BTS 4/17/06: Top Brass Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation; New Orleans Mayoral Race; Tax Day

Listen: Anthony Arnove - Malcolm Suber - Heather Boushey

On tonight’s program we look at the call for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to resign by seven retired Generals, including former leading commanders of the war in Iraq. Anthony Arnove joins us.

We then turn to the mayoral election in New Orleans on april 22 – a race that is also about race. We talk to Malcolm Suber.

And finally, today is tax day – and as millions of Americans rush to meet tonight’s filing deadline they are finding that taxes have flattened – millionaires and middle class Americans pay at nearly the same rates – and a stealth tax is eating up the income of nearly 19 million households. Economist Heather Boushey sheds some light.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Anthony Arnove is the editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States (Seven Stories), the long-awaited primary-source companion to A People’s History of the United States. He is also editor of Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War (South End/Pluto) and a collection of interviews with Howard Zinn, Terrorism and War (Seven Stories). An activist based on Brooklyn, New York, he is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books, and is a member of the National Writers Union and the International Socialist Organization. He also has contributed to The Struggle for Palestine (Haymarket Books) and has written for Z Magazine, The Nation, In These Times, Monthly Review, the Financial Times, and other publications.

2. Malcolm Suber, a Hurricane Katrina Survivor, is a leader of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund based in New Orleans.

3. Heather Boushey is an economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Her research focuses on the U.S. Labor market, social policy, and work on family issues. She is a co-author of The State of Working America 2002-03 and Hardships in America: The Real American Story of Working Families. Dr. Boushey is a Research Affiliate with the National Poverty Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and on the editorial review board of WorkingUSA and the Journal of Poverty. Her work has appeared in Dollars & Sense, In These Times, and New Labor Forum, and peer-reviewed journals, including Review of Political Economy and National Women's Studies Association Journal. Previously, she was at the Economic Policy Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College.