Add to EJ Playlist At an Oct. 10, 2011 state senate hearing in St. Louis on whether the state should create a health care exchange, Prof. Sidney Watson of St. Louis University testified and was questioned by three of the state senators, all Republicans.
Add to EJ Playlist A lobbyist for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield testifies at the state senate hearing in St. Louis to correct what he calls 'myths' surrounding the adoption of a state health care exchange in Missouri. Although he identifies himself as a Republican, his arguments favor the immediate creation of an exchange.
Add to EJ Playlist At a rally in St. Louis on August 12, 2011, several people with savings and checking accounts at Bank of America tried to walk into the building to close their accounts. The suits and the police they had there to back them up wouldn't allow it.
Add to EJ Playlist On Nov. 10, 2011, several Missouri state senators held a hearing in St. Louis asking the public for their opinion about the wisdom of accepting federal money to create a health care exchange in this state. (If we don't design one we like, the feds will do it for us eventually.) All but one on the panel were Republicans, but--having taken lots of flack for not allowing those in favor of exchanges to testify in Springfield and Kansas City--they gave proponents plenty of chance to be heard. The video presents speakers on both sides on the question--thoug h the videographer makes her opinion plain.
Add to EJ Playlist Arthur Lieber, whose most recent claim to fame is that he challenged Todd Akin for the second district Congressional seat in 2010--and funded his campaign himself, spoke in October to West County Dems. Lieber favors civility in political discourse and prefers taking a positive outlook. In this clip he lists three encouraging signs he has seen recently for Democrats and specifically for progressives.
Add to EJ Playlist Representative Stacey Newman explains the Republican effort to disenfranchise mainly Democratic voters by requiring photo IDs. Voter impersonation fraud is 100% nonexistent in Missouri. Yet implementing any such law will cost--in these tough times--$20 million over three years.
Add to EJ Playlist In the fall, 2011 special election for Jake Zimmerman's seat, a Democrat and a Democrat running as an independent are running in a usually safe Democratic district. The Dem, O'Connell, argues that McCreery might hand the seat to a Tea Party Republican.
Add to EJ Playlist Barbara Woodruff, just retired and waiting for her first Social Security check, fears that she may not be able to pay her rent because Republicans are trying to extort the government into cutting Social Security and Medicare by holding prisoner the permission to raise the debt ceiling.
Add to EJ Playlist Three activists speak to staff at Senator Roy Blunt's office in St. Louis, urging him to back away from cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and to vote for removing some tax subsidies for the very wealthy.
Add to EJ Playlist A leftwing crowd demonstrated on July 7, 2011 outside Senator Roy Blunt's office, urging him to stop trying to give middle class and poor people a raw deal in the debt ceiling negotiations.
Add to EJ Playlist Tester spoke at the Jefferson-Jacks on Dinner (you can tell it was a dinner by all the clinking silverware and china). He berated Republicans for avoiding policy decisions and focusing only on political theater.
Add to EJ Playlist While a crowd of 200 people gathered in front of Claire McCaskill's office to urge her to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and jobs for the most vulnerable, representatives of the coalition that organized the rally spoke with McCaskill. Rabbi Susan Talve reported that McCaskill will support those things and that progressives need to continue making lots of noise in support of them.
Add to EJ Playlist In June, 2011, rod Jokerst, a certified fraud examiner for the St. Louis branch of the Fed, spoke about The Fed's role in regulating banks. This clip contains his analysis of who's to blame as well as a response from someone in the audience.
Add to EJ Playlist Jake Zimmerman, a Democrat running for St. Louis County assessor, speaks at a union rally the day before an April election. He offers the best rationale for why April elections matter that I've ever heard.
Add to EJ Playlist On Wed., Feb. 16th, 2011, at an "Obamacare hearing" hosted by Ed Martin in St. Louis, health care reform proponent Harvey Ferdman, spoke in defense of the Affordable Care Act. He crafted his message to appeal to what little common ground he could think he might have with Tea Partiers. It's brilliant really. Too bad their minds are like concrete.