The Washington, DC-based nonpartisan think tank The Commonwealth Fund has a report out evaluating the health care systems of seven major industrialized countries. The study ranks the United States “dead last” in the quality, efficiency, and equity of its health care system, and that Americans pay roughly twice as much for health care as residents of other nations, and get poorer outcomes.
Hour One: Should BP be charged with criminal animal abuse?
In calling the top officials of the Obama administration whom he criticized to a Rolling Stone reporter, Gen.
Hour One: Is McChrystal only a symptom of what's really wrong with the war in Afghanistan?
Hour Two: A judge in BP's pocket overturned the President's moratorium on deep sea drilling...how do we get corrupt politicians, judges and corporations out of the energy equation?; Plus, Everything You Know is Wrong...about ants! Author/Adventurer Mark Moffett is here www.adventuresamongants.com
Fremont, Nebraska, a meat-packing town of about 25,000 people, voted Monday in favor by 57% to banish illegal immigrants from jobs by using a federal database, and rental homes by requiring renters to provide citizenship information to the police and to obtain city occupancy licenses, overturning an earlier decision by city leaders.
Hour One: If we deport 1 liberal for every illegal alien...how many conservatives can we deport for each barrel of oil spilled in the Gulf? Thom challenges Congressman Steve King (R-IA) http://steveking.house.go; Plus, Is what Fox News says true...that the Gulf efforts are failing because of beaurocracy? Congressman Brian Baird has the latest from the Gulf Coast http://baird.house.gov
Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, just after Rep. Joe Barton's "off the wall" apology to BP, laid out how deeply "corporate tentacles" have reached into our regulatory agencies in Congress. He said, "The scope, the extent, the insidious nature of corporate influence in regulatory agencies of government--this question of regulatory capture--is something we should attend to here.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), introduced a bill called, The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, last week that would permit the President to effectively shut down the internet by emergency decree.
Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spends the hour with Thom discussing the issues and answering listener questions www.sanders.senate.gov
Hours Two and Three: "Anything Goes on Townhall Friday!"
Here's BP by the numbers. Corporate felon BP agreed to pay $20 billion into an escrow account. They will build the fund over 3.5 years with the first payment of $3 billion in the third quarter, and $2 billion in the fourth quarter. Then BP will pay $1.25 billion each quarter until the $20 billion is met.
Hour One: Can we trust the word of a felon...and does Obama's deal with BP go anywhere near far enough?; Plus, SEIU's Marcus Mrowka reports from today's National People's Action protest at Bank of America in NYC http://showdowninamerica.org
Greetings friends, patriots, and believers in democracy! The staff here at the Thom Hartmann Program wants to start a "community-style" discussion with you about the show's bumper music! (The bumper music is the music we play when we come back from a commerical break, right before Thom starts talking.) We pick the songs to play every morning with relevence to current topics, news, etc...
In an address from the Oval Office last night, President Obama asked Americans to get behind clean energy legislation, saying that BP’s Gulf oil spill is “the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now.” Obama compared the move to clean energy to emergency preparations for WWII and the mission to the moon, although, unlike those very real and dramatic and successful government programs, he offered no s
Hour One: Did the President's speech last night represent change we can believe in?
Hour Two: Should lawmakers and CEO's be barred from owning stock in the businesses they oversee? Thom confronts CNBC's John Carney www.cnbc.com; Plus, Everything You Know is Wrong About...the Full Monty! Dennis Hof, CEO of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch talks to Thom www.bunnyranch.com