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Thursday, September 24, 2009

156 - Supreme Court May Toss Out Laws Limiting Corporate Campaign Contributions / Jack Discusses Health Care On Air America / Honduran Coup Update

Today, you'll hear:

--how an all-important Supreme Court case could vastly expand the ability of corporations to determine election results

--a clip of me on Air America denouncing our super-expensive yet poorly performing health care system

--how there are disturbing historical parallels to the present-day right-wing coup in Honduras

What do all these stories have in common? Hint: it's a five letter word.

Here's the link to send an email to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton asking that they denounce the military violence in Honduras against supporters of President Zelaya.

(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at least do me the courtesy of listening to the podcast first. Please don't respond just on the basis of the brief preview above. Thanks!!)

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#156 Transcript
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Jack Clark 1:30 PM [+]
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5 letters? let's see, G. O. V. E. R. -- wait, how many again?

It's cool to have your labor taxed and life controlled and friends put in cages for victimless crimes, but only if your rulers have a capital D next to their name.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  11:37 PM   [+]
Your knowledge of Economics is abysmal. How can this be called "Blast the Right?" You don't address the underlying principles being presented by the Right at all. You focus on the tangential and not the underlying principles and political philosophy. It is apparent that you don't even have a fully thought-out political philosophy. If you want to be literate on the subject of Economics, particularly on health care, or minimum wage, labor economics, public economics, etc, I suggest you start with EconTalk. http://www.econtalk.org/
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  12:57 PM   [+]
You site a lot of statistics, you really don't seem to understand.

Do some work and look at the analysis behind the CIA factbook stats and you'll see that the stats are not based on standard definitions or reporting practices. (Hint: check the variation in the definition of a "live birth" in the US vs other countries.)

The same holds true regarding the medical bankruptcy stats (I am assuming the talking points you received were originally derived from Himmelstein's study). Look and the analysis and challenge yourself to uncover the flaws related to the definitions used for "medical bankruptcy" in the piece.

I know it is tempting to repeat things you read that are in support of your personal viewpoint. But you should try to build your credibility by taking a critical look at biased or out of context statistics - even if it involves a little bit of work.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  9:58 AM   [+]
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