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Alternative Visions – 2nd Covid Wave & the US Economy

Evidence grows that a 2nd covid-19 wave is now emerging in the US, focused in the south and southwest ‘red’ states. Pandemics always have 2nd waves (even 3rds). Second waves tend to be worse than first. Will this 2nd wave exceed the impact of the first on the coastal ‘blue’ states, now that widespread reopening of the US economy is underway, especially in …

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Alternative Visions – Latest Jobs Numbers, the Economy, & the Protests

Dr. Rasmus explains why the official U-3 unemployment figure of 13.3% is a gross misrepresentation of the unemployment rate. What’s wrong with the U-3. Plus the Labor Dept’s own admission that the 13.3% is distorted by the questions it has asked the jobless. Why the Labor Force participation Rate and Employment to Population ration show little improvement in the jobless …

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Alternative Visions – Heroes Act Negotiations + US Financial Imperialism & China

Today’s show continues in more depth the discussion last week on the pending Heroes Act in Congress. Is it another mitigation bill, stimulus bill, or a growing subsidy for business bill. What are Republicans proposing to change the original House proposals in the bill? Senate Democrat responses in progress? What’s the true unemployment rate in the US today. Why has …

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Alternative Visions – The Heroes Act: DOA?

Dr. Rasmus explains the latest Congressional bill to try to stimulate the US economy, called the Heroes Act, passed a week ago. What are the elements? Will they continue to ‘mitigate’ the virus impact on the economy or actually stimulate recovery? Why is McConnell in the Senate, Republicans, and Trump opposed and blocking it? What are their arguments and are …

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Alternative Visions – America’s Triple Crisis & the Organization Question

Today’s show invites former Sanders’ grass roots organizers, Nick Brana (senior staff member of Sanders’ 2016 campaign) and Jerry Perez (current field director for Sanders’ Our Revolution grass roots organization in Los Angeles) , to discuss the emerging formation of an independent political party in the wake of Sanders’ capitulation, who abruptly dropped out of the Democrat party primary race …

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Alternative Visions – Jobs Collapse & Underestimation by Government Statistics

Today’s show addresses and debunks the current jobs statistics just released today by the US Labor Dept. The official announced 14.7% unemployment rate and 23m jobs lost (20m in April) are dissected to reveal the true scope of those without work. Why the 14.7% only represents full time workers’ job loss and excludes millions more part time, temp, contract, gig …

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Alternative Visions – Sanders’ Movement: Where’s It Going?

Dr. Jack Rasmus interviews Paco Fabian, Campaigns and Communications Director for the ‘Our Revolution’ (OR) organization that has been central to mobilizing progressives and grass roots youth in the primaries for Bernie Sanders. Now that Sanders’ has dropped out of the race for the Democrat party nomination, what next for OR and the progressives movement?  Where do progressives who supported …

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Alternative Visions – Explaining the US Economic Bailout

 In today’s show Dr. Rasmus unravels and explains the array of bailout measures being passed by Congress (3 Acts + 1 in the works) and the Federal Reserve Bank’s multiple programs to inject trillions of dollars into financial markets and non-financial businesses alike. How are the two bailouts—Congress and the Fed’s—integrated? How much of the trillions of loans, grants, tax …