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  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I call my Senators and Representatives, I send E-forms, I write letters, I campaign for progressives, and yet they still aren't listening.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    We could solve Medicare going broke and healthcare coverage all at once by having Medicare for all. They just need to increase the amount paid on payroll. Right now all W-2 workers pay 1.45% and it is matched by employers. These payroll taxes currently fund the Medicare coffers. If we got single pay administered by Medicare I would be happy to pay up to 5% on my Medicare portion of my paycheck.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Congress suffers from a wife beaters complex. The insurance companies like a wife beater are making all kinds of promises to stay in the game of a for profit health insurance that they have NO intention on honoring. They think they can just ride out this administration and wait for a republican in the White House again.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Bobby Kennedy JR also interviewed Bernie Sanders this past Saturday on Health Care Reform on Ring of Fire Radio Saturdays at noon on green960.com - that slut! [just kidding, having a little very needed FUN]

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Lawyer Ted Olson who has JUMPED-IN to fight for same sex marriage via a suit is the same Ted Olson who LIED that his wife phoned him from a hijacked 9/11 airplane.

    I don't trust this man. It is always difficult to trust these 'end justifies the means' people who served the goals of the Bush Usurpation of government.

    Has he filed this suit in jump-the-gun in fkashy frontpage fashion to nullify the concerted efforts of the REAL LGBT legal efforts?

    Or is he trying to do something decent to get on the good side of the those who might stick up for him when eventually there are responsible individuals succeed to the criminal prosecution of the Bush Cabal?

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Not only is Ed Schultz outspoken about the need for single-payer healthcare, but he just had Bernie Sanders on to talk about it earlier this hour.

  • Monday & Tuesday June 1 & 2 2009...broadcasting live from "America's Future Now" in Washington, D.C.   11 years 16 weeks ago

    The Nebraska legislature has again legalized the death penalty by using lethal injection. Only 7 Senators voted with us with four absent or not voting. We are getting new license plates and I suggest we show a large hypodermic needle and title it "NEBRASKA THE KILLING STATE"

  • Friday...broadcasting live from the Talkers New Media Seminar 2009 in New York, NY   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I recently became reacquainted with the late Carl Sagan’s Pulitzer Prize winning book “The Dragons of Eden,” early-on in which he writes the human race does not have another 10 million years of evolutionary progress in which resolve the many problems facing the world, many if not most are of humanity’s own creation. “We must adjust and adapt and control, or we perish.” A few years after writing this, Ronald Reagan’s Interior secretary, James Watt, would tell us that we didn’t need to adjust, adapt or control, since the Armageddon was coming and most of us would perish anyways—and he did his best to help Reagan insure that exactly that would happen.

    As individuals, we can adjust and adapt to multiple situations, but that doesn’t mean we can control the forces that create those situations. We may or may not choose to adjust or adapt, in which case we can vote for a politician or party who promises to control a situation in another manner. But change only occurs in the tiniest of degrees, often barely perceptible on the ground. Corporate and financial institutions are as impervious to control as throwing a pebble at a speeding train (unless they go bankrupt and the government takes over). What a political change can do is shift attitudes or attention to a different set of priorities. Supreme Court appointments are one of the few opportunities a president has to make a long-term impact on the direction of the country; unfortunately, there are five men of questionable taste on the court who are not going anywhere anytime soon.

    I truly fear for this country, one that often rather than searches for solutions, searches for scapegoats. For now, the ball is in Barack Obama’s court, and now we can only hope that he can control what we wish to adjust and adapt to, not what we are forced to.

    By the way, Sagan—who was no dummy—was conflicted on the abortion issue. He devoted five pages to the subject in “Dragons,” ostensibly to determine when a fetus’ brain was capable of “human” function. He came very close to calling third-trimester abortion murder.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Thom,

    Your caller, Kim the angry loyal Democrat, at the end of the last hour said that you're the only one who speaks up for various issues. One of the issue she mentioned was Single Payer Health Care. She's wrong.

    For the record, Ed Schultz is a Single Payer hawk on his TV show, even calling Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership on it. I would assume he does the same on his radio show. I believe that Ron Reagan Jr. is also a Single Payer supporter, he's just more low key than Schultz. Mike Malloy definitely calls for Single Payer, and I believe Randi Rhodes is as well, though I rarely can stand listening to her.

    I'm pretty sure that Rachel Maddow is a supporter and I know that she and Keith Olbermann have criticized the Democrat leadership for trying to keep Single Payer off the table.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I'll give Thom credit for not wilting like a piece of straw in a bonfire like many of these left-wing talk show hosts do whenever someone says "illegal." But then again, he didn't have to, because Gainor was on his best behavior, and immigration reform wasn't even discussed. It's a good thing Thom didn't take any phone calls on the issue of immigration reform, because he'd discover (like I've known for a long time) that most people have negative attitudes toward Hispanics generally, usually based on selective information provided by the media. That the negative information diseminated by the right is usually opposed by silence on the left is the norm and not the exception. Take for example the claim that illegal immigrants are draining public services paid for by taxpayers. What pundits fail to mention is that illegal immigrants are also taxpayers. A recent report in the state of Washington revealed that illegal immigrants actually pay a higher proportion of their income in taxes. A CBO report a few years also stated that the Social Security taxes illegal immigrants pay would cover 15 percent of a potential shortfall in its funding. But people are not told of this, so all they kinow is that "those people" are parasites.

    I have a few other comments on this topic. U.S. companies trying to compete with Chinese gulag labor can do so only by keeping costs down. They often involve industries that are not considered "high wage" and involve hard manual labor. These are the kind of jobs that have high-turnover, and these companies have a hard time keeping experienced people. Some people blame this on illegal immigrants taking those jobs and depressing wages, but that is a very simplistic way of looking at it. After the ICE raid at the Crider poultry plant in Stillmore, Georgia, the company experienced high turnover and low productivity despite the fact it tried to entice local "natives" to work there with higher wages. I also find it interesting to note that while the "natives" complain that the "Mexicans" are depressing wages, the flip side is that the "Mexicans" actually see a substantial increase in wages from what they would be earning (or not earning) in Mexico or whereever they hail from.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    The African Americans living in Montgomery might disagree with you regarding whether or not boycotts work. It takes a combination of education that CambridgeKnitter mentions, but it also takes the kind of righteous indignation that compels people to make the kind of changes in their lives that will force others to change.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    The other question that needs to be answered is whether under Canada's single payer are visits to doctors in the US covered. All this talk about Canadians visiting the US to get treatment here would be muted if single-payer covers visits and treatment here. Anyone who is not a Republicon paid poster out there know the anwer to this?

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Cambridge,

    I know, I agree with you - and every time Thom says boycotts do not work I go bat crazy and need to take my Gabba to calm down. No doubt, if The Hartman show became boycott central, the laws of corporate karma might send the show off the air- but I just wish he would find another phrase rather than 'boycotts do not work.'

    That said, we love and truly appreciate you Thom Hartman., You are our daily bread of inspiration and Community Archangel in Command.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Health Care Organizing Kick-Off

    On June 6th, thousands of people just like you are beginning to organize for health care reform by hosting or attending a Health Care Organizing Kickoff. No experience is required to host or attend--we’ll give you everything you need to make it a success. At these kickoffs, you’ll watch a special message from the President, meet like-minded supporters in your neighborhood, make plans for reaching out in your community--and start to put those plans in action. Together, we’ll win health care reform the same way we won the election: Building support one block, one neighbor, one conversation at a time. Please go to the following link to sign up to either attend or host a kick off meeting:

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/hckickoff

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Thom, you're wrong about boycotts. Both the Nestle boycott and the GE boycott produced results, and they were modeled on the knowledge the Farmworkers gained in their organizing campaigns, including the rule of thumb that it takes only about 5% of the population boycotting for it to create so much pressure that the boycotted company or industry has to deal with it. Boycotts have to include an education campaign or else people won't be persuaded to rearrange their lives to comply with a boycott, not to mention figure out what products not to buy. That education campaign is what creates the moral pressure to change, and the boycott creates the economic pressure to change.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Joe -- I hear the same kind of stories from my friend in Canada.
    While here, where we supposedly have less waiting -- I once called my medical provider saying I was suicidal and wanted to talk to a therapist and they gave me an appointment for three weeks away. Were they hoping I'd kill myself so they wouldn't have to pay? Then, at the end of the appointment, the therapist recommended anti-depressants, but wasn't an M.D., so I would have to see someone else to get anti-depressants. So, another three weeks, and, again, at the end of the appointment, I got the same story. And, yes, it happened a third time too. So i gave up.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Mark -- I think you should be more careful about where you get your statistics. I don't think you are right about "convenience" being the rule rather than the exception. I think the vast majority of late term abortions are for serious medical reasons. If a person just didn't want to have a baby, why wouldn't they get an earlier abortion? It's less life-threatening for the woman and easier on all concerned.
    Also, I don't think it's the doctor making the final decision, it's the pregnant woman. If women don't have ethics up to your standards, maybe you need to work on them rather than the doctor? It isn't the medical community that is failing here, it is the religious community (or other places people acquire ethics) that is failing to teach good ethics. Perhaps you should pick on them for their failure?
    Where do most people get their ethics these days? Arguably, people today get their ethics from media: from the news, from TV, from the movies, from commercials and ads, from songs and rap. Yes, yes, I know everyone says, "Not me! I don't take that stuff seriously, it's fiction and I know it." but that is not true -- if you watch TV and movies several times per week you cannot help but be influenced by the unspoken assumptions you see functioning repeatedly before you.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I just got off the phone with a friend of mine from France. Two of our mutual friends there had breast cancer. Guess what NO WAITING! for surgery (ok a couple of weeks) and long term radiation and chemo. So far both are in remission. One is 45 and the other 75. The 75 year old woman wanted a private room and paid extra, and also extra for some testing, extra costs 1500 Euros or about $2000 everything else covered. 100% coverage for the 45 year old without the extras above. Also, my friend on the phone pays 80 Euros a month (about $110) for herself, her husband and her two children for 100% state provided coverage as above. That's it. No deductibles or co-pays unless you want the few extras as above and you get immediate attention, minimal waiting as you would have had here. End of story.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I'm organizing a health care reform meeting immediately following our county
    Democratic Party meeting Saturday morning. And the speaker I invited is a strong advocate for national single-payer healthcare.

    There's no reason we have to limit ourselves to what our clueless leaders on Capitol HIll have deemed the narrow parameters for debate.

    I don't care how neatly the deck chairs are arranged on this ship, we need to change course.... and fast.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    In the healthcare debate, why hasn't anyone mentioned the compromise they have in New Zealand? As I understand it, the way they do it there is that the everyday medical care is just like ours: you get your own insurance or through your work, or you pay out of pocket. but for catastrophic care -- if you are in the hospital -- the government pays for it 100%. The hospitals are government owned, so I guess it's socialized medicine, but it means that no one goes bankrupt because of being in the hospital. It's not ideal, but it's a compromise that we should be considering if we can't get what we want.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Chris,

    I'd post my email, too, but have the same reservations. I wish there was some way to allow info. to go to designated people.

  • A letter from a Republican to Thom   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I think it is commendable that Don is able to come over from the dark side. There are many republicans who are very unhappy with their party at this time, I just wonder how many will be able to vote Blue in future elections. Time will only tell.

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    One additional comment - Hate crime and terrorism. Osama Bin Laden didn't hijack the plane and slam it into the WTC towers. But he DID call for the death of americans. Randall Terry didn't SHOOT Dr George Tiller, but he did CALL FOR THE DEATH of abortion doctors.

    In summary, shouldn't we be waterboarding Randall Terry?

  • Wednesday June 3 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Thom,

    One important comment - the Dr Tiller murder was a HATE crime. It was a murder intended to instill fear in a group of people, in this case pro-choice practicing doctors. Has anyone in the media called this what it is?

  • Monday & Tuesday June 1 & 2 2009...broadcasting live from "America's Future Now" in Washington, D.C.   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Heard the interview with Senator Jeff Merkley. His views on the tobacco bill (S.982) are very disappointing. All he could come up with is the bit about camel trying to hook kids with candy nicotine. He does the same bit on his web site. Besides being a lie, he fails to mention what else the bill would do.

    Through the back door it essentially bans tobacco reduced harm products from coming to the market. This includes swedish snus, a oral product from Sweden with a risk factor of 1% compared to smoking cigarettes, and electronic cigarettes, with all the research pointing to the fact that it likely has less then 1% the harmful effects of tobacco cigarettes.

    This bill will likely pass to the detriment of 45+ million US citizens addicted to nicotine. Apparently that's okay with the progressives. People addicted to nicotine are the new 2nd class citizen in America. All Thom Hartmann could do was give a large sigh of agreement with Merkley when he went into his little bit about hooking the kids.

    For decades the tobacco companies lied about the dangers of cigarettes and millions of people died prematurely because of it. Now, the anti-nicotine crowd, with the support of misguided and corrupt public health advocates are lying about reduced harm nicotine products and millions of people will die prematurely because if it. For the first time in my life, I feel ashamed to call myself a progressive.

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