December 10, 2009 – Hour 1

At the top of our first hour, we examine President Obama’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize; how does it change in light of our two ongoing wars, especially after the President’s recent escalation of our military presence in Afghanistan? Marc talks with Anthony McCarthy, host of WEAA’s own Anthony McCarthy Show, by telephone for this first segment.

Next, we’re joined by Laurence Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics at Boston University and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Elizabeth Haynes of Haynes and Company Consulting and former head of Strategic Planning at Urban Outfitters.

Kotlikoff and Haynes discuss the changing American mindset toward consumerism–if the recent changes in our attitudes toward spending represent a real sea change in our thinking–or if it’s simply a fashionable market trend that will diminish as the economy improves.