KPFK Standing Up for Social and Economic Justice with Peter Mathews, ep2

KPFK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING | Riveting conversations with call in listeners and supporters of KPFK. Some of the topics discussed include: the unfair plight of adjunct (part-time) college instructors and professors; need for a living wage and increased minimum wage, environmental injustice; educational injustice K-12 through college and university; destruction of our food, water, air, and soil through the use of dangerous pesticides and GMOs, fracking, and underregulated and unregulated fossil fuel emissions; the outsourcing of middle class jobs by big corporations while they receive corporate welfare through tax loopholes and taxpayer subsidies from politicians in our government– the very same politicians whose campaigns are funded by big corporations, their owners and their lobbyists; and how to fix this through the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and Clean Money, publicly funded elections!

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Standing Up for Social Justice program credits:
Host: Peter Mathews
Producer: Alan Minsky
Co-Producer: Brett Covey
Audio Engineer: Gianna d’Angelo
Visuals Editor: Brett Covey

KPFK Standing Up for Social and Economic Justice with Peter Mathews, ep1

KPFK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING | Riviting conversations with four top leaders of our time:  Dr. Michael Parenti, Activist for Social Justice and renowned Author of “Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life”; David Cobb, spokesperson for the Move to Amend Coalition (introducing the 28th Amendment stating Corporations are Not People and Money is Not Free Speech [www.movetoamend.org]; ♦ Pamm Larry of Label GMOs, introducing a ballot requiring the labeling of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms (food)) [www.labelGMOs.org]; with special mention to Mom’s Across America; and ♦ Pat Alviso of Military Families Speak Out [www.mfso.org]. With host Professor Peter Mathews [www.epetermathews.com].

The entire broadcast is located here:

Listener Supported KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM North San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest

Standing Up for Social Justice program credits:
Host: Peter Mathews
Producer: Alan Minsky
Co-Producer: Brett Covey
Audio Engineer: Gianna d’Angelo
Visuals Editor: Brett Covey

Peter Mathews Recommends Massive Economic Stimulus to Launch Economy out of Great Recession Orbit

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show: (Dec.3,2013) To grow economy, billions must be Invested in Small Business, Infrastructure, Education.

Partly drawing on the Economic Policy Institute’s study of the stagnant “recovery” from the Great Recession, Prof. Mathews calls for a massive economic stimulus, paid for by closing unproductive corporate tax loopholes, and spending the hundreds of billions of dollars on loans to small business, rebuilding and modernizing our infrastructure, expanding and strengthening education, and re-hiring middle class workers such as teachers, firefighters, and police officers. For a real economic recovery from the Great Recession, and to create and maintain full employment, the U. S. government must invest $650 billion in the private and public sectors in 2013, and between $1.5 trillion and 2.2 trillion in the following three years.

Over 9 million new jobs have to be created to help the labor market recover its health. Mathews pointed out that the reduction in official unemployment from 10% to 7.3% was primarily due to many people having dropped out of the labor force. Many of the new jobs that were created were lower paying jobs. Well paying jobs are important because they help stimulate demand in the economy, and will help with the economic recovery. In order to accomplish these goals, leadership is needed in the public, in Congress, in the mass media, and elsewhere.

Mathews pointed out that unfortunately, many politicians, Republican and Democrat, have been largely serving the special interests of their large campaign donors, not the American public who elected them.

Upon host David Cruz’s request, Mathews briefly discussed his upcoming book, Dollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All.

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California-based Twitter’s Shares Surge as California’s Alternative Poverty Rate Is Highest in U.S.

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show: (Nov. 7, 2013) Day After IPO, Twitter shares jump 73%, while California is first in poverty with 23.8%.

Prof. Mathews says that while we can celebrate Twitter’s successful initial public offering shares’ surge by 73% in one day as a symbol of entrepreneurial success, the high poverty rate in California and the U.S. must give us pause for concern. When the U.S. Census Bureau’s alternative poverty measures were used, including the costs of housing, medical care, clothing, and utilities, as well as the value of non-cash government benefits such as nutrition assistance, housing assistance, and energy assistance, the U.S. poverty rate climbed from 15% to 16%, and the California poverty rate jumped from 16% to 23.8%, the highest of the 50 states. Mathews pointed out that according to these rates, 50 million Americans and 9 million Californians are living in poverty! The situation has gotten worse because of recent cuts in unemployment aid, housing assistance, Head Start, nutrition programs, and food stamps (SNAP program). Mathews insisted that “trickle down economics” (economic growth from the top down) does not work. He stated his conviction, based on historical and cross-national evidence, that the type of economic growth that is vigorous and sustainable must be growth from the ground up. For full economic growth and recovery to take place in California and the U.S., we must provide capital and lower taxes for small business while increasing the minimum wage, make education high quality and affordable, invest in green and new technology high paying jobs, rebuild our state and national infrastructure, and restore state and federal funding for important and valuable safety-net and social programs. Until federal and state governments close unproductive corporate tax loopholes and invests these billions of dollars in the U.S., our economy will stagnate and the American Middle Class will continue to shrink. Mathews has said that this is a danger to American democracy, prosperity, and the American Dream.

The latest statistics about both -Educational Scores in California were 47th in 4th and 8th grade testing of English and Math. –Poverty: We’ve got 4 million people more than we were officially told. What does this say about the Road Back, and What can Policy Makers Do to help us get back on our footing sooner. Poverty is connected to low scores.     [Listen]

Mathews Analyzes Obama and Boehner’s Lack of Agreement to Raise Debt Limit After Oct. 10 Meeting

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150: Boehner will continue shutdown, Obama wants to end it while debt limit discussions go on. Mathews and Cruz discuss some of the effects of the government shutdown, including a $46 million hit to the LA Housing Authority and the section 8 program, temporary delay of death benefits to families of fallen U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, even the effects on Border security. Mathews commented on breaking news from Treasury Secretary Lew that Treasury has run out of “extraordinary measures” to free up cash and will run out of it in a few days. Mathews noted that Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that every U.S. debt has to be honored. Since Congress seems unwilling or unable to implement this Constitutional requirement, Mathews says, and as UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich has recommended, President Obama may have to order the Treasury to pay ongoing U.S. expenses and debt/interest in order to prevent a financial and economic disaster. Peter Mathews said, “Democracy is not a spectator sport”, as he urged thousands of Americans to call their Congressional Representative, particularly Speaker of the House John Boehner and let them know that they must end this fiscal and economic crisis by ending the Government shutdown, extending the debt ceiling, and then closing unproductive corporate tax loopholes, and cutting governmental and Military waste in order to generate more revenue to reduce the Federal Debt, invest in Small Business, Job Creation and Education.  [Listen]  (12 min.)