December 18 - The Maker of the Gun That Killed the Schoolkids Issues "Man-Card" to Customers Who Buy It; Will Obama Sell Out Seniors?; Who is Profiting From the Destruction of the Congo?

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Part 1

We begin with the shocking confirmation that America’s sick gun culture is fueled by gun manufacturers, in particular the makers of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the recent massacre of schoolchildren. In an explicit ad campaign Bushmaster ties manhood to using their assault rifle, issuing "man-cards" to customers who buy this military weapon. Alex Seitz-Wald, Salon’s Washington political reporter joins us. He has two articles at Salon “Assault Rifle Company Issues “Man-Cards” and “The Answer is Not More Guns”. alex


Part 2

Then we look into rumors that President Obama might sell out on Social Security in the current negotiations on the so-called “fiscal cliff”. Robert Weissman, the President of the Washington D.C.-based consumer watchdog group Public Citizen joins us to discuss his concern that instead of taxing Wall Street, the White House might be ready to ship senior citizens down the river and start taxing grandma. 

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Part 3

Then finally, with hearings about to start in the Senate Armed Services Committee into the tragic resource war in the Congo where five million have died so that we can get cheap components for consumer electronics, we speak with a Congolese expert on who is profiting from the destruction of his country. Georges Nzolgola-Ntalaja, professor of African Studies and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina joins us to discuss a much-needed change in U.S. policy towards the Congo.