30 Issues in 30 Days: The Schedule

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Brian Lehrer Show and It's A Free Country bring you the fall election series 30 Issues in 30 Days.  Rather than just focus on the electoral horserace, we will explore one issue every day from tomorrow until election day - issues of relevance to the NY, NJ and CT elections and the national midterm congressional races.

This year, we are framing each issue as a true/false statement. These statements are conversation starters that we hope will lead to broader issues, valuable debate and useful information. You'll also see that each Thursday we are doing a segment called WONK WARS. For these, the conversation begins online in advance. We'll invite two policy thinkers to discuss the topic ahead of the on-air segment, and invite you to participate. Be sure to visit the WONK WARS pages now.

Below is our list of statements - some we came up with, others were suggested by you (those are the ones with a **). Each Friday we're reserving a slot for a listener-voted issue, so thanks for your input!

Tentative Schedule and Archive

Week of September 20th

• A Tax On The Wealthy Is A Tax on Small Business** [Listen]

• What’s Good For The GM Bailout Is Good For America [Listen]

• WONK WARS: Public Employees Have Too Many Benefits** [Listen]

• Money is the Root of Everything That's Wrong in Politics [Listen]

Week of September 27th

• Andrew Cuomo Helped Cause The Housing Bubble [Listen]

• Paladino’s Character Should Be A Dealbreaker for Voters** [Listen]

• The Obama Stimulus Worked As Planned [Listen]

• WONK WARS: The Tea Party Movement Is Good For America** [Listen]

• Obama Has A Republican Education Policy [Listen]

Week of October 4th

• The United States Has Too Many Immigrants** [Listen]

• The Republicans Drove the Economy Into A Ditch [Listen]

• Rational Redistricting Is Possible [Listen]

• WONK WARS: Earmarks Are A Good Thing [Listen]

• There's A Democratic and Republican Way to Fight in Afghanistan [Listen]

Week of October 11th

• There’s A Democratic and Republican Way To Be The State Comptroller [Listen]

• The Deficit Is The Ultimate Issue [Listen

• There's A Democratic and Republican Way To Balance The State Budget [Listen]

• WONK WARS: Government Should Enforce Net Neutrality** [Listen]

• Republicans Are Pandering to Religious Bigotry** [Listen]

Week of October 18th

• Obama Betrayed Political Independents** [Listen]

• ObamaCare Should Be Repealed: Start Over [Listen]

• There’s A Democratic and Republican Way To Be Attorney General [Listen]

• WONK WARS: Bank Reform Will Chase Jobs From New York [Listen]

• Social Security Is Easy To Fix** [Listen]

Week of October 25th

Climate Change Solutions Can't Wait** [Listen]

• Obama Has Betrayed His Base** [Listen]

• Frack Here Frack Now**

• WONK WARS: Marijuana Should Be Legal, Regulated and Taxed**

• 30 Issues Finale: Six Degrees of Cuomo and Paladino

**Listener suggested


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Comments [14]

Yanta from Bergen County

In 30 issues in 30 days I am amazed not beeing able to find issue which I consider the most devastating to the US economy. No-one discusses it in election debates, no economist addresses it. The issue is outsourcing of well paid jobs from the USA to India, China, Russia, etc. It is happening at this moment. No stimulus package, no small business is going to create jobs. They are gone and not coming back until our standard of living is destroyed to the lever of India or China. In software consulting young Indians are brought on working visa to this country and hired by Indian owned consulting firm for 1/2 of what american graduate would expect to earn. Our way of life is being destroyed while the media is feeding us with idiotic programs and issues. Please talk about american jobs taken out of this country and where politicians stand on this issue.

Oct. 25 2010 05:51 PM
gail frank

I also would like discussion on Indian Point. I also want to know how you can have on air the republican candidate in the 19th D and not the Democrat-John Hall.What is this=Fox news.

indian Point.

Oct. 12 2010 12:18 PM
Joan from NYC

Can you please do a piece on the Big Money donation in progressive politics? Thanks. Enjoy your show.
Is a $12 million family a person? The “Angelides Loophole"

Oct. 08 2010 01:56 PM
cunymom from Brooklyn

Andrew Cuomo's office is currently representing Hunter College administration against the Hunter Parent Union. The College is trying to appropriate 25% of the Childhood Learning Center for use of filing space. They have also refused to let parents sit on the Center's board. Most students that use the center are black and latino outerborough undergraduates who have no other childcare options. The Center has also been waiting over a year for the Board's okay to renovate a playground (which parents have raised funds to fix). Children currently use the gymnasium instead. I'd like to know where Cuomo stands on the issue of CUNY's childcare centers.

Oct. 05 2010 07:56 AM
Susan Hito from Rockland County

Please consider doing a segment on energy and energy infrastructure. The issue of NYS energy and Indian Point are the elephant in the room in NY politics. By using 1% of the defense budget (R&D) to build truly sustainable energy we would create jobs, help the economy and stop our dependency on foreign oil and deadly/costly nuclear.

Oct. 03 2010 08:30 PM
Frank from middletown

Could you possibly squeeze in at least one follow up to the Dan Gross and Steve Moore segment about the stimulus? It's a great current issue. The guests were perfectly matched. Moore brought up Reagan's tax cuts twice;both times it went unchallenged. Is it even fair to compare the crisis Obama has to deal with to what Reagan had. So many other statements from both guests that weren't given enough time to examine.

Just one follow up... PLEASE?!!

Oct. 01 2010 07:10 PM
Michael Raines from USA Tennessee

Mr Lehrer I enjoy your show and I realize you arent in a position to argue with guests or callers how ever there are a couple of questions I would like panelist to answer when appropriate
Re illegal immigration. has anyone stopped to consider the impact on col, if all immigrants were deported, who presently work in Agriculture, meat packing, construction and hospitality, to name a few?

In my view the logical solution to immigrants is to pursue charges against some high level employers of illlegals, to include jail time and/or fines ..ergo no jobs immigration

Oct. 01 2010 08:21 AM
Matt Sullivan from Bergen County NJ

Brian! You are brilliant, but some constructive criticisism - please!

Newt Gingrich just asserted that the current "welfare economoy" is the product of "4 years of Obama, Reid & Pelosi". For starters, last I checked Obama has been in 20 for 8 years of Bush policy that created this...wel,, you know the rest. How can Gingrich be allowed to assert lies and distortions unchallenged like this on your show?

This rings of the time you let Denny Hastert claim George Soros got his money as a drug dealer. This too went unchallenged. He earned it in the stock market.

These Republicans are beneath contempt.

Sep. 24 2010 10:28 AM
Nom de plume from NYC

Additional QUESTION :

Do the French middle class have a better standard of living than we do ?

The French middle class get 5-6 weeks
of vacation per year, have stable secure jobs which can't be terminated at whim, have free excellent healthcare, and
have free or very inexpensive universities.
They get generous parental leave and
retirement benefits.

There is currently an uproar by the middle
class against the government trying to increase the retirement age from 60 to 62!

Do they have something right that we are
missing ? Is the French middle class better off on average than our middle class ?

Naturally, the government elites in France (as here) are trying to do the old tactic of scaring the public into giving up their hard won benefits and good lifestyle.
These elites catastophize and tell everyone
that "the sky is falling" (claiming that the
society cant afford to treat its middle class well (or even decently) anymore - due to the new global economy.

The French middle class aren't so easily
cowed - they've seen this "boy who cried
wolf tactic before". They respond - "we were able to afford a good lifestyle before, and now the economy and technology is supposed to be more efficient - so we can afford it now." "If the ruling elites are so
thrilled about austerity, they should try it
for themselves FIRST." "If globalization means our middle class will be impovrished and have to live on the edge,
then to heck with globalization."

The French middle class don't just object
with words - they use farm equipment, vocal rallies and strikes to force the government to pay them the respect they

Do the French middle class have a better standard of living (and security of living) than our middle class ?

Should we be learning anything from them ?

Sep. 23 2010 09:42 PM
Elizabeth C. Segal from Tarrytown, NY

Is it too late to suggest another issue? If not, then I'd like to add the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Thank you.

Sep. 22 2010 02:12 PM

The "The United States Has Too Many Immigrants" is an issue? Is the Brian Lehrer Show pandering to nativists? Am also surprised how the list leaves out race and ethnicity. Come on Brian, these are issues that affect all of us. This country was built on immigrant and slave labor and has inherited racism and xenophobia which pervades into society and public policies of today. This sounds like a real issue to me.

Sep. 22 2010 04:23 AM
progressive from New York City

Hmm. Racial bigotry in local, state, and national politics is NOT a listed issue. Witness NYC's reelection of its billionaire Mayor despite his and its City Council pushing aside term limits; the media-reported low "public" opinion of Gov. Paterson; and the irrational beliefs of some in the USA that President Obama is not a citizen, or a Christian, but is a Socialist. Witness conservative, libertarian, wing-nut NY Republicans' overwhelming selection of Palladino as their gubernatorial nominee despite his reportedly forwarding racially bigoted, intemperate emails. Witness News Corp/Fox News', fascist radio talk hosts and politicos', and other media misrepresentions of the proposed Park51, and generation of anti-Muslim public sentiment around the USA.

Sep. 21 2010 11:43 PM
Roman Y. Sannikov from Brooklyn, NY

I'm really disappointed that the Environment and Urban Planning are not on here. Even Climate Change is just an optional topic. I believe it should be a mandatory topic!

Sep. 21 2010 10:12 PM
baba from Brooklyn

This is all fair and dandy. You do the 30 issues in 30 days for every election in the last few years. What I would like to know is where did the issues go in terms of getting resolved with a bill passed, not a diluted bill.
It would be nice for you to see if you can hold the elected officials on accountable and give us a status report.

Sep. 21 2010 11:10 AM

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