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

Head-On

The following topics were broadcast on KEIB-AM Los Angeles radio on June 21, 2014. David Cruz and Peter Mathews: [Listen] [Back to Home Page]

Start Time: 37:59

♦ U.S. Health Care Is the Worst in the Developed World
♦ Court Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Won’t Help Your Schoolchildren
♦ The Great Recession Knocks a Family out of the Middle Class
♦ Consumer Price Index Jumps 0.4% in May As Inflation Heats Up
♦ Corporations Scramble for Lowest Business Taxes by Shifting Income to Low Tax Countries
♦ Off Shoring Tax Loophole used by Apple, Inc. and others to avoid paying billions in U.S. Federal income taxes.

Start Time: 65:04

♦ War and Crisis in Iraq, the Disastrous U.S. Intervention in 2003 and the Danger of Intervention Today: 

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Lies of Wall Street Bailout; Hunger Hurts U.S. Economy; California Special Elections Cost Millions

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show.(Nov.25, 2013). $1 million election; hunger =$167 billion in lost productivity; bailout won with lies 

Prof. Mathews notes that as budget cuts deepen ($5 billion cut in food stamps alone), wages stagnate, and unemployment remains high, hunger and poverty has increased in the U.S., costing over $167 billion in lost economic productivity and earnings. Mathews suggests raising the minimum wage to a living wage, while compensating small business by lowering their taxes. He also shows that the more than $700 billion taxpayer bailout of Big Corporations and Wall Street did not help small businesses, American workers and homeowners on Main Street. Unlike what Treasury Secretaries Henry Paulson and Larry Summers promised Congress and the American people in order to push through the bailout, around $4 billion was spent to help small homeowners while the bulk of the $700 billion went to the Big Corporations and Wall Street Banks. These Big Banks, instead of lending money out to small businesses and struggling homeowners, used it to make more money in other ways, including parking huge amounts of it in the Federal Reserve and drawing billions of dollars of interest on it. Today, the Big Banks’ excess reserves at the Fed total more than $1.4 trillion! Not only that, many of the Wall Street Banks gave their CEO’s and other top executives millions of dollars in bonuses. Prof. Mathews told the radio audience that two excellent sources of investigative information on this debacle are Matt Taibbi’s Jan. 4, 2013 article in Rolling Stone, “Secrets and Lies of the Bailout”, and the Academy Award winning documentary, “Inside Job”, narrated by Matt Damon. Peter Mathews began his analysis by looking at the huge expense of California Special Elections that are triggered by the middle- of- the term resignation of State Senators like Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet). The $1.1 million cost of such an election can be avoided if the California Constitution was amended to allow the Governor to appoint a temporary State Senator until the next election, as he does in the case of a U.S. Senator’s death or resignation.  [Listen]  (8 min.)

Stagnant Wages Depress Consumer Spending and Make U.S. First Advanced Nation in Job Dissatisfaction

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show: (11/19/2013) Growth in pay slows from 0.4 % in second quarter to 0.3 % in third quarter for workers.

Professor Mathews points out that the drop in the growth of wages and salaries of working Americans caused a drop in consumer demand. Since consumer demand accounts for two-thirds of the economy, this has blocked our full economic recovery from the Great Recession. Stagnant wages and salaries, and a lack of supportive social programs such as guaranteed paid vacation, quality, affordable child care, and paid parental leave, which are guaranteed in Europe, have also driven deep job dissatisfaction in the United States. Mathews noted that in an online poll of American and Canadian workers, 83 % said they will actively seek a new job next year. Another poll showed that 16 % of Americans find work unbearable and hate their jobs; compared to 12 % of the British, 10 % of Germans, 9 % of French, and 7 % of Canadians. The differences in these percentages are a result of generally higher wages, a greater voice for workers in the workplace, and extensive social programs which make life easier in the other advanced countries, compared to the U.S. If the U.S. economy is to flourish once again for the benefit of working Americans, engagement and job satisfaction must be the top concern for employers. In fact, employee dissatisfaction can disrupt productivity, damage worker morale, and hurt profits.     [Listen]   (10 min.)