***I am 49 & I had a dad & a step-dad. Both could afford a house with a housewife in it, and neither had to bother with college. One was a convicted felon who did not even make it to high school. Although I have had it better than some younger than me, I cannot touch the standard of living achieved by my two dads even with my Associates Degree.
Thom -- to look at Rachel's chart showing income inequality and gridlock in congress, go to To see the graph itself, go to: http://ecolocalizer.com/2012/05/02/maddow-krugman-explain-link-between-w...
Great show today as usual! You are focusing on important issues that no one else -- other than perhaps smaller than a handful of people -- are focusing on!
Hey, Thom....I don't know if you got wind of this one, so I thought I'd send you a link so you could see it yourself.
If you can't get favorable news reports....buy the source of the UNfavorable ones!!!
P.S.....glad to hear Louise is doing well!
Come on boys. There is freeTV time for the taking.
On the topic of helping Asian countries with their energy needs, Warren Buffett's Peabody Energy Company wants to get large volumes of coal from the Powder River Basin, which straddles the Montana-Wyoming border southeast of Billings, Montana on its way to Asia. "The Powder River Basin is home tho the single-largest reserve of coal in the United States and one of the world's richest deposits," according to the article in our local Inlander (March 15-21, 2012). Two really, really big ports are needed for shipping.
Check out the this week's episode of Civil Discourse. We need more grassroots, progressive mics to combat the right wing machine.
Today, you discussed Exxon's profit of $800 billion plus insinuating that the reason that gas prices are so high is because of their profits. Thom, oil today is a world market. China is the biggest purchaser of oil. The US, in fact, has become an exporter of our oil and now produces more oil and nat gas than we did during the 90's and I think more than when Reagan was president. The upshot is Exxon does not control the price of world demand nor does it control world supply.
Here is a way that we might be able to make Citizrns United irrelevant. Under the authority to regulate interstate commerce require that all corporations be chartered by the Federal Government within one year. Have that void any and all state chartered corporations. Specifically limit the rights of Federally chartered corporations to exclude personhood (and any other rights that an extremist court might be inclined to give to them beyond what is stated in the legislation creating them). This can be done without amending the Constitution and would be much faster than
This movie is about the ACME corporation trying to get control of a crystal (maybe a blue diamond) that can turn people into monkeys that produce consumer goods and then turn the monkeys back in to humans that buy the goods. The movie includes real human actors and actresses and many Loonie Tune cartoon characters. One is Bugs Bunny. I love Bugs--so sexy--he's got cute toes.
(omg) OBAMA White House and BP have been hiding the truth about the Deepwater Horizon disaster - “garbage bags full of dead sea turtles”
And now Obama is in a rush to settle$$$ the matter. It’s not too late. The government has yet to announce the amount of money BP owes for the damages caused by the disaster. BP is a member of ALEC.
Romney ahead of Obama? So what! Give me a call if they hold general elections for the Board Members at Goldman Sachs, GE, BP, Eli Lilly and the rest.
cut it to the chase
The singular difficulty of describing globalism is that it is an economic and political process which occurs between rather than within states, but the driving force of which are transnational corporations rather than the United Nations. In the introduction to a recent compilation of essays, "Corporate Social and Human Rights Responsibilities" (Karin Buhmann, Lynn Roseberry, Mette Morsing), "corporate social responsibility (CSR) is defined as " 'voluntary' business action".