Tuesday, July 8, 2014 What West Virginia Can Learn From Sarah Palin (28 comments)
It's time for every state to follow Sarah Palin's Alaska model, and put in place state carbon taxes that cycle money back to the people, reduce income inequality, and spur local economic growth. It will reduce poverty and help save us all from global warming -- a definite two-fer!
Friday, July 4, 2014 The Crash of 2016 Gets Closer Every Day (2 comments)
Until the corporate elite and our billionaire class are under control, and our working class once again can enter the middle class, we stand at the precipice of a great crash. Without vigorous governmental action to radically reduce student and working family debt, increase wages, and suppress speculation, that crash comes closer to us every day.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 Hate Summer? Just Wait Until Global Warming Really Kicks In (1 comments)
According to Michael Mann, one of the world's leading climate scientists, we only have until 2036 to prevent the Earth's temperature from rising 2 degrees Celsius. After that, global warming will lock in with devastating consequences for every single living thing on this planet. Serious scientific bodies are even debating whether or not industrial civilization can survive such a drastic temperature increase.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 The GOP Is the Pro-Death Party (9 comments)
Despite pretty solid evidence showing that conservative policies drive up suicides, lawmakers like Bobby Jindal are just fine continuing to help big business and the wealthy elite, while screwing over everyone else. It's time to save American lives, and stop the Party of Death.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Dick Cheney Should be Rotting in The Hague, Not Writing Editorials (14 comments)
There is no one in recent history who has disgraced our country quite like Dick Cheney has. He lied his way into an illegal war, profited off that war, and shredded the Constitution. He's a war criminal and has the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent people on his hands. Dick Cheney should be rotting in a prison cell at The Hague, not writing editorials for the Wall Street Journal.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Healthcare: Let's Have People over Profits Once And For All (15 comments)
There are some things in this world that shouldn't be turned into profit-making machines, and healthcare is definitely one of them. There was a time in America when in almost every state health insurance companies and hospitals were required to be non-profits. Americans could actually get the healthcare and treatment they needed at affordable prices. But then Ronald Reagan came to Washington, and everything changed.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 The Dark Money Machine That Beat Eric Cantor (13 comments)
Once you've realized that David Brat wasn't just some random college professor but was actually the hand-picked candidate of the libertarian billionaire class and its army of talk radio hosts, it's easy to see another one of the major reasons Eric Cantor lost.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Fox News Has Finally Yelled Fire in a Crowded Theater (8 comments)
Unfortunately, the media refuses to acknowledge right-wing extremism and domestic terrorism in our country, even though they pose a bigger threat to our national security than jihadists and Islamic extremists. The fact is, right-wing extremism is on the rise, it's dangerous, and it's now a major terrorist force in America.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (28 comments)
Ever since President Obama was first elected president back in 2007, the "vast right-wing conspiracy" machine that Hillary Clinton first pointed out way back in 1998, has been churning out conspiracy after conspiracy, no matter how bizarre or outlandish they may be, all intended to take down President Obama.
Saturday, May 31, 2014 Time to Rethink American Exceptionalism? (17 comments)
Saying that America is "exceptional" because we actually follow international law and advocate peace is to say that all countries can fit that definition and it sets a good example for the rest of the world. This doesn't make us weaker; it makes us stronger because it reaffirms the same values that make America so special to begin with.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 If the Law Is Bullshit, You Must Acquit (4 comments)
But however much they try, the authorities will never actually be able to stop people from using their jury nullification powers. That's because the right to nullify is given to us by the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, the same part of the Bill of Rights that gives us the right to trial by jury.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 The GOP Death Panel (1 comments)
According to a new study out of Harvard University, as many as 17,000 people will die in America just this year as a direct result of the GOP's refusal to expand Medicaid. These Republicans should rot in hell -- and probably will. By saying "no" to expanded Medicaid, they've said "no" to the right to life of the people who put them in office.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 The End of Choice (1 comments)
It's not just telecom and media companies that are growing into virtual monopolies. Right now, there are 10 giant corporations that control, either directly or indirectly, virtually every consumer product we buy. Kraft, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Proctor and Gamble, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Unilever, and Johnson and Johnson together have a stranglehold on the American consumer.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Does Cliven Bundy Represent the Ugly American? (2 comments)
It should come as no surprise that some of the ATV-riding law breakers in Utah this weekend were members of the Cliven Bundy camp. In an email blast to his "followers," Bundy wrote that, "We need to help the people of Blanding re-establish who is in control of the land. This is your next stand. Will you be there to help them like you helped us?"
Friday, May 9, 2014 Instead of Exploiting the Newest Generation of Americans, Let's Invest in Them (5 comments)
Let's wipe the student loan debt off the books, and end future student loan debt by investing in our intellectual infrastructure like we did in the middle years of the 20th century, when the number of college graduates in America more than doubled and there was virtually no student debt. Instead of exploiting the newest generation of Americans, lets invest in them, by making all public universities and community colleges free.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 The United States Military Junta (6 comments)
Many believe that the NDAA gives dictatorial powers to the federal government and military, because it allows our military to arrest any American citizen without a warrant, on American soil, and to hold American citizens against their will for an indefinite amount of time without being criminally charged.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 Cliven Bundy's Friends Have Become the Koch Brothers' Useful Idiots (23 comments)
Despite all the milita movement's rage against corrupt government, American decline, and the elites, in the end, the only people who benefit from its fight against "big government" are the same people who are already destroying our country -- the billionaires and the oligarchs. To put it bluntly, the militias are the useful idiots of the one percent.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 The Middle Class is not "Normal" (1 comments)
Progressive taxation, when done correctly, pushes wages down to working people and reduces the incentives for the very rich to pillage their companies or rip off their workers. After all, why take another billion when 91 percent of it just going to be paid in taxes?
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 American Democracy No Longer Works (31 comments)
Money has taken over our political process. For the first time in American history, a majority of lawmakers in the House of Representatives are millionaires, and a startling number -- at both the federal and state level -- are being bankrolled by billionaires like the Koch brothers. This isn't what the founders had in mind when they founded our once-great nation.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 The Climate Deniers Are Using the Same Tactics as the Tobacco Industry (3 comments)
There are few coincidences in history. The fossil fuel industry today appears to be following the exact same script used by the tobacco industry in the 1990s. It's time to wake up and call out the climate denial industry for what it is, a scam, before it's too late. After all, the future of humanity is at stake.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Climate Change Is Real: Just Ask the World Bank
Unfortunately, here in America, things are stalled. Despite the mountains of proof and scientific evidence, Republicans in Washington, and across the country, are continuing to push climate change denial policies and legislation at the behest of their Big Oil, Coal, and Gas "donors."
Friday, April 4, 2014 Should GM Get the Death Penalty for 57 Cent Premeditated Murder? (3 comments)
Many corporations are willing to do just about anything to protect their profits and bottom-line, even if that means "accepting" that a few people might die as a result, whether in a car crash, an oil-rig explosion, or a suicide after a home is foreclosed on.
And even worse, they know that nothing will happen in the way of punishment.
Friday, March 28, 2014 It's Time To Put America First (8 comments)
Republicans are all for forking over billions of dollars to an unelected government in Ukraine, but when it comes to helping out unemployed Americans, they're suddenly screaming about the debt and the deficit. Republican obstruction looks even more ridiculous when you remember that those 2 million jobless people who are still without benefits paid into the unemployment insurance throughout their adult working lives.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Is Rick Scott Guilty of Murder? (3 comments)
Republicans say that they're pro-life, but that's a bald-faced lie, because they refuse to let low-wage working Americans have access to life-saving Medicaid. If Rick Scott and his Republican buddies in the Florida legislature are really the Christians they claim they are, then they're going to burn in hell. Deservedly.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Democratizing the Global Food Crisis
The major risks and effects of climate change and global warming are far more immediate then was first thought. And those effects go beyond melting ice, rising temperatures, and threatened species of animals and plants. Right now, climate change is driving everything from droughts and flooding, to war, disease, and hunger.
Friday, March 21, 2014 Reaganomics is a cancer, and we've reached its terminal stage (28 comments)
As it picks up steam, cancer takes on more and more of the body's resources, and starts stealing the body's energy and tissues. Pretty soon, the cancer completely overwhelms the body and, without treatment, the person dies.
Reaganomics has done the exact same thing to our economy and to the American people, and right now, we're on life support.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Billionaires ... First They Came for the Economy (12 comments)
Over the past 40 years, billionaire oligarchs have slowly but surely taken over just about all aspects of life in America. It's time to end America's oligonomy by rolling back the Reagan tax cuts and enforcing the Sherman Anti-Trust act, so that corporations can't amass endless piles of money. As for Washington's ruling oligarchy, we need to roll back Citizen's United, and and say loudly and clearly that money is not speech.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 Is It Time for a New Church Committee? (4 comments)
The out-of-control nature of our national security agencies today is our new "national nightmare." And the only way to wake up from that nightmare is to create a new Church Commission, which will investigate the intelligence community, and put in place the reforms that are needed to protect our freedoms and way of life.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 The New Fascism: Terms and Conditions (2 comments)
Historically when we talk about fascism we think about Mussolini and his replacement of the elected parliament with corporate representatives. After all, he invented the word "fascism" to describe the merger of corporate and state interests. And today when we talk about fascism, we talk about how corporations are buying off politicians in Washington, and taking control of our democracy.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 We Better Get Net Neutrality Signed into Law Before Media Mergers Kill the Internet as We Know It (10 comments)
Comcast and Time Warner are two of America's largest internet service providers, providing millions of Americans access to the World Wide Web. If you factor in Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner, with last month's ruling on net neutrality, American consumers could be screwed.
Last month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Obama administration's net-neutrality rules.
Friday, January 24, 2014 Could a Rand Paul Candidacy Be the Best Thing Ever for Liberals? (1 comments)
Make no mistake about it. Rand Paul being on the Republican ticket for president in 2016 could be the powerful force needed to move the entire Democratic Party, from presidential nominees to state assembly nominees, to the left. What a remarkable outcome that would be.
Friday, January 17, 2014 Company Responsible for Major Chemical Spill Is a Great Candidate for the Corporate Death Penalty (21 comments)
It goes without saying that we need stronger regulations on companies like Freedom Industries whose activities threaten the health and safety of the general public. We need to make sure that corporations know that if they violate the public's trust that they will face serious consequences. It's high time we brought back the corporate death penalty.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Is Congress Guilty of Torture? (1 comments)
The real reason why Republicans are keeping Gitmo open is because they're still concerned about the legacy of George W. Bush, and they know that one of the biggest stains on his presidency are the atrocities and international war crimes that have been committed at Guantanamo Bay. So, Republicans are trying to pass on some of the blame for Gitmo to President Obama.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Corporate Democrats in DC Already in Freakout Mode That Liz Warren Is a Threat to Their Power (9 comments)
By allowing Baby Boomers to retire early, we would open their jobs to young people struggling to start their careers. At the same time, we would tighten the labor market so much that wages would actually rise, in turn stimulating the economy. The solution to our retirement crisis is clear: take Elizabeth Warren's proposal to expand Social Security and crank it up a few notches.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 Thom Hartmann on the News: Warren Resusciatates Glass Steagall, Reid Considers Nuclear (2 comments)
Yesterday, the freshman senator introduced the 21st Century Glass Steagall Act, which would break up the big banks, and rebuild the wall between traditional banking and Wall Street gambling. In a statement, Senator Warren said, "Despite the progress we've made since 2008, the biggest banks continue to threaten the economy."
Saturday, July 13, 2013 Snowden's Revelation Paves the Way for Federal Lawsuit Against NSA (16 comments)
Thanks to Edward Snowden, a federal court may finally hear the Electronic Frontier Foundation's case defending our Fourth Amendment rights. Long before the whistle-blower exposed top secret NSA documents, the EFF was fighting to protect our privacy.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 It's High Time We Abolished the Department of Homeland Security (10 comments)
Our nation now finds itself at a crossroads when it comes to Constitutional rights and civil liberties. The DHS has become way too powerful, with no checks and balances. In effect, it's created an entire surveillance industry around itself. It is time for a change. Repeal the PATRIOT Act, dissolve the DHS, and let's return to sanity.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 The Case Against Billionaires (7 comments)
It's time we as a nation have a serious discussion about outlawing billionaires.
Are billionaires dangerous to democracy?
Monday, December 3, 2012 Goldman Sachs' Global Coup D'etat (7 comments)
Goldman Sachs and its alumni are implicated in all the great economic crises and scandals of the last several years. Their procedure is to create a bubble, while betting against it, then profit handsomely when the bubble bursts. They were in on the American bank bailout of 2008; they engineered the destruction of the Greek economy; now they are working to impose austerity and undermine economies across southern Europe.
Thursday, November 22, 2012 Economic Prosperity and the Fiscal 'Speed Bump' (3 comments)
An incredible opportunity is coming for America, starting in just a few weeks. The Bush tax cuts will expire. Pentagon spending will be slashed -- although still hugely larger than it was just a decade ago. And, to make conservatives smile, funding for programs that keep poor and unemployed people alive and healthy will be cut.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Globalism is the #1 Risk Facing Humanity (27 comments)
Globalization tears down borders across the planet - giving corporations free rein to move about the world and set up shop in nations wherever governments are the weakest, wherever there's the least amount of regulation, and wherever workers are willing to work for practically nothing. they just move in and take over, enslaving local populations and using local communities as garbage dumps.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 How Can You Plan a Revolution when Big Brother is Watching? (24 comments)
It's increasingly looking like the United States is one generation away from completely forgetting what privacy means. And the consequences of this Great Forgetting will be tragic for our nation. Why? Because without privacy - without the ability to be anonymous - America can't even plan a peaceful revolution or non-violent progressive social change movements - because if big corporations or Big Brother are watching
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 The No Billionaires Campaign (20 comments)
I believe it's time we reconsider the role billionaires play in our economy and our society. In fact, I say it's time we outlaw billionaires by placing a 100% tax on any wealth over $999,999,999. Trust me, we'll all be much better off in a nation free of billionaires.
Friday, June 29, 2012 Watergate: The Hidden History and the 2012 Elections (2 comments)
Finally, we have answers to the most important remaining questions about Watergate: What were the burglars after and why Nixon was willing to risk his presidency to get it? Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, The Mafia, and The CIA by Lamar Waldron lays it all out in extraordinary detail.
Thursday, June 28, 2012 Time for Congress to Impeach Justice Antonin Scalia (4 comments)
So in 1803 Samuel Chase criticized the president for trying to expand voter rights and got impeached. In 2012 Antonin Scalia criticized the president for trying to save young undocumented immigrants from deportation... but there's virtually no chance he'll be impeached. But it goes beyond Scalia's comments on immigration -- the guy has a history of tarnishing the integrity of the Supreme Court.
Thursday, June 21, 2012 Republicans Stick the Knife in the Backs of American Workers Again (1 comments)
The u.s. call center industry has lost 500,000 jobs over the last six years thanks to corporations like bank of america, well fargo, and t-mobile outsourcing americans jobs to foreign countries where they can exploit low-wage workers. On tuesday, republicans in the house had a chance to put an end to this giant sucking sound by passing the u.s. call center worker and consumer protection act. But Republicans voted it down
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 The Secret Group that's about to Swift Boat Barack Obama (1 comments)
As we're heading into the 2012 election - one group is trying to swiftboat President Obama with this new ad - trying to spin President Obama's killing of Osama Bin Laden against him. The group behind that ad is calling itself "Veterans For a Strong America." So what more do we need to know about this group - as it begins its ad assault on the President?
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Welcome to America's biggest spy center
James Bamford, Investigative Journalist/Author joins Thom Hartmann. What will be going on within the top-secret walls of the $2 billion Utah Data Center? The answer...surveillance - but not just surveillance - we're talking the biggest spy center this nation has ever seen. And if you use the Internet, talk on the phone, or check out books from the library - then you should be very concerned with this so-called Data Center...
Thursday, March 22, 2012 Republican Chickenhawk's New Plan to send Prez Obama Packing
So, guess what's the latest right-wing ploy to crash the economy before the election? War with Iran!
On Tuesday - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned that a military strike on Iran could disrupt oil supplies around the world - causing the price of oil to spike 30%
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Why Republicans don't want you to re-fi your home... (4 comments)
Right now more than 11 million Americans are underwater on their home mortgages - meaning they owe more money than their house is worth. There's an easy solution. But banks don't want to do it and there's one man, bankster shill, Ed DeMarco, who is keeping them from being required to do it.
Monday, March 5, 2012 Is sharing the key to an advanced society? (3 comments)
After we take back our democracy - what sort of new economy do we want to build? What are we going to replace corporate capitalism with?
For an answer to that - we have to look inside ourselves - literally inside ourselves - into our DNA. New research in the journal "Science" pin points one of the main differences between humans and chimpanzees that has let our species dominate the planet. And that is our ability to SHARE.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 Hartmann: Imagine life with no water...in America! (5 comments)
A new study by the American Water Works Association reveals that America's underground water pipe infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating - and needs to be revamped to the tune of one trillion dollars. Most water pipes were laid down more than fifty years ago. And today - after more than 30 years of "starve the beast" Reaganomics that didn't invest one dime in our infrastructure - those pipes are past the end of most of their
Thursday, February 23, 2012 Corporate American has us Hooked on Meth (4 comments)
Right now - in small towns across America - the working poor who've been hit hardest by the second Republican Great Depression - are turning to meth to get by. Either by manufacturing and selling it - or just by using it to escape. It's as though recessions are the harbinger of meth. As soon as an economic downturn hits - meth comes along right behind it.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Greece - The Eurozone's first colony? Or Where War Begins? (6 comments)
Europe is nearing a tipping point - and it's not so inconceivable that the ongoing financial crisis could descend into all-out war. With a second bailout coming down the pike for Greece - and more austerity - or starvation - on the way for the Greek people - hotter heads are speaking up.
Thursday, January 26, 2012 #OWS Arrests Cost US Dearly in Press Freedom (1 comments)
It has been a very tumultuous year for the Occupy movement, and even more so for the reporters and journalists who have covered the movement and it's principles. Throughout 2011 - reporters covering the movement were beaten - arrested and ultimately prevented from reporting on police action against Occupy protestors.