March 22, 2009

Schoolhouse Rock - "Where the Money Goes"

They didn't have this particular Schoolhouse Rock when I was a kid, although my dad would have loved for us kids to see this one as much as we saw Conjunction Junction. In the '90s, the Schoolhouse Rock makers realized they had neglected an important part of American life and made videos covering borrowing money, budgeting, paying taxes, the stock market and even the national debt. Personally, I think they need to update it again and cover the loophole that allows corporate execs to pocket seven figure bonuses while bilking the average Joe out of what little life savings he is able to put away. Luckily, Brand New Films thought so too, and created "Larry the Loophole". Doesn't have the musical hooks of Schoolhouse Rock, but what it lacks in snappy music, it gains in honesty.

This week's Sunday shows are going to be all about the economy again. From the looks of things, we're going to get served a whole lot of spin from the people who put us in this mess in the first place. Would that any one of them take the time to be even a tenth as honest as this blogger on the inside. Sadly, all you need to know is that Larry the Loophole will strike again.

ABC's "This Week" - Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Susan Collins, R-Maine; Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.; Jared Bernstein, chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Austan Goolsbee, member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.; Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Govs. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., and Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Joe Klein, Kathleen Parker, Katty Kay, Mark Whitaker. Topics: Can President Obama control growing populist anger over the bad economy? Is your daily newspaper dead? Meter Questions: After the outrage over AIG bonuses, can Obama still accomplish most of what he wants? YES: 9 NO: 3; Does President Obama bear some responsibility for the sinking stock market? YES: 7 No: 5

CNN's "State of the Union" - Christina Romer, head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill.; Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H; Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Eliot Spitzer talks to Fareed Zakaria about the economic crisis and the scandal that led to his own resignation as Governor of New York State. Spitzer conducted his own in-depth investigation of AIG when he was attorney general of New York State and says that while so much attention is focused on the AIG bonuses, we might be missing even bigger problems.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - (per Twitter) Will be joined by Steve Croft, fresh from interview with Barack Obama. Expect to discuss Obama's Leno appearance, AIG bonuses, economic situation.

"Fox News Sunday" - Romer; Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; Pete Souza, White House photographer.

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