Daily Topics - Tuesday November 27th, 2012

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Hour One: Goldman Sachs domination...global coup d'etat?

Hour Two: Tiny tots with their machine guns all aglow...? Noel Flasterstein, Gun Rights For You

Hour Three: Will religion kill Obamacare? Ethan Rome, Health Care for America Now

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mathboy's picture
mathboy 11 years 34 weeks ago
#1

"Two guys got shot 6 years ago, therefore everyone should be armed."

It is funny how these people want drastic means of protection from gun violence (because it's an excuse for them to carry guns), but want no protection from corporate malfeasance in the form of regulation of the corporations' activities, even though the death toll is faster and higher.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 11 years 34 weeks ago
#2

Kim Jong-un's name should be (according to standard transliteration) written Kim Jeong-eun. "Eo" indicates a short o sound, i.e. /aw/, and "eu" indicates a short u sound, i.e. /uh/. It's disappointing to hear journalists pronounce the last syllable /oon/ out of lack of simple research. (All I did is look him up on Wikipedia to see how it's written in Korean.)

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gharlane 11 years 34 weeks ago
#3

Boy, Thom, I wish, just once, that you'd notice -- and NOTE on-air -- when a rightwinger loses an argument and then changes the subject on you.

This one's happened at least twice, I've heard it both times, and this morning was the second time. Right-wing caller "Damien" called in and ranted about tax rates. His opening gambit was the old discredited canard that when tax rates fall, government revenues somehow magically rise. (Hey, if that always, works, let's just take the tax rate to ZERO and then government revenues would be INFINITE! -- yeah, right.) Of course, like Herman Cain, he "didn't have facts to back that up."

You blew that one completely out of the water by noting that the most prosperous decades in US history were those with the highest marginal tax rates -- the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. (BTW you weren't quite right on how long the 91% tax rate was in effect -- it went down to I believe 75% sometime during the Kennedy administration, but that's a quibble.)

"Damien" then did what rightwingers usually do: Having lost that argument, he immediately pivoted to "fairness." So he went from a bogus utilitarian argument, on which he lost, to a bogus moral argument.

And you didn't call him on it. He hoped you wouldn't notice, and maybe you didn't.

And all it would take would be to say "Fine, we can talk about fairness, but I want first to note that you've completely switched your argument. A minute ago you were arguing that government revenues and prosperity rise when tax rates fall. Have you conceded that argument?

And THEN you can go about destroying the fairness argument.

It's not hard to do, Thom, although it does require one to pay attention to the way rightwingers manipulate things.

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