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In OtherWords: December 6, 2017

Everyone hates the tax bill, and a new movement is rising in its wake.

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This past week, the Senate passed the GOP tax bill we’ve been railing against for weeks at OtherWords. (Clearly many senators need to read better op-eds.)

This week, we pile on some more: Jim Hightower explains that this bill is really, really bad for you if you make anything under $75,000. And Josh Hoxie argues it’s no surprise that the bill is really, really unpopular.

Ordinary Americans seem to recognize that a heist is underway. There’s a hastily organized restructuring of our economy to redistribute income upward. (And if you need a primer on what sociologists call “structure vs. agency,” check out Jill Richardson’s column this week.)

However, it’s not all bad. As Sarah Anderson reports, the bill is helping to spark a massive new moral movement against inequality in our culture and politics. A massive mobilization to revitalize Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign on its 50th anniversary could shake up politics as we know it over the next year.

Also this week, Beth Porter reports on the health and environmental costs of paper receipts, millions of which are being printed as holiday shopping gets into full swing. And Khalil Bendib has a great sketch of the Trump administration’s panic over the apparent flipping of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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(Khalil Bendib / OtherWords.org)

  1. The GOP Tax Plan Is Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy / Sarah Anderson
    While Republicans may succeed in scoring a short-term win for their donors, their tax plan is sparking a new moral movement against inequality.
  2. Everyone Hates This Tax Bill / Josh Hoxie
    The more the public learns about the tax cut plan making its way through Congress, the more they hate it.
  3. Skip the Slip This Holiday Season / Beth Porter
    Holiday shopping generates enormous amounts of paper waste, but there’s a simple solution.
  4. Our Social Structure is Rigged / Jill Richardson
    Laws and policies don’t determine your entire life, but each one makes it either easier or harder to get ahead.
  5. If You Make Under $75,000, You Lose / Jim Hightower
    Behind closed doors, Republicans admit that their tax plan is all for their rich donors.
  6. Michael Who? / Khalil Bendib
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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of OtherWords.org.