Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Guest: Labor Economist Sylvia Allegretto

On tonight's Political Analysis: As budget talks between the president and Congress continue to flounder and the nation continues to be flummoxed by a barrage of rhetoric, terminology and demagoguery from both sides of the political aisle, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest focuses on the economy. She is joined by labor economist Sylvia Allegretto, who explains what's really going on behind the wall of scare tactics -- currently posing as "budget negotiations." They discuss the (fake) fiscal cliff, the not-so-grand bargain and the WalMart workers strike. They also talk about the importance of organizing, and why American workers should care (a lot) about the factory fire in Bangladesh that killed more than 100 workers over the weekend.

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Nov 13th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm

Guest: Dr. Costas Panayotakis, author of Remaking Scarcity

Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest looks at the current US budget crisis, with analysis of President Obama's "Grand Bargain," while offering some perspective on the "fiscal cliff" -- and why going over it might be a better option than cutting a deal with Republicans. Later, Dr. Costas Panayotakis, professor of Sociology at CUNY and author of the book, "Remaking Scarcity: Capitalism, Scarcity and Economic Democracy," joins Sandy to talk about what Americans can learn from the worsening financial crisis in the Eurozone, and why austerity measures and cuts in social spending will only exacerbate and prolong our worsening financial crisis.
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