BTS 1/29/10: Obama and Economy; Teen Trapped in Haiti; Growing up Jewish under Stalin

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Tonight we begin with the economic State of the Union –the state of the budget with Max Fraad Wolff, economist in New York. What does Obama’s appeal to the independents with deficit reduction and a three year select spending freeze mean for economic recovery? The Keynesian solution to the current economic solution would require much more deficit spending, an economic stimulus that creates jobs by investing in vital infrastructure to ensure decades of economic growth, but the concentrated fire of the right and the nature of the Democratic party – owned by finance, insurance and Pharma while appealing to ordinary people with policies they cannot or will not enact – makes doing the right thing nearly impossible.

Jonathan Regis in Boston and Jenny Ulysse in Haiti join us to talk about her case: Jenny is Haitian American, a community organizer in Boston who was home in Haiti for the holidays, was trapped and injured in the earthquake and can’t get home. Her story is emblematic of the chaos and difficulties facing Haitian Americans trying to get back and tells us something about the rescue effort. Sign the petition to let Jenny return home.

Then Emil Draitser joins us to preview the conversation we will have on Wednesday February 3rd at the LA Public Library’s Aloud Series. He talks about his memoir Shush: Growing up Jewish Under Stalin.

Plus: Remembering Howard Zinn.

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1. Max Fraad Wolff is an economist and free lance researcher/writer. His work regularly appears in the Asia Times, The Prudent Bear and many other international outlets. His work can also been seen regularly on his site Based in NYC, Max does contract research on international financial risks and opportunities while teaching in the New School University's Graduate Program in International Affairs.

2. Jenny Ulysse is a teen-aged Boston community organizer who was in Port-au-Prince Haiti on January 12 and was injured in the earthquake. She has been unable to receive an x-ray or any medical attention for her injured foot and leg since then. Although she is a legal resident of the United States, lives here with her family and is the main breadwinner, is employed and goes to school in Boston, her efforts to return and obtain necessary medical attention are being rebuffed at the U.S. embassy because she is not a citizen.

3. Emil Draitser was born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1937. He began his writing career first as a freelancer, contributing satirical articles for Soviet newspapers and magazines. His work appeared in leading Soviet Russian journals under a pen name, though he was eventually blacklisted for writing an article critical of an important Soviet official, which prompted him to leave for the United States. He immigrated to Los Angeles in 1974, where he earned a Ph.D. in Russian literature from UCLA. His first book published in the United States, Forbidden Laughter: Soviet Underground Humor (1980) garnered national attention. His essays and short stories have since been published in the Los Angeles Times, Partisan Review, North American Review, and many other American and Canadian periodicals.