Why are the billionaires letting the US become a banana republic and how do we stop it? By inflicting pain on government workers during the shutdown and wanting some not to re-open, for their benefit. Workers not receiving their pay checks are forced to borrow money at high interest rates, which the billionaires think is easy, as they have a great line of credit. Will the shutdown destroy America? What do you think? And what is a Banana Republic anyway? Thom Hartmann discusses this.

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