumes of the staff at wikipedia)

we had them(the banks and raiders on their backs )but bush and then obama rammed the too big to fail bail outs up our &()&*. ever wonder how they recovered so fast,, i do every day,, i have a 125 k mortgage that i will be lucky to pay off in thirty years,, the banks payed back trillions in a few months,, ?????how's your credit now///????

the u.s. started as a company on a charter from the british govt. ( the hudson bay company ) and has been the product of one corporate take over after another. they even gave back the arms to the brits after the revolution.

we have been taken over (The whitehouse) by an as yet un named corporation,, and our army now works for them,,that's why obama is not fighting, he is now on the payroll of the new boss and his kids need shoes, he is a corporate porchmomkey!

we are either pawns or insurgents,,

look out for the blue helmets, that is the next step in the up-coming revelations

I shouted out who killed the kennedys

after all it was

tony soprano

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michael deterding 9 years 43 weeks ago

I thought the thread was more current

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