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This was an especially good podcast. Regarding blaming the poor: Do you know where the idea came from that wealth = moral uprightness and worth? I'm baffled by this concept. If poverty was a cause of laziness or "badness" why are golfing clubs full of rich people? Why are there people who work 40-60 hour weeks who still can't feed their kids? Why do they disparage lazy teachers who get the summers off, yet idolize basketball players that have off-seasons? Is a basketball player making millions somehow better than the teacher? Or than a walmart worker?
What does playing golf have to do with someones contribution or hard work. In response to your question on why 40-60 hr work weeks dont pay for families to eat.First you get paid for your value contribution and this is based on skills and hard work to acheive them.Second i dont believe that most "working familes" cant pay for food, unless they spend the money on other priorites. Thats what makes this country so great- everyone has the opportuntiy to better themselves and work hard- if they are not capable there have never been more ways to get help. The democratic party was in power and had 40+ yrs to help fight poverty ,better education and reduce crime.More has been done in the last 6yrs with them out of power in these areas. It appears to me that the basic philosphy of the left is "whats good for america" is bad for them.
This will probably not get looked at because this podcast was so old, but to respond to the poster above. How can you claim more has been done in the area of poverty/helping the poor over the last 6 years, when both the number of people in poverty as an absolute number as well as a percentage of the population in the United States has increased since Bush took office? Under Clinton poverty had a net decrease, so I fail to see where your facts are coming from?
I would agree with you that everyone has an opportunity to work hard and better themselves, but I would qualify that to say it greatly depends on the situation. If people are not in an environment where it is condusive to learning (innder city, poor, underfunded, understaffed public schools) or even staying in school (having to dropout to help support family etc.) then it will be an extremely difficult and often un realistic task to actually truly make a better life for yourself or list yourself out of poverty.
Clark documents the right's wars on the poor,
civil liberties, the right of workers to organize
at work and obtain a decent working wage and work
conditions, and against other countries who refuse
to accept American domination. Jack provides all
the sources so that you can see for yourself how
the right is out to enrich itself at the expense
of everyone else. Great job, Jack!
Submitted By: magyarbill
always backs up his statements against
the right wing with fact and data, which
gives him all the more credibility.
As conglomerate media controlled by
politics clouds the mainstream news
media, Jack Clark, along with NPR and
Democracy Now! have become my primary
news source. Awesome podcast!
Submitted By: jgates118
Meaty, Hardcore Knowledge
podcast is not just entertainment, humor,
chimp-bashing, or gee-whiz recap of
the weeks events. Instead, it hits hard
and in-depth on the world economic situation
and how right-wing policies impact the
poor and less advantaged all over the
world. He examines Americas support
of the World Bank, IMF,multinational
corporations, etc., and connects the
dots. This is a podcast for grown-ups.
He gives good reasons why the right
wing is NOT living up to its precious
Bible, without putting down the Bible.
As a Jesus-loving Christian and moderate
Democrat, I respect this podcast for
its subject matter. The grown-up manner
of the speaker is just icing on the
cake. He IS funny, but hes not trying
to be, he just has a deadpan delivery
but doesnt have to make jokes to make
it interesting. The facts make it interesting
Submitted By: ebrenn1
Breath of Fresh Air
Clarks Blast the Right podcast is truly
a breath of fresh air when it comes
to political commentary. Jack is not
like some commentators who simply climb
on their soap box and state their own
opinions as fact. Instead, Jack welcomes
competent challenges to his way of thinking,
and with logical analysis and sound
research, debunks the lies, distortions,
and self-deceptions of the right wing.
I strongly recommend Blast the Right
for people who seek the truth and care
more about the long term health and
well-being of the whole citizenry than
the short term personal gain advocated
by modern conservatives. Listen as Jack
carefully shows how the high-sounding
"God and country" rhetoric
of the right wing is really just a smokescreen
for policies that ultimately lead only
to the increased misery, suffering,
and death of the less fortunate for
the particular benefit of the wealthy
and the well-connected. And, if you
find yourself in agreement, return to
Podcast Alley to place your vote! Thanks!