Just weeks out of the midterms, inflation and immigration keep showing up atop the issues voters are most concerned about.

Republicans appear set to benefit from both. But this week in OtherWords, I look at what experts are saying about the GOP’s approach to inflation and find… little of substance! In fact, their usual move — tax cuts for the rich and powerful — will actually make inflation worse. Are Democrats offering an alternative?

Meanwhile, Shailly Gupta Barnes reports from a recent visit to Texas on how cynical politicians are weaponizing immigration for political advantage. But turning a humanitarian crisis into political theater, she explains, hurts poor and low-income people of all backgrounds — whether native-born or immigrant.

Also this week,Jim Hightower mourns his local newspaper.

New This Week…

Republican ‘Solutions’ Will Make Inflation Worse | Peter Certo
If cutting corporate tax rates and making billionaires wealthier actually fixed inflation, it would have been fixed ages ago.

The War on Immigrants Is a War on All Poor and Low-Income Americans | Shailly Gupta Barnes
If low-income voters stick together, they can stop politicians from turning a humanitarian crisis into political theater.

My Newspaper Died | Jim Hightower
More than half of all daily papers in America are in the grip of just 10 syndicates, most of which don’t care about journalism.

Still Above the Law | Khalil Bendib
Can any scandal bring Trump down?

In Case You Missed It…

Safe Tap Water Should Be a Human Right | Farrah Hassen
But from Michigan to Mississippi to tribal communities in the West, millions of Americans don’t have it.

Biden’s Marijuana Pardons Are a Seismic Shift | Paul Armentano
The immediate impacts are modest, but the order marks a top-level recognition that 100 years of cannabis prohibition were a mistake.

Raise Corporate Taxes, Not Interest Rates | Sarah Baron
To protect working families, policymakers should directly address the problem of corporate price gouging.

CEOs Are Literally Bragging About Raising Prices | Jim Hightower
“A little bit of inflation is always good in our business,” said Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.

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