Ralph welcomes William Kleinknecht, author of “States of Neglect: How Red-State Leaders Have Failed Their Citizens and Undermined America” about how red state governors and legislatures fight culture wars while starving education and health care, empowering polluters, engaging in voter suppression, and neglecting their citizens’ well-being in the interest of cutting taxes for their wealthy donors. Plus, Oliver Hall, founder of the Center for Competitive Democracy tells us all about how ordinary people can use an extremely underused legal forum, Small Claims Court.
As a Houstonian, I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard Mr. Kleinknecht cite the Houston Chronicle as an example of a good newspaper! Things must have gone even more downhill in the rest of the country if the Hearst-owned Houston ‘Comical’ is an example of a good newspaper. Even with Mr. Kleinknecht’s endorsement, I still cannot recommend the Houston Chronicle for anything other than as a substitute if one runs out of toilet paper.
The narratives I hear quite frequently from Republican-leaning voters here in the Houston area concerning the local and state-level governments is that the voters are becoming rather skeptical of the politicians and their quest for unchecked growth which comes when government leaders are under the influence of corporatism. Many of the recent narratives are not so much about gonad politics and other national media-type narratives which come from party leaders, but rather about local crime, traffic, flooding issues, infrastructure, and so forth. It seems to me that many progressives share similar concerns. Thus, I think there is some room here for conservatives and progressives to work together to combat local corporatism. This addiction to growth is not just a problem with local and state Republican leaders, though it is a major issue there, but also with local and state Democratic Party leaders who are also under the strong influence of developers and so forth. Here in the City of Houston, and now also in Harris County, Democrats have strong control of the local government here in the Houston area.
Education has been in the local news quite frequently here in Houston and Texas as whole lately. Some school districts in Texas, including relatively wealthy suburban districts, are moving to four-day weeks as a way to deal with ‘teacher shortages’ and/or to reduce other costs. The Houston Independent School District, which is on the verge of being taken over by the Texas Education Agency for chronic academic under-performance (there is a lot which can be said about this, but I won’t get into that here), recently said they are looking to sponsor immigrants who want to work at HISD as special education teachers due to a ‘teacher shortage’ there. Of course, ‘teacher shortage’ means that educators do not want to work for the poverty wages the school districts are offering for these positions under challenging circumstances. Instead of doing the logical thing, increase wages to attract and retain the fairly healthy number of college graduates who wish to work in education, at least some of the local districts would rather turn to wage-suppressing immigration to fill important rôles at schools.
Furthermore, nationally, I hear that schools are turning to privatized remote teachers to act as classroom teachers. Instead of having a decently paid teacher in the classroom, someone teaches the class remotely while a lowly-paid teaching aide tries to maintain the classroom locally. This hardly seems like the most conducive environment for learning. With all of this in mind, it might be worthwhile for the RNRH to have an expert on who can describe modern conditions in public school classrooms. It seems that a lot has changed in recent years and voters might be surprised at the current state of public education especially if they do not have children in the schools.
How can you guys, especial in the rap up section, avoid the 2 Elephants in the room. 1. Mass Migration from the Blue States to the Red States. 2. Ron DeSantis Vs Walt Disney Corporation. Please don't ask me to explain my position because they are Elephants in the Room. I understand these 2 subjects are complicated and probable requires their own shows. As a loyal listener from your 1st podcast, would really appreciate it.
He owns Build-A-Box for your house that can be added or deleted. Man in the last 22 years the Pandora’s box was opened wide open every year I think it’s at the breaking point for Capitalism! Call me crazy but I like Washington’s senator who is from India and has the same mind though as me ! We need to ALL go past Capitalism and find OUR new path to agree with!
Georgia Power Customers are receiving a $23 increase on their bill. I guess that’s to pay for unit three and four at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant. Units one and two were completed in 1987 and 1989 respectively the NRC renewed the licenses for both units and 2009 for 20 years two January 16, 2047 for unit one and February 19, 2049 for unit two during construction of units one into capital investments required jump from an estimated $660 million to $8.87 billion. Two additional units three and four have been under construction since 2009 the original Cost was to be $14 billion as of 2017. Buy 2018 the cost were up to $25 billion In 2021 it was estimated to be over $ 28.5 billion upon completion of units three and four in 2023. VOGTLE, electric generating Plant will become the largest nuclear Power Station in the United States.
There are no red states or blue states. They are all brown states.
Comparing the red part of an apple that is 90% rotten to the blue part of a blueberry that is 85% rotten still leaves you with mostly rotten fruit.
Rather than continue to accept the choice between rotten fruit we could take action to prevent the fruit from becoming rotten by eliminating the cause of the rotting- big money.
We could make 2024 a referendum on politicians that take big money by demanding small donor candidates and enforcing that demand with our votes, testing Ralph's theory that politicians want our votes more than big money.
Please get behind this Ralph as it would be a more productive course of action than the red state, blue state comparisons that are part of the lesser of two evils propaganda.
Within here lies the rub. You have Red States kiling/harming people in one way (poor healthcare, poor education, contaminated water systems, etc.) and the Blue States killing/harming people in another way (mandates, reduction of civil liberties/rights, deadly Covid vaccine shots - all as examples). So where do people turn to? Mr. Nader, can you do an analysis between Red and Blue States? In my opinion, they are the same. Using different crimes and/or thuggery initiatives but the end of the day - they are BOTH killing and/or harming their citizens, US!
Too much Democratic Party propaganda to refute point by point but it's very clear that Nader's obsessions with our "healthcare" system is blind to the depredations and unnecessary procedures, and medications. And Nader has been silent on what many medical professionals such as Dr. Peter McCullough regarrd as the greatest fraud perpetrated on the American public.