This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 13, 2017 for week ending Sept. 22, 2017

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"It's amazing to think that ordinary Americans pay their taxes every year. They pay taxes when they buy a gallon of gasoline or a new winter coat – but people who are trading millions of dollars and derivatives every minute don't pay any kind of sales tax when they're doing that kind of activity."

–Sarah Anderson, director of the Institute for Policy Studies' Global Economy Project, on how the high-flying financial speculators of Wall Street don't pay any taxes on their transactions


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Trump's GOP-Supported Corporate Tax Cuts Don't Produce Jobs

MP3 Interview with Sarah Anderson, director of the Institute for Policy Studies' Global Economy Project, conducted by Scott Harris

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During the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump promised to pass the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan’s $200 billion tax reduction in 1981. While the administration hasn’t yet produced a detailed proposal, analysis of the broad outlines of the plan found that their tax cuts would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans and the billionaire and millionaire members of Trump’s own Cabinet. While Trump has refused to release his federal tax returns, it’s a safe bet that he himself – as well as his luxury real estate development company would be primary beneficiaries of the tax reform plan.  Story continues

Democrats' Progressive and Wall-Street Friendly Wings Battle Over Party's Future

MP3 Interview with Norman Solomon, co-founder & coordinator of the online activist organization RootsAction.org, conducted by Scott Harris

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In Hillary Clinton’s newly-published book titled, “What Happened,” she criticizes her Democratic primary opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as being an unrealistic over-promiser. She maintains that his attacks during the campaign caused “lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' campaign.”  Story continues

LGBTQ Prison Support Group Black and Pink Works to Empower their Incarcerated Members

MP3 Interview with Reed Miller, technology coordinator with the LGBTQ prisoner support group Black and Pink, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Black and Pink is a grassroots nationwide organization led by formerly incarcerated LGBTQ individuals who support 14,000 LGBTQ community members currently in prison. Their website states, “Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service and organizing.” Among other work, the group publishes and sends a monthly newsletter to its incarcerated members.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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