The Errington Thompson Show 2-14-09

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I start by talking about peanuts… not Charlie Brown, but that plant in Georgia. The association of this plant and salmonella is the result of a government that loves business more than it loves it people. This didn’t start with George W. Bush, but with Ronald Reagan. Remember James Watt? Think about the last eight years. Bush put people in charge of departments they hated. Remember when he nominated John Bolten, who hated the UN, to be the UN ambassador? This is why we have toys from China that have been dipped in lead. We had a government that cut regulations or simply didn’t enforce them. Such is the case with the peanut.  There have been no inspections and no fines. They had a plant in Plainview, Texas open four years ago. It has NEVER been inspected. It is this kind of craziness which has caused over 800 people to get sick and nine people to die. This is the result not just of careless and uncaring CEOs, but of people who hate government being placed in responsible positions within the very government they hate. It’s just a bad plan.

Today, I talk with Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a great friend of the show, along with Yolanda Pierce. These professors from Princeton University have started a blog called The Kitchen Table. We talk about the blog, the inauguration and discuss whether Lincoln’s job was easier or harder than Obama’s. We also cover Obama’s first press conference. It’s an outstanding conversation.

Enjoy this show!