December 4 - Military Spending and the "Fiscal Cliff" Follies; Who is Profiting From the Deliberate Destruction of the U.S.P.S.?; A Possible New Approach to the War on Drugs in Mexico

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We begin with the most bloated government program contributing to the deficit that appears immune to Washington’s handwringing over the “fiscal cliff,” and that is the military budget. The author of “Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall and Catastrophic Legacy”, investigative journalist Andrew Cockburn, joins us. He has an article in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times, “Defending Defense Cuts: When it comes to the U.S. Military Budget, the “Fiscal Cliff” isn’t all that Scary”. andrew cockburn

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Then we look into the role of Senator Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum, the head of the world’s largest commercial real estate company, who has an exclusive contract with the U.S. Postal Service to list and sell its valuable and historic public property as the Congress deliberately bankrupts the Post Office in the name free enterprise. U.C. Berkeley professor of Geography, Gray Brechin joins us to discuss the theft of our national heritage which the press is ignoring while only reporting that the Postal Service is in default, but not why, and who is profiting from its deliberate destruction.

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Then finally we examine the newly sworn-in Mexican President Pena Nieto and the make-up of his cabinet with George Grayson, the author of “Mexican Messiah: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador” and “The Executioner’s Men: Los Zetas, Rogue Soldiers and Criminal Entrepreneurs”. We discuss the possibility of immigration reform and a new approach to the failed war on drugs that has claimed over 50,000 Mexican lives in last six years.

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