October 29 - Florida's Sun Sentinel Calls for Senator Rubio's Resignation; "A Tale of Two Retirements"; Pernicious Ideological Riders Will be Attached to the New Budget

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Part 1

We begin with the big moment in last night’s Republican presidential debate when Senator Marco Rubio parried Governor Jeb Bush’s attack on his former protégé quoting an editorial in Florida’s Sun Sentinel calling for Rubio’s resignation from the Senate because of his record-low attendance and voting record. Rosemary O’Hara, the editorial page editor of the Sun Sentinel who is a director of the Association of Opinion Journalists and a four-time juror of the Pulitzer Prizes who wrote the editorial “Marco Rubio should resign, not rip us off”, joins us to discuss her state’s aggressively ambitious absentee senator.


Part 2

Then we look into “A Tale of Two Retirements”, a new study from the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies that finds 100 of America’s CEO’s have as much in retirement assets as 41% of American families. The authors of the study, Scott Klinger and Sarah Anderson, joins us to discuss the inequality gap where David Novak, the CEO of YUM Brands has a retirement nest egg of $234 million while hundreds of thousands of YUM employees at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC have no company retirement assets whatsoever.


Part 3

Then finally we speak with Lisa Gilbert, the Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch who is a contributor to the National Journal’s “Expert Blog” on lobbying and ethics. She joins us to discuss the ideological riders that will be attached to the new budget bill that will not just de-fund Planned Parenthood, but undo EPA protections, stop the SEC from having corporations disclose their political spending, block rules mandating rest periods for truckers and prevent the FCC from enforcing new net neutrality rules, among many other poison pills slipped in unless the public raises it voice to stop these sweetheart backroom dirty deals.