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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:50 AM

Sparks Fly! Thom Hartmann vs. Austin Petersen...Ending Billionaire-ism?



Austin Petersen, FreedomWorks, joins Thom Hartmann. Consider this: The Forbes 400 richest billionaires in America have a combined wealth of over $1.7 trillion. Now imagine we took some of that wealth - leaving each billionaire with just one billion dollars - and they’re free to do whatever they’d like with it. What’s it matter, they couldn’t even spend a billion dollars in their lifetime. That would suddenly free up 1.3 trillion dollars of wealth to be spent and invested in the economy.

With the average price of going to college at a state school pegged at roughly $22,000 a year, that 1.3 trillion could send 59 million young people - an entire generation - to school. We’d have an entire generation of college graduates who’d have access to good paying jobs - who’d stimulate the economy - who’d pay taxes to lower our deficits - and who’d make American once again the most educated and nation with the most sophisticated workforce on the planet. Or - what about those 150 million Americans who don’t have savings and are one setback away from poverty? Imagine if they all had an extra $8,000 in their bank account. They wouldn’t be so fearful of poverty - they could spend more money in the economy - and they could take more risks \\

Even the billionaires would earn more money now that they have more consumers spending more money at restaurants, at shopping malls, and on vacations. And what’d we sacrifice for this new prosperity for millions of Americans? We simply asked the billionaires - people like the Koch Brothers, the Walton family, and Sheldon Adelson - to get by with being simple billionaires rather than multi-billionaires. Something tells me they’ll be ok. The NoBillionaires campaign is the best way to get out economy on track - and reverse thirty years of failed Neoliberal economics. Go to NoBillionaires.com

The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann on RT TV & FSTV "live" 9pm and 11pm check www.thomhartmann.com/tv for local listings

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Reply Sparks Fly! Thom Hartmann vs. Austin Petersen...Ending Billionaire-ism? (Original post)
thomhartmann Feb 2013 OP
WhoIsNumberNone Feb 2013 #1
Taggart2016 Feb 2013 #2
LogicalThinking Feb 2013 #3
arcane1 Feb 2013 #4
ellisonz Feb 2013 #6
arcane1 Feb 2013 #7
ellisonz Feb 2013 #8
ellisonz Feb 2013 #11
conspiracygirl Feb 2013 #5
smccarter Feb 2013 #9
antigop Feb 2013 #10
supercats Feb 2013 #12

Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:09 PM

1. Austin Petersen: Douchebag

That's right, I said it. Go ahead and alert on me. But first riddle me this: What word better describes this asshole? From the first moment he opens his mouth he's spewing billionaire apologist talking points (Insert mocking tone here) "No poor person ever gave you a job" "The poor are getting rich faster than the rich are" "We need more billionaires". God what an asshole. What a snake oil selling shill. And yes, what a douchebag.

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Response to LogicalThinking (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:48 PM

4. Ayn, is that you?



Such myopic, monochrome thinking

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:06 PM

6. Oh we would be so lucky

Apparently, it's troll the Internet day at Paul Ryan's Congressional Office. They must have realized the debt ceiling is going to be raised and they're not going to get their draconian spending cuts.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:11 PM

7. The takers at Ryan's office, paid with our stolen success-money?

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:18 PM

8. Well they do make something

crap

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:02 PM

11. Oh and Ayn Rand book reports

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:46 PM

9. Austin Peterson is a dick

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:54 PM

10. Why does Thom continue having this guy on? nt

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:32 AM

12. A Complete Waste Of Time

All Peterson did was speed talk and muscle through the conversation. He didn't allow Thom to have a conversation with him. All he did was talk over and ignore Thom. They both were speaking at the same time, how boring and worthless which I believe was Petersons objective. Advice to Thom: Don't have him on again....nothing gets accomplished.

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