Who owns the gun industry? Shareholders of Cerberus Capital Management managed to force the firm to sell its stake in the country’s largest gun manufacturer, The Freedom Group. So who’s holding the proverbial smoking gun now? We talk shop on the relationship between guns, money and business on tonight’s “Viewpoint” (8E/5P).

Who owns the gun industry? Shareholders of Cerberus Capital Management managed to force the firm to sell its stake in the country’s largest gun manufacturer, The Freedom Group. So who’s holding the proverbial smoking gun now? We talk shop on the relationship between guns, money and business on tonight’s “Viewpoint” (8E/5P).

Not to act, Governor, I believe, makes this Congress complicit. Because we know this will happen again.
Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) told Eliot Spitzer that he believes Congress will be complicit in future gun deaths if they refuse to act on gun control legislation now. Watch the whole interview from “Viewpoint” (Mon-Thurs. @8E/5P) here.
I think Sen. DeMint clearly sees that the tea party is not a growth industry. When Jim DeMint looked around [after the 2012 election], he looked and saw a future where he would be standing by himself very often and likely facing a dwindling, even greater dwindling number of tea party advocates and allies.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Jim DeMint’s impending departure and the sad [for them] future of the Tea Party. Watch the full ‘Viewpoint’ interview here.

Bruce Bartlett has served in various functions under a number of conservative leaders, including Congressman Ron Paul, President Ronald Reagan, and President George H. W. Bush. Barlett wrote “Reaganomics: Supply-Side Economics in Action” and co-edited “The Supply-Side Solution.” He served on the House banking committee and wrote for the National Center for Policy Analysis, the Cato Institute, and the Heritage Foundation. And he now admits he was wrong: while supply-side economics may have made sense in the ’70s and ’80s, it has no place in America’s modern economic policy.

Bartlett spoke with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer about how he came to realize that stimulus is the key to reviving a struggling economy — not lower tax rates.

Bartlett said he came to this conclusion while working on a book about the Great Depression: “I convinced myself John Maynard Keynes was right.” He argues that what the economy needed during the 2008 financial crisis was “an easy money policy. … I think our problem is we didn’t get enough.”

Most Republicans still believe lowering tax rates, not increasing spending, is the way to go because “they only listen to people on their own side,” Barlett says. “They never ever reach out to anybody who’s not part of the clan.”

Watch the full interview here, and tune in to ‘Viewpoint’ Monday-Thursday @ 8E/5P on Current TV.

We still judge people not on the content of their character but on the color of their skin, and we have to change that. ‘Birther,’ ‘Muslim’ — these are now code words that we used to use the N-word for. But it’s just a simple replacement of the age-old fear of the other.

Ken Burns

The documentary filmmaker was on “Viewpoint” last night talking about race in America. He says we are definitely not in any kind of post-racial society; a topic he covers extensively in his new documentary “The Central Park Five,” about a group of Black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of a jogger in 1989. Watch the full interview here.

Ken Burns is going to be on Viewpoint tonight to talk about his new documentary, The Central Park Five. Via YouTube:


In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged for brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling it “the crime of the century.” But the truth about what really happened didn’t become clear until after the five had spent years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story of injustice finally gets the telling it deserves. Based on Sara Burns best-selling book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the beloved doc filmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film traces tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times.

Watch the trailer above and then tune in to “Viewpoint” tonight at 8E/5P to see Ken Burns talk to Eliot Spitzer about making the documentary.

All America wants for Christmas — new roads?
Do you want a great bargain for the holiday season? I’ve got one for you and it’s our number of the day: two for one.
That’s the deal the country gets from spending on infrastructure. This isn’t just some ginned-up number from a lefty group interested in trying to make government bigger. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco looked at a classic kind of infrastructure project: road construction.

Turns out that for every dollar of federal highway grants that goes into a state, that state’s annual economic output goes up by at least $2. That’s a much better return than typical government spending. Plus, the payback goes even higher during an economic downturn.

We’ve also known for a while that money for infrastructure in general creates more jobs than spending on defense or tax cuts. So if you’re making a federal wish list, here’s a gift that really keeps on giving: Fix a road.
Watch “Viewpoint” Monday-Thursday at 8E/5P on Current TV.

All America wants for Christmas — new roads?

Do you want a great bargain for the holiday season? I’ve got one for you and it’s our number of the day: two for one.

That’s the deal the country gets from spending on infrastructure. This isn’t just some ginned-up number from a lefty group interested in trying to make government bigger. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco looked at a classic kind of infrastructure project: road construction.

Turns out that for every dollar of federal highway grants that goes into a state, that state’s annual economic output goes up by at least $2. That’s a much better return than typical government spending. Plus, the payback goes even higher during an economic downturn.

We’ve also known for a while that money for infrastructure in general creates more jobs than spending on defense or tax cuts. So if you’re making a federal wish list, here’s a gift that really keeps on giving: Fix a road.

Watch “Viewpoint” Monday-Thursday at 8E/5P on Current TV.

As Monty Python used to say, “And now for something completely different.”

Not something about the fiscal cliff or the Benghazi kerfuffle. Let’s talk British press scandals, or more pointedly, the scope of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire’s breach of trust, integrity and the law.

Today, Lord Justice Leveson released his report detailing the scope and character of what he discovered in his examination of the British media, especially focused, of course, on the enterprises owned by Rupert Murdoch that have been implicated in the scandals that have erupted over the past several years. To say it is not a pretty picture is to state the obvious.

Here are some of the figures detailed in the report:

With respect to interception of mobile phone messages, 17 arrests have been made;

With respect to payments to public officials, 52 arrests have been made, including 27 journalists;

With respect to data hacking and improper access to personal computer records,17 arrests have been made;

There were over 800 known victims of phone hacking by British media interests, and until recently none of this had been discovered by the sham internal investigations conducted by officers of Murdoch’s own companies nor those investigations conducted by British law enforcement.

Based on these findings, it is safe to say that dangerous and highly politicized corruption encompassed the media, law enforcement and the top ranks of British politics.

There was a real-life conspiracy that sacrificed the civil rights of citizens, sacrificed the political integrity of the government and sacrificed any semblance of journalistic integrity among the media. If made the basis of a movie, it would be both tawdry and unbelievable.

Beyond the rank illegality and rampant corruption, the report concludes that there was also a reckless disregard for accuracy within the media.

The report says, and I quote, “In an industry that purports to inform, all misinformation should be a matter of concern — and distortion far more so. Where that strays into sustained misrepresentation of groups in society, hidden conflicts of interest and irresponsible science scares, the risk to the public interest is obvious.”

My conclusion: The Murdoch approach to news has been authoritatively unmasked.

We all saw it on Fox throughout the past political season; we’ve all seen it for years in his newspapers. And now Lord Justice Leveson has detailed it in his inquiry for all to see as well.

Beyond the scathing critique of Murdoch’s news organizations’ ethics in Britain, there is now a huge question mark that hangs over his empire here in the United States: When can we expect his interests here in the U.S. to be unmasked in the same fashion?

At this point, it’s beyond the proper thing to do. Simply put: It is necessary.

Eliot Spitzer, “My View”, 11/29/12

Watch the whole thing here, and listen to Eliot Spitzer’s views every weeknight at 8E/5P on Current TV.

The reality is this: There is no correlation at all between raising taxes on the rich and slowing the economy. In fact, if anything, it’s the reverse.

Former Labor Secretary and Berkeley public policy professor Robert Reich.

He cites the period between World War II and 1981, when taxes were higher and the economy grew, as well as the economy’s growth under President Clinton, who raised taxes on the wealthy.

Of the Wall Street CEOs who are lobbying Congress to lower corporate taxes, Reich comments: “The idea that somehow they need more cash is absurd.” Watch Reich lay down some knowledge on rich people here, and watch "Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer" weekdays at 8E/5P.