THOM HARTMANN (14 Dec 2012): The gun folks are out there saying, 'Guns don't kill people -- people kill people.' I would say, 'OK, guns don't kill people -- inequality kills people.' Why is it that the United States has this horrible problem? We are one of the most unequal countries in the world, and we didn't so much have this problem when we were less unequal, in the '50s, '60s, '70s.
THOM HARTMANN (9:16): The primary message of hard-right talk radio and Fox News is [that] income inequality is a good thing, [that] there shouldn't be taxes, high taxes, on the rich.
THOM HARTMANN (10:16): People say, 'What's the matter with Kansas? Why do, why do people in red states vote for Republicans?' Because they're inherently -- because of the inequality. They are inherently -- 'paranoid' is almost too strong a word, but distrustful, and that leads to a whole variety of social ills, including increased rates of homicide.