In these times dismal, discouraging and bleak,
It seems sometimes clarity reads like Greek,
But friends don't mope,
There is some hope!
Just listen to the Attitude rethink the week.
We talk with our guests about the problem of lack of affordable housing. Much of it is due to the inability of many people to outbid the investors in real estate, who drive up the prices, and buy up housing stock. Investors are using these homes as short-term rentals, which is much more profitable. In Florida, 30% of homes are investor-owned homes. Neighborhood stability is threatened.
The Republicans are considering holding no primary debates, because they seem to have no policies, only adherence to one principle: make Democrats fail, which translates to the US failing.
We discuss the moral failure of billionaires. The culture war is a distraction from the corporate welfare system.
rethink the week:
Lincoln Mitchell teaches in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is the author of seven books and is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, the San Francisco Examiner and Brussels Morning.
Stephen Pimpare a poverty expert Pimpare is founder and director of the UNH Public Service & Nonprofit Leadership Program and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy; he has previously taught at Columbia University, NYU, Simmons University, and the City University of New York.
Rick Newman is a former New Hampshire State Representative and Portsmouth City Councilor. With over 41 years of experience in New Hampshire state government, Rick is an established figure, lobbying on behalf of both local and national companies.
Jeff Van Treese is a professor of pre-law, environmental science, and horticulture at Palm Beach State College. Jeff is a passionate environmental advocate that uses his knowledge as an attorney and scientist to enhance public awareness of environmental issues as host of Mobilized on Free Speech TV (also carried on multiple Pacifica affiliate stations).