Daily Topics - Monday February 20th, 2012

"Please join us Tuesday evening Feburary 21st as we present a very special edition of The Big Picture "Teach-In to Take Back the American Dream" sponsored by the Campaign for America's Future and Free Speech TV. Guests include: Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Robert Borosage w/Campaign for America's Future, "Patriotic Millionaire" Leo Hindery of Intermedia Partners, Heather McGhee of Demos, and Natalie Foster from Rebuild the Dream. Check your local listings...9pm ET and 11pm ET on FSTV and RT.

Hour Two: Oil prices skyrocket...the speculators are back - Ronald Bailey, Reason Magazine

Hour Three: Private prisons...disastrous for inmates & the public? Caroline Isaacs, American Friends Service Committee

Comments

mathboy's picture
mathboy 10 years 26 weeks ago
#1

The other aspect that makes me want to keep the Electoral College, as much as I would like to tweak it, is that it keeps any state from attaining an undue influence by inflating its vote totals.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 10 years 26 weeks ago
#2

Has Ronald Bailey not heard of short selling? He asked how someone could make money on a falling market.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 10 years 26 weeks ago
#3

Regarding the caller Gordon's idea about increasing the number of Congressional representatives, I've been trying to find out what the actual capacity of the House chamber, both with and without the gallery, but have been unable to find a number, or even a diagram of the chair arrangement. The House website has nothing.

The reason I'm looking is that I too have an idea about increasing the size of the House, but by giving each district 5 votes in the House and giving them out proportionately to the candidates in the same way that seats are given to parties in countries with proportional representation systems of electing legislators. I expect under those circumstances that there would be 2.5 to 3 representatives per district, so if we stayed at 435 districts, there would be around 1000-1400 members in total. But if we went back to the ratio given in the Constitution, which was an average of 5 districts per state, we'd have 250 districts, for a total of 1250 votes, and around 625-750 members in the House.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 10 years 26 weeks ago
#4

If I were confined in a private prison, I'd ask my lawyer to charge that prison company with kidnapping. Only the government is allowed to restrict my liberty.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 10 years 26 weeks ago
#5

Saphrostomously ugly? I'm completely stumped. Apparently there's nothing like that word anywhere on the Internet. I even tried an initial silent p.

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:
"Through compelling personal stories, Hartmann presents a dramatic and deeply disturbing picture of humans as a profoundly troubled species. Hope lies in his inspiring vision of our enormous unrealized potential and his description of the path to its realization."
David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning, and When Corporations Rule the World
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 is a national treasure. Read him, embrace him, learn from him, and follow him as we all work for social change."
Robert Greenwald, political activist and founder and president of Brave New Films