As a major tax overhaul moves closer to a vote in Congress, we’re taking another deep dive into what’s in it.

This week in OtherWords, Chuck Collins says forget all the talk about “who wins” and “who loses” – that’s just fancy packaging for a bill which, at root, exclusively benefits billionaires and corporations. Jim Hightower piles on, and Khalil Bendib illustrates the point beautifully.

Meanwhile, Jill Richardson reports on how the bill could effectively kill higher education in this country, by making it even more unaffordable to be a broke grad student than it already is.

Also this week, Keith Payne takes a look at the countries and regions we often associate with fad diets – the Nordic, the Mediterranean, the Japanese, etc.

Maybe you’ve heard that foods from those places will help you live longer. More likely, Keith explains, is that people in those countries live longer because they have less inequality and better health care.

What a thought!

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  1. Stop Talking About ‘Winners and Losers’ from Corporate Tax Cuts / Chuck Collins
    No working person should pay more to reward billionaires and corporate tax dodgers.
  2. Forget the Nordic Diet. Try their Tax Plan. / Keith Payne
    The best way to improve Americans’ life expectancy isn’t some fad diet. It’s to reduce inequality.
  3. Washington’s War on Poor Grad Students / Jill Richardson
    Imagine having to pay thousands of dollars of taxes on virtually no income.
  4. One Monstrosity Trump Won’t Want His Name On / Jim Hightower
    As a developer, Trump made millions and left his partners with the debt. His tax plan is no different.
  5. Serving the Middle Class… / Khalil Bendib
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