Alternative economics


Air date: 
Thu, 04/16/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

An in-depth look at the Obama bailout and it's impact at the state and local level with financial analyst Catherine Austin Fitts and an archival interview with the late environmental activist Judy Bari.

Physicians for a National Health Care Program and Single Payer Options

program date: 
Mon, 04/13/2009

 Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris speak with Dr. Michael C. Huntington of Physicians for a National Health Program about single payer options. Dr. Huntington will be one of the speakers, along with Representative Earl Blumenauer and State Senator Dr.

57:01 minutes (26.1 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

This show features music by and an interview  about Tupac Shakur.   Also discussed are: reclaiming the consensus that  the richest folks should pay the most for the government services everyone needs;  how details  of the Easter story (crucifixion and resurrection) run parallel to much earlier myths; and protesting the drones  operated from California to rain destruction in the middle east.

To hear the whole show, use the button at the top of  the page.  For separate segments, follow the links below.

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins about meeting common needs by restoring a more progressive income tax.

56:51 minutes (32.54 MB)

Locus Focus on 04/15/09

Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 04/15/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A conversation with economist Chuck Collins on restructuring tax codes to fuel economic recovery

If the most affluent 400 Americans as of 2006 had paid as much of their incomes in taxes as the top 400 did in 1955, the federal treasury would have collected an additional $35.9 billion more in revenue in 2006 just from these 400 ultra-rich individuals. Guest Chuck Collins (Locus Focus' official economist) co-authored a Tax Day report "Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Recovery Fairly,” which offers proposals that would raise $450 billion of revenue to support economic recovery. 

 Here are some of the reports modest proposals:
Introducing a modest financial transaction tax that will chill speculation and generate $100 billion a year.
Implementing an estate tax reform that taxes inheritances over $2 million at progressive rates.
Setting an emergency tax rate on extremely high incomes that would generate over $60 billion a year.
Eliminating the tax preference on capital gains and dividend income, generating $80 billion.
Closing overseas tax havens for individuals and corporations, generating $100 billion.
Scrapping $18 billion in tax breaks that subsidize excessive CEO compensation.
“By seriously taxing the top, as we did in the 1950s, we could raise the revenues we need to better invest in infrastructure, education, and retrofitting our energy system,” says Chuck Collins, an IPS senior scholar and co-author of the new IPS brief. “Appropriately targeted, higher taxes on the top would also serve to dampen the speculative frenzy that has cratered our economy.”


At 8:20 we're joined by journalist Reese Erlich, whose new book Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba explores Cuba’s strained history with the United States and the power of the Cuba Lobby. We'll talk about Obama's new Cuba policy and what impact that may have on improving the relationship between our countries.


Reese Erlich is the author of The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis and co-author of the best-selling Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You. He reports regularly for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Radio Deutche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio. He also writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, and Dallas Morning News.

Taxes and the Rich

program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

A good society taxes its wealthiest members to invest in infrastructure and services for all. At least that was the consensus fifty years ago, but now the wealthy pay lower taxes than the rest of us.

Chuck Collins from the Institute of Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what our society needs and how to pay for it. Collins is the author of the pamphlet Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Economic Recovery Fairly, available here.

16:44 minutes (9.58 MB)

Political Perspectives on 04/14/09

Air date: 
Tue, 04/14/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

The guest is Steve Fraser, editor, historian and author of Wall Street: America's Dream Palace. Fraser will be speaking at the Illahee Lecture Series this Wednesday, April 15th, at 7:30PM. His topic is Wall Street: A History of Desire. In the book Wall Street: America's Dream Palace Fraser recounts the history of Wall Street and analyzes how the U.S. has wresteled with fundamental questions of wealth and work, democracy and elitism, greed and salvation.

Increase on cigarette tax may cause millions to quit

Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 04/06/2009

The U.S. House of Representatives passes the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” on Thursday, bringing Congress a step closer to federal Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco products.
 This week, a federal tobacco tax hike of 62-cents per pack went into effect, and Oregon is considering raising its tax another 60-cents.  KBOO’s Hayden Alminiana has more, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service

1:21 minutes (1.25 MB)

Michio Kaku: Could the impossibilities of today become the realities of the future?

program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

 Host Theresa Mitchell interviews renowned theorietical physicist Michio Kaku, cofounder of string field theory, best selling author, and national radio and TV host. Kaku explores the boundaries of the real world by asking, "Could the impossibilities of today become the realities of the future?"

27:55 minutes (25.56 MB)

Electricity prices are on the rise

Evening News
program date: 
Wed, 04/08/2009

Oregonians may soon see their Electricity Bills rising, and it won’t just be because the cost of producing electricity is going up.
 Oregon’s two biggest electricity producers are safeguarding their profits by trying to raise electric bills.
 Pacific Power’s parent company, Pacificorp, has asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission for a nine percent rate increase effective next year.
That increase would help Pacificorp almost double its profit margin.
Portland General Electric is also going to see its profits rise, even as people use less power.
That’s thanks to poorly timed program to promote energy efficiency.

3:45 minutes (3.44 MB)
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