December 21 - The Sickening Sycophantic Praise Heaped on Our "Dear Leader"; Obama's Top Economic Adviser on the Tax Bill; The Fate of the Children's Health Insurance Program, CHIP

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We begin with the Republican celebration over the passage of their so-called tax reform bill and get an assessment of the sycophantic praise showered on Donald Trump in a wave of self-congratulation from GOP lawmakers and Trump’s obsequious cabinet who ritually paid homage to their president as though he was North Korea’s “dear leader”. Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of “Rigged; How globalization and the rules of the road of the modern economy are structured to make the rich richer”, joins us to discuss the obscenity of celebrating a massive gift to corporate American and the richest Americans while taking away healthcare coverage for millions of Americans and letting the Children’s Health Insurance Program CHIP, lapse, endangering the health of millions of American children.

 

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Part 2

Then we speak with Jason Furman, a Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School who served as the top economic adviser to President Obama and was the 28thChairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, acting as both President Obama’s chief economist and a member of his cabinet. He joins us to discuss the difference between the economy that Obama inherited and the one that Obama handed over to Trump that Trump is taking credit for. We examine whether this unpopular tax bill will end up punishing the Republicans in 2018 or will the rosy projections of trickle-down benefits, on top of a robust economy, ensure that all branches of the government will remain in GOP hands.

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Part 3

Then finally we look into the fate of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP, which is languishing in Congress from neglect, with its benefits to millions of American children about to expire, and speak with Joan Alker, the Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families. A Research Professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, she joins us to discuss the dysfunction and indifference in the Congress to keeping alive a bi-partisan program started by Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy and Republican Senator Orrin Hatch.

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