WHY I AM ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT AT PATREON?

Your support of the program is invaluable. Producing the Thom Hartmann Program is a labor of love for the team, but doesn't come without cost. We supply the program to non-profit, community and volunteer radio and cable stations across the US. However, this isn't cost-free and being a supporter through Patreon means you can help us to meet some of the bills, to allow us to continue free supply to the non-profit sector.

As a way of saying thank you, we would like to give you something back for your support at various levels. Every weekday, the live Thom Hartmann Program three hour program is recorded exclusively for Patreon supporters. Unedited, the full three-hour video will be right here on the Patreon page, within a couple of hours of the end of the live program. And we're also providing extra videos exclusive to sponsors.
Sponsor Special: How to Stop Your Food From Killing You. The American diet is now killing more people than high blood pressure and smoking

Become a Thom Supporter- Click the Patreon button

Transcript: Thom Hartmann: The Big Picture: GOP's new Job Creation Plan...Dwarf Tossing? 7 October '11

So what exactly does a Republican Jobs plan look like - and what would it do to our economy?

That's a question President Obama asked yesterday:

Here's a good question. Here's a little homework assignment for folks.

Go ask the Republicans what their jobs plan is if they're opposed to the American Jobs Act, and have it scored -- have it assessed by the same independent economists that assessed our jobs plan. ... Have those economists evaluate what over the next two years the Republican jobs plan would do.

Well - we got an answer to that question this week from Florida.

There - Republican State Representative Ritch Workman introduced House Bill 4063 - legislation that repeals a law that bans... dwarf-tossing in Florida.

Workman thinks it will help lower the Sunshine State's crippling 10.7% unemployment rate.

As he said:

To me it's an archaic kind of Big Brother law that says, 'We don't like that activity.' Well, there is nothing immoral or illegal about that activity. All we really did by passing that law was take away some employment from some little people.

Mind you - this is the same Florida Republican Party that refused to take federal high-speed rail money that Obama offered them, which would have created tens of thousands of LEGITIMATE new jobs in Florida.

Instead - they want to create a few dozen new jobs for dwarf-tossers...and tossees.

Watch for Eric Cantor and the Tea Party to seize on this idea and push for a tax credit for sword swallowers and federally subsidized job training for snake handlers.

Under the Republican job creation plan - instead of a nation of manufacturers - we can be a nation of carnies.

But stepping away from the absurd for a moment - there's Texas Governor Rick Perry's "miracle of job creation" in Texas.

And by miracle - I mean minimum-wage jobs.

As his own wife bragged:

Anita Perry: We have 1,500 people moving to Texas every day to find a job. I’m not going to tell you they’re all high-paying jobs, but they’re a job, even if they’re a minimum wage job. And that’s what people are hungry for.

Right... Americans are hungry for minimum wage jobs - they're hungry to be janitors and dishwashers - just like dwarves are hungry to get tossed around.

The simple fact is - Republicans aren't really all that interested in creating good-paying jobs for the majority of Americans.

That's why they're against the President's American Jobs Act - because it would put millions of people to work, rebuilding the nation's crumbling infrastructure.

That's why they're against clean technology that would put millions of scientists and engineers to work, building the energy grid of the future.

That's why they're against unions and tariffs, that would put millions of manufacturers back to work.

That's why they're against government spending that employs teachers, firefighters, cops, and mailmen - you know - those professions that our kids grow up wanting to work in when they grow up.

Instead - Republican policies mean our kids can aspire to work for Barnum and Bailey - walking behind elephants with a shovel.

The America we once had - a nation of manufacturers, scientists, and teachers - is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Replaced by the Republican vision of a nation of burger-flippers, janitors, and dwarf tossers.

Not exactly the line-up you want when you're trying to compete in the global economy - but the line-up we'll have unless we kick these Republican bums out of office.

And I know just the way to do it. As the old saying goes - if you can't beat 'em - you might as well join 'em!

That's The Big Picture.

No More Presidential Immunity!

Thom plus logo When Richard Nixon committed multiple Felonies, including accepting bribes in cash in the White House, Jerry Ford chose to pardon him.

When Ronald Reagan committed treason in 1980 to get elected, Attorney General Bill Barr shut down the investigation in 1992 with five pardons.

Latest Headlines

Who rejected United States-North Korea peace talks?

There were conflicting reports on Sunday regarding a recent proposal for United States-North Korea peace talks which was allegedly made before North Korea"s recent nuclear test

U.K. Pound Falls As Markets Get Brexit Jitters

Bloomberg said on Monday the pound had sustained its biggest fall against the dollar in 11 months

Clinton: I'll defend Israel but push for 'two-state solution

Hillary Clinton believes both Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz "missed the mark" with their approach to the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict
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
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann is a literary descendent of Ben Franklin and Tom Paine. His unflinching observations and deep passion inspire us to explore contemporary culture, politics, and economics; challenge us to face the facts of the societies we are creating; and empower us to demand a better world for our children and grandchildren."
John Perkins, author of the New York Times bestselling book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann is a creative thinker and committed small-d democrat. He has dealt with a wide range of topics throughout his life, and this book provides an excellent cross section. The Thom Hartmann Reader will make people both angry and motivated to act."
Dean Baker, economist and author of Plunder and Blunder, False Profits, and Taking Economics Seriously