Bill Moyers: Economic Malpractice and the Millennials

Thursday, 09 February 2012 06:26 By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co. | Programming Note
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There are 80-plus million Americans today who were born roughly between 1978 and 2000, and they’re getting hit hard by economic circumstances created over the past 30 years. The Millennials are the first generation of Americans who cannot count on doing better than their parents. How have these realities affected their outlook? And how will that impact Barack Obama, whom they supported so enthusiastically in 2008? This week, Bill discusses how economic inequality destroys opportunity for the Millennial generation with Heather McGhee — a Millennial herself — who  directs the Washington office of the research and advocacy group Demos.

Also on the show is Bruce Bartlett, a former domestic policy adviser for the Reagan White House and former top treasury official under the first President Bush. Now a heretic in the conservative circles where he once was a star, Bartlett argues that right-wing tax policies — pushed by the ideologue Grover Norquist, Tea Party activists, and the One Percent’s rented politicians — are destroying America’s economic foundation.

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Bill Moyers

A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations. In 2012, at the age of 77, Moyers begins his latest media venture with the launch of "Moyers & Company." With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as "NOW with Bill Moyers" (2002-2005) and "Bill Moyers Journal" (2007-2010). 

For his work, Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. Moyers' most recent book, "Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues," was published in May 2011. He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization that supports independent journalism.

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