​#1166 How to create a happier society and why the GOP refuses (Social Benefits)

Air Date: 2–20-2018

Today we respond to the recent Trump budget proposal with some economic theories of our own, a description of how we could make ourselves happier and more prosperous and an explanation for why the GOP governing philosophy is so at odds with implementing programs that people like

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: The corporate slight-of-hand in the wake of the New Deal - Economic Update with Prof. Richard D. Wolff - Air Date: 08-31-2017

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Gondola Blue - Towboat

Ch. 4: Act 2: Sweden Got More Socialist, Economy Now BOOMING - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-15-17 

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Wingspan - Bayou Birds

Ch. 6: Act 3: People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why. - The Nation - Air Date 7-17-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  N/A

Ch. 8: Act 4: Using economic crisis to roll back the gains for works made after the last crisis - Economic Update - Air Date 7-7-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Contrarian - Sketchbook

Ch. 10: Act 5: Justifying Universal Social Safety Nets Means Testing Is Incredibly Divisive & Politically Toxic - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 08-31-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: Surly Bonds - Aeronaut

Ch. 12: Act 6: #HandsOff: Reject Trump’s Morally Bankrupt Budget via @amprog @CoalitiononHN @CenterOnBudget @SSWorks

Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard

Ch. 14: Act 7: The Two Santa Claus Theory: Republican Strategy to Dismantle the Social Safety Net - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 1-31-18

Ch. 15: Final comments on the tipping point in the Democratic party that portends hope for the future

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)



Tell Congress to keep #HandsOff necessary government programs by calling, and emailing via the Coalition on Human Needs action page

Check out and share the Center for American Progress Budget Fact Sheets

Check out and share reports from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

Get involved with the Coalition for Human Needs & Social Security Works


President's Budget Would Cut Food Assistance for Millions and Radically Restructure SNAP (CBPP)

Policy Basics: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (CBPP)

Fact Sheet: How Trump's 2019 Budget Hurts Older Americans (Center for American Progress)

Trump's 2019 Budget: what he cuts, how much he cuts, and why it matters (Vox) 

“America’s Harvest Box” Captures the Trumpian Attitude Toward Poverty (The New Yorker)

A Bad Budget for America's Place in the World (Center for American Progress)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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