August 3, 2014

With just 3 months left before the midterm elections, the outlook for Democrats depends on how the white working class votes, says Ruy Teixeira, a public opinion expert. Economic analyst Mike Konczal says Democrats have to defend the social safety net because the evidence says voluntary help to the poor never works. And Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, a co-founder of 21st Century Democrats.

 

  • Aug. 3, 2014 Aug. 3, 2014 Ruy Teixeira on white working class voters … Mike Konczal on protecting the social safety net … and Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, founder of 21st Century Democrats.
  • Ruy Teixeira Ruy Teixeira Noted Democratic political analyst Ruy Teixeira says Democrats have an uphill battle in the 2014 elections – and maybe in 2016 -- unless the white working class can be turned around.
  • Mike Konczal Mike Konczal Whenever Republicans have tried to replace the social safety net with private support, it has failed. Economic analyst Mike Konczal offers a history of how Republicans want only the people they like to get government benefits.
  • Tom Harkin Tom Harkin Bill Press and his guest, retiring Senator Tom Harkin, the founder of 21st Century Democrats.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Perry goes from callous to disgusting.

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July 27, 2014

Former Congressman and foreign policy expert Mike Barnes offers his thoughts on Ukraine, Western Europe and Florida politics. Economic researcher Tom Malleson makes the case for economic democracy in the workplace. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on the border crisis.

 

  • July 27, 2014 July 27, 2014 Mike Barnes on trouble in Ukraine … Tom Malleson on trouble in the economy and Bill Press with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on trouble at the border.
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Foreign policy expert and former Congressman Mike Barnes offers his assessment of Vladimir Putin and the struggle in Ukraine.
  • Tom Malleson Tom Malleson The Occupy Wall Street movement failed because it didn’t spell out concrete alternatives to the current economy, says researcher Tom Malleson – who lays out his alternative – economic democracy in the workplace.
  • Rosa DeLauro Rosa DeLauro Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut discuss the trouble on the border.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What job creation numbers don’t tell us.

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July 6, 2014

The Supreme Court has just struck another blow against unions, and economist Gordon Lafer traces the Republican war on workers. Historian Harvey Kaye has written a book about FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and how they propelled us through the Depression and World War II. But he says Democrats have let them fall into disuse. And Bill Press talks with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard, about the Supreme Court’s “baloney” decision encouraging workers to freeload off of unions.

 

  • Jul. 6, 2014 Jul. 6, 2014 Economist Gordon Lafer on the GOP and the Supreme Court’s war on workers … author Harvey Kaye on the legacy of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” ... and Bill Press with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard.
  • Gordon Lafer Gordon Lafer Professor Gordon Lafer says the Republican war on workers is most intense in battleground states where the Koch Brothers are spending money and are targeting government employees, just like the Supreme Court.
  • Harvey Kaye Harvey Kaye Historian Harvey Kaye has written a book on the legacy of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and says we need a march on Washington to demand their fulfillment.
  • Leo Gerard Leo Gerard Bill Press talks with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard, about the Supreme Court’s “baloney” decision encouraging workers to freeload off of unions.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Time for "We the People" to re-declare our independence.

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June 22, 2014

How has the shrinking of the middle class changed the American Dream? Professor Sandra Hanson says the dream is now more spiritual than material. Economic analyst Mike Konczal points out that when conservatives say we should go back to before the New Deal when private sector charity took care of the poor, they are misinformed. It was never that way. And Bill Press talks about House Republicans and LGBT issues with Representative Mark Pocan.

  • Jun. 22, 2014 Jun. 22, 2014 Sandra Hanson on the American Dream … Mike Konczal on the fallacy of voluntarism …and Bill Press with his guest, Congressman Mark Pocan.
  • Sandra Hanson Sandra Hanson Catholic University Professor Sandra Hanson has been looking into the American Dream, and as we approach the annual celebration of American independence, she says we need that dream even more when times are tough.
  • Mike Konczal Mike Konczal When Republicans talk about the good old days when voluntary organizations, like churches and charities, took care of the poor, they are fantasizing about a society that never existed. Roosevelt Institute research fellow Mike Konczal explains the fallacy of voluntarism.
  • Mark Pocan Mark Pocan Bill Press and Congressman Mark Pocan discuss House Republicans and LGBT issues.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The militarization of "Officer Friendly."

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