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1.  Nonvoters: Apathetic, disenfranchised, disillusioned or…?

Elections are a few weeks away and a common claim is, “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain!”  But is that really true?  Are people that don’t vote really lazy or apathetic?  We decided to do what few shows have done, actually talk to people that won’t vote in this election to see what they have to say.  You don’t want to miss this segment.
2.  What WON’T come up during the debates tonight?
The Presidential debates are tonight.  For some that means getting your good clothes on and heading to a debate watch party.  For others it means getting your pajamas on and catching up on episodes of the Voice or Sons of Anarchy.  Because our show is right before the debates, we wanted to host our own watch party with all of our party friends.  You know-the Republican party, the Democratic party, the Tea party, the Green party.  For our watch party we have one question: What issues won’t come up tonight that probably should?  Find out what our friends have to say.

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1.  Digesting the DNC:

Last week we covered the RNC, this week the DNC (Democratic National Convention).  On this show we talk about whether the crowning theme of this week will be the “audacity of hoping we will hope again” or “give him one more chance” or…well something else.  Guests will include Marlon Hill, Roberto Lovato and Dante Strobino from Occupy Wall St. South.
2.  Our show on drugs part I:
This week, Miami’s former “Queen of Cocaine” and Matriarch of Miami’s “Cocaine Cowboys,” Griselda Blanco, was gunned down in Colombia.  At the same time of Blanco’s murder, a Caravan for Peace is touring the US pushing for the and end to the War on Drugs.  The Caravan of Peace with Justice and Dignity was originally comprised of Mexican family members who lost loved ones to the
violence of the drug war.  We figured it would be a good time to talk about the War on Drugs and why we are losing even as the original “Cocaine Cowboys” are slowing becoming a memory on Miami’s landscape.  Guests included Miami New Times writer, Francisco Alvarado, Robert Lovato and Sean Dunagan of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (and a former DEA Intelligence Analyst). 
3.  More about Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital:

Last week, we scratched the surface of why Bain Capital is considered so bad for America.  This week, Josh Kosman (author, The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Is Destroying Jobs and Killing the American Economy) and Cindy Hewitt, a former employee of the Bain Capital-owned now defunct Dade Behring plant in Miami gives us more reasons to believe that Bain Capital is bad and that its specific type of bad was broken in by Mitt Romney himself.  You do not want to miss this segment.  Tonight (Wendesday) at 9pm, tune in to the DNC, where Hewitt will be speaking.
Plus, check out our bonus clips of what Josh Kosman wishes he would hear at the DNC and why this is all bigger than Bain or Mitt Romney.

1.  What the Dems should be discussing at the DNC

2.  Why this is all bigger than Bain or Mitt Romney

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By Subhash Kateel
Over the holidays, I was tempted a thousand times to write about Ron Paul’s recent problems.  Since writers throughout the political spectrum decided to inform me of the letters they “found” from twenty years ago proving he is a racist, xenophobe, and homophobe, I wanted to respond.  Some of the articles calling out his “isms” have actually been really helpful (like this one).  But others have really questionable timing.  Apparently, I am not the only one that thinks so.  In some ways, Glenn Greenwald wrote the article I would want to read on the topic.  But the Iowa Caucuses, with the enshrining of Mitt “corporations are people because I am one” Romney as the front runner and the emergence of this dude as a serious contender, reminded me that I have a few more things to say.
To be clear, I am by no means a Ron Paul supporter.  Honestly, the only way I could ever vote for the guy is if he were running against Cobra Commander or Megatron.  But as a person that called the immigrant rights movement home for over 12 years, I don’t find anything about his alleged xenophobia surprising or newsworthy.  Ron Paul has long been an opponent of birthright citizenship, the concept that birth on US soil automatically makes someone a US citizen (what some people call the Fourteenth Amendment).  As a basic rule, I assume that most people who don’t like birth right citizenship decided this around the time US born children of immigrants started looking more brown, being less Protestant, and began putting hot sauce in their ketchup.  As I watched  the 2009 movie Bruno, where Ron Paul freaked out and ran around the room calling Sasha Cohen’s character  “a queer”after he came on to him, I assumed he meant it negatively and not because he really liked the organization, Queers for Economic Justice.  Considering that I sort of guessed him to not like immigrants and gay folks a lot, I kind of inferred that during the 90’s, when those racist newsletters in his name came out,  he wasn’t reading James Baldwin and listening to X-Clan.
If you aren’t particularly startled by Ron Paul’s “isms” but appreciate learning more about them,  you still have to wonder why the “news” about those “isms” is surfacing now.  Some friends tell me that a few on the lefter side of the universe were taken aback by the large numbers of Ron Paulists who joined the Occupy movement  (a pretty open secret).  What some saw as a new politic and possibility, others saw as an infiltration, while Occupy’s enemies saw an opening for divide and conquer.  Others point to the mainstream Democrats, who really love to see Ron Paul do good at the polls, until he says things that make them look really bad.   In September,  Democratic National Committee Chair and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz seemed thrilled that Ron Paul was joining the pack of candidates that are “bear hugging the Tea Party” (more on her later).  As Greenwald points out in his article, Ron Paul has taken a much stronger stand on things like the wars on drugs, “terrorism” and civil liberties than most Democrats (who are suppose to be good on that stuff).  And then there are the Republicans, who are on a quest to find a real elephant in the room (read: not Romney) to face Obama.  As long as Ron Paul is at the top of the polls, he skews the curve away from “bomb them all”, “jail them all”, and “show me the money” candidates that are unlikely to change the status quo, let alone “end the fed.”
I understand why people are concerned about Ron Paul’s bad ideas, I really do.  I would be worried too if I didn’t think that kid from Napolean Dynamite had a better chance of being President than him.  But I find Republican politicos’ concern, the same ones that tolerate Santorum saying that he opposes giving government money to “Black people” and then pretends he means “blah” people, to be questionable.  (Sidenote:  I am not sure who “blah” people are, but are they the ones taking our jobs?)
I can also understand why people find the outrage of mainstream Democrats to be really disingenuous.  I could mention how “pro-immigrant” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently doubled down in support of quintessential evil 1%-er Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the countries’ largest and likely nastiest private prison company,  against immigrant activists,  local residents, Tea Party commentators,  professional athletes, “anti-immigrant” politicians, and damn near everyone else who opposed the building of the largest immigrant detention center in the country in her district.  I could mention how ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), Obama’s largest (and clearly not-racist because their boss is Black) law enforcement agency, deported a young Dallas-born African American girl who spoke no Spanish to Colombia.  I could also mention how the first fake Black President, Bill Clinton, was so not-racist that the Black prison population damn near doubled under his watch via the War on Drugs around the same time some of Paul’s newsletters came out.  I could even mention how the Democrats tolerated a former Ku Klux Klansmen as one of their elder statesmen, who repudiated his past affiliations but never his voting record (opposing the same Civil Rights Act as Paul).
But I find it more important to mention the times Ron Paul hasn’t been so bad, and has actually been helpful. A few really stick out in my mind.  For one, during the Park 51 aka the “a few blocks from Ground Zero Mosque” controversy.   Despite being a highly respected figure amongst much of the Tea Party, he bucked other Tea Party politicians (including his own son) to condemn the controversy and call it for what it was, an insincere way to create fake reasons to support future conflicts.  In fact he probably had the most on point critique of any major politician, even Mayor Bloomberg (who took time away from pushing working people out of New York and selling the city to his rich friends to give these stirring words).  The second was during the whole debt ceiling dumbness, where he actually proposed a thing or two that not so dumb economists like Dean Baker and Marshall Auerback thought weren’t such bad ideas.  The third is when he steadfastly refused to endorse John McCain, precisely because of his virtual call for unending war.
None of Ron Paul’s attributes should excuse the really bad things he says or supports.  And we should fight those bad ideas as hard as we can. But his bad ideas aren’t much different than the ideas of a Mitt Romney or a Rick Santorum.  On the other hand, as long as he polls well, the Republicans and the rest of the political establishment are forced to contend with his good ideas until we all get a bad Republican nominee.  As far as Ron Paul supporters go, I do get really annoyed when even conversations about what pizza to get are answered by, “the only solution is to vote for Ron Paul!”  But for every Ron Paul supporter who thinks the former physician can heal every social ill, I find others that are really open to a bunch of ideas on making the world a better place and are glad they found new spaces to explore those ideas.  In the end, Ron Paul’s staying power is a symptom of a political climate in which some people are so hungry for solutions to the mess we are in, they will support any ideas or people that seem to have integrity.  That means that it is up to us to produce the real people with integrity to create real solutions to the problems we are facing.
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By Subhash KateelA radio host’s worst nightmare, that Herman Cain will suspend his campaign, has apparently made way for a Democrat’s biggest dream, that Republican mad professor Newt Gingrich will become the GOP’s front runner.   Some have even call his candidacy heaven-sent.  But to anyone that cares about policies that affect people’s lives more than the politicians who create them (or fail to), the Democratic glee over candidate Newt is sort of pathetic and reminds me how much a lot of Democrats still sort of suck.

To be clear, Newt Gingrich is a jackass.  He has been accused (controversially) of saying that his first  wife (of three) was not “pretty enough to be the wife of the President.”  He hid having an affair with a staffer at the same time he was pushing to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about having an affair with an intern.  In a bizarre mix of Protestant work ethic, Catholic guilt, and nationalist chest thumping he actually blamed his infidelity on loving the country too much and working too hard.
But as Newt’s biggest fan under 30, Juan Gil, admitted on my show, Newt isn’t known for not being an ass, but for being an ideas person.  He was, after all. the man behind the Contract With America.  But even the success of his ideas is more of a testament to how much some Democrats suck than to how great he is.
As PhD student and Newt hater, Charles Heck, pointed out on the same show, Newt was a big fan of bank de-regulation.  Some would say it was his idea (or the banks that backed him) to repeal key provisions of the Glass-Steagall act.  Several economists say that the repeal of those key provisions helped create banks that became too big to fail and the economic crisis that came with it.  Even Newt admits in retrospect that the repeal was a bad idea.  But like every other bad idea that Newt successfully made into a good idea, the repeal would have never happened had it not received bi-partisan support in Congress and been signed into law by then President and Republican bad-idea executor Bill Clinton (if I have to remind you, he was a Democrat).
Fine that was the past.  But even with Newt’s rare admission, neither Democrats nor Republicans seem to be in a hurry to fix the precise things that screwed our economy in the first place.  More importantly both parties continue to fail miserably at stopping the economic bleeding that is staining each and every one of our non-1%-er streets.
Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that all Democrats suck all the time at everything.  As I am writing this, I got word that Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson introduced the Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Act to help prevent unfair foreclosures.  But honestly, even if you gloat about barely losing a two-way  “who sucks more?” contest, you are still a loser.
I am often told that I don’t understand the game of politics.  Folks are right, I don’t.  If I wanted to watch a game, it would be a UFC (Ultimate Fighting) match where the stakes aren’t as high as you know, more wars that kill people, higher unemployment, foreclosures that destroy livelihoods and stuff like that.   Even then, the best UFC matches, like the recent Dan Henderson victory over Shogun Rua are the ones where fighters fight their hearts out as if people’s lives depend on it.
Don’t forget to tune into our show, Let’s Talk About It!, every Wednesday at 7pm.

by Subhash Kateel, 1/2 of Let’s Talk About It! Radio. (Tune in Wednesday’s 7pm EST at 880thebiz.com or 880 am in Miami.)

Let’s Talk About It! is a weekly Miami based radio show that tries to talk about real issues that affect the lives of real people. This past Wednesday, the focus of our radio show (check it here) was: Does It Matter Who Won the Election? But in my hardest of hearts, I wanted the topic of the show to be: Do the Democrats Suck? And Should We Keep Voting For Them?

On the show, we talked with Gihan Perera from Florida New Majority, Tobias Packer from Equality Florida , Bradley Gerber from the Miami Young Republicans, Rosa Clemente from the Green Party about this idiotic term that I just added to the list of some of the dumbest things I have ever heard in my life: the enthusiasm gap. You see, some folks have actually decided to blame voters for the Democrats not winning because they where not “enthused” with their candidates. They wondered out loud why the same folks that came out for the 2008 election (read: Black folks, Brown folks, young folks, Queer folks, first time voters) didn’t come out this time.

If the 2008 elections taught us anything, it is that people who believe in who they are voting for, will try by any means necessary to get to the polls to vote for that person.

On election day in 2008, I was a volunteer outside one of the polling stations in Liberty City, Miami. Liberty City is a great community that had the misfortune of having a Grand Theft Auto video game made in its image so it is now considered the “hood” of all “hoods” in Miami. My volunteer job was to explain to first time voters what a ballot looked like and how to fill it out. The stuff I saw that day is sketched in my mind forever. I saw city workers, teachers, formerly incarcerated folks, guys that hung out on the corners and one woman that seemed clearly strung out determined to cast their vote. One young kid in the neighborhood, not affiliated with any campaign, took several trips from his neighborhood in a pick-up truck, taking people to and from the polls, including homeless folks. For the first-time voters in the bunch, you saw this glow in their eyes as they finished casting their ballots, as if their voice and vote finally counted.

So why didn’t that happen this time around? Ok, maybe it was because Obama wasn’t running. But it was also because most democrats that were running just sucked. And I am done making excuses for them. They sucked at articulating a vision that anyone cared about, they sucked at talking to the base of folks that stepped up and got them elected in 2008. They sucked at paying attention to anyone but the Tea Party. And during a recession (and I will keep saying this) in which people are literally killing themselves and losing their livelihoods, they sucked at feeling the pain of people. And where they sucked at feeling the pain, republicans succeeded in harnessing the anger.

There are two main issues in the country today that define people’s pain: the economic crisis and the housing crisis. We are currently witnessing one of the largest losses of working folk’s wealth ever in this country. And the Democrat’s response to it underscores just how bad most Democrats suck and how little most of them deserved to stay in office. To the point where even the ones that don’t suck got confused for the ones that do and were subsequently booted out.

Democrats spent their entire tenure in power complaining that they didn’t have enough of a majority to do what they wanted to do, while the Republicans via the Tea Party spent their entire time in the minority harnessing the anger of the majority of Americans. Yet despite supposedly not having enough of a majority to tackle the housing crisis in a way that eased the pain of homeowners and renters that where losing roofs over their heads, Democrats seemed to muster enough of a majority to easily pass a republican sponsored bill to make it easier to kick more Americans out of their homes.


Yep the folks that failed at bipartisanship and failed at pushing a real agenda to save homes or jobs succeeded in passing a bill that would have forced courts to accept electronic notarizations across statelines for homeowners fighting their foreclosures…In other words, the bill would have made foreclosures easier.

The bill wasn’t like the PATRIOT ACT either, where idiotic politicians just saw how big the bill was, decided not to read it and just trust the title of the bill and then pass it. No, the bill was two pages long. In fact, the only reason the housing bill didn’t become law is because the President vetoed it.

So tell me Democrats, why should I ever vote for you again? Because you are the lesser of two evils? I’m sorry, the lesser of two evils is still evil. And please, don’t blame the Tea Party for your support of the bailout, not doing much for homeowners, and passing up a real chance to help people that are looking for work. Wait, whats that? I should vote for you because you decided you are going to move to the “center” now (another of those stupid words on my stupid list)? You IDIOTS, no. No matter how hard you try, spinelessly moving to the middle is NOT a substitute for feeling people’s pain, working with them to solve our problems, or proving that you are willing to re-up and fight.

Democrats, even though not all of you suck, until more of you stop sucking, I am done talking to you about how you can stop sucking. Instead, I would like to talk to the people that feel abandoned by you about what they can do to make sure this country doesn’t suffer from you sucking.

If you came out to vote in 2008, expecting change, then as Gandhi said, you have to be that change. How? I’ll give you four simple ways:

1) Join an organization that fights for something you want to fight for
2) If you work, dedicate 1 lunchbreak a month to talk with your co-workers about the problems we face in the country. End each conversation with just one idea that you can do collectively to work towards fixing that problem.
3) If you don’t work, do the same with your church groups, dominos table, the folks you play ball with or whoever.
4) Find out who your elected officials are and call them whenever you think they suck and tell them what to do to not suck. Politicians will never stop sucking if we don’t put pressure on them

I’m a leave you with the same song I heard alot during Obama’s inauguration, Sam Cooke’s “Change Is Gonna Come” .  Don’t forget to tune in this Wednesday at 7pm on 880thebiz.com.

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