The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same

Private industry lobbyists wrote Obamacare and Dodd-Frank for their benefit. To this day, they continue to try to modify to legislation to their benefit. They even write the actual laws!

Here’s the latest egregious example. Citigroup wrote—and got the Congresspeople in its pocket to pass—a law that lets banks trade derivatives with regular depositors’ money. Check out NPR’s article.

Bypassing the Organized Dysfunction

Until reforms like transparent financing and open primaries are implemented, we are left with two choices. One is to wallow in the tragedy of the dysfunction, which too many of us are selecting. Two, we can choose to embrace the amazing methods blossoming around us outside of the mainstream system.

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It Ain’t Easy Going Green

Our Congress is trying to intervene against the Pentagon to prevent the military, which wants to go green, from doing it. Bob Deans from the National Resources Defense Council Action Fund, and author of Reckless: The Political Assault on the American Environment, joins Dylan to talk about Congress’ steps to prevent the military from going green.

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Book Event: Wednesday April 4th, Barnes and Noble in Paramus, NJ

Dylan will be at the Barnes and Noble in Paramus, NJ on Wednesday night to talk “Greedy Bastards,” the need to create 30 Million Jobs, and how we can create a better, more prosperous economy. Here are all the details on the event.

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Guests and Topics for Monday, March 26 2012

All eyes today (and this week) are on the Supreme Court as oral arguments over President Obama’s health care law continue. We’ll talk to Pete Williams and Texas AG Greg Abbott about it. Tim Carney, Dan Gross and Sam Seder are here —

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POSTPONED: Dylan at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ

This event (originally scheduled for Monday, March 12th) is being postponed. We’ll let you know as soon as it it rescheduled — sometime over the next few weeks! Our sincere apologies if you made plans to come tonight.

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Dylan on the Today Show: How to take America back from the ‘Greedy Bastards’

The whole DR Show team is gearing up for another week on the road.  We’re just two days away from kicking off the college leg of our 30 Million jobs tour. To start off the week, Dylan had the chance to stop by the Today Show this morning for a segment with NBC’s Carl Quintanilla.

Here’s their discussion on how communities are starting to address our big national issues at a local/micro level.  Dylan pointed to two inspiring examples that we keep coming back to lately:  the success Dr. Jeffrey Brenner in Camden, NJ  has had in working on health care in a low-income community, and huge leaps Salman Khan has helped students take through his work at the Khan Academy.

Dylan also talks about the ideas behind the 30 Million Jobs tour, and why we’re visiting University of Kentucky, Ohio State and University of Chicago this week.  Here’s the full segment, and a transcript:

– Meg Robertson is a digital producer for DylanRatigan.com.  Say hi to her on Twitter @MegRobertson.

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