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Following is our end-of-the-week summary of all the topics covered on our Politics Done Right on KPFT 90.1 FM program, which is also streamed on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitter, and Twitch.
Monday September 11th, 2023
Mehdi Hasan explains his utter verbal annihilation of Vivek Ramaswamy with his own words: Vivek Ramaswamy made a mistake. He seemed unaware that some journalists prepare for bloviating charlatans running for President. [More]
Sec of State Blinken scared to criticize Musk’s shutdown of Ukraine’s drone attack on Russian ships: CNN’s Jake Tapper gives Blinken every opportunity to condemn Musk for shutting down Ukraine’s use of Starlink. He is scared of the billionaire even as his actions bordered on treason. [More]
AOC Says Mayor Eric Adams Attack on Migrants ‘Is Not Leadership’: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is among those criticizing New York City’s Democratic Mayor Eric Adams for comments he made this week demonizing asylum-seekers and other migrants. The latest conflagration kicked off by Mayor Adams, the former police officer turned politician, began Wednesday night when he charged that an influx of migrants would “destroy New York City” as he lamented that he could “not see an ending” to the perceived crisis and said the federal government must do more to help. Defenders of refugee and migrant rights, however, pushed back after video of the remarks spread on social media. In a Twitter post on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez castigated Adams. While agreeing that the Biden administration should “step up” to do more, she said that solutions to the growing number of migrants do exist but that “Alienating people isn’t one of them.” [More]
Tuesday September 12th, 2023
$10,000/month for the nursing home that wants to kick a patient out because they must take him to the toilet: Tom Czarnik recounted his personal story about a relative who is paying $10,000/mo to stay in a nursing room. And they don’t even want to take him to the toilet. [More]
A traveling nurse exposes our healthcare as an inhumane sham as she urges a complete overhaul: Lex Hinkley is a 27-year-old traveling nurse based in San Diego who exposed our healthcare system on a viral TikTok rant. I cleaned up the curse words. [More]
A PDR listener took exception to my 9/11 coverage or lack thereof. Here is our email exchange: A PDR listener sent an email to the KPFT GM and PD to complain about my sparse coverage of 9/11. I replied with an unexpected answer that I doubt he understood in the proper context. [More]
Wednesday September 13th, 2023
Bill Hunn, a Progressive Democratic activist, has a message we better heed sooner rather than later: Bill Hunn asks the necessary question that Democrats better have an answer for sooner than later. He points out that the GOP gives tax cuts to corporations, and Democrats reward them with subsidies. [More]
Tommy Tuberville shows he is not qualified to be a Senator with the ignorance of his job: Senator Tommy Tuberville’s answer to a reporter’s question proved that he is way over his head as he did not know the degree of his military disruption. [More]
‘Corporate Media Will Always Side With CEOs’ – Sanders Rips Coverage of Looming UAW Strike: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday blasted corporate media coverage of United Auto Workers’ contract demands and looming strike, echoing a video released last week by the UAW amid negotiations with vehicle manufacturers Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis. A short list of media conglomerates control the vast majority “of what the American people see, hear, and read,” and that is clearly on display with the labor conflict between the union and the “Big Three,” Sanders (I-Vt.) argued in a statement, highlighting that “the major reasons as to why autoworkers might go out on strike have been rarely, if ever, the focus of the corporate media’s coverage.” [More]
Thursday September 14th, 2023
Fox News spins the GOP/Joe Manchin alliance that exploded child poverty as failed Biden policies: The Fox News lying never ends. They blame the explosion in child poverty on Biden policies when it was the GOP/Joe Manchin alliance that did it. [More]
Neil Aquino from the Houston Democracy Project is here: The Houston Democracy Project works every day to make democracy a top issue in 2023 Houston city politics. This week, we’ll be discussing local media normalizing election deniers & the need to accept the reality of the anti-democratic threats we are facing.
Census Data Show Poverty Is a Policy Choice: Economic relief measures enacted in response to the pandemic strengthened the U.S. social safety net and made a historic dent on poverty in 2021. New Census Bureau data show that the expiration of these key programs caused a significant increase in poverty last year, with the number of children in poverty more than doubling. Bold policy initiatives such as economic impact/stimulus payments and the expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) helped to shelter millions of people from poverty during a time of social and economic uncertainty at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, the Census Bureau’s most accurate measure of poverty—the Supplemental Poverty Measure—showed that poverty declined by more than 30% between 2019 and 2021, reaching a historic low of 7.8% in 2021. During the same three-year period, child poverty declined by more than half, reaching a historic low of 5.2% in 2021. Importantly, gains during this period were observed across all racial and ethnic groups. [More]
Friday September 15th, 2023
SUAW: Accept no less pay increase than the parasitic CEOs & shareholders skimmed off of your backs: CEOs received a 40% increase over the last four years, yet they are balking at the UAW demand for commensurate pay increases. They must not give in. [More]
This is how capitalism continues to screw the American working class: Steven Rattner, an investor journalist commentator, said, out loud, what many in the capitalist class won’t admit. The working class will always lose in this economy. [More]
Rich businessman: Unemployment must increase by 50% to show lazy, arrogant workers we’re the boss: Australian tycoon, the wealthy capitalist Tim Gurner, insults the working class as he admits governments around the world are working on behalf of the rich to increase unemployment. [More]
Bernie Sanders: COVID woke the working class to the parasitic nature of the rich They live You die: Bernie Sanders corrected Chris Hayes about a common assumption about the working class. It’s not a tight labor market that is creating a strike environment. It is COVID that opened their eyes. [More]
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