Do higher taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals drive down investment and cost us jobs? Not at all, according to Karen Kraut of United for a Fair Economy in this wide-ranging discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. In fact, higher taxes keep surplus wealth out of the finance casino and puts it to work in the real economy. The conversation is specific to Oregon where the modest tax increases on the rich and on comporations will be up for voter approval in January. Kraut also recommends this website relating to Oregon.
Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with one of the Yes Men. The Yes Men often pose as powerful people as a form of protest. Their new movie “The Yes Men Fix the World” is showing at Cinema 21 this week.
Like their national counterparts, our local media is in a tailspin. The Oregonian is cutting more than 60 reporters from its newsroom. Television and radio news has been reduced to weather reports and traffic accidents. Developments on the internet hold promise, but right now is more opinion and little solid local reporting. How can our democratic institutions thrive if our citizens can't found out what is happening in their community.
Host Nora Barrows Friedman speaks with Iraq and Afghanistan war resisters from the U.S. about their meetings with Israeli refuseniks about resistance to militarism. And 3 mayors from El Salvador’s F-M-L-N Party talk about the challenges in their country.
Former economic hit man John Perkins talks about "Hoodwinked;" journalist and author John Ross talks about his new book "El Monstruo: Dread and Redemption in Mexico City," a report on a massive walk-out and strike by UC Berkeley students against rising fees and privatized education and live music by Northwest singer-songwriter Jim Page.
Like their national counterparts, our local media is in a tailspin. The Oregonian is cutting more than 60 reporters from its newsroom. Television and radio news has been reduced to weather reports and traffic accidents. Developments on the internet hold promise, but right now is more opinion and little solid local reporting.
Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, speaks with KBOO's Kathleen Stephenson about the importance of independent media, the stories of grassroots activists included in her new book, "Breaking the Sound Barrier; and her upcoming benefit for KBOO at the Bagdad Theatre.