Episode

12/7 Robbing the Poor to Feed the Rich w/ Eric Levitz (+Al Franken resigns)

December 7, 2017

Good afternoon. On today’s show, New York Magazine’s Eric Levitz joins us to discuss the GOP tax bill. As Levitz notes, it’s one of the least popular tax bills in US history, and it is (technically) a tax cut. Unlike prior measures, this bill does not even have the fig leaf of fiscal responsibility; it’s blowing up the deficit as an excuse to impose (further) austerity measures. Time to make life harder for any politician who supports it.

On the fun half:  The MR team runs a victory lap over Sam’s re-instatement by MSNBC and makes outlandish speculations about Trump’s health. Also: Mike from PA questions the legitimacy of pollsters in Alabama, Weird Mike tries to turn a loss into a win, Cenk Uygur supports the show, activist Luke Mayville campaigns for Medicaid expansion in Idaho, Ben Shapiro says racist things about Arabs, an MP proposes to his boyfriend on the floor of Australian parliament, and Newt Gingrich claims the Democrats are “losing their minds” because they pressured Al Franken to resign.

Cast: Sam Seder (@samseder), Michael Brooks (@_michaelbrooks) Matt Lech (@mattlech), Jamie Peck (@jamie_elizabeth), Brenden Finn (@BF1nn)

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