Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country

Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country


Truthout is proud to bring you an exclusive series from America’s No. 1 progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann. We’ll be publishing weekly installments of Hartmann’s acclaimed new book, “Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country.”

We invite Truthout readers to join us as, chapter by chapter, we explore these groundbreaking ideas for national transformation.

Rebooting The American Dream

Introduction: Back to the Future

Chapter One: Bring My Job Home!

Chapter Two: Roll Back the Reagan Tax Cuts

Visit us every Monday for a new chapter!

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Homeland Security shuts down dozens of Web sites without court order

By Daniel Tencer
Friday, November 26th, 2010 — 2:25 pm

The Homeland Security Department’s customs enforcement division has gone on a Web site shutdown spree, closing down at least 76 domains this week, according to online reports.

While many of the web domains were sites that trafficked in counterfeit brand name goods, and some others linked to copyright-infringing file-sharing materials, at least one site was a Google-like search engine, causing alarm among web freedom advocates who worry the move steps over the line into censorship.

All the shut sites are now displaying a Homeland Security warning that copyright infringers can face up to five years in prison.

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Tax the Rich: A Deficit Plan That Doesn’t Hit We, The People

Friday 26 November 2010

by: Dave Johnson   |  Campaign for America’s Future | Report

Here is MY deficit-reduction plan. This plan does not reflect the views of anyone but myself — and maybe half the population. Unlike deficit plans from the “serious people” in DC, this one doesn’t annihilate the poor and gut Social Security and the middle class while passing even more of the benefits of our society up to a few at the top.

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The US of A breaks the Soviet record

The Soviet Union couldn’t win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days.

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Former National Security Advisor on START: “Partisan” GOP Don’t Want to Give Obama “A Foreign Policy Victory”

Saturday 27 November 2010

by: Ben Armbruster   |  ThinkProgress | Report

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been the leading Senate Republican urging the upper chamber of Congress to ratify the New START arms control treaty with Russia. However, the Republican obstructionism that has become so routine throughout the past two years of President Obama’s tenure is standing in the way. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has been the face of the GOP hamstringing and despite the fact that this non-controversial treaty — one that closely mirrors the one President Reagan signed with the Soviet Union — has been thoroughly debated in the Senate for nearly a year, Kyl told the New York Times, “If they try to jam us [in the lame-duck session], if they try to bring this up the week before Christmas, it’ll be defeated.”

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Girl arrested for allegedly burning Qur’an

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in the West Midlands on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English-language version of the Qur’an – and then posting video footage of the act on Facebook.

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Is squirrel eating making a comeback in America? – Austerity stew:

Grey squirrels are ubiquitous in North America – scurrying across our lawns and up our trees, burying nuts and taunting our tantalised dogs.  Bright-eyed and bushy tailed, squirrels are cute, furry and, apparently, very edible.  The notion of stewed squirrel may not tempt everybody’s taste buds, but in an age of tightening belts and financial severity, the humble abundance of the squirrel is causing some to reconsider its epicurean virtue.

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The TSA, the Right, and My Busted Watch

Friday 26 November 2010

by: William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

For the last several days, I have been trying to locate what would appear to be the appropriate and necessary level of angst and fury over the issue of heavy-handed TSA searches at American airports. I say “appropriate and necessary” because, well, all the noise surrounding the matter seems to suggest I have no alternative other than outrage, and if I fail to react that way, I am some sort of dupe, a fool who doesn’t understand the Constitutional issues at hand or the dangers represented by what has been described as a glaring governmental over-reach.

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A Debate on the Source of Human Morality

Matt Dillahunty, president of the Atheist Community of Austin and host of The Atheist Experience, took part in a debate on the source of human morality. It took place at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his opponent was Father Hans Jacobse, a priest who heads the American Orthodox Institute.

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Political Marching: What’s at risk?

Marching did not always work and often ended in violence whether in Chicago’s Haymarket Square in 1886 or outside the Winter Palace in St Petersburgin 1905.

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Rewriting US history, GOP Rep claims Pilgrims fled European socialism

By Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, November 27th, 2010 — 1:52 pm

“Socialism” as a defined economic system did not emerge until the 20th century’s great industrial revolutions drove Russian laborers to unite behind Vladimir Lenin — but don’t tell that to Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO).

Akin, according to a speech given on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, instead believes it started much earlier. He claimed that the first group of settlers to set sail for the new world were fleeing an “unbiblical” socialism that had gripped their homeland.

It’s a new spin to the oft-repeated, still untrue conservative fairy tale that casts the pilgrims as America’s capitalist forefathers.

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T-Bagger and next United States Senator-elect for Florida, Marco Rubio: Deluded This Way or That Way?

If candidates want to label themselves with a faith, then let them explain those beliefs Tell us what they are without sugar-coating them. If they think Jesus turns himself into a cracker so we can eat him, let’s hear it. If they think Jews are going to hell, let’s hear it. If they only decided that black people could become priests in 1978, let’s hear it.

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Deadly Spin

An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

Since Wendell Potter walked away from his executive position at a top health insurance company in May of 2008, he has worked tirelessly as an outspoken critic of corporate PR and the distortion and fear manufactured by America’s health insurance industry. It is a PR juggernaut that is bankrolled by millions of dollars, rivaling lobbying budgets and underwriting many “non-partisan” grassroots organizations. How would Potter know? He wrote many of the industry’s talking points himself.

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