THOM HARTMANN – If the Democrats promote pro-corporate trade policies in 2020, get ready for four more years of Donald Trump gloating at us all from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
THOM HARTMANN – Ever since the media began, in a big way in the 1980s, to ignore actual news and go for highly dumbed-down or even salacious stories, many of us who work in the media have been astonished by this behavior by the network and cable news organizations and the major newspapers. They used to report the details of policy proposals in great detail (see this report from the 1970s about Richard Nixonâ€™s proposal for universal health care, comparing his with Ted Kennedyâ€™s, for example). But since the Reagan era, the networks have largely kept their coverage exclusively to personality, scandal, and horse race.
THOM HARTMANN – Why are our seniors paying higher taxes on their social security benefits than billionaires pay on stocks? The IRS released a new report that reveals the staggering amount of money that the top one-thousandth of the 1% in the US is hoarding.
THOM HARTMANN – Theyâ€™re up to it again â€“ this time with what they call the â€œfiscal cliff.â€ Beware of con men bearing slogans. The oldest trick in the book is for conservatives â€“ cons â€“ to create hysteria around something, and then get all of us to give them billions of our tax dollars to fix the problem theyâ€™ve gotten us all hysterical about. Four generations ago, the right was whipping up hysteria about Reefer Madness. They got us to spend trillions over the years incarcerating mostly poor people for a mostly victimless crime.