This week in OtherWords, Peter Hart debunks the myth of a “grand bargain” that requires Social Security benefit cuts, Jim Hightower points out that taxpayers shouldn’t help JPMorgan Chase cover the cost of its $13 billion in fines, and Jill Richardson encourages gratitude to Native Americans for the foods we eat on Thanksgiving. Donald Kaul is still taking some time off.
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- Grand Bargain or Raw Deal? / Peter Hart
Many elderly Americans are close enough to poverty’s edge that Social Security cuts of any size could push them over the brink.
- ENDA and the Golden Rule / Rev. Leonard B. Jackson
I was taught to honor and respect others, even if they might be a little different from me.
- This Year, Have a Big-Poultry-Free Holiday Season / Wenonah Hauter
Factory farming hurts poultry producers, consumers, and the environment.
- Drawing a Lesson from Colorado’s Conflicting Tax Votes / Jason Salzman
How would Coloradans have voted on a school tax that would only collect more revenue from the super rich?
- Taking Stock of the Most Affluent Among Us / Sam Pizzigati
The richest Americans are raking in about 1,000 times as much money as the bottom 90 percent, not counting their secret stashes.
- Who Deserves Our Thanks for Truly American Food? / Jill Richardson
Until 1492, Europeans had never tried potatoes, cranberries, corn, or turkey.
- Paying for Corporate Crime on the Taxpayer’s Dime / Jim Hightower
By letting JPMorgan Chase deduct $4 billion from its taxes to pay $13 billion in penalties for its misdeeds, the government is putting the “con” in unconscionable.
- Why Politicians Shouldn’t Fear Getting an F from the NRA / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
Only a third of U.S. households possess guns, down from 50 percent four decades ago.
- Fixing Social Security / Khalil Bendib