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.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 $7.7 trillion to Wall Street - Anything to keep the Banksters Happy! (5 comments)
while Congress was debating back in 2008 whether or not to bailout Banksters with a $700 billion blank check, Elizabeth Duke, Donald Kohn and Kevin Warsh were just doing it. They were funneling $7.7 trillion to Wall Street under the table - without one constituent phone call - without worrying about one election - without having to give one explanation.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 Hartmann: Warning To The Gang Of 12 (6 comments)
We now know what both sides in the Gang of 12 have on the table to begin negotiations to reduce our nation's deficit. And looking at the Republican and Democratic proposals...we're screwed.
Monday, October 24, 2011 Why OWS Is The Next Republican Boogeyman (1 comments)
Barring another attack on America before November 2012, or the OWS movement turning violent, Republicans have lost their boogeyman. And so long as Tea Party control of the House of Representatives remains unbroken, Democrats have lost access to their Santa Claus.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 If Obama Doesn't Want to Lead the Revolution - Young People Will (12 comments)
This is the revolution that Americans hoped for when Barack Obama pledged to "fundamentally change the United States and the world" when he was elected President in 2008. But so far - this pledge has been unfulfilled. Barack Obama was not much of a revolutionary. But ultimately - it was never about him - it was about us - and in particular it was about the young people - because all revolutions originate from the bottom up.
Thursday, September 8, 2011 Hartmann: Privatized Prisons...Criminal in a Democracy (3 comments)
Ohio Governor John Kasich made history yesterday - as Ohio became the first state in the history of this country to sell a state-owned prison to a for-profit private corporation.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 'Sons of Bitches' vs. 'Mother of all Wars' (20 comments)
As Warren Buffett put it way back in 2006, "There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning." But the Right's feigned outrage is rendered even more ridiculous thanks to a new report by Brad Friedman over at Mother Jones magazine who obtained an audio tape of a secret meeting of billionaires back in June in the mountains of Colorado.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Hartmann: Destroying the Postal Service - another Manufactured Crisis (2 comments)
Why is the post office - which was created by Ben Franklin more than 200 years ago - on the verge of shuttering it's doors today? While the media story line is that the Post Office is dealing with the problem of trying to remain profitable in a world of decreasing paper mail - the real cause is actually something much, much different.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 Hartmann: Government is good...Rick Perry's Texas miracle? (1 comments)
Dan Gainor, Business and Media Institute joins Thom Hartmann. Rick Perry is a big government "socialist!" While Governor Good Hair is on the campaign trail touting his impressive record of job creation - census data shows most of that Texas job creation was thanks to...the government.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 Hartmann: Raed Jarrar - Wikileaks war crime was reported in Iraq - not the US (3 comments)
Raed Jarrar, Iraqi-American blogger and political analyst joins Thom Hartmann. So much for shock and awe - a new Wikileaks release details shock and horror in Iraq. One of the latest leaked state department cables - alleges that back during Bush's presidency in 2006 - U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians - including 5 children - and 4 women - and then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 Here's what UnAmerican really is! (81 comments)
Apparently I ruffled some feathers over at the right wing website Newsbusters when I suggested that today's Republican Party is infected with a powerful strain of Anti-Americanism. And I'm not really sure if the right-wingers are upset with my argument - or upset with the fact that I took their buzz word.
Saturday, August 20, 2011 Caught? Fake conservative identities re-writing the web? (3 comments)
Earlier this year - ThinkProgress obtained hacked emails from the defense contractor HB Gary Federal - that suggest that - with the help of other security firms - HBGF was working with the Chamber of Commerce to sabotage Progressive organizations like ThinkProgress and the union SEIU.
Friday, August 19, 2011 Geeky Science -The Ultimate Spy tool (1 comments)
The journal Science is reporting this week that a super thin electronic patch that sticks to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 Does big tobacco have the RIGHT to lie?
corporate law has evolved over the years to the point where there's virtually no risk to CEOs or stockholders, even when their company or product kills people - and even when they lie about it.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 How Republicans avoid angry constituents...outsourcing? (3 comments)
Republicans have figured out a way to both make a buck off of doing their public duty of meeting with constituents, and making sure that they never again have to answer an uncomfortable question. Here's how:
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Democracy Died First in Wisconsin -- Long Live the Oligarchs (36 comments)
The Wisconsin recall election was the first major test of the new era in American politics. That new era began in January of 2010 when the US Supreme Court ruled in "Citizens United v. FEC" that the political voice of We The People was no longer as important as the voices of billionaires and transnational corporations.
The Citizens United election experiment is over, and the oligarchs won. Long live the oligarchy.
Sunday, July 31, 2011 The Battle to Save Democracy (4 comments)
Opednews is, with author and publisher permission, reprinting Thom Hartmann's essential to read book, Unequal Protection, which explores the history, development and implications of corporate personhood. Thanks to Thom and publisher, Berrett-Koehler. This is the book's Introduction
Thursday, July 28, 2011 The Fingerprints of US Right-Wing Christian Terrorism on Norway Killings (2 comments)
More details are emerging now about why Anders Behring-Breivik set off a car bomb next to a government building in downtown Oslo last Friday. It turns out Breivik was taking his orders from the very same right-wingers who are spewing hate here in America.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Thom Hartmann: The Question Republicans Can't Answer (7 comments)
Now is the time that we ask the Republicans a question - a question that I guarantee they can't answer. And that question is" "Can you name one thing - just one thing - that millionaires and billionaires will have to sacrifice in this debt-limit deal as part of a 'shared sacrifice' approach?"
Friday, July 22, 2011 Thom Hartmann: Final Words of Killer Cannot Be Ignored (2 comments)
America still has a hate hangover, even as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Thom brings us the story of a young American who went on a killing spree after 9/11 looking for random Muslims. His last words offer us a look at our own hate and hypocrisy (VIDEO).
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Thom Hartmann: Important! Newt is right about the Supreme Court (5 comments)
The Founders wanted the greatest power to be closest to the people - and Congress is up for election every two years. It's the body in our representative democratic republic that is closest to the people. It's where they wanted most of the power, which is why it's defined in Article One of the Constitution - the first among equals.
Friday, July 8, 2011 Thom Hartmann: Can Murdoch-style infotainment in America be stopped?
Faced with growing public outrage toward his British tabloid newspaper "News of the World" - Rupert Murdoch officially announced today he is shutting the paper down next week.
So what does all this mean for the state of media ownership in America? And now that a tabloid has imploded across the Atlantic - what effect could that have on Murdoch-style infotainment here in America?
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 The USA shouldn't be a death camp for the elderly! (6 comments)
In another sign of just how bad our nation is treating the working class - a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows that most Americans today will have to work until their late seventies - before they can think about retiring.
Monday, April 4, 2011 Is the Demise of the Tea Party Near? (12 comments)
According to a new CNN poll -- the Tea Party's favorability rating has sunk to an all-time low -- just 32%. Thom talks about the REAL tea party.
Monday, December 6, 2010 Tax Cut Lies: The Day The News Died (6 comments)
EVERYONE would have gotten a tax cut under the Democrats' proposal. Every single taxpayer in America, from the street-sweeper to Bill Gates. Everyone!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Michael Chertoff, Bend Over, Please" (33 comments)
If we are serious about stopping Middle Eastern zealots from attacking us, instead of blowing up our own Fourth Amendment right to be secure in our persons, let's stop blowing up Middle Eastern countries. Until then, it's just theatre -- with a few millions in profit for Chertoff and his friends.