2017 Archives

Posted at Thom Hartmann on Dec. 28, 2017

The GOP Is Wrong About the Economy - Dead Wrong

I want to get into some of the issues that we understand and misunderstand about taxes, money, wealth, and how the very, very morbidly rich in the United States have seized not only virtually complete economic power in this country but also virtually complete political power.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Dec. 27, 2017

Do We Have To Fear The Possibility Of A Police State?

Authoritarian-minded people, the people that John Dean wrote about in his book "Conservatives Without Conscience". There's a small number of authoritarian leaders, there's a large number of authoritarian followers and most of the people who voluntarily and enthusiastically become police officers or members of the military are authoritarian followers. Not all of them, certainly not all of them, but probably well over half.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Dec. 21, 2017

Will The GOP Tax Scam Crash The Economy?

The countries of the world that have the most stable economies and that suffer from the smallest boom and bust cycles are the countries with the highest tax rates on the very, very wealthy. The reason for that is that the government is functioning essentially as a stabilizer, so capitalist economies, there's just a fundamental truth about them. This is not a knock on capitalism, it's just the way it is.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Dec. 20, 2017

Do The Koch Bros Hate Everything That's Good For America?

I've got a question for you. I find this absolutely fascinating. Susan Crawford who wrote the books The Responsive City and Captive Audience, she's a professor at Harvard Law School and over at Wired magazine she's writing about the case of Louisville, Kentucky, or West Louisville specifically.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Dec. 19, 2017

The Spending Bill Charade

The tax bill is all about cutting income to the federal government and over a 10-year period the top one percent are going to gain five trillion dollars. The bottom 99 percent are going to lose three and a half trillion dollars. And the remaining one and a half trillion dollars will be added to the national debt.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Dec. 11, 2017

If The Rich Would Rather Leave than pay Taxes, Let Them

FDR had this to say about paying taxes:"Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privilege of membership in an organized society. And as society becomes more civilized, Government - national, State and local government - is called on to assume more obligations to its citizens.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Dec. 7, 2017

Who You Gonna Call.... Koch Busters!

Let me just give you some names.The House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republican, and Nancy Pelosi get to appoint conferees, people who are going to be on the conference committee for the Republican tax scam.