Daily Topics - Monday April 25th, 2011

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Hour One: Are the Republicans buying public opinion? / Plus, Latest Labor News: more recalls filed in Wisconsin - Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News

Hour Two: Why did MI Republicans close a successful school and arrest the students? Shanta Driver, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)

Hour Three: Why do conservatives want Americans to work til they drop? Tom Blumer, Pajamas Media

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mathboy 9 years 22 weeks ago
#1

Am I mistaken, or did Shanta Driver pronounce "revered" as "revverd"?

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mathboy 9 years 22 weeks ago
#2

Tom Blumer is confusing life expectancy at birth (the phrase he used) with life expectancy at 2 years of age. Most of the extension of life expectancy at birth is due to a reduction of infant mortality. Plenty of people even in the middle ages got to 65 years old. And think of what ages the first several U.S. Presidents got to--Washington died at 67, Adams at 90, Jefferson at 83, Madison at 85.

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago
#3

Thom!!!! I taking you up on your bet to name one old-style Republican remaining in Federal office:

President Barack Obama.

He is the last one . . . Okay, there is Senator Max Baucus (D-Corporate America) and Senator Ben Nelson (D-Corporate America) and House Members in the 112th Congress:

1. Jason Altmire (PA-4)

2. Joe Baca (CA-43)

3. John Barrow (GA-12), Co-Chair for Policy

4. Sanford Bishop (GA-2)

5. Dan Boren (OK-2), Blue Dog Whip

6. Leonard Boswell (IA-3)

7. Dennis Cardoza (CA-18)

8. Ben Chandler (KY-6)

9. Jim Cooper (TN-5)

10. Jim Costa (CA-20)

11. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

12. Joe Donnelly (IN-2)

13. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8)

14. Tim Holden (PA-17)

15. Jim Matheson (UT-2)

16. Mike McIntyre (NC-7)

17. Mike Michaud (ME-2)

18. Collin Peterson (MN-7)

19. Mike Ross (AR-4), Co-Chair for Communications

20. Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)

21. Adam Schiff (CA-29)

22. Kurt Schrader (OR-5)

23. David Scott (GA-13)

24. Heath Shuler (NC-11), Co-Chair for Administration

25. Mike Thompson (CA-1)

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JWKessler 9 years 22 weeks ago
#5

On Social Security and early retirement.

If you chose (or like me are forced) to retire early and start collecting benefits before your full retirement age, you will of course receive a reduced benefit. If you later decide to return to work, even at a lower salary than you once earned, your Social Security benefit will be reduced. However, there is an upside to that. When you retire for real, your benefit will be increased over what it would have been had you not returned to work. In addition if you keep working beyond your full retirement age, you can also increase your monthly benefit above the full retirement amount. At some point you can continue working and earning without your benefit being reduced.

So there are already incentives to continue working longer in the current system should you chose to and you are able to do so.

The problem with simply increasing the retirement age of course is it assumes that everyone works equally hard (or has it equally easy) during their careers and that everyone is equally fit at an older age. It may be true that a 70 year old office worker may be able to keep working, but a 70 your old laborer would be pretty useless in most cases.

Even if a person was willing to work that long it would be hard to find an employer to hire them. Perhaps if they want to increase the retirement age for everyone they should first put in place a program that would employ older workers to perform tasks they are capable of doing.

drich100 9 years 21 weeks ago
#6

Yes, I agree with you on Ben Nelson......

I live in NE (no condolences necessary) and I only want to take issue with one thing Thom has said about Ben Nelson.

That Racoon on his head is NOT a Nebraska racoon....no self-respecting racoon in Nebraska would EVER submit to being displayed on Ben's head.....it must be a Kansas or S.D. racoon.

Tough being a progressive in NE......we have such a wonderful bunch out here......Pete Peterson is from my home town...Clarence Thomas's wife is from Omaha, etc......

But we keep the faith and listen to Thom daily.

Dave the "heartlands liberal"

Trump has told us how he and the Republicans plan to steal this election: can we stop him and save our republic?

Thom plus logo Donald Trump became president by exploiting a loophole called the Electoral College. The majority of Americans did not want him or vote for him as president, but he's there anyway.

Now he's planning on using a different loophole, the 12th Amendment, to hang onto power.
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