Virtually all recent polling finds that the majority of Americans oppose the Trump tax "cut" plan. And that's based on what we've been able to find out about it in the precious little time Congress has spent "debating" the bill! We Americans are demonstrably smarter about tax "cuts" than we used to be -- after all, how much "trickling down" has really gone on over the last four decades? -- but I worry that this won't become as real for Americans as the health care "reform" debate obviously did. Then again, Republicans might be greedy enough to pass this bill before Christmas, and then it'll become quite real indeed in the coming months when we all go to do our taxes.
Donna Minkowitz at The Nation finds speakers of a secret white supremacist conference doing things like denouncing corporate power and embracing single-payer health care. I've long suspected that a lot of white supremacists would find their racism a lot less compelling if we shined the light of economic populism upon them -- no use telling me wrong, because I've seen economic populism convert people! -- but we should beware of the possibility that the "liberal" media will pretend single-payer health care is a "racist" position merely because Richard Spencer contaminated it with his racist cooties, just as they've done with "free" trade. And then our work becomes much harder, but when was it ever easy, or supposed to be?
MSNBC reverses its decision to fire Sam Seder, after realizing that they'd completely misinterpreted an eight-year old tweet from Mr. Seder, a misreading helped along, naturally, by a massive right-wing campaign against Mr. Seder. Maybe I'm just a demanding bastard, but I'm not that impressed that MSNBC finally got it right, because the original screw-up is so inexcusable. Seriously, read what people write, in context, and then refute or ignore the drama that assholes create about it. Why is that so hard?
A Reuters report finds over 100 incidents of prisoners dying after corrections officers used tasers on them. Many of these prisoners were already restrained when tasered, and many of them died after being subjected to other, non-taser force. The Reuters findings cover over 17 years, but I would think they lowball the actual number of deaths-by-taser, and anyway, one is too many. And "law and order" ballswingers would see it exactly the same way if it happened to someone in their family.
Finally, former Colorado Republican Party Chair is convicted of voter fraud after a) going on and on in public about how Democrats are the only ones who ever commit voter fraud and b) filling out and mailing in his ex-wife's absentee ballot. Of course he blames it on a "diabetic episode," which you're free to translate as "the Twinkie defense." What are the chances of Fox News throwing a hissy fit over this actual documented instance of voter fraud? I kid, of course -- the chances are precisely zero, because a Republican did it.