Daily Topics - Tuesday July 5th, 2011

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Hour One: America & Europe both drank the free trade kool-aid now both are dying because of it...

Hour Two: Why do conservatives hate poor people? Peter Ferrara, The American Civil Rights Union

Hour Three: "John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas" - John Dean

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rladlof 8 years 29 weeks ago
#1

I have never met Peter Ferrara. Peter Ferrara may be a loving husband who is kind to children and puppies. That being typed, Peter Ferrara’s public persona displays all the earmarks of purely sociopath thought when he appears on Thom’s show.

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Maxrot 8 years 29 weeks ago
#2

Trade policy, social infrastructure and defense. We need to change our focus on all three, simple as that.

Cut defense spending (end our wars and occupations)

Invest in our infrastructure, and no ten year projects. We need major programs that we start now and when they are being finished up, other projects are waiting in the wings to be started on. From transportation and alternative power, to re-engineering city layouts to be more economically practical and environmentally sustainable. We should have a federal dept of infrastructure that is dedicated to directing improvements and determining priorities. Peterr Ferrara's thought of changing unemployment offices into work assignment offices is a practical way of providing the work force, but I disagree with the work being set a minimum wage levels, the pay should be at least equivalent to the same private sector wage for the given position. By Ferrara's setup, an out of work Engineer would be paid minimum wage if assigned a position working as an Engineer on a transportation project, so I just have to disagree with that part of his proposal.

End free trade agreements now, and raise tarrifs.

This is all that needs to be done, but I'm not holding my breath.

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fbacher 8 years 29 weeks ago
#3

An argument frequently used by the Libertarians is that good government is hard. They think that by doing away with government programs that the problem dissappears. This is nonsense. If we ditch Medicaid we don't magically get rid of all of the disease and suffering. If we stop all regulation and rely on market forces, then each and every one of us take up the burden of policing corporations ourselves, which is an impossible task.

Democracy is the worst kind of government except for all of the others. Regulation and government programs are the same. They are messy, require constant adjustment and can lead to corruption and unfairness. But every other solution is worse.

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