Category Archives: Entitlements

Chip Davis Interview — Podcast March 6, 2017

Listening to the People You Represent: The Partnership Between Members of Congress and Their Local Staff Representatives. Chip Davis, 5-term Yavapai County Supervisor, and now Deputy District Director for U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran (D, AZ District 1), talks to Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Legacy — Podcast January 16, 2017

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times: Democratic Perspective Looks Back At the Obama Years. On the eve of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson evaluate the successes and failures of President … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Bigotry, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Conservatives and Reactionaries, Cultural Diversity, Democratic Governance, Disinformation, Domestic Policy, Economic Policy, Economic Stimulus, Education Policy, Elections, Entitlements, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Financial Crisis, Financial Sector, Firearms Legislation, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, Global Warming, Government, Gun Control, Health Insurance, Intelligence Agencies, International Relations, International Terrorism, LIberals and Conservatives, Marriage Equality, Mass Media, Mass Shootings, Medicaid, National Politics, Podcasts, Political Lies, Political Parties, Political Polarization, Presidential Elections, Propaganda, Public Policy, Racism, Scandal Mongering | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on President Obama’s Legacy — Podcast January 16, 2017

Indivisible: Tactics for the Anti-Trump Resistance — Podcast January 9, 2017

Don’t Mourn, Organize: Answers For Those Who Want To Know What We’re Supposed To Do Now. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss Indivisible: a Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, a 26 page document by former Congressional staffers which provides … Continue reading

Posted in Community Activism, Corruption, Cultural Change, Democratic Governance, Domestic Policy, Economic Policy, Education Policy, Elections, Energy Policy, Entitlements, Ethics, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, Government, Immigration, Income Inequality, Industrial Policy, Infrastructure Investment, Intelligence Agencies, International Relations, Local Politics, Medicaid, Medicare, Military Policy, Monetary Policy, National Politics, National Security, Podcasts, Political Polarization, Public Policy, Regulatory Agencies, Social Security, U.S. Court System, Veterans' Issues | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Indivisible: Tactics for the Anti-Trump Resistance — Podcast January 9, 2017

The New Gilded Age: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme — Podcast August 17, 2015

Oligarchs Then and Now: Democracy and the Distribution of Wealth. Democratic Perspective goes another round with the oligarchs. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss what’s driving the increased concentration of wealth in the United States today, and why it poses … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Campaign Finance, Capital Accumulation, Capitalism, Citizens United, Class Conflict, Corruption, Dark Money, De-regulation, Democratic Governance, Economic Policy, Entitlements, Government, Income Inequality, Journalism, Mass Media, Minimum Wage, National Politics, Podcasts, Propaganda, Regulatory Agencies, Social Contract, Social Security, Taxation, Unemployment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The New Gilded Age: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme — Podcast August 17, 2015

This Explains Everything.

Ever wonder why conservatives often seem to vote against their self-interest? Why people who are struggling financially vote to protect the wealthy? Why conservatives dislike government programs even though they benefit from them? Why the wealthy and the powerful believe … Continue reading

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Plain Talk about Taxes — Podcast May 13, 2013

Taxes: The Price We Pay for a Civilized Society. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Steve Williamson, and Bill Timberman discuss the Right’s vilification of government and the taxes which support it. Who benefits — and who suffers — when government is deprived … Continue reading

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Sequestration Explained.

March 4, 2013, Democratic Perspective tried to cut through all the hyperbole, misinformation and lies about sequestration. Sequestration represents mandatory spending cuts which were agreed to by Congress and President Obama ass the result of the debt ceiling debate in … Continue reading

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Budget Sequestration and Our Dysfunctional Congress — Podcast March 4, 2013

How Dumb Can Congress Get? The Dismal Facts About Budget Sequestration:  Gary LaMaster joins Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson to discuss the current federal budget sequester. What it is, why and how it happened, and its effects, none of them … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Cliff: What’s At Stake — Podcast November 10, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson continue their discussion from last week on the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. What do the Republicans and Democrats want, and in particular, why are the … Continue reading

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The Real Victims Of The Fiscal Cliff.

Since Tea Party Republicans led our nation to a fiscal cliff in 2011 by refusing to raise the debt ceiling without lowering the deficit, our economy has been held hostage. Unable to agree on budget negotiations, Congress instituted sequestration cuts … Continue reading

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