Thom Hartmann takes a closer look at what happened to the Democratic Party. From the New Deal until the middle part of the 20th century – the Democratic Party – like most left or center left parties the world over – was the party of the people. It was the home of unions – social security – medicare – and American working and middle-classes. But then something strange started happening. Over the course of the 1970s – the 1980s – and then the 1990s – the Democrats – well – they got a lot less democratic. They were still “liberal” – or said they were – but they now got their economic policies from Wall Street – and their trade policies from multinational corporations. And that was just the beginning. Then came school “reform” – welfare “reform” – the bankruptcy bill – the bailout. What happened? What happened to the party of FDR – Henry Wallace – and Lyndon Johnson? When did that party disappear and become the party of Bill Clinton – Tim Geithner and Larry Summers? Thomas Frank, founding editor of the Baffler – contributor to Salon and author of numerous books – including his latest – Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?, joins Thom to discuss this.

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Thom is a four-time Project Censored-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. His national daily progressive radio talk show is distributed to radio stations nationwide by Westwood One, Pacifica, and Free Speech TV. More people listen daily to the Thom Hartmann Program than any other progressive talk show in the nation.