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Too Poor to Go Bankrupt

March 3, 2005

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The new bankruptcy bill wending its way through Congress protects the right of rich people like Donald Trump to declare bankruptcy, as well as corporations like Enron that fail to fund their employees’ health and pension plans.
But if such an employee should fall ill and use his credit card to pay for hospital bills to save his life, the Republicans in Congress insist that every penny be paid back.
Corporate scofflaws and rich people avoiding payment of debts are understandable. But lower middle class individuals should be held to account for life for their purchases!
Find out the details of a bill solidly rejected in the 1990’s that has been passed by the Republican Congress and is about to signed into law.
And oh…if you want to declare bankrupcy, make sure you’re rich enough to afford it!

Should We Execute Children?

March 2, 2005

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Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court held that people who commit crimes under the age of 18 cannot be executed by the State.
Is this a wise decision? What will be its impact?
High above the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, the words are inscribed: “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW.” But if poor criminal defendents get a lesser justice because they can’t afford decent attorneys, doesn’t that motto ring hollow?
Mark will discuss the current state of justice for criminal defendants with Ryan King, Research Associate for The Sentencing Project, which promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime.

Debate Tuesday

March 1, 2005

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Guest: Republican strategist, consultant, and activist Marjorie Blakely

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