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I had dinner with friends this weekend, and we were talking about how many white people are convinced there is a whole secret world of goodies out there for the people on welfare and food stamps. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who tell me emphatically that illegal immigrants get grants to start their own businesses, that black people on welfare get a lot of money, and other crazy fantasies.

Which of course reminded us of this:

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Bishop Barber to meet with Pope Francis

Remember his speech at the DNC? His leadership of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays?
This is good news:

In an exclusive interview, Bishop Dr. William J. Barber II, currently president of Repairers of the Breach, a nonpartisan, nonprofit social advocacy group, has confirmed that he and a delegation of “moral, workers rights, anti-poverty and ecological justice advocates” will be meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thanksgiving Day.

Dr. Barber gave his permission Sunday for the news of his Vatican visit to be released now. He received the invitation from the Vatican last September, along with invitations to visit England and Africa to join other labor and workers’ rights advocates.

“[The Pope] wants to bless this movement, and meet with other activists from around the world who are fighting against poverty,” Barber said then, indicating that he would give his permission for it to be revealed in November.

Dr. Barber, who officially stepped down in October after 12 years as president of the N.C. NAACP, will be part of a two-day conference attended by social justice advocates from countries like Canada, Senegal, Italy, Ireland, Tunisia, Ghana, Brazil, and the United States, among others.

It’s no doubt that Dr. Barber’s involvement in the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign caught the attention of not only national, but international social justice leadership, like Pope Francis, who is world renowned for his personal and official advocacy for the poor.

Just last Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, celebrated a special Mass for poor people on the first World Day of the Poor, eating with 1,500 from Italy, Poland and France.

The pope also denounced those who express indifference to the plight of the poor, calling such behavior “a great sin.”

Bruce Bartlett on tax plan: Why aren’t people marching in the streets?

Bruce Bartlett on Twitter

Joy Reid kicked off this segment today with a bit of pointed snark. “Paul Ryan inched closer to his long time dream of reshaping the federal government in the image of an Ayn Rand novel. It was the House’s most significant vote since the Obamacare repeal in May, which ultimately failed in Senate,” she said. Continue Reading →

Mulvaney lies about GOP tax bill

Regional Media Day: 7/25/17

According to a recent poll by Quinnipiac, the majority of Americans aren’t buying the Republicans’ attempt to sell their trickle-down snake oil tax cut plan, so Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration have been out in force this week doing what we’ve come to expect from them when they’re about to pass extremely unpopular legislation… Continue Reading →

CALL NOW! Senate tax bill includes repeal of ObamaCare mandate

You have to call, especially the Republicans:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that the Senate tax bill will include language to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate, which could make it tougher for moderate Republicans to support.

Conservatives led by GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) pushed hard to include the provision, which would eliminate the federal penalty on people who do not buy health insurance. President Trump has also pushed for the provision to be part of the tax bill.

McConnell told reporters that adding the individual mandate repeal will make it easier to muster 50 votes to pass the bill.

“We’re optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful and that’s obviously the view of the Senate Finance Committee Republicans as well,” McConnell said.

It will raise an estimated $300 billion to $400 billion over the next year that could be used to pay for lowering individual and business tax rates even further.

Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the Senate’s No. 3 Republican, told reporters there has been a whip count and he is confident Republicans can pass a tax bill that includes a measure to repeal the mandate.

If that’s not enough to get you to pick up the phone, look at this:

Travels in white America

I think this is the nut graph:

“Nobody speaks up for the poor,” said Jamie Walsh, a white working-class woman who grew up in Muncie, explaining Trump’s appeal to those she grew up with on Muncie’s Southside. “There is systemic racism, but black people have advocates. Poor white people don’t. They’re afraid. They’re afraid that they’re stupid. They don’t feel racist, they don’t feel sexist, they don’t want to offend people or say the wrong thing. But white privilege is like a blessing and a curse if you’re poor. The whole idea pisses poor white people off because they’ve never experienced it on a level that they understand.

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