FROM Gene Ulm
Populism and the President At a congressional grilling of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans and Democrats acted out the anger they’ve been hearing from their constituents. The outrage is not yet directed at the President himself, but it’s getting through to the Obama White House. Is it greater on the right or the left? Will it paralyze Congress? Can a popular new president turn it to his advantage?
American Populism: 21st Century Style Treasury Secretary Geithner and Federal Reserve Chief Bernanke were on the hot seat today as members of Congress channeled the outrage of their constituents. Historians are reminded of populist anger during the Great Depression, the Gilded Age and Andrew Jackson's war against central bankers. Advisors on Capitol Hill and at the Obama White House are calculating the depth of public resentment over the loss of home value and retirement savings. Is it greater on the right or the left? Will it paralyze Congress? Can a popular new president turn it to his advantage?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.