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for watching us. coming up next, right now is "the ed show." with my friend, ed schultz. good evening, my friends. let's get to work. >> nothing will kill obamacare faster than, in fact, a series of mistakes. i, for one, no, ma'am at one of those people who said i'm going to kill obamacare, i'm going to in a machiavellian way attempt to delay or deny. i voted against the affordable care act. i want to remind all of us of something we may have forgotten. this is the law. hello, this is the law. >> do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth? >> every witness invited by the majority here today represents a state government that is openly obstructing implementation of
our affordable care act. >> you have to have the whole law to make it work. >> will the gentleman yield? >> no, i want to finish my statement. >> the majority has not allowed stacy ritter here to present her statement, but i'm going read an excerpt. >> would the gentleman yield? >> he's turned into the new joe mccarthy. >> presented by viper. stand back. >> witnesses do not have concerns about implementation. they are creating concerns and barriers to implementation, and they are proud of it. >> i voted against the affordable care act. >> are protected by viper. stand back. ♪ ice ice baby ♪ all right stop collaborate rate and listen ♪ >> good to have you with us, folks. thanks for watching. progressives, are you smiling tonight? you should be smiling. because there is a lot of good news because of this guy right here. i mean, the market is hot. if you're in the market right now, you're in at the right time. the economy, 41 months of private-sector job growth.
the automobile industry, wow, is it cooking. had a fabulous august. best in five years. we're on the verge of implementing obamacare. i mean, there's so much good stuff out there, the republicans, they don't know how to handle it. this guy has got the republicans right where we want them to be. on the defense. so how do you know that we really have got them where we want them? well, when they don't let people testify, that's a pretty good sign. now, all the good news that's out there, it's all positive. well, there is this guy. darrell issa. congressman darrell issa. that's right. the head of the house oversight committee. he -- to his credit, he's one of the richest guys in congress. good for him. and he's got kind of a checkered past. i keep hearing that on talk radio from liberals in california. whatever that is. it's fair to say that darrell issa is one of the biggest obama haters in the congress. this guy has made a name for
himself with one witch hunt after another, trying to tarnish the president. and every time he fails miserably. nothing has come of anything he has tried to do when it comes to fast and furious. nothing has happened with the benghazi witchhunt. he's working extremely hard to get some dirt on the irs scandal, but there just doesn't seem to be anything there. their job is to collect taxes. issa also has been on a crusade to shut down the postal service. why are we at war with the postal service? he's introduced bills to end door to door delivery. who the heck is for that? issa has failed to fix the postal service, having to prefund their pension, 75 years in advance, and mr. issa is such a successful businessman, i wonder if he would run his business where he would prefund something 75 years in advance. probably not. point in case here, case in
point here, a lot of things that this guy does, he's a failure. then there is the way he selects witnesses for the house oversight committee. now, the word "balance" is not a word that darrell issa is very familiar with. you might remember this scene. remember this scene? oh, yeah. calling all male staff. last year, issa invited an all-male panel to speak on women's hear issues. health care issues. all these experts. it caused quite a rift between the republicans and the democrats at the time, and if i can rekindle your memory a little bit, the result was sandra fook who was blocked as a witness and became a big national story, and, of course, the downfall of many talkers in this country, because the advertising community reacted to what rush limbaugh said on talk radio for three days. now we have the latest chapter from darrell issa's dysfunctional house oversight committee. you've got to give the guy credit. he won't stop. issa's subcommittee on health
care and entitlements held a hearing on the implementation of obamacare today. the committee is chaired by republican congressman jamie langford. now, once again, i can't believe it, once again, witnesses were less than balanced. four republican officials were invited to testify from states obstructing the implement tags of obamacare. three state legislators were selected assault assault active views, but not one consumer who has actually been impacted by the benefits of obamacare was allowed to speak. at one point, congressman matt cartwright of pennsylvania attempted to tell the story of one of his constituents, stacy ritter. ritter has been personally impacted by obamacare, and was blocked from testifying today. you see, darrell issa does not want to hear stacy ritter's
story, because it's positive. congressman cartwright was telling her story, and then this happened in the hearing. >> every witness invited by the majority here today represents a state government that is openly obstructing implementation of our affordable care act. our constituents deserve better than this. and one such constituent is right here with us today. stacy ritter. a resident of pennsylvania, my home state. stacy, if you're here, would you stand up? here she is. welcome, stacy. she came here on her own dime. she is here at her own expense, and she is here to tell you either on or off the record her compelling story. but i'll tell you what it is right here. it's in a written statement. unfortunately, the majority has not allowed stacy ritter here to present her statement, but i'm going read an excerpt. >> would the gentleman yield? i suspect i am the majority.
we have an unprecedented number of witnesses here from the minority, three, when the tradition is one. and they were selected by the minority, not by the majority. so there are four witnesses that we settled. the ranking member sent me a letter yesterday asking for an additional eight. but in order to get them all on one panel, we have the largest panel we ever have, and all three of these witnesses were selected by the minority. so i hope the gentleman was mistaken in that portion of the statement. >> reclaiming my time. >> bottom line here is, this was a rigged panel. there are no americans who were allowed to testify who could tell this committee just how important obamacare is to them and their family, all of this happened, by the way, on the same day john boehner said he would let the tea partiers have a vote to defund obamacare, the proposed bill would tie the vote to defund obamacare to a vote on
funding the government. democrats warn, this could result in a government shutdown. so what are we seeing here? this man is mr. desperation. the republicans are in terrible despair right now. they don't have any plans, they don't have an alternative plan for health care. they can't stop this role that the progressive movement is on. and they are going to do anything they possibly can to block obamacare. can we say that president obama has him exactly where he wants him? you know, it kind of reminds me of that 1971 movie, "patton," played by george scott. george patton was played by george scott. and general patton was in the field, and he was watching rammel bring his tanks into a trap. and general patton put the glasses on and said rammel, you bastard! i read your book! our guy reads a lot too.
he's got these folks right where they deserve to be. all of the obstruction they have come up with, all of the attacks that darrell issa has played on american workers, all of the efforts they have done to stall job growth in this country is all coming home to roost. and now they're going to do anything they possibly can to stop obamacare, because this is a huge ideological shift in favor of the progressive movement in this country. think about that. we are going to make sure that millions of americans get health care, and this crowd wants to stop it, because they're heartless and they're all about power. so they're desperate. they don't know what to do or how to do it at this point. so all they want to do now is, well, we're going to take this bill, and we're going to defund obamacare, and we're going to attach it to shutting down the government. they are going to do something very radical as a policy move.
that is absolutely amazing. and it's all because they are void of a plan, void of ideas, void of fresh ideas. and they claim that they are the party, and they are the ideological fit for small businesses in america? gimme a break. they have done nothing for small business ever since barack obama has been in the oval office. they have tried to obstruct absolutely everything. and now that the hourglass has turned on obamacare, they are desperate. get yourself settled. i want to know what you think. tonight's question. are republicans afraid of obamacare because they know it will be successful? text a for yes, text b for no to 67622. go to our blog at ed.msnbc.com. leave a comment. we appreciate all the twitter action, as well. and like us on facebook. now, tonight, what i want to do is bring in stacy ritter. she was not allowed to testify in washington today. she was blocked by republicans from testifying. but she certainly isn't blocked
on "the ed show." and stacy, i appreciate you coming on the program tonight. you play a vital role at this point in the midst of blockage by the republicans. your story needs to be heard by millions of americans. because it is a war in the arena of public opinion. you were blocked from testifying. how do you feel about that? >> angry. annoyed. i feel like it's, you know -- there was no one there who was a consumer, actually, talking about consumer protection. so it was -- a little bit aggravating to sit back and listen to all of the lies and the rhetoric and not be able to do anything about it. >> stacy, what would you have said if you had been given the opportunity to testify today? >> well, i would have let them know how obamacare has helped my family so far. my identical twin girls are cancer survivors. they have bone marrow transplants when they were 4 years old and required a lot of extensive medical treatment. very expensive. we capped out our coverage.
we filed bankruptcy. had these provisions been in place, that wouldn't have had to happen. now that we're protected from that, my girls can no longer be discriminated against from having a preexisting condition, thanks to obamacare. my daughters have access to preventive care they need as cancer survivors now for the rest of their lives, without worry of outrageous co-pays. there are so many things. and now that they're adults, because of the damage caused to them by the radiation and chemotherapy treatment they had at such a young age, they need hormone replacement. they needed hormone replacement therapy for the past five years to grow, for growth hormone, which my insurance company repeatedly denied, even though my doctors insisteded it was medically necessary. so that was a huge fight. and now that there's obamacare, has patient protections in place for that.
now that they're 15, they need a different kind of hormone replacement. unfortunately, a lot of childhood cancer survivors, female childhood cancer survivors, suffer from ovarian failure. and the inability to produce their own estrogen and progestin, by the pill, covered under obamacare. i know that's a contentious issue also. considering it's contraception. but it's not always used for contraception. in this case, it is a medical necessity to replace hormone they can't produce themselves. >> it absolutely is. and your story is so critical, and it's so important to the dialogue for this country to understand exactly what you as a mother and your family are going through. and now what is your reaction? and kbron i don't know how political you are. you know, you're a mom that cares about your kids and the future of your family. i mean, what else has to be said?
but i do want to ask you about your reaction to boehner trying to defund the obamacare vote, and connected to a spending bill that would shut down the government. i mean, what -- do you know -- do you follow this stuff? what a big battle this is? >> i do. and i don't think he understands the people who are affected by it. this isn't a game. this is not a game of chess. these are real human beings. these are real, lives that are affected. every day by their decisions that they make here. so, you know, we don't go back to our comfortable office and hang out and enjoy our fantastic taxpayer-provided health care. these people can't afford for anymore of these games to continue. so, you know, i believe that health care is a human right. it's not a privilege. it is a human right. and there are other countries such as rwanda.
if rwanda can do it, certainly the united states of america can do it. >> amen to that. stacy ritter are, thanks for joining us on "the ed show,". i just want to point out to our audience, not in a grandiose way in any manner, but these are the real stories that just don't come out about obamacare. you know, we're hung up in the minutia of what are they going to pay, are you going to see your doctor, is there going to be a death panel. all this stuff. but when you listen to mom's talk about how their family is affected, how can can it not move you as a consumer? as a human being? as an american? this is a chance for this country to move forward. and there is a full-throated effort by one political party to stop the whole thing. no wonder darrell issa didn't want stacy ritter to testify. he might have to look her in the eye. remember to answer tonight's
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time now for "the trenders." i have a request tonight. i want you to get out your little machine there, as i have one too. i want you to tweet what you think of stacy ritter. you know, she is brave and she is standing up and she is fighting for her family. this is what the social media is all about. this is the kind of impact that we can have. if we spread the good word about
obamacare. tweet that out tonight. she deserves your support. "ed show" social media nation has decided and we are reporting, and this is how you get it done right here. thanks for doing that. and here are today's top trenders voted on by you. >> there were 61 billionaires that weren't even rich now to make the "forbes" 400 this year. >> i don't know who to feel worse for. those poor billionaires, or "forbes" magazine, which just lost 61 of its 461 subscribers. >> the number-three trender. money ball. >> 32 professional sports teams are owned by some of the richest people in america. 14 nfl owners. >> billionaires. they don't want to lose money. and in the nfl, it's probably the greatest guarantee you won't lose money. >> and the billionaire owners want to sack taxpayers with the bill for new stadiums. >> arbitrators have ruled taxpayers must cough up over $2 million in legal fees for the rams. >> dolphins were hoping to get
$289 million over 30 years. >> and taxpayers on the hook for as much as $300 million or more. >> i don't know what to say. >> our number-two trender. coming out. >> i'm carl sar tino and i'll never forget that conversation with my dad where i had to come out and tell him -- >> wait for this. >> a massachusetts congressional candidate breaks the big news to his dad. >> i was a massachusetts liberal. >> and he's proud of it! >> here's the one that drives him crazy. >> he wants to go to congress to take on the nra and the tea party. >> also the right to choose, equal pay for women and equal rights for -- well, everybody. >> he's been like this for 35 years. and today's top-trender. fear and loathing. >> this government, under obama, is seeking to enslave us, to make us his prisoners. our country has been taken from us. we don't have it anymore. >> conservative larry clayman wants a rally in washington. we know someone who can headline it. >> this president, i think, has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has
a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture. >> i don't know if the president -- he wasn't -- he wasn't born in iran. i don't know if they believe in the 12th where he was born, hawaii. >> i personally am calling to impeach the president of the united states. ♪ i'm going off the rails of the crazy train ♪ >> joining me now is msnbc political analyst michael eric dyson. dr. die son, the hate merchants, now they want to do a march. your thoughts on the things that have been written by larry clayman. i'll say he wants the true patriots to occupy washington in order to cleanse the nation of half muslim anti white socialist fraud in the white house. he continues on in writing, put the quran down, get up off your knees and come out with your hands up. this is at a level i didn't
expect. >> yeah the phobia is disturbing. the racism is explicit. the anti-american sentiment is atrocious. and i say anti-american, because anybody who denies the legitimacy and the right of a variety of americans from whatever path or walk they choose to come, to be part of this great nation, to deny them that opportunity is to essentially undermine the integrity of the nation and what it means, e. plushis unum out of many one. this is a man who is truly not a patriot. a patriot understands the collection of various nationalnalities, ethnicities, races and regions to make this great nation of ours stronger and powerful, and this person wants to undermine that capacity. and to use barack obama, president obama, as the lightning rod for that xena phobia and suggest he is indeed undermining it is a sign of the lunatic fringe that has now inched closer and closer to the middle of america and it's pretty frightening.
>> i don't hear any republicans out there saying that, nah, that march isn't a good idea. it's hate talk, it's hateful speech. i mean, this guy sounds crazy, but he isn't much different from some of the voices that we're hearing on the far right. >> you're absolutely right. and hence, the inability of the republicans to muster up. the same republican party that is now contemplating holding yet again the government hostage to their narrow and, you know, parochial beliefs is the same kind of outfit that is incapable of calling what -- this what it is. and what it is, an act of extraordinary racism and xenophobia but also anti-americanism. let's call it for what it is. this does not do the nation well. this is not something that facilitates the grand vision of american democracy. this ferments hate and ferments the kind of resentment and antipathy toward the other person who is your brother or sister that is the very basis of our democracy. >> is this being fueled by the glenn becks of the world? beck calls for obama's
impeachment forearming known terrorists in syria. but this summer we have seen the far right beat the drum on impeachment. do they have a case for impeachment? let me just be middle of the road on that and ask the question. is this a valid point that should be brought up by the american people? i'll give them the benefit of the doubt, even in the conversation. >> let's give them the benefit of the lout. that's what they are. this is grasping after a straw, anything that is extremely on the edge and the margin seems to be appealing to these folk. and the tragedy is, that enough of the people on the right who have enough reason and sense to know better won't say so. but the masses of american people understand this for what it is. this is rhetorical manipulation and chicago an re. the worst sort of manipulation of the people in the hither land who unfortunately, ed, don't know better and take their cues from people like this. they ought to know better. and as a result of that, they
ought to do better. those of us who do have to speak out against it. >> michael eric dyson, great to have you with us tonight. thanks so much. ohio's current secretary of state takes a turn on the curvy couch to scare ohioans about fraud. and the newest fox and friends has a terrifying experience in "pretenders." but next, i'm taking your questions on "ask ed live." you're watching "the ed show owen" on msnbc. forty ti mes. forty ti mes. that's how often a group of house republicans have voted against obamacare, just to prove their allegiance to their party's right wing. okay - they've said their piece. but now they've gone even further... threatening to shut down the government if obamacare isn't dismantled. it could disrupt social security and veterans benefits, hurt job growth and undermine our economic recovery - tell these house republicans - enough already!
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welcome back to "the ed show." it's no secret, ohio republicans have been at the forefront of voter suppression efforts for years. in 2004, we saw unprecedented long lines in urban democratic leading districts. since then, republicans have tried to cut early voting. they passed laws to disenfranchise voters in poll workers made a mistake, the voter would pay for it. they slashed hours to cut weekend voting. they tried to disenfranchise out-of-state college students. intimidating bill boards even
went up in primarily african-american neighborhoods before the 2012 election, which we talked about. now, that's just half of it. but according to republican secretary of state jon husted, ohio is a shining example of democracy at work? >> what would you consider one of your mainly accomplishments as secretary of state? >> well, you know, we did a lot of things. we have a simple philosophy. make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. we always get accused of voter fraud, voter suppression. but, you know, instead of it ending on election day, i actually ask all 88 county boards of elections in the state to do a review, top to bottom, of all substantiated claims of fraud and suppression and what we came up with were around 270 cases of alleged fraud or irregular late. and zero cases of suppression. these are not my numbers. these are the bipartisan boards of election. >> joining us tonight, ohio's democratic candidate for secretary of state, state senator nina turner. senator, good to have you with
us tonight. easy to vote, hard to cheat. that was the comment. do you agree with that? >> not at all, ed. i wish that his deeds mirrored his words. in 2012, he created such an environment of confusion, you know, if he wanted to make it easy to vote, why did he file lawsuit after lawsuit or appeal after appeal all the way to the united states supreme court to take away the last three days of early voting? if he wanted to make it easier to vote, why did he fire two board of elections officials in hamilton county for the crime of trying to expand early voting? if he wanted to make it early to vote, why did he send three dozen voters to the prosecutors to be prosecuted for allegedly voting -- voter fraud when, in fact, they followed the instructions from officials that they were given and 12 of those 3 dozen, ed, are senior citizens. there are upwards of over 70 years old. so his words certainly do not
mirror his deed. >> so there was nothing in that sound bite that you thought was the truth? >> not at all. i mean, and then for him to try to blame the 88 county boards of elections? leadership starts at the top. he is the secretary of state. and so it is his job to make sure that elections are fair. he did not -- in fact, he did not do that at all. he created an environment of suppression, time and time again. and so now he's trying to be a moderate, because he knows that 2014 is coming. ed, i am running for secretary of state to assure the voters of ohio that elections will be fair, to assure that the greatest pillar of our democracy, the greatest equalizer that we have, will be open to men and women in the great state of ohio. nobody should put a road block or barriers. and that is exactly what he did. >> so the presentation that he gave to that person that was asking the questions was totally fraudulent. >> oh -- very much so. i mean, you know, never let the truth get in the way of a good
story. he has a good story going on right now. >> back in june, both you and representative kathleen clyde released a report, detailing voter suppression efforts in ohio during the 201 election. h huested says there was no voter suppression. what did your report say? >> that there were instances of voter suppression. see, he didn't find it, because he wasn't looking for it. and there's a form used at the call center, given out by the secretary of state. and if you look on that form, you don't see a box for voter suppression. you see one for voter fraud, but you don't see one for voter suppression. he was not looking for voter suppression. and so if any woman or man in the state of ohio has difficulty in voting, if anybody's rights are suppressed, all of our rights are in peril. and so for that reason, i am running for secretary of state to secure elections, unfettered access to the ballot box for all ohioans. >> and would you extend the hours?
>> oh, absolutely. i mean -- >> would you put it on to the weekends? i know this was a big issue in ohio for the working folks. >> yeah. and they're doing it -- the general assembly, he hasn't said a mumbling word. right now there are two bills pending in the ohio house. one to cut the early voting days in half, and then on the -- on the 17 days they want to give us, only have them during working hours, ed. and that's bad for the working class men and women in the state of ohio. it is unfair, unjust, immoral. >> all right. state senator nina turner, i think that this is the most important race in the country in 2014. to make sure that there are fair, accurate elections processes taking place in the state of ohio and if the democrats want to win the presidency in 2016, they better pay attention to this race in ohio in 2014. state senator nina turner, great to have you with us on the program tonight. thanks so much. >> thank you. it's important, i think, for folks to understand that this is not only happening to voters in
ohio. gop governors and state legislatures across the country have been passing measures aimed at keeping democratic voter away from the polls and really it's only getting worse. joining me now to discuss this bigger picture in our panel tonight is msnbc contributor michael eric dyson, back with us. and also goldie taylor, managing editor of the goldie taylor project and msnbc contributor. goldy, you heard the comment from huested, and he's on fox news doing these interviews, because they know -- the righties know how important ohio is and how important the secretary of state's position is in ohio. the democrats want to win in '16, they're going to need ohio as they have needed in past elections. but he said easy to vote and hard to cheat. do you believe that? >> absolutely not. you know, these republicans, secretaries of state are nothing more than deputies of the national gop. if you look at the states where we are closest in terms of flipping blue or red, that's where the pressure is on.
so it's ohio, north carolina, it's florida, where they are trying to stop the preenrollment of children, 17 and 18, to vote. it's places like north carolina, where they are ending voting on sundays, places like ohio, where they are closing down the extended voting hours so people who work extended hours can make it to the polls. you know, it is unfortunate that huested and some of the other folks out there have sought to contain the vote rather than reach out to people who are, you know, not living the same kind of lives maybe they are. maybe they are nonwhite, maybe they are nonmale, maybe they are lgbt, women, african-american. but maybe they ought to reach out to these people rather than trying to block them out of the poll boxes. >> and there is a huge discrepancy there between huested's finding on voter suppression and also state senator nina turner. what do you make of that, michael eric dyson? you mean to tell me that people are manufacturing their own results on studies? >> well, clearly people are appealing as the state senator said.
never let a fact get in the way of telling a good story. the narrative being put out there who is being put upon is the state, in this case, of ohio. what they're trying to do is to police their boundaries to make sure fraud doesn't exist. let's be honest here. the proof of the existence of fraud is so minuscule that it far outweighs in doing negative than the positive it might bring by pointing out the fraud. there ain't no fraud. and as a result of their witchhunt for those who are fraudulent, what ends up happening is, the discouragement of voters from coming to the poll. and as goldy has laid out brilliantly about the various strategies deployed in these states to make certain there is a blockage in the artery of democracy so the freeflow of blood will be prevented from going to the very heart of this country and that's the voter. >> well, the voters have seen a lot. since the beginning of this year, 2013, more than 30 states have introduced restrictive voting bills. so how do you combat this, goldy? i mean, i know we're a year away from a very crucial midterm.
you've got republicans out there lying about surveys. you well-document exactly the laws being passed on a state level to make it harder for minorities, for the elderly and for young people to vote. this is going to take an insurmountable effort in an off-year election for the democrats to make any headway and gain the congress back. your thoughts. >> well, i do think it will take a herculean effort and part of the reason why democrats are having a very difficult time and the house has become gerrymandering, back to the republican state houses and republican secretaries of state. but if you look at this, you have got two answers here. and it is not an either/or, it's a both/and. you have to fight this in the court and in the street so you have to make sure the people are vote-ready. that you get them the kind of access to the kind of identification that is required under some of these new laws. that means sometimes some financial help, that may mean a ride to the records office. so you give them the help they need to get as vote-ready as
possible and then you fight this in the court and you make sure that each and every one of these new laws, new codes and i call them codes, you ensure these codes match up to the constitution of this united states and that you don't deny people who are born and free citizens on these united states the right to vote. >> well, the numbers are 17. that's what the democrats have got to pick up. 52, according to steve israel, he's telling me today that 52 seats are in play for the democrats. they believe confidently they can get that done. 26 seats they need to vigorously defend. i want to get your quick take, michael eric dyson, on the latest move by the republicans who want to defund obama obamacare via shutting down the government. >> it's ridiculous. this is, again, the repudiation of the very will of the people. they are sent there to represent the interests of the broader nation, the common will. what about benjamin franklin and thomas jefferson, representative democracy? ultimately here, this is a sub version of democracy, not its extension. >> it is detroit and the big picture, no doubt. >> no doubt.
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welcome back to "the ed show." this is the story for those who take a shower after work. the house gop tried to hack $20 billion away from the supplemental nutrition assistance program earlier this year in the farm bill, well, the measure failed, but eric cantor has drawn up a whole new plan. now they're redoubling their efforts to undercut the poor that would slash the nutrition programs by double it, $40 billion. when it comes to providing for theirfamilies they don't need
another kick in the teeth. it has flat lined since the 1980s. when adjusted for inflation, median household income has made more in 1989 than it did in 2012. incomes are dropping, and eric cantor wants to cut even more? yes, he does. the republican measure would rip away benefits from an estimated 6 million people across the country and eliminates 76 million meals each year in new york city alone. a family of four in this city receives a maximum of $167 a week for meals, per person. that means poor new yorkers would rely on less than $6 a day. new york city residents are feeling the brutal inequality at the dinner table and at the
polls. the candidate who leads is ahead by 67%. joining me now is joel burg. what is going to happen if the farm bill doesn't pass? you're going to need some help for the president. >> it's pretty incredible. the house republicans double down on taking food away from working families, children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and veterans. thank goodness we've just learned that the white house issued a statement that they advise the president veto the bill. senate leadership has come up against this bill. so it's an exercise in nothingness. just like these fake repeals of
obamacare. >> think about that. we can't get a farm bill passed in america? a farm bill? because the poor are getting too much. that's where the republicans are right now. >> they claimed it was about deficit reduction, but they stripped out the you nutrition panel and this isn't about deficit reduction. this is about rewarding their campaign contributors and punishing poor people. even bob dole just published an op ed saying the republican party has to get back to its moderate roots of supporting antihunger programs. >> i was amazed at the number of people living in the poverty level. can bill de blasio make a difference? >> the mayor of new york city can make an enormous difference. that being said, it's pretty amazing to see certain elites falling all over themselves with disgust that ha candidate from mayor would god forbid mention
the realities, talking about class divisions as you know. it isn't somehow class warfare, it's reality. >> let me ask you this question. is there fat in the farm bill when it comes to americans who are economically challenged? >> not an ounce of it. there's 1.3% fraud in the food stamps program. 2% of the members have pled guilty. there are working people depending on this program. they should worry more about defense contractors, a little mo less about. thank you, ed. and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live from washington, d.c.
tonight's lead, political extortionists. we are 12 days away from a reckless right wing political move. speaker boehner's caucus is again threatening to hold the american economy hostage, threatening economic chaos. the kamikaze mission is being led by an arrogant tea party, vowing to shut the government down and stop paying the nation's bills. unless they defund president obama's health care law, a law that literally saves lives. and today speaker boehner showed he lacks any political courage to stand up to the radical right. >> we're going to continue to do everything we can to repeal the president's failed health care law. this week the house will pass cr that locks the sequester of savings in and