• Why America Can't Have "Nice Things"
  • Don't Put Your Mask Away - Here's Why
  • Can America Now Just Admit - The 2nd Amendment Is a Failed Experiment?
  • Is the Weather Channel the Leading Edge of Climate Change Exposure? What Impact Will The New Fox New's Weather Channel have On Climate Change?
  • What Does It Mean To Be a Citizen of the World?
    - Martin Sheen, Activist/Academy Award Winning Actor-currently starring in Grace & Frankie (Netflix) w/Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin & Sam Waterston & Presenter of the new documentary film, The World is My Country-the Garry Davis Story
    - Arthur Kanegis, Producer/Director, The World is My Country / President-Future WAVE, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to shifting our culture of violence to a culture of peace.
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Why America Can't Have "Nice Things"
Thom plus logo So, if the majority of Americans want Scandinavian/European healthcare, schools, unions, wages and taxes-on-the-rich, why don't we have these things?

Some time back a woman living in Sweden, "Caroline” @SweResistance on Twitter, posted a thread that said:
"I live in Sweden. We have social security, affordable health care, strict gun laws, 5 weeks paid annual leave, 1 year maternity leave, etc. And no, we're not a communist country, and not even strictly socialistic but socio-democratic. And our freedom is not inhibited.

"For example, health care can cost a maximum of around $130 per year for visits to health care centrals etc., hospital nights costs $12 per night with a $175 roof per month. Prescription drugs have a yearly roof of $250.”

Sweden is a democratic republic that practices an economic system often referred to as "democratic socialism” or "social democracy.” Although Karl Marx popularized the word "socialism” in 1848 to describe his proposed utopian economic/political system, outside of the realm of Marxists and rightwing cranks, Marx's system is usually today referred to as "communism” and "socialist” is the modern tag used to describe countries like Sweden.

Read more at HartmannReport.com.

-Thom

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The Saturday Report 7/3/21
Thom plus logo The best of the rest of the news this week.

— Donald Trump learned the way of mob bosses from his first lawyer and mentor, Roy Cohn, whose other "big” clients were John Gotti of the Gambino crime family and Jeffrey Epstein. That's why Trump has always run his business (and the White House) like a crime boss would, refusing to put anything in writing, asking lawyers not to keep notes (and tearing up the translator's notes from his time with Putin in Helsinki). As Michael Cohen has noted in sworn testimony before Congress, "Trump talks in code” to get things done…a variation on Henry II's coded-assassination-request about Archbishop Beckett: "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?” I believe the really big question now that the indictments have started is if the US or NY prosecutors will get into the act with the law passed specifically to take down people like Gotti — the RICO (Racketeer-Influenced Corrupt Organization) Act? It's probably the best way to get him and his corrupt children into prison.

Read more at HartmannReport.com.

-Thom
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How The Reagan Revolution Collapsed America & the Florida Condo
Thom plus logo The 40-year con by wealthy developers, fossil fuel companies & morbidly rich billionaires, who'd rather shoot up into outer space than pay their taxes, has to end or more people will die.

The collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Florida, the deterioration of infrastructure all across America, and our failure to plan for or respond to the threat of climate change all have the same source: greed. And it's killing us.

Read more at HartmannReport.com.

-Thom
Tuesday's Daily Stack Daily Stack
Hour One: Why America Can't Have "Nice Things"
Article: "Why America Can't Have "Nice Things" " by Thom Hartmann.
Article: "Trade unions in the Nordic countries" by John Logue.
Twitter: "@SweResistance".
Article: "CBS News poll: Most Americans favor a national health plan" by Fred Backus and Jennifer De Pinto.
Article: "Maternal Mortality and Maternity Care in the United States Compared to 10 Other Developed Countries" by Roosa Tikkanen, Munira Z. Gunja, Molly FitzGerald, Laurie Zephyrin.
Article: "The right to vote in Sweden" by Norden.
Article: "The right to vote in Norway " by Norden.
Article: "The America I knew has almost disappeared" by Thom Hartmann.
Article: "Privatizing Our Vote: The Ultimate Crime" by Thom Hartmann.
Article: "America's student debt crisis explained" by Andrew Berkley, John Letzing.
Quote: "It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it's just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being at the essence of getting the nominations for president or elected president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and Congress members. So now we've just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election's over'." - President Jimmy Carter on unlimited money in politics on the Thom Hartmann Program, 28 July 2015.
Case: "Buckley v. Valeo", 1976
Don't Put Your Mask Away - Here's Why.
Article: "Trump Organization, CFO indicted on tax fraud charges" by Michael R. Sisak, Tom Hays.
Article: "Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape" by Wikipedia.
Speech: "New Nationalism Speech" by Theodore Roosevelt, August 31, 1910 (square deal).
Article: "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Francis Scott Key" by Wikipedia.
Article: "What Is True American Patriotism?" by Thom Hartmann.
Article: "How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment" by Michael Waldman.
Article: "America on edge: Covid lockdowns, protests and election strife led to record gun sales" by Marc Fisher, Mark Berman, Christine Spolar, Lori Rozsa and Andrew Ba Tran.
Article: "13th Amendment", December 6, 1865. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Article: "Owed to Ode, Glory: The Fabric of America" by Rohn Kenyatta.
Article: "Frederick Ludwig Hoffman" by Wikipedia.
Book: Race Traits and Tendencies of the American Negro by Frederick Ludwig Hoffman.

Hour Two: Can America Now Just Admit - The 2nd Amendment Is a Failed Experiment?
Article: "More than 230 people fatally shot in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend" by Emma Tucker, Omar Jimenez and Kristina Sgueglia.
Case: "District of Columbia v. Heller", 2008 (2nd Amendment).
Article: "2021 United States Capitol attack" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Constitution of the United States" Article 1 section 8 (Powers of Congress). "...To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years..."
Article: "2nd Amendment". A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Article: "Battle of New Orleans" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Central Park jogger case" (Central Park Five) by Wikipedia.
Is the Weather Channel the Leading Edge of Climate Change Exposure? What Impact Will The New Fox New's Weather Channel have On Climate Change?
Article: "The Dust Bowl" by National Drought Mitigation Center.
Article: "Civilian Conservation Corps" (CCC) by Wikipedia.
Article: "High-capacity magazine ban" by Wikipedia.
Book: White Rage by Carol Anderson.
Article: "What Is True American Patriotism?" by Thom Hartmann.
Article: "Byron Allen" by Wikipedia.

Hour Three: What Does It Mean To Be a Citizen of the World?
- Martin Sheen, Activist/Academy Award Winning Actor-currently starring in Grace & Frankie (Netflix) w/Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin & Sam Waterston & Presenter of the new documentary film, The World is My Country-the Garry Davis Story @eldersheen
- Arthur Kanegis, Producer/Director,
The World is My Country / President-Future WAVE, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to shifting our culture of violence to a culture of peace. @Arthurkanegis @FutureWAVEFilms
Article: "Garry Davis" by Wikipedia.
Article: "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" by United Nations. "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
Video: "The Second Amendment: How Slave Supporting Politicians Got Their Right to Quell Slave Revolts" (Carol Anderson in conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz) by KPFA.
Article: "Kyrsten Sinema" by Open Secrets.
Article: "Transcript: All In with Chris Hayes, 6/29/21" (w/ Claire McCaskill) ("Kyrsten Sinema is more popular than Joe Biden").
Article: "The four political states of Arizona" by David Weigel.
Tweet: "GRIFTER ALERT!
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“Having enough cash on hand is essential to SAVING AMERICA from Joe Biden & his liberal cronies, which is why I've convinced my father to EXTEND your PERSONAL 400%-IMPACT OFFER FOR 1 MORE HOUR.”
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" by Thom Hartmann.
Article: "Constitution of the United States" Article 1 section 8 (Powers of Congress). "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States... To establish Post Offices and post Roads;"
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