This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 6, 2017 for week ending Dec. 15, 2017


"(Republicans) will turn around next year without any embarrassment, any shame and they will say, 'Well, all of a sudden because of the tax cuts we passed last year, the deficit now isn't 75 percent of Gross Domestic Product, it's now 90 percent of Gross Domestic Product. And so we're going to have to cut a trillion or two from the places where you can actually get the money, which is Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.'"

– Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, on why the Republican Congress is ignoring deficit expansion as part of their agenda to give big tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations and then gut the social safety net.

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GOP Tax Reform a Scam Harming Working Families and the U.S. Economy

MP3 Interview with Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, conducted by Scott Harris


Now that the Republican-controlled House and Senate have both passed their different versions of tax reform legislation, a conference committee is tasked with reconciling the differences between the two bills, after which the measure will be brought back to both chambers for a final vote. Although President Trump and congressional Republicans predict that they’ll succeed in final passage and have their tax bill signed into law by the end of the year, public opinion polls reveal that the measure is overwhelmingly unpopular. A recent Gallup poll found that 56 percent of those surveyed disapproved of the tax bill, while only 29 percent supported it.  Story continues

Climate Activists and Labor Must Work Together to Build a Clean Energy Future

MP3 Interview with Pedro Cruz, with Sierra Club's Labor and Economic Justice Program, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


At a conference focused on the struggle to rein in and roll back oil and gas infrastructure, more than 300 activists gathered in Pittsburgh Nov. 17th-20 at the People vs. Oil and Gas Infrastructure Summit for communities fighting back. There, they discussed the harms caused by various forms of fossil fuel production and use, including fracking, pipelines, oil trains, LNG export facilities, fracked gas power plants, refinery expansion and more. The current infrastructure boom, summit organizers say, will lock in fossil fuel production for decades to come, threatening the global climate and harming people’s air, water, and health.  Story continues

National Coalition Gears Up to Oppose Trump FCC Net Neutrality Repeal

MP3 Interview with Steven Renderos, organizing director with the group the Center for Media Justice, conducted by Scott Harris


President Trump’s appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, former Verizon attorney Ajit Pai, has from the beginning of his tenure at the FCC pledged to reverse consumer protections initiated during President Obama’s eight years in office. Now, Pai and the Republican majority on the FCC are expected to vote on a resolution to kill net neutrality on Dec. 14.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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