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Trump lauds tax bill as middle-class boon December 18, 2017 at 4:40 p.m.

Education: The bill, by limiting the deduction for state and local taxes, will make it harder for the localities to raise money for education. The burden will fall heaviest on cities with poor students, making it harder for millions of children to escape from poverty — and leaving more and more businesses with fewer qualified job applicants.

Infrastructure: Restricting state and local tax deductions will also mean less local investment for infrastructure, and by raising deficits, the bill will constrain federal infrastructure spending. Our airports, railways and roads are in desperate need of modernization, and our energy grids are vulnerable and inefficient. Yet spending on those and other needs, which acts as a catalyst for private investment, will become more difficult.

Inequality: If Congress wanted to raise real wages and reward work, there is a simple and proven way to do it: expand the earned income tax credit. Instead, it seems to believe that lower corporate tax rates will magically lead to higher wages, which fundamentally misunderstands how labor markets work.

In addition, by eliminating the requirement that individuals buy health insurance, many young and healthy people will drop out of the marketplace, causing health insurance premiums to rise for everyone else. This is nothing more than a backdoor tax increase on health care for millions of middle-class families that will leave them with less disposable income for savings, investment and spending.

Deficits: The bill's cost — $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion — makes it more difficult for taxpayers to afford Medicare and Social Security for the baby boom generation, which is now hitting retirement. Republicans didn't grapple with those costs. Instead, they kicked the can down the road. Ignoring the bill's price tag, or pretending we needn't worry about deficits, is like ignoring climate change or pretending we needn't worry about its effects. I'll say one thing for Republicans in Congress: They're consistent.

In effect, the tax bill achieves four main things:

It takes money away from schools and students. It restricts our ability to invest in infrastructure. It does nothing to boost real wages while making health insurance more expensive. It makes it harder to control the costs of Medicare and Social Security without cutting defense and other spending — or further exploding the deficit.

To what end? To hand corporations big tax cuts they don't need, while lowering the tax rate paid by those of us in the top bracket, and allowing the wealthy to shelter more of their estates.

It's time call your U.S. Senator and Representative and let them know how you feel about all this.

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Woman gets away unharmed after train rolls over her October 18, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

Forest Gump was right: Stupid Is As Stupid Does.

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Young immigrants no longer eligible for nursing licenses at some Arkansas colleges October 7, 2017 at 4:02 p.m.

There is still a shortage of nurses in Arkansas and the state legislature needs to step and do the right thing. But they probably won't. Most of them are too busy serving the interests of their corporate masters, proposing unconstitutional legislation that hurts women, the elderly, the poor and minorities, or working to get re-elected.

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Arrested drunk man claims he time traveled to warn of aliens October 4, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.

This guy MUST be for real! But where are we supposed go to be safe from the alien invasion? Surely they're not just going to invade Caspar, WY.

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Equifax hack exposes data of millions September 12, 2017 at 11:25 a.m.

Wow! Where's the outrage?

Most software failures and data breaches aren’t inevitable; they are a result of neglect and underinvestment in product reliability and security.

Big corporations have poured large amounts of money into our political system, helping to create a regulatory environment in which consumers shoulder more and more of the risk, and companies less and less.

As long as impunity for corporations and their executives is the norm, data breaches will continue to happen.

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Little Rock club where 28 were injured wasn't on city's radar, despite 3 dozen complaints July 30, 2017 at 1:26 p.m.

National headlines about mass shootings is BAD for tourism. At the very least, the Board of Directors should be meeting with law enforcement, code enforcement, zoning and Alcoholic Beverage Control on a regular basis to review existing and potential problems. Otherwise voters will have to seriously consider new leadership for the city.

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Second talk reported between Trump, Putin July 19, 2017 at 4:51 p.m.

Who would have guessed? The fake President is so fluent in Russian that he didn't need a U.S. interpreter to verify that the Kremlin translator was translating correctly!

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AWOL at the Ledge April 2, 2017 at 9:10 p.m.

Excellent editorial. It's high time more voters held their elected AR-Legislator accountable. Too many in the Leg are more interested in making laws that suit their own personal biases, their religion or their corporate masters than they are in serving the public and the greater good.

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Health bill vote delayed in House in setback to Trump, Ryan March 23, 2017 at 5:04 p.m.

Oops! Trump & Ryan thought they could put lipstick on this pig of a bill and get it passed. Ryan's bill is simply unacceptable to the Republicans that actually care about their constituents and to the Insurance-Industry-Serving "Freedom Caucus". Hey! That 3 strikes (2 immigration orders and now this) and "You're Fired!". Happy 7th Birthday Obamacare.

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Arkansas senator files resolution to chastise NCAA referees after UA loss March 23, 2017 at 4:33 p.m.

Definitely a waste of time and money. But that's business as usual for those Arkansas Legislators who are too busy serving their corporate masters instead of their constituents.

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