"The surprising winners and losers of the latest Gop Tax bill" PBS NewsHour 12/18/2017
SUMMARY: Who benefits most from the latest GOP tax plan? Who won -- and who lost -- in the last-minute changes? With the House poised to pass its tax bill on Tuesday, Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to analyze its impact and some of the surprising details inside.
"Tax cuts alone won’t answer U.S. economic needs, Bloomberg says" PBS NewsHour 12/18/2017
SUMMARY: Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and billionaire investor and business owner, wrote a column this week calling the tax bill a “trillion-dollar blunder." He tells Judy Woodruff why he thinks Congress and President Donald Trump put politics ahead of true tax reform.
"Sweeping GOP bill set to revamp U.S. tax code, slash corporate rate" PBS NewsHour 12/19/2017
aka "Coming of United States of America Inc."
SUMMARY: For Republican lawmakers, it's a day to celebrate. Cheers went up as the GOP tax overhaul received House passage, signaling the end of a legislative sprint to get the bill wrapped up by Christmas. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what ended up in the bill, a minor snag in the Senate, plus the prospects for passing a federal funding bill and avoiding a government shutdown.
"U.S. needs to be a ‘little bit patient’ to see robust economic growth from the GOP tax plan, says Thune" PBS NewsHour 12/19/2017
SUMMARY: After a year in the majority marked by several legislative speed bumps and dead ends, Republicans are happy with the final tax bill that's poised to pass, according to Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) Judy Woodruff asks Thune about the long-term tax increase for the middle class, doubts that the tax cuts will spur the kind of growth predicted by the GOP plan and concerns about a ballooning deficit.
Killing the ACA by the back door.....
"The GOP tax bill deals a blow to the Affordable Care Act. Here’s how" PBS NewsHour 12/20/2017
SUMMARY: The sweeping tax bill passed by Congress on Wednesday extends beyond what you file with the IRS. It also affects American health care by repealing Obamacare's [ACA] so-called individual mandate. John Yang learns more from Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News about that and other health care matters on Congress’ agenda.
The uncharitable Republicans......
"Charities fear GOP tax overhaul will dry up donations. Here’s how" PBS NewsHour 12/21/2017
SUMMARY: Charities are concerned that the GOP tax overhaul disincentives giving. By doubling the standard deduction, fewer people may end up itemizing deductions, meaning fewer would take the charitable tax break. Judy Woodruff learns more from Stacy Palmer of The Chronicle of Philanthropy about the effects and gets advice from people who want to give.