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December 12, 2017

The Secret Difference in Hillbilly Elegy

I am in the process of reading J.D. Vance's best seller, Hillbilly Elegy, and had a sudden flash while reading about the good deeds of his grandfather. As a parent, he had made J.D.'s mother's childhood a living hell with...

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December 5, 2017

Tax Cuts won’t Create Economic Growth

For years, Republican politicians, economists who work in conservative think tanks, and CNBC have told us that rich people are "job creators." These snake oil salesmen assure us that the Trump tax cuts, which primarily benefit the wealthy, multinational corporations,...

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November 20, 2017

Orrin Hatch: “Man of the People”

There was some excellent video last week from the Senate. After the Senate's version of the tax cut plan was criticized by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio (D), Republican Orrin Hatch from Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, cut...

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