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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Poll: GOP Paying High Price For Tax Cuts

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Republicans have for months deluded themselves that giant tax cuts for corporations and billionaires are the answer to all their problems.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it is the only thing that can save their House majority. Many other GOP lawmakers have said that without the tax scam passed by next year, their donors will cut them off.

Asked about the widespread unpopularity of the bill, Republican Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) responded, “Who cares?”

It turns out voters care.

And as GOP leadership seeks to ram through this bill with no public debate and without even seating the new senator from Alabama first, Public Policy Polling finds bad news for Republicans.…

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Panicked GOP Rushes Toward Secret Tax Deal Before Alabama Seats New Senator

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

A significant consequence of Democrat Doug Jones’s amazing victory in the Alabama election is that in January, Republicans will be down to just 51 votes in the Senate. Which is why House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are determined to vote on their tax scam in December.

On Wednesday morning, Republicans in Congress frantically announced they have the outline of a deal to be passed by the House and Senate, and they’re hoping to rush through a vote next week. (Update: Republican leaders announced a final bill early on Thursday.)

None of the details of this secret deal are yet known.…

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The Crisis Ahead: The U.S. Is No Country For Older Men And Women

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The news is not good for millions of aging Baby Boomers and Gen Xers in the United States who are moving closer to retirement age. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s annual report on retirement preparedness for 2017, only 18 percent of U.S.-based workers feel “very confident” about their ability to retire comfortably; Craig Copeland, senior research associate for EBRI and the report’s co-author, cited “debt, lack of a retirement plan at work, and low savings” as “key factors” in workers’ retirement-related anxiety. The Insured Retirement Institute finds a mere 23 percent of Baby Boomers and 24 percent of Gen Xers are confident that their savings will last in retirement.…

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