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  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 16 hours ago

    Its not fake news that Cavanaugh will be the next SC justice. Its not fake news that the economy is doing better than anybody anticipated. Unemployment at record lows, including minority groups. Its not fake news that Trump is following through on a campaign pledge to redo some of the one-sided trade deals. It is not fake news that the infamous Russian dossier was bought and paid for by the democratic party for millions of dollars. That is real collusion.

    The left is hysterical over what Trump says. Fair enough, but let someone run against him based on what he has actually done. The fact is that Trump would have been considered a democrat in years past just based on his economic and immigration policies. Some of us fondly remember when the democrats used to talk about protecting American industry and jobs. Not anymore. That in itself tells you how far the current democrats have gone completely off the rails.

    If enforcing immigration laws makes someone a racist, then Barack Obama is the biggest one in the country since he deported more illegals than any president in history. And yes that includes separating children from parents as confirmed by his former Homeland Security director. Where was the outrage then? Where was Booker and Harris and Warren then? They were sitting on their hands because they are political hypocrites, hacks, and frauds.

    What has happened to the democratic party in this country?

  • The Corporate Conquest of America   2 weeks 16 hours ago

    Billerica Tow - yes we enjoy free speech rights in America. At least for now, But be wary and vigilant because the fascist democratic party would like to take those rights away from you, especially if you are a conservative. Just like the Borg, you will assimilate, or be destroyed. Your free speech rights will stop because you might hurt somebody's feelings, don't you know?

  • Banding Together for the Common Good   2 weeks 22 hours ago


    In July 2004, when the Berger story broke, Comey told the media, "As a general matter, we take issues of classified information very seriously. It's our lifeblood, those secrets." As Comey proved again in the summer of 2016, if a prominent Democrat is implicated, he and his colleagues do not take these issues seriously at all. If, however, the security issue involves someone who is unconnected or disruptive, prosecutors will turn over every stone just for the spectacle of turning them over.

    Scooter Libby learned this the hard way. His undoing started with a news leak about a telegenic, if insignificant, CIA agent named Valerie Plame. The leak had nothing to do with Libby or his boss, Vice President Dick Cheney. No matter. Comey pressured his boss John Ashcroft to recuse himself from an investigation into the leak. Sound familiar? He then named a special counsel who just happened to be the godfather of one of Comey’s children. That sounds familiar too.

    The Patrick Fitzgerald appointment took place at roughly the same time the archivists were alerting the DoJ to Berger’s repeated theft of critical documents. The media much preferred the Plame story to the Berger story, and so the opportunists played to the media.

    Even before Fitzgerald really got started on the investigation, however, he, Mueller, and Comey learned who the leaker was. The news was not welcome. He was one of their own, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a veteran swamp dweller and an open critic of President Bush.

    Still, Fitzgerald had his commission and the uncritical attention of the media. With their full-throated support, he did an unrestrained dumpster dive into the Bush White House not unlike Mueller’s into the Trump White House. All Fitzgerald managed to climb out with was Libby. The media were hoping for hated Bush advisor Karl Rove and maybe even Cheney. They had to make do.

    Six months after Berger got his wrist slapped, Fitzgerald indicted Libby for a series of Martha Stewart-style process crimes. Unlike Berger who got no jail time, Libby was hit with thirty months. Under pressure from the right, President Bush commuted his sentence, but Libby had to wait until 2018 to be pardoned, courtesy of President Trump.

    As to Armitage, he was never prosecuted for anything. The DOJ accepted his claim the leak was unintentional much the way it would accept Hillary’s “lack of intent” claim years later. The deep state takes care of its own.

    In many ways, 2005 was a dress rehearsal for 2016. Mueller and Comey had learned how to play their parts. The media had learned how to play theirs. Indeed, the show would have been another huge hit if only Trump had stuck to the “good Republican” script the way Bush had.

  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    No, the deeper question is what has happened to the gullible minds, mostly uneducated, of a third of the nation? This is your brain on Fox News/Republican Party/Trump the Fool. There's yer fake news, laddie, lassie, Russian bot, or whatever ye be.

  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    Just look at the fake outrage as expressed by Senators Booker, Harris, and Blumenthal during the Cavanaugh hearing. Booker, in particular, should be nominated for an Oscar for his over the top performance. I really believe (wink, wink) that they need to review the "missing" documents so they can make a fair evaluaton. Ha Ha...what a joke they are. They would be better off to just come out and say that they are not going to vote to confirm Cavanaugh no matter what because it is all about politics with them. Cavanaugh is just as qualified to serve on the SC as Kagan or Ginsberg.

    I am not a fan of Lindsey Graham, but he did say something right on the mark yesterday. He remarked..."if you want to appoint judges, then win elections".

    What has happened to the democratic party in this country?

  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    "... alternative facts ... truth isn't truth ... up is down ... East is West ... don't believe what you hear or read ... believe me, folks ... believe me .... only I can fix it ... me ... me ... me ... it's all about me, not you ... best president ever ... better poll numbers than Lincoln!

    No really.

    Believe me

    ...not FAKE NEWS !!!

    Lies, lies, lies, all lies !!!

    No collusion, collusion, collusion.

    No really, folks.

    I'm not a crook.

    Investigate the Democrats, the FBI, the 400 pound guy on the bed

    ...anybody but me, me, me, the greatest president ever.

    ...fake news ...fake news ...fake news

    ...enemy of the people ...enemy of the people ...enemy of the people the wall the wall the wall

    ...lock her up ...lock her up ...lock her up !!!

    ...USA ...USA ...USA !!!

    ...Jesus ...Jesus ...Jesus !!!

    Rinse and repeat the bald-faced lies 5,000 times (just since inauguration)

    ...and counting.

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  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Well said Coalage3.

  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 1 day ago

    The "proof is in the pudding". If you act like a fascist, if you look like a fascist, if you talk like a fascist, you are probably a fascist.

    The democratic party now acts, looks, and especially talks like fascists. Why has the democratic party now ceded their support of the working people in this country to the repubs? Why does the democratic party now side with big business, big pharma, big banking, and silicon valley?

    What has happened to the democratic party in this country?

  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Bad try Hemlock. Who is for silencing dissenting voices? I will give you a hint. Its not anybody on the right. What group condones and supports violence? The progressive fascist left.

    Your democratic party of today is now the party of the 1% elite. Why do you think all of the elite supported Hillary? Your democratic party of today was the war party in the last election. Why do you think war mongers John McCain and Lindsay Graham liked Hillary so much?

    What has happened to the democratic support for the unions in this country, and for the working man in general? I have not heard one democratic congressional candidate talk about support for the working man, or economic policies to benefit them. Why is that? Because they let the Donald beat them to it. Just think about that. Donald Trump now seems to be the only who cares for all the working people in the US. He is certainly the only one talking about the problems facing poor and middle class Americans.

    What a sad time for the democratic party in this country.

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  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 2 days ago

    hemlockone: Excellent comeback! Although it's impossible to peer into the dark recesses of Coalage3's mind (Who would want to?) in order to ferret out the true motive(s) for posting such ridiculous nonsense, one may reasonably surmise from the hollow words that such an apparently angry person must be extremely irritated that the party of Trump (truly a kakistocracy) is almost universally thought of -- other than by the shrinking minority of Republican fascist followers -- as a racist, fascist, sexist, criminal organization that is rapidly, finally! imploding spectacularly on itself thanks largely to the increasing lunacy of its childish leader, "a sad, embarrassing wreck of a man" (George Will). So Coalage3 is engaging in a pathetic attempt to turn the tables by redirecting these damning accusations toward present-day Democrats -- with no real proof of course. It's an age-old, rather desperate, psychologically defensive tactic and nothing more than a meaningless and immature schoolyard taunt: "I'm rubber; you're glue. What you say bounces off me and sticks to you." Nice try indeed.​

    "Sure sounds and looks like fascism to me..." -- Coalage3. Obviously this sad, embarrassing wreck of a poster has no idea what fascism actually is.

    John Scott: It was a pleasure reading your explication and analysis of libertarianism.

    "In an idealized free market economy, prices for goods and services are set freely by the forces of supply and demand and are allowed to reach their point of equilibrium without intervention by government policy." -- Wikipedia

    The key word here is "idealized," since libertarianism has never worked in reality anywhere at any time in history or in the modern era. By "worked" I mean for the good of the people on the whole rather than only for the tiny ruling class of greedy, power-hungry reprobates.

    In a nutshell: "This Libertarianism is a movement against the principles of democracy in favor of control of the population by an oligarchy." -- John Scott

  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Nice try Coalage3. You sound like another poor victimized white conservative. Manipulated by the capitalist elite to keep the working classes divided. Tell me when has the GOP ever supported legislation or appointed judges that favor the individual over big capital/corporations? Tell me when they last supported a tax bill that did not favor the oligarchs and/or corporations? Tell me when they last supported legislation that would restrict police powers? If the democrats are the party of racism, why is it that the GOP works so hard to restrict the voting rights of minorities? You tell me, who is more of an authoritarian, Obama or Trump? Who is more of a hypernationalist? The GOP fits the bill of being more fascist and more racist by far more than the Democratic Party.

  • Democrats Should Steal Trump's Thunder on Trade   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Hey Thom, I saw this yesterday and thought of you,

    "19 illegal immigrants indicted for voting in the 2016 election"

    Do you have any idea as to how hard it is to catch and prosecute these people? Hats off to one sharp election judge who was obviously a republican.

  • The Corporate Conquest of America   2 weeks 5 days ago


    I don't agree with everything that Trump has done, however I will say that the lowering of the corporate income tax has been good for me, my partners and our employees.

    As small business owners we believes in people. Without good people to work for any type of business, the business doesn't survive. So as an owner of various service type busineeses that rely heavily on trades people from HVAC Repair, Roofing Contractors and Tree Service we've been able to provide better insurance for our emplyees and give them all a raise with the money we've saved in taxes.

    This has been great for us as many of our employees have young families with children and we believe that the more you're able to give the more you get in return. Always deliver more than our customers expect and our employees get more in return. We all win with this type of philosophy.

    Again, I may not agree with everything Trump has done but we'll use whatever is good for us and move on. We're just glad that we can finally help the people that are responsible for our businesses success. I've been fortunate enough to have made a few dollars, noticed some talented people in other industries and help them become successful business owners along with me as their partner.

    Thanks, Gary

  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 5 days ago

    The Myth of Utopian Libertarian Economic Liberty

    John Scott

    Definition from the web site of the Institute of Humane Studies

    The libertarian or “classical liberal” perspective is that peace, prosperity, and social harmony are fostered by “as much liberty as possible” and “as little government as necessary.”

    According to Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz, Free Press, 1997:

    Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property-rights that people have naturally, before governments are created. In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force-actions like murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud.

    Libertarians admire the free market ideology as described by Adam Smith and articulated by Milton Friedman, who was a disciple of F.A. Hayek,

    Definition by Wikipedia

    In economics by the open market and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority. Proponents of the concept of free market contrast it with a regulated market, in which a government intervenes in supply and demand through various methods such as tariffs used to restrict trade and protect the economy. In an idealized free market economy, prices for goods and services are set freely by the forces of supply and demand and are allowed to reach their point of equilibrium without intervention by government policy.

    In the US in the 1950s, conservative founders of the John Birch Society embraced Libertarian ideas and free market ideology. James McGill Buchanan became a particular darling of this group and later founded the George Mason University which became an intellectual breeding ground for right-wing activists. Nancy MacLean in her book DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS describes in detail the history of a group of wealthy individuals who have organized and funded the rise of an extreme anti-democratic movement. This has been done over a number of decades with determination and stealth.

    According to author Nancy MacLean there are a number of traits shared by these wealthy individuals. They do not believe that they should be compelled to contribute to the well-being or welfare of any other group or individual. They do not believe that their economic liberty should be regulated or interfered with by government or any other institution. However, at the same time they refuse to guard the political or civil liberty of any other group or individual. They have been quite willing to use military force and dictatorship in imposing their economic policies on populations around the world. You may refer to the book Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein for an exploration of their methods and the disastrous results. History demonstrates that this economic/social scheme has never been voluntarily accepted by any population. It has only been imposed with violent force.

    The Libertarian ideal of the golden age of the US was the period following Reconstruction after the Civil War and ending with the beginning of the Great Depression. This period of history is also referred to as the Robber Baron age. This Libertarianism is a movement against the principles of democracy in favor of control of the population by an oligarchy.

    What developed in the late 19th century and the early 20th century were movements that mobilized communities in solidary in collective actions. The labor movement demanded livable wages and safe working conditions. This greatly offended the oligarch masters. How dare workers unite to negotiate their working conditions and wages? This was considered a distortion of the labor market and threatened established power structures. Increased wages created a consumer market for appliances and goods that were previously unaffordable.

    The oligarch class desires to see voting rights restricted as in the late 18th century to white men of property. Starting in 1920 women earned the right to vote. In 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act African Americans were finally given the unrestricted right to vote. The expansion of voting rights was the result of people working as a community together to achieve a desired positive result. Democracy is by character a government defined as rule of the majority. The libertarian oligarch class feels extremely offended to be coerced to support with taxation social programs like public schools, social security, medical care and the US Postal Service.

    In their utopia all people would solely be responsible to provide for their own education, health care, pension and transportation. With all minimum wage laws and child labor laws abolished how would it be possible for wage slaves to educate their children, provide health care and self-fund pensions? This sounds like the old class system of Europe with an aristocracy that controlled resources while the working classes lived in desperate poverty as serfs. This is liberty for the few and servitude for the many. Like Protestant Calvinists they believe that the wealthy are by grace destined to rule over the rest of humanity.

    The Libertarian oligarchs are determined to destroy all aspects of community and collective action. This may be due to their worship of individualism or their knowledge that it is much easier to subdue and control isolated individuals. Charles Koch has organized his own community of billionaires to fund think tanks like the Cato Institute. His organizations have basically taken over the Republican Party by threatening incumbent office holders with funding more extreme primary opponents if they do not support their extreme undemocratic agenda. Their agenda is more authoritarian than the liberty as promised by their Libertarianism.

    They state that they wish to go back to a time before governments were created. What would that mean in a modern society? Do they really pine for the days when the man with the biggest stick ruled? If there were no government then how would the people in a society interact? The oligarchs who controlled the resources use police state tactics as they have done in countries such as Chile?

    I think that we should all be suspicious of all utopian schemes. Libertarians would claim that their theories would have solved all problems caused by boom and bust business cycles and market corrections if only their theories were employed more completely and purely. We have heard this all before from extreme left leaning and right leaning purists.

    James Madison in contributing to the drafting of the US Constitution was concerned about the tyranny of the majority over the minority. The minority have always been the moneyed elite. The extreme radical right’s plan to take this protection way beyond Madison’s checks and balances threatens to destroy all of the democratic gains by the working majority of the last 100 years.

  • The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Are you kidding me? The party of racism is the democratic party. And by the way, they are also now the party of fascism as well. They will do whatever it takes to silence any dissenting voice. Anitfa? They are just the new fascist brownshirts. Beat the hell out of anybody they don't like. Sure sounds and looks like fascism to me, and the leadership of the democratic party just remains silent. As the saying goes, their silence speaks volumes. Per Don Lemon, they "aren't perfect". Yeah, just like the KKK is not perfect either.

    The democrats have now totally abandoned the working people and unions in this country in favor of the 1% elite and their minions. Kind of ironic, isn't it?

    What has happened to the democratic party in this country?

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  • The Corporate Conquest of America   2 weeks 6 days ago

    As a small business owner, I may not agree with everything written. I do strongly believe we all have the right to a different opinion. The beauty of that is that if we have patience with others of a different opinion and have an honest dialog then we all learn something and can come to great compromises that can benefit all.

    The beauty of America is that we have free speech and rights that many other countries don't have. I started a small Billerica MA Towing Company in a small community with one truck, now we're up to 5 and employ 15 people. Some part-time but most full-time.

    Many of the countries that my family has traveled to people are not able to start businesses as easily as we can here.

    Yes. America is not perfect but it's better than many other places in the world where people don't have the opportunities that we have here.

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The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018

It seems it's all racism, all the time w/the GOP...Neo-Nazi robocall hits Iowa on Molly Tibbett’s murder: “KILL THEM ALL. ” Richard Wolff drops by about the National Debt. Is it a disaster or an OK thing? Also - Trump & The National Enquirer - Is the Economy Here To Serve Us Or Are We Here to Serve the economy?