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Jun 062011
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That’s the question we’ll attempt to answer in the coming months.  I think we can all agree that our government is broken.  Perhaps the founders had good ideas but, in practical terms, they knew that as conditions change so must our constitution.

That’s why the amendment process exists. That’s why the US Constitution was written after the articles of Confederacy were scrapped.  This country is a grand experiment, and perhaps the time has come to adjust the way it works…. because it’s certainly not working now!

This morning on the show, I’ll speak with David Swanson, one of the organizers of what we all hope will be a huge event in Washington DC on October 6… and continuing until we can effect some change.  Read David’s account of it here, and visit the website at www.october2011.org.

In hour two, as she does every Monday morning, Crooks & Liars’ Nicole Belle will join me to dissect the Sunday talking head shows in a segment we call “Fools on the Hill”:

It’s a slow news week, so the media has to content themselves with their bright shiny distractions like Sarah Palin and boy, was she only too happy to take the spotlight.

In fact, Fox News Sunday basically devoted the entire hour to their employee, Sarah Palin. After her bizarre word-salad description of the historical significance of Paul Revere. Quitty McHalfGovernor decided to double down on her story and insist that she didn’t get anything wrong. Uh…sure.

Now I want you to listen to the telltale sign of that dreaded liberal bias. Haley Barbour comes on Face the Nation and gets the ultimate softball interview, culminating in him actually saying that Obama is actually raising gas prices to keep people from driving. This is just more of the Obama Derangement Syndrome that personally blames Obama for anything and everything, but Bob Schieffer doesn’t blink. Now listen to how much more accusatory Schieffer is with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. As in minority party. And he asks her where are the jobs. Luckily, Pelosi is a pro and she deftly puts that back on the Speaker of the House for setting an agenda with no jobs bill.

The unemployment rate was also of discussion on This Week, who had WH adviser Austan Goolsbee on to put a positive spin on a fairly dismal jobs report. But what struck me more than that was the roundtable of “experts”. Luckily, it did include Paul Krugman, but it also had Martin Regalia, chief economist for the US Chambers of Commerce, who stuck steadfastly to his GOP talking points that jobs will come when the US government gets “out of the way” of businesses by keeping taxes low (or non-existent) and getting rid of regulations. (It’s an ABC embed. If you go to the middle of the segment, you’ll get a good soundbyte of Chrystia Freeland telling Regalia that we DID do those things and that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in.) Proving once again, there are no conservative ideas that are ever discredited out of the conversation. How many more times do we have to be told that lowering taxes will cure all ills before someone calls them on it?

It’s especially galling when even conservatives know it’s a lie. Bill Kristol – who was having an off day in terms of demagoguery—actually admitted what we all know: corporate tax rates are not what’s killing the economy in the US.

And finally, if we have time, since it’s not strictly a Sunday show, but Hannity’s Friday night program, I just want you to hear the level of insanity over at Fox News who worries greatly that the evil, liberal influence of Sesame Street is leading us down the primrose path to an evil, liberal authoritarian, totalitarian government. No, seriously. (Linking the YouTube on this, my post will go up later Monday morning).

 

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