Daily Topics - Tuesday March 8th, 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 on from the trenches...war on Labor - John Nichols, The Nation Magazine

Two: When it comes to balancing our nation's budget do we really need to amend the Constitution to do it? Ken Blackwell, Pass The Balanced Budget Amendment

Hour Three: Is the wage gap for women a "myth" - Carrie Lukas, Independent Women's Forum


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gerald 9 years 29 weeks ago

Fat Tuesday or Paczki Day

Paczki is pronounced poochkey.

Paczki Day is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Lent leads us to the greatest holyday of the liturgical year. Easter Sunday is the greatest holyday. It is the Resurrection Day and the day reminds us of life after death. The day is also about The Cross. We are to see The Cross as a sign of Love and Life and not Hatred and Death. Lent is also a time for almsgiving, fasting, sharing of talents, sacrifice, and prayer. It is our time to prepare for Jesus’ Resurrection and the life that awaits us after dying.

Paczki is a pastry and inside the pastry is a filling of custard, cream, or fruit paste, such as apple, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, to mention some of the fruit paste.

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gerald 9 years 29 weeks ago

Two paragraphs from Boner's babble!

As for spending more money than one makes being the definition of "broke" -- well, who would know better about that than the Republicans who inherited a balanced budget budget in 2000 and then proceeded to spend more than they made for the next six years, while controlling the House, the Senate and the presidency? If you cut taxes without cutting spending, then by Boehner's spokesman's own definition, you have steered directly into "broke" waters.

So here's a question. Which is more fiscally responsible: Deficit spending during a recession, when demand has collapsed, and the federal government is the only entity with the wherewithal to jolt the economy back into life, or the conscious creation of a deficit while the economy is doing fine, thereby leaving no slack for action when things go wrong?

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gerald 9 years 29 weeks ago

All Americans need to have a decent standard of living.

Notes from the Church’s Newsletter

Faith requires that we listen with our hearts and live according to God’s will. Faith does not consist in a formal and superficial conforming to the words in the Holy Bible. Faith is deeper and a more radical level by putting Jesus’ words in your heart and soul. We are to do the will of God out of love. We are called to make the world a place of liberation for all. We are taught as Catholics that the way to peace is justice, such as economic justice. We are called as ordinary persons to build a society in which everyone has an opportunity for an education, health care, and a decent standard of living. We need to pray for the wisdom to know to be fair to all.

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mathboy 9 years 29 weeks ago

Colorado didn't even have a balanced budget requirement, and the state was crippled by a so-called Taxpayers' Bill of Rights that said the state's spending couldn't grow by more than 5% in any one year (note that inflation typically negates most of that), and all the surplus revenue had to be given back.

Thankfully, we passed an amendment a couple years ago that lets the spending increase by 5% above inflation (or something like that). This will keep the state from being mired in low budgets (since huge cuts have been made recently) after the economy recovers.

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Erik300 9 years 29 weeks ago

I check in with CNBC every morning and they are now running a 30 second promo piece every commercial break with Donohue interviewing Milton Friedman advocating unbridled greed and capitalism.


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mathboy 9 years 29 weeks ago

It's divisive, not divissive.

Deride, decide, divide. Derisive, decisive, divisive. All long i's.

Derision, decision, division. All short i's.

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 Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"If you wonder why and when giant corporations got the power to reign supreme over us, here’s the story."
Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author of Swim Against the Current
From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While
From Screwed:
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World