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welcome back to the big picture i'm tom arbonne coming up in this half hour if you go to church on sundays you don't expect to hear a sermon about why one political candidate is better than another so why are nearly a thousand religious leaders now deciding to trash the separation of church and state and openly endorse political candidates also as you know that you can donate money through credit card machines at churches in sweden or the bank in kenya means texting on a cell phone is the world headed for a digital economy and if so why might that be good news for the poor impoverished and there are a lot of big ideas flying around this election cycle but which ones are going to help the working people and which ones are going to leave the middle class in the
dust as the wealthy romney rich level elite continue to thrive i'll tell you in tonight's daily said. it's about the rest of the news more than a thousand religious leaders across the nation have decided to take a wrecking ball to that wall separating church and state the conservative group alliance defending freedom as scheduled water what they are calling hope but freedom sunday october seventh when church leaders across america will devote their sermons to the election and campaign on behalf of mostly right wing political candidates. great i.r.s. a lot churches enjoy tax exempt status a long as they don't participate in political campaigns on behalf of or against any particular candidate those church leaders also plan to send video of their right
wing political sermons to the i.r.s. in hopes of triggering a legal case that could strike down laws against tax exempt political activity in churches today many churches have been turned into very lucrative businesses and those church businesses haven't shied away from using their wealth to aid numerous far right political causes so the question is the churches want to operate like a business and this is a time they get taxed like a business as well joining me now to offer her take on this is dr carol swain professor of political science and law at vanderbilt university and author of the book be the people a call to reclaim america's faith and promise dr swain welcome back to the program like tom are you i am very well i hope you are too. so many churches are making millions tens of millions of dollars in fact so many of you have so many pastors who are you know making way way more than the average worker. why this.
seriously you know you don't think that mega churches with multi-million dollar budgets and pastors making four or five hundred thousand dollars salaries are real i don't think there's no longer there is a mega churches in most cities but the average church you know the pastor is not making millions of dollars nor do i believe they are preaching from the pulpit telling their congregants who to vote for but i have noticed that there are more pastors now trying to instruct their congregation about biblical principles and telling them that they're responsible for that and that they should make sure that the candidate they support. biblical principles and they also say in a president not a pastor. well you remember. guessing carol who won the century and i believe it was came to jesus and showed him a coin and said you know should i pay my taxes you know or should i and and jesus
replied you know whose pictures on that and the guys and caesar and he said render unto caesar what caesar's and under god what's gods in other words the founder of christianity called for a wall of separation between church and state isn't the moment that a church starts talking about political candidates and elections the moment that they've stepped over that line that the founder of christianity established you know tom de lay in one thousand four lyndon johnson passed the johnson amendment that. he is responsible for there are at code it gives churches open to one agent church could talk about whatever they wanted to talk about i think that they have constitutional rights like any other institution and so they are trying to reclaim their voice because they have been found out but so why don't we have laws that we are losing the culture war i think that church is
paramount would be a shame to teach biblical principles and one political party and. to those principles better going on now to the end it makes sense for them to at least hold their congregants responsible or at least give them the information they need to make intelligent sure with you you know realize that dr swain that's the exact same argument the taliban makes. well let's not talk about the taliban i'm talking about america where we care with both their freedom of religion freedom of speech and freedom of association and churches don't lose their constitutional rights and it was one thousand people there is no constitutional right it was sixty four there is no constitutional right to a tax advantage to a tax break why should we be giving these huge multi multi million dollar corporations and they are incorporated even as nonprofits why should we be giving these giant corporations huge tax breaks when they're violating the law. there are
some churches that have a lot of. you know they have more than just the thank you were you know that they do have a bookstore as they have a lot of other things going on why and it's up to the to the community that's to decide you know when the church is involved in so many of the businesses that it has nothing to do with. they're really just mission but most of the churches that i know very much involved in ministering magic to their congregants but also to the community and to people around the world well let's agree that you're actually tax exempt but when they start becoming political preachers haven't they done the same exact same thing as if they decided to go in the business of manufacturing cars they've stepped out of the religious business and they've gone into something else in this case either politics or auto manufacturing i don't know how many churches i actually tell in their congregants the boat candidate i know it match my
pastors not tell them as the boat particular. political party or candidate but he is instructed not about biblical values and principles and telling us that we are responsible for how we use that about he that telling us that we are responsible for how we use our vote and we are not a mega church and the money that goes into the the church we see how it's being used it's being used for good purposes while i'm around all in favor of the good purposes i'm just you know politics is basically a business of speech and so it seems that if i'm with you on free speech but i'm not with you know the tax code is not a constitutional right there's not a constitutional right to not pay. them they have that they've got that amendment through and well i know he was tired of the churches beating up on him i'm totally
with you on that no l.b.j. do that in sixty four basically to. the church has to stop picking on it but if that church is right up into nine hundred fifty or sixty four yeah yeah no i dr carol swain we're out of time but thanks so much for dropping by and having this conversation with me. it's always nice talking to you. our first comments and i come some derek who had this take on banks toure's why would banks just think about reforming their ways when our president and congress refused to look backwards well yeah we have a problem the banks actually by and large own our president and congress and that's something that is only going to be fixed if we the people rise up this is what's so encouraging about the candidacy in my pit of elizabeth warren is that she and the
fact that at the democratic party at the d.n.c. at the democratic national convention she stood up and she came right out and call out the bankers she said these bankers are walking around in congress you know the same people who crashed the economy acting like we owe them a thank. and so you know it's not we we need to leave behind this notion that politicians whether it's the president was born or anybody else are going to save us what happens is politicians start talking differently because we push them hard enough to regardless of the issue and on this issue we need to be pushing heart starts around some of these bankers and jails are breaking up the big banks final hamann of the night comes from poncho who had this suggestion for fighting back against the effects of citizens united i think that the way to cut or citizens united is to use the distinction between private speech and commercial speech which is a distinction recognized by the supreme court of the united states commercial
speech is not afforded the same protections as noncommercial speech in this case the specific product is the candidate in question the speech is advertisements for or against a candidate and the disseminator is certainly economically motivated to distribute the speech in fact if a corporation tries to argue that their speech is political rather than commercial then i would think any stockholder could sue them since the management must act to increase shareholder value and spending money on ads or campaigns that does that is clearly commercial speech but ads they do not do that and may not be classified as commercial speech are decreasing shareholder value in the amount spent it's actually an excellent argument that a corporation basically existed make money and by the by laws by and large it has to be there to make money so if it's in gauging a political speech as simply as a matter of fact. it's doing so because it expects to get money back from another words if corporations putting one thousand dollars in a politician it's because they expect that politician to do something is going to
give them back ten thousand dollars now that's that's should be illegal right and in fact for much of american history it was in one thousand nine hundred seven republican president theodore roosevelt got the tillman act passed through congress which made it a felony for any corporation to give any money to any of it to any candidate for political office and that law stood for nineteen zero seven until two thousand and ten when it was struck down by the u.s. supreme court and citizens united it's time to bring it back that's it for your take my take tonight we'd like your comments and questions heard on the side of the big picture listen up. we want to know your to send us your comments by visiting the tom hartman facebook page by a twitter at tom underscore hartman or in the chat room on the message boards or through the blog at heartland dot com you can also leave a message on our rant line at by three six fifty three zero six agree disagree sound off it's all welcome but remember that your comments may be used on the air.
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a journalist and author of the end of money counterfeiters preachers techies dreamers and the coming cashless society david welcome. nice to be here thanks for joining us tonight so you know we've been brought up thinking the more cash the better why is it that cash is not a good thing for poor people around much of the world. well this was really a rebel atory part of the whole reporting project for me i just i'm not an economist i'm not an international development type so i had no idea this idea that cash is the enemy of the poor to quote the gates foundation economists i was shadowing around in india and it's a difficult idea to unpack of course because if you have a boatload of cash you are no longer poor but the fact is that cash has this hidden life and all of these hidden costs and for people who are wealthier it's very easy to avoid those costs but those costs become employed and more punitive the less
well off you are and that has to do with for example distance to getting to a bank or the hazard of funds being extorted or just stolen right after persons and there is this bigger issue of access to the formal economy and when you are stuck using cash and cash only it's much harder to save wealth no matter how much or how little for the kind of investments that will help you climb out of poverty and stay out of our being so. i understand that in many countries in the world poor people use cell phones to bank basically and they have a cashless society. can you explain that a little bit for our viewers and then. riddle me this batman as it were how is it that in the united states where a cell phone can cost you one hundred bucks a month that that would be a viable option for the poor as in most of the world cell phone bills are anywhere
from five dollars a month to thirty dollars a. so this whole phenomenon is really jaja happening in and we're seeing the real innovation in this area it's not coming from silicon valley it's coming from places like the african rift valley and the idea is that everybody has a mobile phone you don't need a smartphone to send money back and forth to grandma in the countryside for example and you can use certain cheaper on nokia brand model which will do the trick and for example there's a an electronics shop repairman who i feature in the book who works in the slums of delhi just barely scraping by he says remittances students family members in the countryside every now and then this used to have to be like a three day round trip for the guy so he has to pay someone to look after his shop he has to buy a bus ticket he has to hide his money in his little iron and. now age of course is away from three days of the income generation now basically with some quick text messaging he can send those funds to his family members and this is having
a huge impact on economic development around the world this is kind of got a lot more money mobile money transfer level to it is mobile banking you know how does this gentleman then access a bank account not so that you know fraudulent or dangerous bankers can do is the things with his money but really so that you know he can have a safe in secure place to store his wealth because you and i actually take that benefit of banking for granted in our everyday operations. and how is that. it's already beautifully i mean for a guy like this you know and i asked him right off the bat what do you think it's fair that the company offering the service is giving a little money at the top or don't you worry about security concerns of transacting to your phone and he never said but his eyes looked at me like are you crazy did you even listen to me it for ten minutes catalog for you the tremendous benefits of having this tool in my pocket now so no it was this something that could work for
poor people in the united states or the working poor and you know it's. i really think it can you know right now where it we're at like twenty million people who don't have a bank account and upwards of seventy million people who are going to quote on under the act so there is an obvious need for this service out there and it's never been profitable but here in the united states right now there's there's literally a multibillion dollar industry a payday loans of basically ripping off those very people you are just identified how in qana me that's it's made up of grifters in our banking industry how do we possibly do something because we have just a half a minute is what i mean so to get people off the hook of a day lenders or check cashing services and the rest of it you get them into the formal economy and that is not necessarily a statement that applauds bankers as we know them but the reality is that if you get a lot of those people they hit counts and they can step away from those equity just feeds from the payday lenders and the costs of transacting only cash ratcheted down for them in a way again that you and i just take for granted i imagine that your wealth is not
you know stored in briefcases under your bed at home no david thank you very much. great talking with you tonight thank you now everything you know about the perils of cash is right. if this is a big idea like shin then mitt romney should lose he was on sixty minutes talking about his big idea presidencies are remembered for big ideas emancipation social security man on the moon what's your big idea freedom i want to restore the kind of freedom that has always driven america's economy and that's allowed us to be the shining city on the hill freedom that's it.
least you can easily fit on a bumper sticker you see mitt romney's so-called big idea is the same big idea that's been pushed by every republican since reagan we the people are free this believe has been the underlying basis for everything going to try to do these games to the vision of a society where men and women are free free to choose but work government is not as free to override their decisions we have to fight for our freedoms also economic and our national security freedoms it was ronald reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction freedom freedom freedom after hearing it all this much the word starts to lose meaning in the founders by the way didn't use the word freedom they used the word liberty what exactly do these republicans mean when they talk about freedom pluckily gov good
hair down in texas rick perry explained it for us. america needs to be about where you need to be about freedom from overtaxation freedom over litigation dream oh. regulation that's the key right there when republicans are talking about freedom they're not talking about freedom like we think of it and i'm talking about freedom for what they're actually talking about is freedom for billionaires and corporations that's freedom from taxation like the freedom for mitt romney to treat as capital gains income is special pay a lower tax rate than the rest of us or the freedom for a corporation like general electric to pay no taxes the time of freedom from regulation like the freedom for koch industries to pollute entire towns are less oil pipes explode if government regulators are taken out of the picture they're talking about freedom from litigation like the freedom for doctors and hospitals to not get sued when they amputate the wrong leg or freedom for banks not to get sued if they gamble away your savings or blow up your home's value the so-called big
idea about freedom pushed by republicans for more than three decades and now being pushed by mitt romney is very specific despite how vague it sounds it means freedom for the wealthy elite to continue getting richer while the rest of us get poorer and poorer that's why over the last three decades ever since these freedom fighters for the rich took power wealth inequality in the united states has exploded in the middle classes come under siege wall street was given freedom to crash our economy and then get a bailout big oil was given freedom to destroy the gulf of mexico and yet continue to receive billions in subsidies courtesy of you and me the taxpayer. but what new freedoms have average americans received. for free debate pay more for basic essentials like food or energy or education for free to choke on pollution or free to go fight in wars that george bush wants to fight to get political capital
privatise social security republicans really believed in freedom and they should subscribe to the idea of freedom put forward by franklin roosevelt when he said that necessitous man and his people lacking the necessities in the sense that us men are not free men freedom requires basic essentials to be met freedom requires food a job a roof over your head a decent education healthcare that was the whole basis of f.d.r.'s new deal to give freedom to working americans republicans on the other hand want to give freedom to the super rich guys like mitt romney and this is why mitt romney ridiculed half the nation who feels entitled to food on that little home video it's clear mitt romney doesn't think access to food should be a basic freedom that he doesn't know a freedom means for working people so while mitt romney was busy selling this old big idea for billionaires president obama revealed what his big idea is
to him it's about the middle class and freedom to once again achieve the american dream what would you like to see happen well in your four years i got to tell you steve i think there's no bigger purpose right now the making sure that if people work hard in this country they can get ahead that's the central american idea that's how we sent a man to the moon because there was an economy that works for everybody. this actually is a big idea it's a big idea because it's what roosevelt succeeded in doing eighty years ago with the new deal which was to create a new contract between working people and the government that they had created that contract was simple if you work hard do it you're supposed to do keep your nose clean then you can achieve the american dream of a comfortable life a decent life a contract has been shredded terribly here in the last three decades the american dream is harder and harder to achieve for working people while the very wealthy
have enough wealth to achieve the american dream a thousand times over president obama's big idea is to restore this contract that means making the rich like mitt romney pay their fair share again and it means strengthening the social safety net it means protecting domestic manufacturing with trade protection and it means really recognizing democracy in the workplace with organized labor republicans like mitt romney think all of those things restrict freedom but in reality they only restrict freedom for the billionaire class and the corporations who want the freedom to prey on the rest of us for profits so the big question for the selection is do we have freedom for all real freedom and freedom to have basic essential needs met so that the american dream is easier to achieve for all working americans or do we just have the freedom for the rich as defined by reagan and now by rami freedom for the oil barons to pollute freedom for banks to steal and freedom for paris hilton mitt romney to avoid paying their fair share in taxes that's the question freedom shouldn't be reserved just for the one percent.
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