I'll start this post by saying that I love Thom and his show. I've found in Mr. Hartmann a talk show host who I find intellectually stimulating, articulate, and very well researched in his opinions.
I've only found one bone of contention I have with Mr. Hartmann and that is his stance about atheism as a religion. If we go with the loosest definition of religion from Merriam Webster's dictionary, religion could loosely be defined as a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.
The solution to the Citizens United case: ban all paid political ads on the airwaves. Britain, France, Norway, Sweden and several other progressive countries already do this. It is perfectly legal under Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. F.C.C., 395 U.S. 367, 89 S.Ct. 1794 (1969) (Unless, of course, the Supreme Court changes the law again). What good would all that money do for candidates if they had nothing to spend it on? How much could they spend on mailers and internet adds?
I've heard many right wing talk show hosts make the claim that the biggest reason for the housing bust, and subsequent fall of the US economy was primarily due to the Federal Government insisting bank lenders give loans to people who could not afford to pay them back.
However, if this is the case, then how can it be that while trying to sell a condo back in 2007, I had a buyer get denied a loan by a bank during the summer of 2007. There were also other potential buyers, who all of a sudden could not qualify for a loan to buy my condo.
Thom, Thank you so much for bringing up SS caps. I have been complaining about this for years, never understood why all the poorer people pay for all of the SS benefits. What is wrong with this country. The people with the money get the maxiumum and they probably have one or 2 checks that SS is taken from., I am at a complete loss, this seems to be the easiest way to keep SS up and also have it pay a liveable wage to most people.??????
If George W. Bush was a democrat; the Republicans would be holding hearing on the follow three items to start. First; because the Republicans are so concerned with security they would want to know how a phony reporter named Jeff Gannon got into the WhiteHouse briefing room and how did the President know him by name right away? Was it because he visited the family side of the WhiteHouse over eighty times? Who in the Secret Service OK'ed him in the first place?
How many people think "FDIC Certificate Number " means a certificate with a number on it? Well, it doesn't. There is no ledger of certificates from which to produce a copy. What is called a "certificate number" is a coded account number upon which oil leases, mining leases, and Minnie's estate is pyramided at the leisure of JABA's Hells Cargo operative, LINCLON, for purposes of nu banks, mortgage bundling and other nefarious activity. They have been given a license to plunder.
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L.
You would like my book, Time Experiments by Dave Bell, for several reasons. It tells a story that involves spiritual atheism, meditations, 70's sub culture, and theoretical physics.
Love the show!