Bill Moyers Journal: Help Wanted + Chemicals In Our Food + Supreme Court

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Bill Moyers Journal

May 23, 2008

Help Wanted: A Bill Moyers Essay

Before we begin, get a wagonload of this. You know the election year farm bill that’s been so much in the news this week? The one that gives billions of dollars to very wealthy farmers and landowners passing themselves off as farmers? Well, it turns out that buried deep inside its nearly 700 pages is a hidden, additional $16 billion of taxpayer dough that is, as the WASHINGTON POST reported Wednesday, “lucrative beyond expectations.”

True, the bill contains more money for the hungry, but this windfall proves two things: one, before you can help the poor in this country, you have to buy off the rich, and second, so many vested interests have a stake in our government’s dysfunction, they don’t want to fix it. Just another reason for the candidates – and all of us – to read a new book by one of America’s top students of government – Paul Light.

He calls it “a government ill executed” – a phrase from founding father Alexander Hamilton, who warned his fellow architects of our Constitution that “a government ill executed, whatever it may be in theory, must be, in practice, a bad government.”…

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Exposé on the Journal: Chemicals In Our Food

There may be a potentially dangerous chemical leaching into our food from the containers that we use every day. BILL MOYERS JOURNAL and EXPOSÉ: AMERICA’S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS examine why, even though studies show that the chemical Bisphenol A can cause cancer and other health problems in lab animals, the manufacturers, their lobbyists, and U.S. regulators say it’s safe.

In a watchdog series for the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, a trio of reporters focused on Bisphenol A, a chemical contained in many plastics that is also found in 93% of human beings. The problem at issue? Congress ordered the federal government in 1996 to begin testing and regulating certain chemicals suspected of causing cancer and a host of developmental problems. Eleven years later, not a single compound has been put to that test….

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Jeffrey Toobin on The US Supreme Court

Legal affairs journalist Jeffrey Toobin joins Bill Moyers on the JOURNAL to discuss how our next president might shape the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, Toobin explains, is not separate from politics as popular imagination supposes.

“You know, we talk about Supreme Court Justices often as if they exist in some sort of world apart from politics….And I think a rational view of the Court, is that it is part of politics. It is not separate from — and the presidential election I think will determine the future of the Court for decades.”

The Supreme Court is, by design, the least democratic of the three coequal branches of the Federal government. Appointed by the presidents to life terms, the nine justices wield tremendous power, and decisions of the Supreme Court have dramatically changed the way Americans live time and again. Yet the individual temperaments of justices and the inner workings of the court itself are seldom covered in the media. But you can keep up with what’s on the Court’s docket — and on decisions which may set precedents for the way we live and work. Below you’ll find online resources for following the court’s daily activities and exploring its past….

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Resources for Veterans

Sometimes in the rush to begin the summer with beachwear and barbecues we forget what Memorial Day is really all about — a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It’s also a time to remember those veterans around us. Take the weekend to use the Oral History Instructions provided by the National Archive and talk to a vet. Their story will be held in the National Archive Veterans Project.

Memorial Day is also a day to remember those currently in service and to support all vets and their families. Below you’ll find some recent press coverage of the problems facing returning Iraq veterans, resources for vets and their families, and JOURNAL coverage of veterans stories and issues….

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Memorial Day

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Chemicals In Our Food

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3 thoughts on “Bill Moyers Journal: Help Wanted + Chemicals In Our Food + Supreme Court

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  3. Dandi,
    Criminal Negligence.

    We the Un-willing,
    lead by the Un-qualified,
    to do the Un-necessary,
    for the Un-grateful,
    became the Un-Deserving,
    to be forgotten, an Un-known.

    Volunteer Forces, or the only job in town, that isn’t filled by cheap Illegal Immigrants ?

    R.I.P. , Patriots of,
    truth justice and the true American Way,
    because of your lives, we still have sway.

    Semper Fi, brother’s & sister’s, your in our thoughts, we are unable to bring you home, out of simple Stubbornness.

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