Daily Topics - Thursday April 14th, 2011

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Hour One: Obama finally puts Reagan in his grave

Hour Two: Are average Americans who got suckered by the billionaire tea party machine waking up? Taki Oldham, AstroTurf Wars

Hour Three: Should Goldman Sachs' executives be sharing a jail cell with Bernie Madoff? Max Fraad Wolff


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Dave A 9 years 12 weeks ago

For one to call atheism a religion is like calling not collecting stamps a hobby. I'm pretty sure than for Thom to debate Sam Harris, A.C. Grayling or Richard Dawkins would be like diving into a woodchipper. Good luck with irrational thoughts on the supernatural.

BethAnn in Marietta 9 years 12 weeks ago

Independent is NOT Undecided. Why does Thom keep conflating the two? Just because someone refuses to be identified with one of the two dominant political parties in this country does not make them "low information voters."

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rladlof 9 years 12 weeks ago

Rep. Issa was the wish-list guy; not Representative Eddie Munster.

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rladlof 9 years 12 weeks ago

Yesterday speech had President Hoover v2.0 was channeling his inner Clinton . . . If he does as he says, it will be a GOOD, right and righteous thing. Unfortunately, there is a real track record of his rhetoric not matching the outcome.

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Dave A 9 years 12 weeks ago

Reagan was married when he was fooling around with Nancy Davis. Alan Simpson said the other day that you shouldn't criticize someone else when you diddle your own secretary at the same time. He didn't mention Newt by name. He also said that Santorum had said mean and hateful things about gay people who were God's children. Wow! I wish I could have seen Bachmann's face when she heard that.

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rladlof 9 years 12 weeks ago

In the VAST majority of cases, 'independent' means willfully-low-information voters who vote Republican but don't want to embrace the stench of calling themselves 'class-traitors who claim a broken ideology over our great nation's interests'.

Unless someone is an outdoor cat living on planet Mars, one has no right to call oneself 'independent'.

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j.sea 9 years 12 weeks ago

Paul Ryan went to college on Social Security money!

How dare he deny others the same saving grace?!

From NPR Report of April 8th 2011:

...He was born and still lives in Janesville, Wisconsin. When Paul Ryan was 16, his father died of a heart attack. He saved up the Social Security benefits he received up to his 18th birthday and used the money to help pay for college....
....He is such a passionate fan of the dystopian writer Ayn Rand that he requires staff members to read her 1,200-page novel "Atlas Shrugged."


AlterNet / By Joshua Holland:

....In the real world, however, Rand herself received Social Security payments and Medicare benefits under the name of Ann O'Connor (her husband was Frank O'Connor).

Huffington Post
By Michael Ford
Posted: December 5, 2010 10:35 AM
Ayn Rand and the VIP-DIPers

....A heavy smoker who refused to believe that smoking causes cancer brings to mind those today who are equally certain there is no such thing as global warming. Unfortunately, Miss Rand was a fatal victim of lung cancer....

However, it was revealed in the recent "Oral History of Ayn Rand" by Scott McConnell (founder of the media department at the Ayn Rand Institute) that in the end Ayn was a vip-dipper as well. An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor).

Are these facts not enough to prove once and for all that their arguments are false? Where are the Congress members with the guts to confront this giant lie that we all exist on tiny separate selfish islands, hording and hating? We are a community! We are human! The air, water, and natural world are in common trust and are to be protected. Our taxes are for the common good. Government's purpose is to promote the common good. No orphan should walk the streets alone --- no fatherless son should be denied help from the community: Paul Ryan was not. No dying, elderly, ill woman should be left to suffer unattended: Ayn Rand was not.

Further, having just mailed my enormous social security tax payment: These systems belong to us! We paid for them --- we paid for social security and medicare and have every paycheck, in every tax return! They are NOT entitlements. They are sane solutions as even the arrogant among us have often come to learn....

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scandi 9 years 12 weeks ago

German businessman with high taxes who doesn't want to be a rich man living in a poor country was again mentioned by Thom today.

Please, please,Thom or anyone else, tell me where I can find the video or article showing this. I really want to share it with friends including some conservatives but it is always better to share a link they can see vs hearing an anecdote from me. Oddly, some people won't believe any anecdote coming from a liberal, not that they believe facts either, lol.

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Maxrot 9 years 12 weeks ago

Just had to comment on the President Wilson discussion you're having Thom. I think it should be pointed out that he came up with the 14 Points for peace before the end of WWI, and he pushed hard for the League of Nations, fought to the point of having a stroke against the Republicans to have the US included into the League and though he lost, and the League eventually went away, it was the predecesor to the United Nations. Wilson was an academic President, and was playing chess with his opponents too... does that remind you of another President?

Wilson was an idealest, and his catapulting of propaganda was done in a belief that he was doing it for the ultimate good. Can we blame him in hindsight for what it became?


It's Time To Tax Money Bins!

Thom plus logo England is debating a wealth tax. America, as tax revenues crash and the need for government services explodes, needs to consider one, too.

If you own a home, every year you must pay a wealth tax.

The majority of the wealth held by middle and working class Americans is in their homes. And every year, every homeowner must pay a tax on their wealth in the form of a state and local property tax.
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