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This week I called my U.S. senators and U.S. House representative to oppose the Republican ‘tax reform’ plan, an enormous transfer of wealth from the working poor and middle class to the very rich.

My congressman’s staff spewed the party line that their plan would give “an average $4000 tax cut for every family,” which is a case study in Lying With Numbers. Almost all of the tax cuts will go to the wealthiest families in America. The typical working family will almost no tax cut. Worse, when you factor in the cost of lost services, the typical working family will lose money.

As one wit on Twitter put it: “I gave 20 cookies to one person and nothing to the other nine people in the room. I gave an average of two cookies to each person … so why are nine people mad at me?”

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