Ralph Nader 2016 6-Pack
First program: Progressive Matters 2 CDs
The discontent in the U.S. is more than palpable. Income and wealth inequality continue to soar. The middle class is getting hammered. Fifty million are poor. Americans are disheartened about the nation’s course. According to a new Gallup poll 82% of voters believe the country is on the wrong track. Another poll from the Associated Press says one in four registered voters have hardly any confidence their vote will be counted. Both major presidential candidates have very high negatives. Many people are fed up with the choices the two major parties dish up. In the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the spark it generated, there seems to be an opportunity for progressives to advance their ideas.
Interviewed by David Barsamian.
Second program: The Politics of Health Care
More than six decades after President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated "the right to adequate medical care and opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health," the United States, virtually alone among wealthy nations, does not have universal health care coverage. The health care system is sick, failing, expensive, and inefficient. Its attendant paperwork and mumbo jumbo are legendary. In addition to ever increasing millions of those without insurance, many more millions have inadequate coverage with huge deductibles. Medical emergencies and hospitalizations are probably the number one cause of driving citizens into debt and bankruptcy. The health insurance lobby, representing 1500 corporations, is one of the most politically powerful and exerts enormous influence in Washington. And the people? They are symbolically left standing out in the hall. Isn't it time for the U.S. to have a comprehensive national health program for its citizens?
Third program: Obama's Achilles Heel
Fourth program: Corporate Crime Wave
David Barsamian interview at KGNU Radio
Fifth program: Crashing the Party
The Enron scandal again focuses attention on corporate malfeasance and greed. Enron did not pay taxes in 4 of the last 5 years as it stashed away money in offshore accounts. As hotelier Leona Helmsley famously said, "Only little people pay taxes." She wasn't kidding. A recent report says the IRS is much more inclined to audit a low-income person or a small business than a guy who is wealthy or a big corporation. It's not too hard to figure out why. The influence of the rich and powerful on the government is dominant.
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