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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. This Year, Have a Big-Poultry-Free Holiday Season / Wenonah Hauter
    Factory farming hurts poultry producers, consumers, and the environment.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. Who Deserves Our Thanks for Truly American Food? / Jill Richardson
    Until 1492, Europeans had never tried potatoes, cranberries, corn, or turkey.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Fixing Social Security / Khalil Bendib
Fixing Social Security, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

Fixing Social Security, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco

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