September 9 - Coming Up with a Regional Strategy to Combat the Islamic State; "An Economy Doing Half its Job"; Our Legislators are Becoming Telemarketers

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We begin with the President meeting with congressional leaders to get them to “buy into” his strategy to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq as Secretary of State Kerry meets with Jordan’s king then goes to Iraq and Saudi Arabia to meet with Saudi leaders and the foreign ministers of Egypt, the Gulf States and Iraq to come up with both a political consensus and a military strategy to implement the President’s plan which will be announced to the nation on Wednesday. Richard Barrett, who sits on the boards of the International Centre for Counterterrorism in The Hague and the Center for Global Counterterrorism Cooperation in Washington, joins us to discuss the complexities and contradictions of the region that America may not understand and can not deal with alone.

 

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Then, with a new Federal Reserve report just out that finds the rich are getting richer with the top 3% accounting for 30.5% of all income controlling 54.4% of the nation’s wealth in 2013, up from 44.8% in 1989, while the share of the bottom 90% fell to 24.7% compared to 33.2% in 1989, we speak with Jan Rivkin, the Chair of the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School about a new survey of business school alumni that he co-chaired, “An Economy Doing Half Its Job”, which highlights a troubling divergence in the U.S. economy where American companies are winning in global markets but not lifting the living standards of the average American. We discuss the survey’s finding that with polarized and paralyzed politics and a crumbling education system, we are at a critical moment for the nation, in which business leaders and policy makers need a strategy to get America on a path towards broadly shared prosperity.

 

jan rivkin

 

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Then finally, we  examine how political spending is turning American democracy into a marketplace with Timothy Kuhner, a professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law and author of the new book just out, “Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution”. We discuss how as elections become more and more expensive, the need for more and more money is turning our legislators into telemarketers.

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