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When Republicans have lost Merle Haggard, they've lost America

When Republicans have lost "Okie from Muscogee" Merle Haggard, they've lost America...

Merle Haggard - America First

When Republicans lose Merle Haggard, they've lost America...

When the Republicans lose "Okee from Muskogee" Merle Haggard, they've lost America...

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British documentary on US prisons

A few weeks back we did a show on abuses in America's prisons. BBC's "Channel 4" has produced the documentary that's really worth watching.

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February 20 2008 show notes

Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.

On the Program Feb 22 2008

Anything Goes! Friday...

Guest: "Brunch with Bernie" Senator Bernie Sanders http://sanders.senate.gov/ taking your calls

Guest: PJ Crowley www.americanprogress.org Topic: What's going on in Belgrade, why are they protesting?

On the Program - Feb 21 2008

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Hour One - Topic: McCain lobbyist affair? O’Reilly comment about "lynching" Michelle Obama…

Hour Two - Richard Miniter www.pajamasmedia.org Topic: Pakistan...why is a unilateral strike being touted as a "Model for US operations in Pakistan?"

Hour Three - John McWhorter www.manhattan-institute.org/html/mcwhorter.htm Topic: Race & Politics

Guest: Christy Harvey www.americanprogress.org Topic: "News Under the Radar"

February 19 2008 show notes

  • Fidel Castro has stepped down.
  • Election: Public or private financing?
  • Guest: Neal Boortz, Fair Tax.
  • Guest: Professor Saul Landau. What does Fidel's stepping down mean for Cuba?

Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.

On the Program Today - Feb 20th 2008

In this video clip (as of the moment I'm posting this link) from Drudge's Britebart site, Michelle Obama's word "really" in "I'm really proud of America" has been deleted from the audio, although you can see her lips say it. Check it out: http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=49244

Hour One - Guest: John Berlau www.cei.org Topic: Stimulus package not the path to economic recovery - If not the stimulus package, then what is the answer? What about rebuilding the infrastructure?

Hour Two - Guest: Fred Kaplan www.slate.com Topic: DAYDREAM BELIEVERS: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power

Hour Three - Guest: U.S. Congressman D-TX Rep. Silvestre Reyes http://wwwc.house.gov/reyes/default.asp Topic: FISA…why do the Republicans keep trying to terrorize Americans?

Guest: Larry Scott www.vawatchdog.org Topic: Vet's issues

Today I had a chance to talk with John Berlau from CEI about the economic stimulus package. While we are both in agreement that the stimulus package won't work, we disagree on why. John supports higher taxes, while I support fixing America by fixing the infrastructure. During our discussion, at one point I had to ask "Am I hearing John Berlau of the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute calling for more government regulation?" What a shocker! I went on to point out that in the mortgage business, there's all this competition...and folks getting so called "ninja loans"...where everyone was competing to make a buck and it wasn't being regulated. Berlau countered that banking is a highly regulated industry...although he admitted he wasn't sure what regulation would have prevented the subprime mess. I suggested we have the folks who make the loans not be the ones who hold the money...or if we do let them hold the money, then we should regulate the heck out of them. Berlau said that's why we have Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae, however he agreed that they both got caught for phony accounting.

February 18 2008 show notes

  • Are conservative policies producing generations of damaged Americans?
  • Poverty.
  • Guest: Robby Schrum. Should the Post Office be privatized?
  • It's Presidents day.
  • Guest: Tim Newman, International Labor Rights Forum, stopfirestone.org.

Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.

On the Program - Feb 19th 2008

Hour One - Topic: Election: Public or private financing?

Hour Two - Guest: Nationally syndicated radio host Neal Boortz on his latest book - Fair Tax Topic: Thom will be asking Neal - Isn't this the latest conservative strategy to make the rich richer and the working people poorer?

Hour Three - Guest: Professor Saul Landau www.saullandau.com Topic: What does Fidel's stepping down mean for Cuba? America? Displaced Cubans?

Today I had a rousing debate with fellow talk show host Neal Boortz (Jones Radio Networks), author of several books on the Fair Tax, including his latest "Fair Tax, The Truth: Answering the Critics." Neal argues that the Fair Tax is the way to go because it broadens the tax base and makes it fair for everyone. I pointed out that in my opinion it's not fair to the poor or the working class. In fact, it seems like just another conservative scheme to make the rich richer and the working people poorer. I also stated that nowhere in the world where a VAT exists does anyone stand in line to fill out the paper work to get back. I think it's a bad idea all around.

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