Better than Maddow w/Romney: Berkowitz w/ Tribune's Zorn on Cable/Web on Romney's taxes, Dem's Joe McCarthy and who "built it."

 

Jeff Berkowitz: Where does [economic] growth come from? Government or entrepreneurs?

Eric Zorn [Chicago Tribune]: Obviously entrepreneurs are the real engine of growth, but you can’t have entrepreneurs if you don’t have government behind them. They cannot operate without the structure—

Jeff Berkowitz: We could have a lot less government behind us and then we could have a lot more growth.

Eric Zorn: You need the structure of government, you need the schools, you need the roads, you need the internet— [you can  watch the show with Eric Zorn, recorded  on Aug. 8, 2012, here) ]

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Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think Apple is there because we have roads…because government employees went out and built roads and that’s what enabled Steve Jobs to do it? Do you think that’s the engine of growth in the United States? People building roads?

Eric Zorn: No, no. I’m saying—

Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think the federal government is driving this stuff?

Eric Zorn: No, no.  That’s not what [President Obama] said.

Jeff Berkowitz: Did you ever read this book—Capitalism and Freedom [by Milton Friedman]? [See, below, for an additional portion of the transcript of this week’s “Public Affairs,” TV show with Chicago Tribune columnist and blogger Eric Zorn.

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watch Zorn here)

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This week's Chicago and suburban editions of Public Affairs features Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune columnist,  debating and discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) pulled a Joe McCarthy, whether Mitt Romney should release 10 years of tax returns, even though Nancy Pelosi, who once was third in line to become President when she was Speaker, has, like Harry Reid, never released any tax returns; whether Obama's 800 billion dollar economic stimulus succeeded, whether the mainstream media loves Obama and hates Romney, whether the Obama campaign is running a non-issue oriented campaign that focuses on vicious, ad hominem attacks on Romney and much, much more.

The show with Tribune columnist and  blogger Zorn airs  tonight throughout the City of Chicago and in ten North Shore suburbs and tomorrow night in 24 North and Northwest Chicago suburbs at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19 or Cable Ch. 35  (See, below, for a detailed airing schedule of the show).

Next week's guests are ten year veteran State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) and her Republican challenger, Jonathan Greenberg (R-Northbrook) discussing and debating their visions for state employee pension reform, including their views on increasing the minimum retirement age and employee contributions for state employees, on decreasing the Cost of Living Adjustments of penions (COLAs) for state employees and on the so called "cost shift," from the state to school districts.   More politics and public policy on Public Affairs than anywhere else on your dial, so to speak.

You can also (Watch Nekritz/Greenberg, recoreded on August 8, 2012, here and watch Zorn here)

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You can watch the "Public Affairs," show with Chicago Tribune columnist and blogger Eric Zorn tonight and Wednesday at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19, airing in  Winnetka and nine other North Shore suburbs (See, below, for a detailed ten North Shore suburb airing schedule).

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You can also watch the show with Tribune columnist Eric Zorn throughout the City of Chicago tonight at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV).

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The "Public Affairs" show featuring Eric Zorn airs tonight and Wednesday night in its new, regular, twice weekly (Monday and Wednesday) slot at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in ten North Shore suburbs:  Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The Public Affairs show featuring the Tribune's Zorn airs tomorrow night at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable on

Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette.

and on

Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

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Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think Apple is there because we have roads…because government employees went out and built roads and that’s what enabled Steve Jobs to do it? Do you think that’s the engine of growth in the United States? People building roads?

Eric Zorn: No, no. I’m saying—

Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think the federal government is driving this stuff?

Eric Zorn: No, no.  That’s not what [President Obama] said.

Jeff Berkowitz: Did you ever read this book—Capitalism and Freedom [ by the most influential economist of the 20th Century, Milton Friedman]. ?

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Jeff Berkowitz: Apple was driven by entrepreneurs, not by people building roads.

Eric Zorn: Apple was-- there was a great deal—and nobody takes that away [from Apple].

Jeff Berkowitz: Chicago Tribune, when it’s clicking, is driven by entrepreneurs, not by the Government, okay?

Eric Zorn: But the Chicago Tribune relies greatly on the internet; it relies on roads

Jeff Berkowitz: Companies are driven by entrepreneurs

Eric Zorn: [Society] relies on regulations [from] governments. It totally does.

Jeff Berkowitz: Yes and when the lady running for the U. S. Senate in Massachusetts [Elizabeth Warren] says, “you [the corporation] didn’t pay for it”…  the corporation, the shareholders [of that corporation] did pay those corporate taxes, the employees [did] pay taxes—

Eric Zorn: Yes, good.

Jeff Berkowitz: Corporations, through those people, pay taxes. They did pay for it. [Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren] doesn’t know what the Hell she’s talking about [when she says corporations and companies don’t pay for those things].

Eric Zorn: No, they helped pay for it. Everybody helped pay for it.

Jeff Berkowitz: That’s where Obama got this crap [that companies and entrepreneurs don’t build things].  From Ms.Warren. And, it’s a pile of crap. You know it. I know it.  And, everybody watching this show knows it.

Eric Zorn: No, it is not a pile of crap..

Jeff Berkowitz: Do entrepreneurs drive [economic] growth or does Government drive growth?

Eric Zorn: It’s not a pile of crap; it is part of the social contract.

Jeff Berkowitz: Where does growth come from? Government or entrepreneurs?

Eric Zorn: Obviously entrepreneurs are the real engine of growth, but you can’t have entrepreneurs if you don’t have government behind them. They cannot operate without the structure—

Jeff Berkowitz: We could have a lot less government behind us and then we could have a lot more growth.

Eric Zorn: You need the structure of government, you need the schools, you need the roads, you need the internet—

Jeff Berkowitz:  You [want] 50% of [the entrepreneur’s] wealth going to government and 50% to the entrepreneur? You think that is a fair allocation?

Eric Zorn: I don’t know what it is that you want government to do and what you don’t what it to do?

Jeff Berkowitz: I don’t think I want 50% of the wealth [going to government]. [you can  watch the show with Eric Zorn, recorded  on Aug. 8, 2012, here) ]

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