Category Archives: Fiscal Policy

The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

President Obama vs. the Republican Mud-Wrestlers: Who’s Actually Worthy of Our Trust? Democratic Perspective reviews the state of the nation, and of our national politics. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, asks the American people to take seriously the issues … Continue reading

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The Arizona Legislative Lunacy Report: Spring 2015 Edition — Podcast April 30, 2015

The March of Ideology and Incompetence Continues in Phoenix: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster take a detailed look at the Arizona Republic’s recently published docket of bills pending in the Legislature. Listen as our intrepid analysts subject the moderately acceptable, the irredeemably awful, and the crazy ugly to the test … Continue reading

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President Obama and Edward Snowden: Two Perspectives On the State of the Nation — Podcast December 1, 2014

American Dream or American Nightmare? It Depends On Who You Ask: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino reflects on the story of the United States in the Twenty-First Century as told from two very different viewpoints: first, that of Laura Poitras’s film Citizenfour, about the fugitive NSA … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Child Protective Services: Is There Any Hope? — Podcast January 20, 2014

Child Protective Services in Arizona: Underfunding, Overwork, and the Governor’s Promise of Reform. Democratic Perspective‘s Mike Cosentino and  Steve Williamson discuss the history of ineffective government support for the victims of child abuse and neglect in Arizona, and Governor Brewer’s recently signed … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Child Protection Crisis.

January 20, 2014, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino reflected on the failures of Arizona Child Protective Services (CPS) and Governor Brewer’s decision to create a new cabinet-level division that will report directly to the governor’s office. The … Continue reading

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Growing Apart: Income Inequality In The US.

On January 13, 2014, Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, examined the widening gap in incomes between ordinary Americans and the wealthy. It’s an issue that has been labeled the most significant problem of our time by both President … Continue reading

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Making Wall Street Pay.

On January 6, 2014, investor and financial consultant, John O’Donnell joined Mike Cosentino on Democratic Perspective to discuss the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). The Financial Transaction Tax is also known by the misnomer, Robin Hood Tax. Although various forms of … 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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