Daily Topics - Thursday March 10th, 2011

This week, Truthout proudly begins publishing weekly installments of Thom Hartmann's much-lauded book, "Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became 'People' and How You Can Fight Back." Click here to see Thom's video and to read chapter one

Hour One: Latest from the trenches...War on Labor - John Nichols, The Nation Magazine / Plus, Dems fight back - Wisconsin State Senator John Erpenbach and Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson / Labor weighs in - Leo Gerard, United Steel Workers

Hour Two:What's next for Wisconsin? Mike Tate, Democratic Party of Wisconsin / Push for single payer health care - Oregon State Rep Michael Dembrow, Single Payer Oregon

Hour Three: Latest from the trenches...war on democracy - David Vines


ajackson652 8 years 50 weeks ago

Why are Scott Walker and the Republicans all over the nation being so bold and cocky and not pondering their fate in future elections? I saw what the Republican blitzkrieg of lies, half truths and misinformation did to our very wonderful Senator Feingold. Yet, I feel they are planning more stunts to skew our democratic process. Does a misallocation of voting booths, flushing the voting registry and other perverse un-American acts account for their superior arrogance and confidence? I am going back to the electronic polling and tallying machines and the discrepancy between exit polls and ‘election results’. Statistics and the sampling process is a science. It is used in the design of experiments by scientists all over the world. The theories and mathematics that evolved in agriculture field testing and sampling will boggle your mind. As a science and mathematics, it is not right for decades, and now wrong for a few political trails. The Democratic Powers that Be may not want to push this issue but who does the FBI need permission from to conduct an investigation anyway? There is something going on and we need an investigation to find out what. To dismiss this irregularity is analogous to dismissing the science behind global warming, which is something the Right and Corporate media so conveniently do for the own self interest. Is the Democratic Party also becoming a Party of convenience when it refuses to push this issue which WE THE PEOPLE so depend on.

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Maxrot 8 years 50 weeks ago

Wow Thom is putting Unequal Protection out for free, nice. I already have my signed copy, but its an awesome book, and you can't argue with his pricing. I must urge all here to go to www.truthout.org and read the chapters posted. If you don't learn a lot, you are super educated and my hat is off to you.


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Maxrot 8 years 50 weeks ago

This Wisconsin bill being passed my be a victory for the Republican'ts, however its our duty to make it Pyrrhic.


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gerald 8 years 50 weeks ago

These two articles give you and me answers for our many problems.


Republicans have contempt for Americans. Wake up people!!!


The Reagan Revolution has hurt our people and our country.

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gerald 8 years 50 weeks ago

These paragraphs are from the budget crisis article.

Consider this: If we could tax the rich at the same rate they are taxed in northern Europe, there would be no need to lay off a single teacher, close a single library for an extra hour, or raise a single fee by one red cent. Every government could then not only balance its budget, but wind up with a surplus.

And why shouldn't their taxes be increased?! Over the last 50 years, tax rates for the bottom 80% of wage earners have remained almost static. Meanwhile, over that same period of time, the rich have received tax cut after tax cut after tax cut! For example, the tax rate paid by the top 0.01% -- these are people who each currently receive at least $6.5 million a year in income! -- fell by half (from 70 to 35%) in that period.

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gerald 8 years 50 weeks ago

My wife has informed me that New Hampshire is going to pass a law that prohibits college students from voting unless their parents have property in that state. It is interesting. An eighteen year old can go to war and kill God’s children but these same eighteen year old young people will be unable to vote. If persons cannot vote, we are no longer a democracy. I have for some time believed that we are not a democracy.

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rladlof 8 years 50 weeks ago

Do not forget that Representative Steve King "pals around with" and praises the IRA AND has been doing so for decades.


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rladlof 8 years 50 weeks ago

NEVER underestimate the DLC-oriented Democrats (like President Obama). . . They have shown time and time again that they can snatch defeat outta the fires of utter victory every farging single time.

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fbacher 8 years 50 weeks ago

Death Panels & Death Taxes in Texas

Like Arizona, our Republican governor and legislature are serving as Death Panels, deciding whether to dump nursing home residents or the mentally retarded out on the streets. The taxes that they are unwilling to raise are the true "death taxes". In my mind I see a national ad campaign enumerating how many nursing home residents could be kept safe and alive by estate taxes. Then give examples of beneficiaries of the estate taxes, the amount of money involved and how they are already filithy rich without the estate tax windfall. Also emphasise that instead of paying for it now, we borrow from China.

"The Saddest Thing Is This Won't Be Breaking News"

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From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"With the ever-growing influence of corporate CEOs and their right-wing allies in all aspects of American life, Hartmann’s work is more relevant than ever. Throughout his career, Hartmann has spoken compellingly about the value of people-centered democracy and the challenges that millions of ordinary Americans face today as a result of a dogma dedicated to putting profit above all else. This collection is a rousing call for Americans to work together and put people first again."
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"In an age rife with media-inspired confusion and political cowardice, we yearn for a decent, caring, deeply human soul whose grasp of the problems confronting us provides a light by which we can make our way through the quagmire of lies, distortions, pandering, and hollow self-puffery that strips the American Dream of its promise. How lucky we are, then, to have access to the wit, wisdom, and willingness of Thom Hartmann, who shares with us here that very light, grown out of his own life experience."
Mike Farrell, actor, political activist, and author of Just Call Me Mike and Of Mule and Man