How Ayn Rand and L. Ron Hubbard Came Up With Their Big Ideas (h/t Spocko) Big ideas. I genuinely believe that what makes America great is our big ideas. But not every one hits it out of the park. We Americans are also responsible for some
August 19, 2012

How Ayn Rand and L. Ron Hubbard Came Up With Their Big Ideas (h/t Spocko)

Big ideas. I genuinely believe that what makes America great is our big ideas. But not every one hits it out of the park. We Americans are also responsible for some serious clunker ideas. Unfortunately, in the eyes of our corporate media, clunker ideas--ones that have already been shown unworkable--get air time with as much validation as the good ones. So Ayn Rand's delicious plan to make people glorify selfishness stays as a legitimate framework while we liberals fight to remind people how the New Deal was an incredibly successful government program that raised millions of people out of poverty. We talk about how Paul Ryan, a supply-sider Rand devotee is "bold" and a Very Serious Person in economic thought, but we struggle to find a Keynesian to argue for more economic equity. Some days, it looks like the only big ideas that get discussed are the ones that were created to purposefully be as outlandish as those of Ayn and Ron's above.

ABC's "This Week" _ Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; Kevin Madden, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign; Special Panel to discuss "Is the U.S. Headed Toward Bankruptcy?" with Senate Budget Committee member Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; former TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky; former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee; Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist; and Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Govs. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., and Bob McDonnell, R-Va.; NBC’s Chuck Todd; Atlanta’s Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed; Republican nominee and Tea Party backed candidate for the U.S. Senate in Texas, Republican Ted Cruz; the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne; and the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Dan Rather, HDNet; David Ignatius, The Washington Post; Gloria Borger, CNN; Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Norquist; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress. Panel: CBS Political Director John Dickerson, the Washington Post's Nia Malika-Henderson, Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse, the New York Timess. Kim Barker of ProPublica.

MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" - Michael Grunwald, Time Magazine Senior National Correspondent and Author of “The New New Deal: The Hidden History of Change in the Obama Era;” Sam Seder, Host of “The Majority Report” and Co-Host of “Ring of Fire;” Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion; Ari Berman, Political Correspondent for The Nation and Author of “Herding Donkeys;” Judith Browne- Dianis, Co-Director of the Advancement Project; Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Penn.)

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Jessica Beals, Actress in “Lauren;” Dan Dicker, CNBC Contributor; Peter Goodman, Business Editor at Huffington Post; Lila Leff of Chicago’s Umoja Student Development Corporation; Julia Jimenez, NYC teacher and writer of; Derrell Bradford, Executive Editor of Better Education for Kids

CNN's "State of the Union" - Cutter; Eric Fehrnstrom, adviser to Romney's campaign; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. Panel: CNN Political Director Mark Preston and USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Erin McPike of RealClearPolitics, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, and George Washington University journalism professor, Steve Roberts on Paul Ryan vice presidential selection; Current TV’s David Shuster and GBTV’s Amy Holmes on partisan divide; Bob Schieffer on debates; Gail Sheehyon the legacy of former Cosmopolitan magazine editor, Helen Gurley Brown,

"Fox News Sunday" _ Ed Gillespie, adviser to Romney's campaign; Robert Gibbs, adviser to Obama's campaign.

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