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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Here Comes the Next Big Right-Wing Attack on Our Voting Systems

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Right-wingers are using bad data and shoddy methodology to push localities to purge infrequent voters.

'You're Fired': Trump Falls Back on TV Catchphrase to Reporters as Thanksgiving Meltdown Continues

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

He began the day by prolonging his feud with the father of a black college basketball player.

GOP Insider Bruce Bartlett: 'The Republican Party Needs to Die'

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Onetime Reagan White House aide Bruce Bartlett on the media’s massive failure and his own party’s living death.

GOP Congressman in Nude Selfie Scandal Threatened to Report Woman to Capitol Police

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The representative can be heard making the comments on a recording.

No Thanks to Thanksgiving

By Robert Jensen, AlterNet

Let's atone for the genocide that was incited by the very men we idolize as our founding fathers.

How Gutting Net Neutrality Poses a Direct Threat to Political Organizing

By Amy Goodman, Juan González, Democracy Now!

The FCC's Ajit Pai ignores public support and laws upholding equal internet access.

Trump Is About to Provoke a Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Tens of thousands of Haitian refugees are being told to leave. Here’s why that may be a problem in three years.

Libya Is Home to a 21st-Century Slave Market and the UN Security Council Won't Act

By Vijay Prashad, AlterNet

A horrifying CNN report reveals concentration camps and human lives on the auction block.

Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding Corporate Propaganda

By Anna Meyer, OtherWords

Congress wants to spend millions peddling corporate talking points on GMOs.

4 Ways Right-Wing Media Are Shilling for Tax Reform (and Why They're Wrong)

By Julie Alderman, Media Matters

As usual, the GOP tax scam takes from the poor to give to the rich.

Trump's Judicial Picks: 'The Goal Is to End the Progressive State'

By Jamiles Lartey, The Guardian

Donald Trump is radically reshaping the same federal courts that have been the biggest bulwark against his agenda—by picking mostly white, conservative men.

C-SPAN Cuts off Caller Who Advises Roy Moore Victims to Say 'He Has a Tiny Little' Penis

By David Edwards, Raw Story

The staid network was in no mood for jokes.

Jim Hightower: This Thanksgiving, Break the Colonial Mold and Have an Earth Dinner

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Most of us don't realize that our dinner tells many stories.

Type of Alcohol Determines Whether You Become Merry or Maudlin—Study

By Nicola Davis, The Guardian

Spirits are associated with confidence and red wine is linked to relaxation—and researchers hope findings will help people consider alcohol’s emotional effects.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to Survive Thanksgiving If You Have to Spend It with Die-Hard Trump Supporters

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

Reaching across political divisions is actually possible with radical empathy.

The Trump Tax Plan Wants to Create a Nation of Idiots

By David Cay Johnson, DC Report

Republicans' newest legislation is an attack on the very institution of higher learning.

How on Earth Are We Allowing George W. Bush's Reputation to Be Rehabilitated?

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch

The enemy of our enemy is still a war criminal.

Has the Telecom Industry Just Been Busted for a Secret Lobbying Campaign to Kill Net Neutrality?

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

New York State's attorney general said FCC was targeted by fake lobbying, but it is obstructing his investigation.

The GOP Accepted Donations from an Accused Nazi War Criminal as Recently as 2014: Report

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

Michael Karkoc is a "lifelong Republican" wanted for liquidating a village in Eastern Poland.

Lara Trump Is Building a Propaganda Empire on Facebook

By Matthew Sheffield, Salon

Remember Trump TV? It’s still very much a thing.

Can Congress Stop Trump's March to War?

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Foreign policy consensus in Washington isn’t always a good thing. With this man’s finger on the button and consensus against him, we need it.

Trump Wants Ivanka and Jared Kushner to Return to New York: Report

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The president appears to have lost faith in his son-in-law's political advice.

Gary Cohn Faked Bad Connection in Conference Call to Get Trump Off the Phone: Report

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

White House staffers continue to treat the president like a child.

Unhinged Trump Fans Are Mistakenly Hate-Tweeting 'Reading Rainbow' Star LeVar Burton

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

They seem to have confused him for the president's newest target, LaVar Ball.

Nearly Half of Republicans Say an Alleged Child Sex Abuser Should Be Allowed to Serve in Senate: Poll

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

Those aren't the only disturbing findings from Quinnipiac University's latest.

Trump Betrayed His Loyal Alt-Right Following by Moving to Axe Net Neutrality

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

"The new bill would make telecoms like Comcast actual juries of content, forcing users to pay more for speedier access to some website."

Donald Trump Lashes Out at LaVar Ball and the NFL in Racist Morning Tweetstorm

By Mark Sumner, DailyKos

The president's message to his base couldn't be any clearer.

Roy Moore Has Some Alabama Women Voting Blue for the First Time in Their Lives

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

A new report finds a few are even canvassing for Doug Jones.

Trump Privately Questioned the Veracity of Sexual Assault Claims Against Roy Moore: Report

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The president compared the allegations to the ones against himself.

How Greed, Fear and Our Own Biases Blind Us to the Realities of Climate Change

By James S. Gordon, MD, AlterNet

By the time climate change is no longer a long-term threat, it will be too late.

'You'll Never Work Again': Women Tell How Sexual Harassment Broke Their Careers

By Molly Redden, The Guardian

Actors, writers, comedians and journalists speak out about the toll that sexual assault and harassment in the workplace took on their futures.

Conservative MSNBC Host Nicolle Wallace 'Repulsed' by Trump's Support of Roy Moore

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

“There’s nothing normal about throwing your weight behind a child molester."

Is Trump Going to Deport 59,000 Haitians Who Fled a Humanitarian Crisis?

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

Many of those with temporary protected status have planted deep roots in the U.S.

For Intelligent and Sensitive Turkeys, Thanksgiving Is Nothing to Cluck About

By Ari Solomon, AlterNet

The suffering these birds endure is considered standard by the industrial agriculture industry.

The U.S. Navy Is Poisoning Local Water Supplies Across the Nation With Toxic Chemicals

By Dahr Jamail, Truthout

In hundreds of towns across America, citizens are becoming collateral damage.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away

By Sophie Quinton, Stateline

Ending pot prohibition is only the beginning. We also need to repair the harms caused by it, and expunging old convictions is a start.

Robert Reich: Jim Crow Is Making a Furious Comeback

By Robert Reich,

The former secretary of labor warns hundreds of thousands are being disenfranchised.

Is Ivanka Trump a Target of Investigation Now? It Seems Inevitable

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Ivanka is deeply implicated in her family’s involvement with foreign corruption.

Here's What You Have to Earn to Get a Mortgage in America's 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Most Americans cannot afford to live in progressive coastal epicenters.

Paul Krugman: Republicans Can't Even Keep Their Lies Straight Anymore

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

There's no precedent for the GOP's mendacity about its newest tax plan.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Will Regret Asking April Ryan What She's Thankful for This Thanksgiving

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The veteran reporter was in no mood during Monday's press hearing.

This John Oliver Montage of Charlie Rose Looks Extremely Creepy in Hindsight

By Anna Menta, Newsweek

Eight women have accused the CBS anchor of sexual misconduct.

The GOP's Tax Cut Bonanza Is a Major Attack on Medicare

By Nancy Altman, Linda Benesch, AlterNet

Paul Ryan and Mick Mulvaney can't be trusted to protect our Medicare benefits.

Roy Moore Was Even More of a Threat to Teenage Girls Than Previously Thought

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

A former Alabama cop says she was tasked with keeping him away from high school cheerleaders.

Why Roy Moore's Evangelical Supporters Will Never Abandon Him

By Julie Ingersoll, Religion Dispatches

“It’s not a southern problem, it’s a fundamentalist problem. Girls who are 14 are seen as potential relationship material.”

Watch: Alabama Voter Refuses to Believe Sexual Assault Allegations

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

An attendee of a rally of "Women for Moore" believes some vague conspiracy rather than the facts.

Why Aren't We Investigating the Sexual Assault Charges Against Trump?

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

He got a pass during the 2016 election, but there's one possible solution.

Inequality Out of Control: The Average 1% Household Is Over $2.5 Million Richer in the Past Year

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

Things are going to get even harder for families suffering the most from inequality.

Does Trump Have an Ulterior Motive in Trying to Block the AT&T Merger?

By Matt Gertz, Media Matters

A new lawsuit could be retaliation for CNN's critical coverage of the president.

Jared Kushner Used Newspaper as Pro-Wikileaks, Anti-Clinton 'Platform': Report

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The New York Observer served as a mouthpiece for the Trump campaign.

Trump Is Trying to Make Dropping Nukes a 'Mainstream' Approach to War

By Michael Klare, TomDispatch

Our president is a madman in charge of the nuclear arsenal. We should be taking to the streets in protest now.

Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Busted Driving 119 Miles Per Hour

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

The personality claimed she was rushing to visit her ailing mother.

America Only Started Caring About the Opioid Epidemic When It Hit Suburbia

By Randiesia Fletcher-Riggs, The Op-Ed Project

Only when the victims are white does our government pay attention.

There Is an Ugly War Being Waged Against Poverty-Stricken Grad Students

By Jill Richardson, OtherWords

Imagine having to pay thousands of dollars of taxes on virtually no income.

Two of the Biggest Threats to the Stability of the World Economy Are Hiding in Plain Sight

By Deborah James, AlterNet

It's time for members and citizens to resist the Big Tech agenda.

Cannabis Ice Cream Is Here to Mellow Out the Family During Thanksgiving

By Julien Perry, The Fresh Toast

More powerful than pumpkin pie.

Monday, November 20, 2017

8 Women Accuse Charlie Rose of Sexual Misconduct: Report

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The allegations include groping, exhibitionism and verbal harassment.

Investigative Report: Instagram's Political Propaganda Spread to Multi-Millions of Facebook Users in 2016

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Research reveals Instagram's role, “zombie accounts” still online and psychological Trojan horses.

The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity's Malaise

By Judith Schwartz, AlterNet

What we need is the intention—and a design framework—that supports human and ecological wellbeing.

Sexism Antidote: Democrats Should Commit to an All-Woman Ticket in 2020

By Rick Gell, AlterNet

For all the right reasons, Bernie, Joe, Cory and the rest should step aside.

Capitalism Is Not Our Only Choice

By Penn Loh, YES! Magazine

We have opportunities every day to build economies that lift each other up and spread joy.

Second Woman Accuses Al Franken of Sexual Misconduct

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Thirty-three-year-old Lindsey Menz claims the Minnesota senator groped her at a state fair.

Had My Stepfather Picked Up a Gun and Killed Us All, Nobody Would Have Been Surprised

By Katherine Fugate, Medium

Everybody in town knew about the abuse I survived growing up. Nobody said a thing.

Roy Moore's Preposterous Threat Against an Alabama News Publisher Backfires Spectacularly

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The company basically dared the spiraling candidate to sue.

Trump Voter's Total Devotion to President Leaves CNN's Alisyn Camerota Aghast

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

The entire focus group could only laugh uncomfortably.

Get a Load of What H.R. McMaster Has to Say About Trump Behind Closed Doors

By Laura Clawson, DailyKos

Rex Tillerson isn't the only official who seems to think the president is a moron.

Russia Has Been Watching Trump for Decades: Report

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

KGB operatives first approached him in 1986.

Sean Hannity Has a Long, Revolting History of Undermining Women Who Report Sexual Abuse

By Andrew Lawrence, Julie Alderman, Dina Radke, Media Matters

His brand practically revolves around protecting predators.

Is the Trump Administration the Most Nepotistic in Modern American History?

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

A new report reveals the president has made a handful of families enormously powerful.

How Do We Keep an Impulsive Trump From Launching Nuclear War?

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Washington wakes up to a terrifying problem.

Racism Is a Highly Profitable Online Business

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Who knew racial slurs and Holocaust memes could generate so much money?

Donald Trump Knows Exactly Who He's Targeting on Twitter and Why

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

It's not a coincidence the president has gone after LaVar Ball and Marshawn Lynch.

Is Robert Mueller Now Targeting Trump for Obstruction of Justice?

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

The special investigator has requested a wide array of documents from the Justice Department.

Racist Cult Leader Charles Manson Dead at 83

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

He reportedly died of natural causes at a California hospital.

The Biggest Legal Pot Economy in the World Starts January 1—What Will It Look Like?

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

California kicks off a whole new era in the history of cannabis consumption.

Understanding the 'Reactionary Mind' in the Age of Trump

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

Modern conservatism is a reactionary project.

America's Response to School Massacres? A Booming Classroom Security Industry

By Lois Beckett, The Guardian

After a deadly school shooting, the UK banned handguns.

Now That Colin Kaepernick Is GQ’s Citizen of the Year, It’s Time the World Knows He's a Vegan

By Joe Loria, AlterNet

Kaepernick's fight against oppression includes animal welfare.

Massive Pipeline Leak Shows Why Nebraska Should Reject Keystone XL

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

About 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from the controversial pipeline.

Books Are Playing a Role in Elevating and Transforming Chicago Communities

By Valerie Vande Panne, AlterNet

Illiteracy rates are high in Chicago, and Open Books is working to fill the void.

It’s Time for the #MeToo Effect to Take on the Military

By David Masciotra, Salon

Reform is needed to change how the military handles sexual assault and harassment cases.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cable News Attention Deficit Disorder Is Harming America and Preventing Progressive Change

By Rick Gell, AlterNet

We need MSNBC to step up, admit the disease and lead the way to a cure.

Hard to Believe: Pennsylvania Cops Abuse Senior Couple Because They Think Hibiscus Is Marijuana

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Trained drug detection officers couldn't tell the difference between hibiscus plants and pot plants.

Robert Reich: The Revolt Against Trump Is a Backlash Against All Forms of Bullying

By Robert Reich,

Powerful and men who have felt free to impose their will on others may be in for a rude awakening.

Joy Reid Destroys Fox Commentators for Defending Accused Sex Abusers Roy Moore and Trump

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Reid suggested that conservative media outlets are unsure of how to handle the news.

Alabama's Largest Newspapers Call Out Roy Moore for Sexual Abuse of Children and a 'Pathological Fixation' on Sex

By David Edwards, Raw Story

Alabama newspapers called on voters over the weekend to reject Republican Senate Roy Moore.

What Are the Real Chances of Suffering a Heart Attack During Sex?

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Happens all the time in the movies, right?

No One Man Should Be Able to Trigger Nuclear War

By Eric Margolis, Eric Margolis's Blog

The urgent message of the day is: President Trump, Step away from that nuclear button and calm down.

Is This a 'Sex Panic' or a National Moment of Reckoning? Can’t It Be Both?

By Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

This week the #MeToo moment became a political weapon—and reminded us that Americans don’t share the same reality.

Bruce Springsteen's Broadway Show Is Gripping

By Michael Bader, AlterNet

It's not a concert or a play; it's a performance of a life story set to music.

Why Trump Lies

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

Lies are the way authoritarians exercise power. While in office, Trump has lied 1,628 times.

The House Tax Bill Robs Students so That the Rich and Corporations Can Have More

By David Cay Johnston, DC Report

The bill abandons investing in brainpower in favor of permanent tax cuts for the already rich and corporations.

Is There Such a Thing as a Good Public Apology?

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

In Trump's America, none of these statements seem to cut it.

Joseph Stiglitz: 'Trump Has Fascist Tendencies'

By Larry Elliott, The Guardian

Nobel prize-winning economist on the threat from the U.S. president, fairer globalization—and whether Bernie Sanders would have won.

Southern Plantations Should be Slave Memorials—Not Storybook Theme Parks, or Trump Businesses

By Shannon Weber, AlterNet

Southern plantations teach a version of history that leaves out the very white supremacy that created them.

So, Is CBD Legal Or What?

By Martin A. Lee, Project CBD

A series of police raids in North Dakota has set the stage for a courtroom showdown regarding the legal status of CBD. So far, it's not going well.

It's a Myth That Turkey Makes You Sleepy—but It May Bring More Trust to Your Thanksgiving Table

By Kevin Bennett, The Conversation

Tryptophan doesn't cause you to nod off, but it may be connected to cooperation.

FCC Leader Doing Trump's Dirty Work Against a Free Press

By Timothy Karr, Free Press

FCC Chair Ajit Pai is doing his best to undermine net neutrality and the fight against media consolidation.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Forget Tofurky: How to Have a Better Meatless Thanksgiving

By Ari LeVaux, AlterNet

Let's cook vegetables that look and taste like what they are, rather than like a carcass.

This Clip of Louis C.K. on the Daily Show Is Particularly Chilling in Light of the Accusations Against Him

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

The comedian says he thinks women who complain about rape jokes should “shut up.”

Unfounded Pot Hysteria Spreads on the Internet

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Headlines declaring the "first marijuana overdose" are sensational and misleading.

Tony Perkins Knew a GOP Lawmaker Sexually Assaulted a Teen—But He Kept Quiet, Emails Reveal

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

A Washington Post report reveals the emails showing what the head of the Evangelical Family Research Council knew.

America and Its Allies Are Underestimating North Korea's Other Big Threat

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

As two countries led by mercurial leaders spar, bio-warfare agents are harder to trace and easier to use than nukes.

Bill Maher: Al Franken Is Not Like Roy Moore, Kevin Spacey, Donald Trump

By Charlie May, Salon

The late-night comedian said Franken “did a bad thing” but shouldn’t be “lumped in” with other high-profile figures.

Sexual Harassment Settlements in Congress Are Costing Taxpayers Millions

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

There's a problem on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures around the country.

Is Steve Bannon's Destruction of the GOP Just a Plot Against Karl Rove?

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

The Breitbart editor apparently considers Rove his main competition.

Passing for Working Class Is Manipulative—and a Favorite Tactic of Duck Dynasty and Trump

By Clarence Page, Beacon Press

Trump pretends to be whatever his voters want him to be.

Hightower: Donald Trump's Strange Bromances with Duterte and Putin

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

He's desperate to be liked by dictators.

A New Supreme Court Case Could Drastically Drain Unions' Resources

By Bobbi Murray, Capital and Main

Wisconsin provided early examples of scorched-earth labor policies. California unions took note.

The Pathological Refusal to Report the Simple Truth About Presidential Lying

By Reed Richardson, FAIR

When did the simple act of calling out a politician for lying become such a taboo?

Pistols in Preschools: Why Schools Are Fighting Gun Advocates in This State

By Kathi Valeii, AlterNet

A proposed law would allow guns around children as young as 3 years old.

Only One in Ten Americans Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables—Are You One of Them?

By Jessica Glenza, The Guardian

People living in poverty have especially low rates.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Paul Krugman: Are Republicans Committing Political Suicide?

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

The GOP tax plan is horrible policy and even worse optics.

The Trump Family Made Millions from Drug Cartels and the Russian Mafia in Panama City: Report

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

Maybe we should start calling the president's Florida estate "Mar-a-Narco."

An Upstart Saudi Prince Threw a Tantrum Felt Around the World

By Vijay Prashad, AlterNet

It is remarkable how this nation of 33 million has so easily been taken hostage by the whims of its Crown Prince.

The Roy Moore Debacle in Alabama Is a Showcase of the GOP's Playbook to Rig Elections

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

This time there's no fake Democratic threat, just a Republican they want to stop any way they can.

Fox News Has a Homophobic New Conspiracy Theory This Holiday Season

By Laura Clawson, DailyKos

Conservatives are gearing up for the war-on-Christmas battle cry.

Thomas Frank: We're Still Aghast at Donald Trump—but What Good Has That Done?

By Thomas Frank, The Guardian

Declaring it all so ghastly isn’t going to halt these trends or remove the reprobate from the White House.

If Trump Collapses, Will Scott Walker Get a Comeback Chance?

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

After many gaffes and wasted millions, Walker flamed out early in 2016. Now he’s back, as a Trumpian zombie.

This Is Why You Should Never Feel a Moment's Sympathy for Trump's White House Staffers

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

MSNBC's Nicole Wallace reveals why they'll never resign in protest.

Has Samantha Bee Figured Out How to Persuade Skeptics That Climate Change Is Real?

By Jenny Pierson, AlterNet

A minor breakthrough on "Full Frontal" offers a ray of hope for the future.

GOP Governors Are in a Panic That Trump Is Spiking Their Re-Election Chances

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

The Virginia elections could be a sign of things to come.

Don't Be Fooled by These 12 Foods With Really Tricky Names

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

Rocky Mountain oysters aren't actually oysters.

The NY Times' Campus Free Speech Coverage Focuses 7-to-1 on Right-Wing Demagogues

By Adam Johnson, FAIR

The scourge of "both sides" journalism.

Gene Simmons Banned from Fox News for Life After Harassing Female Staffers

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The Kiss frontman reportedly burst into a staff meeting and exposed his chest.

Sylvester Stallone Pressured Teen Into Threesome and Threatened to 'Beat Her Head In': Police Report

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Stallone agreed to pay $2 million the following year to his half-sister, who claimed he sexually assaulted her for years.

Robert Mueller Has Subpoenaed More Than a Dozen Trump Officials for Documents Related to Russia: Report

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

This could mark a turning point in the special investigation.

Wall Street Stands to Make a Killing From Building Trump's Border Wall: Report

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

Hate is profitable for the Mercers, BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.

How Trump Blamed bin Laden’s Crimes on Iran to Stir War

By Ben Norton, AlterNet

The media missed the huge lies in Trump's historic speech on the Iran nuclear deal.

The New Museum of the Bible in D.C. Is Totally Connected to the Christian Right Agenda

By Emily C. Bell, AlterNet

The D.C. museum joins a group of attractions with messy relationships between church and state.

What's With Hannity's Bizarre Comment About Being Illegally Surveilled?

By Matt Gertz, Media Matters

More paranoid nonsense from Fox News.

Why 116,000 Black Women Are Walking Throughout the U.S.

By Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, YES! Magazine

Thirty minutes a day begins as a walk toward freedom from illness, disease, exhaustion, and, in some cases, trauma.

Are You in One of the 36 Million Families Whose Taxes Will Go Up Under the House Bill?

By Jeremy Slevin, Talk Poverty

A giant gift to billionaires at the expense of the rest of us.