We begin tonight's broadcast with Robert Borosage who joins us for post midterm election analysis. His organization, the Campaign for America’s future released an Election Day poll today that shows there is no mandate to gut progressive reforms. And it reveals that voters are looking for a bold vision and serious agenda to revive America. Borosage says “mourning is over, it’s time to organize.”
We then talk to economist and Professor James Galbraith, author most recently of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too, to define the economic problems we face in light of Tuesday's election, and we’ll ask him what strategy could be pursued. Galbraith sees the banks as the problem, but also the Obama administration's failure to take on the financial sector.
And finally on tonight's Beneath The Surface, Joshua Kors updates us, just in time for Veterans Day next week, about the continuing story of how our returning Vets are being abandoned by the VA and treated as disposable by the Pentagon.
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1. Robert Borosage is the president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future. Borosage also helped to found and chairs the Progressive Majority Political Action Committee. He writes widely on political, economic and national security issues for a range of publications including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a Contributing Editor at The Nation magazine, and a regular contributor to The American Prospect magazine. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio, including Fox Morning News, RadioNation, National Public Radio, C-SPAN and Pacifica Radio. He teaches on presidential power and national security as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington School of Law.
2. James K. Galbraith teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He has co-authored two textbooks, The Economic Problem with the late Robert L. Heilbroner and Macroeconomics with William Darity, Jr. He is the author of Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future (1989), Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay (1998), Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View, Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan and the Economics of Empire (Palgrave-MacMillan), and his latest book, The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too.
4. Joshua Kors is an investigative reporter for The Nation, where he covers military and veterans' issues, and earned national attention this year for his work uncovering the veterans' benefits scandal. He is the winner of the National Magazine Award, George Polk Award, IRE Award, National Headliner Award, Casey Medal, Mental Health Media Award, and the Military Reporters and Editors Award. His work is featured in the American Society of Magazine Editors' recent anthology "The Best American Magazine Writing 2008." Kors' reporting has been featured on CNN, PBS, BBC, KGO (ABC News, San Francisco), Washington Post Radio and in print in the Huffington Post, Village Voice and Harvard's Journalism Quarterly.