Tom reads Paul Street's counterpunch article "Empire and Inequality Win Again". Street argues that the "debt deal" and any more like it to come cripple our capacity to halt the right-ward shift in politics, and that despite having "avoided" default the real and most substantial winners are STILL the rich.
While many accuse the Tea Party of polarizing politics, Sam Pizzigati argues that the source is really economic inequality and the concentration of vast amounts of wealth. He talks about a few economic myths, like how the US is "broke" or that the rich are "job creators". Bill suggests we need more than Keynsian stimulus, but projects aimed at restoring the environment and building the instutitons and infrastructure for a free and sustainable society.
Sam Pizzigati is a Fellow Institute for Policy Studies who also puts together the weekly email-newsletter at toomuch.com
A Murdoch owned newspaper in London has been forced to close in a scandal of dirty tricks and bribery. It was on another Murdoch outlet that Glen Beck was allowed to unleash a firestorm of hate mail, death threats, and dirty tricks against professor Frances Fox Piven. This Thursday morning author and long time social activist Frances Fox Piven will join host, Linda Olson-Osterlund, to talk about the Propagandizing of America and the tactics used by the extreme right-wing against her. Targeted over 30 times by Beck the results included 2 men who came to her home posing as students. Tune in to hear the whole story.
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On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:
Bill Resnick talks with Sam Pizzigati about how the rich do not invest like conservatives ideologues say that they will if only we give them tax breaks, and how we need to tax their wealth, not just their income.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Sheila Kohler's "Love Child."
Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, review If A Tree Falls, a documentary about the Earth Liberation Front, a group made notorious by their retaliation against polluters and environmental exploiters.
Here's an idea, Mr. President: try governing the way you campaigned. Or just try governing, period.
What's a progressive to do these days? A federal court has declared the "individual mandate" provision of the health care bill to be unconstitutional, making it nearly inevitable that the case will find its way to the Supreme Court. Hmm, what sort of provision might have avoided precisely this outcome? A public option, perhaps?