Daily Topics - Wednesday March 30th, 2011

Truthout proudly presents Thom Hartmann's book, "Unequal Protection" Click here for the latest chapter

Check out the new movie I AM (Thom is in it) here and see an interview here and here....

Hour One: Latest on the war on democracy...is Ohio next? John Nichols, The Nation Magazine

Hour Two: What do conservatives have against women and sick people? Dan Gainor, Business and Media Institute

Hour Three: Fighting back against the fat cats! Robert Greenwald, "Koch Brothers Exposed"

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middleclassguy 11 years 35 weeks ago
#1

I have been listening to Thom for close to 10 years now, and I think he is great. But, does anybody else get tired of hearing the same self promotional stories again and again? Thom, all of us loyal listeners know that you have written several books. Please let your guests have more air time instead of repeating a story that I have already heard. You don't have to prove yourself all of the time. We know you are smart...please don't be a know-it-all...there is a difference.

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brian a hayes 11 years 35 weeks ago
#2

Just want to tell Thom A big thank you for his humanistic qualities by being concern for others. through his actions of putting people before profit. One of his actions is the sharing of two books that Thom feels are important for people to read, Rebooting the American Dream And Unequal Protection. That can be read at Truthout. Also Thom's Publisher of those books Berett- Koehler Publishers, Inc is the most humanistic publishing firms to be found. To make enough to lived comfortably and to lived with a purpose to create a society that leaves no one behind.

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mathboy 11 years 35 weeks ago
#3

When the subject of Gaddafi comes up, good bumper music might be "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour. Just make sure to skip the guitar solo; it's very off-putting.

d2don 11 years 35 weeks ago
#4

Most people have already figured out that Scott Walker was not just trying to balance the budget.

It is said that it was about “Union Busting” Let me tell you that it goes way, way beyond that.

So think that unions are the problem? That unions drive up the prices of American made goods and services? If you believe that I guess you think that American workers should compete with Chinese workers who make $104.00 per month !? With the cost of living in the USA this is not possible; or is it?

I believe that the “400 Club” (you know the 400 or so billionaires that own 50% of the nations wealth) actually wants the unthinkable. They want the economy to crash; and they are actively making it happen. They don't view this as an economic crisis. They view this as an opportunity. An opportunity to re-set the economy at a much, much lower level. The uber-wealthy will come out of the crash just fine. They already own almost everything. After the crash they will not only still own everything they will have a totally subservient population that needs work for whatever pay they can get. Real estate prices will topple as well as wages; re-setting the economy at a level that is competitive with 3rd world countries. This is what they want. A total corporate take over of the USA. Is that what you want?

They are doing this by convincing the conservatives that if they have everything that they want then everyone will benefit. This is trickle down economics on steroids; which is exactly what got us into this mess. So the conservatives are selling us all on this by these tactics. First they are saying that the progressives / liberals want to take away our freedoms. Second is the old hang the carrot in front of the rabbit trick; someday you to might hit the jackpot and be in the same position. In reality the opportunity to “hit the jack pot” is evaporating quickly.

Liberals are not trying to take away anyone's freedoms. They just want to level the playing field; regulate the economy so that it works for everyone, including the working class and the rich. The uber wealthy/conservatives want to make you more free. It's true! Free to die because you can't afford proper health care. Free to a second tier education because you can't afford the privatized education system that only the rich can afford. Not so free to marry who you love. Not so free to have control over your own body. In the future; not so free to choose your religion? How far will they take this?

Conservatives view you as an expendable commodity. Liberals view you as another brilliant expression of life that deserves a fair chance and deserves to have the opportunity to live a happy and productive life.

Don't be duped by this destructive conservative agenda. We are all in this together. Yes even the uber rich are included. I have no problem with the rich. I just think that we all need to look out for each other. We are all here on Earth to share this experience. Let's make it great. Not for a few but for all.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 11 years 35 weeks ago
#5

There's a difference between independent (i.e. unaffiliated) voters and undecided voters. The undecided are the ones that are just not paying attention--politically stupid. I'm actually affiliated and would like to see a new party come about. One that would be better than the Democratic Party. I've even written a charter for it.

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Jennybean 11 years 35 weeks ago
#6

I think Thom meant that 'margarine' is naturally white. Butter from grassfed cows has a natural yellow color which varies according to season (factory-farm butter is pale). The summer months when cows are eating a lot of grass (beta-carotene) is what gives the butter color. Margerine, on the other hand, is white and at one time in the US it was illegal to artificially color margerine, but companies got around the laws by including a packet of coloring to mix with the margerine after purchase (google "E-Z Color Pack").

However, color is added to butter to keep the color consistant throughout the year, but it is not 'naturally' white.

cheers!

BethAnn in Marietta 11 years 35 weeks ago
#7

I am also an Independent. I am very progressive, which is a hard thing to be in East Cobb County GA, but we are slowly coming out in the open.

I don't undestand the latest meme about Independents not being up on current politics. Most of the willfully ignorant voters I know are registered Republicans; They don't need to think to make a decision, they just vote the party ticket and listen to Rush and Hannity and Boortz.

Both parties drive me crazy so I refuse to choose!

brian a hayes's picture
brian a hayes 11 years 35 weeks ago
#8

All governments are liars and should not be believed I. F.'Izzy' Stone as an American citizen it is my responsability to always question my government. Regarding foreign policy we must let our congress people know our opinions. the Potus the other night mentioned that we must protect our foreign interests . i want to know what are those foreign interest. do our foreign interest harm the people of other nations

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kashan747 11 years 35 weeks ago
#9

Tax The Super Rich Now! Or Face a Revolution

Very straightforward article

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tax-the-super-rich-now-or-face-a-revolu...

Thom's Blog Is On the Move

Hello All

Today, we are closing Thom's blog in this space and moving to a new home.

Please follow us across to hartmannreport.com - this will be the only place going forward to read Thom's blog posts and articles.

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 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
From Screwed:
"If we are going to live in a Democracy, we need to have a healthy middle class. Thom Hartmann shows us how the ‘cons’ have wronged this country, and tells us what needs to be done to reclaim what it is to be American."
Eric Utne, Founder, Utne magazine