Part 1: We discuss the situation of the bombing of Syria with Melvin Goodman. What is our interest in the Middle East? What does it mean to say "America is back?" The US is now the leading producer of oil and natural gas in the world. How is our foreign policy served by supporting Israel and Saudi Arabia? We should, instead, use a carrot and stick approach with Russia.
Part 2: We talk with Robert Hockett about Trump's Big Lie. The election 'steal' is being used as fuel for the resentment of the Trump base.
We also discuss the minimum wage increase that seems such a sticking point for the Republicans. They seem to not realize that additional wages will help shore up the Social Security Trust Fund. We also talk about the 'undeserving' rich, who benefitted greatly from the pandemic. The economic effects of additional wage dollars on inflation.