FROM Robert Pollin
The Economy after the Great Recession Forget the argument about the stimulus and the deficit. We're having the wrong conversation, according to Richard Florida. The Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto says, "We need to blow up the fundamentals of our economy."
What Comes after the Great Recession? The Great Recession is not economics as usual but the beginning of a historic transformation, according to some long-term thinkers. They say arguing over the stimulus and the deficit is the wrong conversation, based on the past instead of the future. But what will the future require? As the manufacturing economy is replaced by the knowledge economy, where will the next Middle Class come from? Will “green” industry generate jobs? Will home ownership still be relevant? Can government liberate creative entrepreneurs and encourage economic equality at the same time?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
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.