This week in OtherWords, Sarah Anderson relays how taxpayers are subsidizing the CEOs of huge fast food companies, Sam Pizzigati sums up the Pope’s economic concerns, and Jill Richardson explains why holiday giving doesn’t require consumerism. Donald Kaul is still taking a break.

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  1. Exposing Secret Trade Pacts / Ron Carver
    These deals endanger our democracy.
  2. The Fake Debt Crisis / Martha Burk
    The latest standoff may trigger a new round of cuts to programs low-income Americans depend on most.
  3. Fast Food Giants Gorge on Subsidies / Sarah Anderson
    Thanks to a loophole that subsidizes CEO pay, McDonald’s, Yum Brands, Wendy’s, Burger King, Domino’s, and Dunkin’ Brands trimmed $64 million from their tax bills in 2011 and 2012.
  4. Thou Shalt Not Tolerate Inequality / Sam Pizzigati
    By rejecting a “deified Market,” Pope Francis is protecting our societies — and souls.
  5. Celebrating the Season without Worshipping Consumerism / Jill Richardson
    You can be a Scrooge when it comes to holiday shopping and still be generous.
  6. Coke’s Ploy to Drain Your Wallet When You Dine Out / Jim Hightower
    Hypocrisy is now the official rocket fuel or corporate profits.
  7. Just Say No to the Drug War / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    This boondoggle won’t die quickly or quietly.
  8. Pope Francis Riles Wall Street / Khalil Bendib

    Pope Francis Riles Wall Street, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    Pope Francis Riles Wall Street, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org