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 9 years 29 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 9 years 29 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 9 years 29 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 9 years 29 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 9 years 29 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 9 years 29 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 9 years 29 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 9 years 29 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 9 years 29 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.

Trump is Broke: Has He Already Sold Out America To Get the Money He Needs?

Thom plus logo Back in the day, Donald Trump's niece alleges, he stole hundreds of millions of dollars from his father's estate, screwing his other family members and the IRS (you and me).

He then went on a massive spending binge, pouring that money into airlines, steaks, vodka, Trump-branded games, casinos, a fake university, etc. Virtually all of them failed, and he experienced multiple bankruptcies.
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
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to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
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