Guests and Topics for Tuesday February 28, 2012

Bill de Blasio, Dave Walker, and the Megapanel all turn their eyes on the Michigan and Arizona primaries, as well as corporate spending in elections. How will this impact a system that is meant to operate on fairness? Is it possible to earn money and contribute social good still?

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If I Can Change, and You Can Change, Everybody Can Change

Rocky Anderson is running for President. He’s a former two-term mayor of Salt Lake City and is running under the Justice Party. His main message: get the corrupting influence of money out of politics. You may not have heard of him yet, but that’s exactly why we had him on the show.

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Veni, Vidi, “V.I.C.I.” Code

The green curtain of money has a stranglehold on Washington, D.C. We are witnessing the fall of an electoral system that promised its power to the people, for the people, and is reneging on that promise with each passing day. They are not living by a code of honor and trust, or as we call it: the “V.I.C.I.” code.

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Who Are You Calling a Greedy Bastard?

Our political system is being sold at auction. Legislative policy and regulation is being catered to the highest bidder, and we are witnessing the greatest exodus of wealth and production from our shores in the history of the United States. In short, we are a nation being controlled by Greedy Bastards. But what is a Greedy Bastard?

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Ready, Set, Auction! Money in Politics Strikes Again

John Bonifaz joins the show today to discuss getting money out of politics. With the exciting news that New York City has passed its own resolution declaring that corporations are not people, are we seeing the beginning of what may very well be the final push to get money out of politics?

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The Fight to End Corporate Personhood Comes to NYC

New York has taken a stand in the fight against corporate personhood; will they be the last that pledges to reverse Citizens’ United? Follow as the New York City Council votes on Resolution 1172 to oppose the decision.

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Dylan in the New York Observer: “Dylan Goes Eclectic”

If you haven’t seen it yet, Dylan was profiled in the New York Observer today, heading into the launch of Greedy Bastards next week. In it, Dylan talks about where he came from (Saranac Lake, NY in the heart of the Adirondacks), how he grew up (single mom, only child!), and how he went from working at parking lots around Manhattan to Bloomberg LP, to now hosting of The Dylan Ratigan Show.

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Tom Ferguson: Posted Prices & the DC Stalemate Machine

Frustration with Washington is nothing new, but the “stalemate machine” seems only to have gotten more serious in recent years. Tom Ferguson points the effects an out of control pay-to-play system has on our democracy.

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Ari Melber: Big Changes Don’t Happen on Their Own

If you take a look a history, politicians have repeatedly been forced to pass tough reforms curbing money in politics. Ari Melber weighs in on our “Get Money Out” campaign.

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