• When has the minimum wage ever caused a recession...which states have more vibrant economies...red or blue? - Patrick Hedger, Vice President of Policy - Taxpayers Protection Alliance (Prior to joining TPA, Patrick was a Research Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Technology and Innovation and also served as Director of Policy at FreedomWorks)
  • The Fate and Future of American Democracy Hangs On the Minimum Wage - If Biden & Harris don't act now, the window will close
  • Time to Add the Republican Party to the Domestic Terrorism Watchlist - The terrorism we feared after 9/11 has now come to America but it came from within — it's time to crush it
  • The Real Story of the Covid Catastrophe is Larger Than You Know - Covid may soon be the least of our worries
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The Fate and Future of American Democracy Hangs On the Minimum Wage
Thom plus logo If Biden & Harris don't act now, the window will close

It looks like President Joe Biden is going to cave on the $15 an hour minimum wage. And it looks like Chuck Schumer is going to cave on ending the filibuster.

While these are disappointing failures to progressives because of the harm they'll do to working people, they're also extraordinarily dangerous to the future of American democracy.

Read more here.

-Thom
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Time to Add the Republican Party to the Domestic Terrorism Watchlist
Thom plus logo The terrorism we feared after 9/11 has now come to America but it came from within — it's time to crush it

It's time for American media to tell the truth about what's happening in the GOP: As the Republican Party continues to embrace Donald Trump and his white supremacist fascist ideology, that party is making the transition into a full-blown domestic-terror-supporting organization.

Read more here.

-Thom
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The Real Story of the Covid Catastrophe is Larger Than You Know
Thom plus logo Covid may soon be the least of our worries

Our planet is screaming a message at us, and Covid is part of that communication. The death of nature and the appearance of Covid are all part of the same thing.

I'll never forget the day the trucker called into my radio show. It was at least a decade ago, and he identified himself as a long-haul trucker who regularly ran a coast-to-coast route from the southeast to the Pacific Northwest dozens of times a year.

"Used to be when I was driving through the southern part of the Midwest like I am right now," he said, "I'd have to stop every few hours to clean the bugs off my windshield. It's been three days since I've had to clean bugs off my windshield on this trip. There's something spooky going on out here."

The phone lines lit up. People from Maine to California, from Florida to Washington state shared their stories of the vanishing insects where they lived. Multiple long-haul truckers listening on SiriusXM had similar stories.

Read more here.

-Thom
Monday's Daily Stack Daily Stack
Hour One: When has the minimum wage ever caused a recession...which states have more vibrant economies...red or blue?
- Patrick Hedger, Vice President of Policy - Taxpayers Protection Alliance (Prior to joining TPA, Patrick was a Research Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Technology and Innovation and also served as Director of Policy at FreedomWorks) Twitter Twitter
Article: "Minimum wage in the United States" by Wikipedia.
Hashtag: "#DontKillItBernie".
The Fate and Future of American Democracy Hangs On the Minimum Wage - If Biden & Harris don't act now, the window will close
Book: What Does the Minimum Wage Do? by Dale Belman, Paul Wolfson.
Article: "Rick Scott" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Tom Cotton" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Josh Hawley" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Kristi Noem" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Ted Cruz" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Nikki Haley" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Vladimir Putin" (Russia) by Wikipedia.
Article: "Rodrigo Duterte" (Philippines) by Wikipedia.
Article: "Narendra Modi" (India) by Wikipedia.

Hour Two: Time to Add the Republican Party to the Domestic Terrorism Watchlist - The terrorism we feared after 9/11 has now come to America but it came from within — it's time to crush it
Article: "Senator Robert Byrd and the Ku Klux Klan" by Robert Longley.
Article: "Nixon's Southern strategy" by James Boyd.
Article: "Joe Lieberman" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Joe Manchin" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Will Kevin McCarthy's cozying to Trump make him House speaker?" by Jennifer Haberkorn, Evan Halper.
Article: "Beer Hall Putsch" by Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Book: "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler.
Article: "Reichstag fire", 27 February 1933 by Wikipedia.
Article: "GOP doubles down on voter suppression" by S.W. Spooner.
Article: "American Civil War (1861 - 1865) by Wikipedia.
Site: Medium.
Site: Substack.
Site: Daily Poster (David Sirota).
Site: Raw Story
Site: Alternet
Article: "Transcript of President Donald Trump CPAC SPEECH 2021." "And of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney".
Article: "Birth Control and the Law Basics" by FindLaw.
Article: "Land-grant university" by Wikipedia.
Article: "S. Korea reports 1st confirmed case of China coronavirus" (January 20, 2020) by Yonhap.
Article: "First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States" (January 20, 2020) by Michelle L. Holshue et al.
Site: Tracking COVID-19 - Johns Hopkins University.
Article: "Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States" by John Eligon, Audra D. S. Burch, Dionne Searcey and Richard A. Oppel Jr.

Hour Three: The Real Story of the Covid Catastrophe is Larger Than You Know - Covid may soon be the least of our worries
Article: "The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight" by Thom Hartmann.
Article: "HIV/AIDS" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Severe acute respiratory syndrome" (SARS, SARS-CoV-1) by Wikipedia.
Article: "Zika fever" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Dengue fever" by Wikipedia.
Article: "West Nile virus" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Ebola virus disease" (a viral haemorrhagic fever) by Wikipedia.
Article: "Marburg virus" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Coronavirus disease 2019" (COVID-19) by Wikipedia.
Article: "Sunrise Movement" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Jack D. Forbes" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Doug Tallamy" by Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.
Speech: "1944 State of the Union Address" (Second Bill of Rights or Economic Bill of Rights Speech) by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Quote: "People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made" - Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Article: "Neil deGrasse Tyson" by Wikipedia.
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