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Thursday
Jun252015

Horace Cooper Rumbles with Thom Hartmann on Trade, Trans Fats, Climate Change and Women's Health Funding

On June 17, Horace Cooper held back no punches as part of “The Big Picture Rumble” on the RT Network. Host Thom Hartmann moderated the panel that also included Bryan Pruitt of RedState.com and TJ Helmstetter of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Flabbergasted that congressional Republicans were supporting President Obama’s controversial trade bill, liberal host Hartmann asked the panel why, and Cooper bluntly responded: “It turns out Trade Promotion Authority is a positive good in and of itself and we are happy, we are HAPPY, to see the President of the United States embrace that concept.”

Next topic: the FDA’s recent ban of trans fats.  While the show’s liberals thought this issue was a no-brainer, Pruitt noted that industry was already making the move toward healthier food without requiring a mandate, and Cooper pointed out that this ban will likely have an economic impact. “The problem is that you’re targeting an industry and making them bear all of the costs while we claim to spread out the benefits to all of society,” Cooper noted. “That’s how you kill jobs.”

Does the Pope’s new encyclical on climate change promote policies that help — or hurt — the poorest in the world?  Cooper says the truth isn’t what you might expect: “Poor people are disproportionately impacted by climate change regulation policies.  They are overwhelmingly going to be the front line of those harmed by these policies.”

On the issue of women’s health funding, Cooper said there’s a quick solution for those wanting to protect that budget line item: “This problem will go away if Planned Parenthood and the other abortuary operators decide that they’re no longer going to do that and they’ll just stick to STD testing, they’ll stick to cervical screenings and the like, and then you won’t have this problem… We are funding abortion mills all across this country and Americans… don’t support them.”

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