- Oct 6, 202100:00:0001:07:00
That's not hyperbole, it's a fact and something must be done about it. Our guest today is Jen Senko, writer/director of the film, "The Brainwashing of My Dad" that was released in 2016. Yesterday, the book, "The Brainwashing of My Dad: How the Rise of Right-Wing Media Changed a Father and Divided Our Nation-- And How We Can Fight Back" was officially released, and the timing is perfect because things are getting worse. I hope you'll listen to this interview, read the book, watch the film, and then take action. We'll try to figure out what we can do. Knowing we have a problem is the easy part; fixing the problem is the challenge we must address... before it's too late!
- Oct 5, 202100:00:0001:07:46
We're less than two weeks away from hitting the debt ceiling, an unnecessary risk especially during a historically precarious time. But here we are. Writing in a Washington Post Op-Ed, Zachary D. Carter (who was on this show just last week), said of this situation, "There is no economic rationale for this threat, and its consummation promises no political advantage to anyone. It is a preposterous, silly and breathtakingly dangerous situation." So he proposed meeting it with an equally "preposterous, silly and perfectly painless legal trick: minting a single platinum coin with a face value of $1 trillion or more." Actually, the idea foe minting a platinum coin has been floating around for a few years now. Today's guest, Rohan Grey, actually wrote the "Automatic BOOST to Communities Act" with Congressman Rashida Tlaib's office. The bill was introduced last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic had just taken hold and forced a nationwide shutdown. Tlaib's bill proposed sending every person residing in the US a debit card loaded with $2000, and refilling then with $1000 each month until we were clear from the pandemic. It would be funded directly from the Treasury, using its legal authority to create money via coin seigniorage, by minting two Trillion-dollar platinum coins. The main logic behind this idea is that no government debt issued to pay for the program-- it's paid for by the platinum coins. Rohan Grey is an Assistant Professor at Willamette Law, and is president of The Modern Money Network (https://modernmoneynetwork.org), and a proponent of Modern Monetary Theory. He was referred to me by Stephanie Kelton, a regular guest on this program. Of course, there's other news to get to, and an update on why I was out yesterday-- more reasons we need to fix our fucked up health insurance extortion system.
- Oct 1, 202100:00:0001:06:51
Well, it certainly was a week. On Monday I told you to strap in for a roller coaster ride... and now it's Friday and this ride really sucks. It's all so complicated, so I've invited one of the very best of the journalists who keeps me informed, David Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect magazine (at prospect.org) to try to wrap up the week, such as it was, for us.
- 20210930 Nicole Sandler Show - Nicole Sandler Show - Thursday with Howie Klein and our Manchinema ProblemSep 30, 202100:00:0001:25:04
Howie Klein of DownWithTyranny.com and the Blue America PAC has been doing a weekly segment on my show for over a decade now! And for as long as I can remember, he's warned us about Kyrsten Sinema. He knows her from way back and insists she's always been crazy. Now he can say, "I told you so." The question is, what do we do about her? We'll talk about that among other things today, as we're waiting to find out how the Infrastructure/Reconciliation/Debt Ceiling turns out! But we'll start with my disgust about the destruction of the previously wonderful US Postal Service, which is being destroyed by TFG's stooge he appointed to be Postmaster General to take down the Post Office. ARGHH!
- Sep 29, 202100:00:0001:09:43
The media likes to refer to Congress' attempts at legislating as "making the sausage". But it's actually a giant shit show. If you want to be disillusioned by government. But I thought I'd use the sausage making analogy because it's sufficiently disgusting. Zach Carter, whose book "The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Maynard Keynes" is now available in paperback, had an op-ed published in the NY Times last week, "Why Are Moderates Trying to Blow Up Biden's Centrist Economic Plan?". He obviously pushes a few of my buttons with that, beginning with using both "moderates" and "centrist" in the title! That's where we begin as well...