Episode 70

#MeToo and You


December 10th, 2017

1 hr 8 mins 32 secs

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About this Episode

We take a personal look at the rapidly changing view of sexual harassment and assault in the USA, starting with our own experiences. We want to know how it impacts our partnership, how we should be talking about #MeToo with our kids, and what we can practically do to improve women’s rights. Leslie updates us on the Tax Reform Bill and we talk about our new show artwork, The Heart Switch!

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  • The Wealth Inequality Problem in One Chart — On the chart, we plotted the “Median Net Worth” of different wealth groups between 1998 and 2013. This is based on a study that the Federal Reserve does about every three years on consumer finances. When this data is compared in 2013 dollars: - The Lower Class: Wealth has decreased by 26.5% for the bottom 20% of incomes - The Working Class: Wealth has decreased by 52.7% for the second lowest 20% of incomes - The Middle Class: Wealth has decreased by 19.1% for the middle 20% of incomes - The Top 10%: Wealth has increased 74.9%, soaring to a median net worth of over $1.1 million.
  • The Weeds Podcast - Five big problems with the GOP tax plan — Explains the Tax Reform plan issues way way better than I can. If you want to get into the weeds then, um, well The Weeds is your podcast.
  • Analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act | Tax Policy Center — On average, relative to current law, low- and middle-income taxpayers would see little change and taxpayers in the top 1 percent would receive an average tax cut of 1.1 percent of after-tax income.
  • The Republican tax bill will exacerbate income inequality in America - Vox — The centerpiece of the Republican tax plan is a massive corporate tax cut, from 35 percent to 20 percent, which is expected to disproportionately benefit the wealthy. Shares of stock in the businesses that pay corporate income are mostly owned by the wealthy, and the top executives whose compensation packages are linked to stock market performance are also much richer than the average American. So the bill’s cut in the corporate tax rate is going to help them the most.
  • The Senate Republican tax plan, explained - Vox — The plan, crafted by Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, would slash corporate tax rates permanently, offer temporary cuts for individuals, and repeal the individual mandate in Obamacare, a $338 billion health care cut that leaves 13 million more people uninsured by 2027. The result is that, by that year, when the individual cuts expire, most Americans will be worse off due to higher taxes and lower health care coverage, while rich people who own shares in corporations will continue to benefit.
  • Facebook Post that is a good starting point for #MeToo — A deconstruction of the "women are impossible to understand" trope, situations of potential harassment and specifically with a power imbalance (social and other), descriptions of toxic masculinity.
  • #MeToo - A "Laura approved" good donation option — Just BE Inc. has been a labor of love for the last ten years. What started as a small community group aimed at helping young women find more focus, has developed into an organization working hard to ensure the health, well-being and wholeness of little brown girls everywhere. 
  • Resistbot - Super Easy way to stay active in a meaningful way — Text RESIST to 50409 or message me on Facebook and I’ll find out who represents you in Congress, and deliver your message to them in under 2 minutes. No downloads or apps required.
  • Action 2: Take The Tax Bill Fight to the House -- wall-of-us — Take action against the Tax Reform bill. Wall of Us makes it as easy as possible.
  • Stop Final Passage of the GOP Tax Scam Bill: 5 Calls — Detailed info on the Tax Reform bill and how to fight it. NOTE: Allow the site to know your location so it can automatically give you the contact info of your local representatives.
  • Anton Peck's Portfolio — Leslie's favorite is the Robot Christmas Card collection!
  • Anton Peck (@antonpeck) | Twitter