Thomas Frank Discusses His Latest Book Pity The Billionaire

09/26/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll speak with author Thomas Frank- who has written several best sellers about the current political scene in the US. His most recent book is Pity the Billionaire. He’ll join us in a moment. Later we’ll hear what some Republican callers are telling voters here in Florida. We have a recording of a recent GOP call to voters in which the caller apparently is trying to scare seniors.

First up- Thomas Frank is the author of the best seller WHAT”S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS. He’s a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and he writes for Harper’s. His new book is PITY THE BILLIONAIRE: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right (Picador). In it he writes that after thirty years of policies from Washington including supply side economics, laissez faire, deregulation, deunionization, privatization, and free trade. And after the worst decline of the economy since the Great Depression- how is it that the response from some sectors is a greater reliance on the free market.? FMI

Last week one of our Polk County listeners received this message on his voice mail system. Tape. The recipient of the recording (who wishes to remain anonymous) says his caller ID automatically gives him a record of the phone number from which the incoming call was generated. In this case the call was generated by 904-272-3400, the phone number of the Clay County Republican Party. I spoke with the person who received the call earlier today. Tape. As of air time the Clay County GOP had not returned a call from WMNF requesting commnet. (I did speak with an official of the Clay County GOP who asked that he remain anonymous. He told me that "there is nothing on our script" saying that Obama is a Muslim. He added that "That person was expressing their own opinion." (Rob Lorei 12:57 PM 9/26/12.)

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