I’m back – having spent a week in New England and D.C. being inspired by the revolutionary fervor of our forefathers,
First on this week’s Indivisible agenda is the Tax Scam. The #TrumpTaxScam is such a transparent giveaway to the wealthiest Americans that even Treasury Secretary Mnuchin admitted to Politico last week (his exact words? “It’s very hard to not give tax cuts to the wealthy”). Here’s how it will affect California: 54% of California’s tax cuts would go to millionaires ( .06% of California’s population). An average of $192,000 each, a total of 5.4% of their income. Meanwhile, the 38% of Californian’s who make less than $45,000 will get an average of $230/person, or .9% of their income. For that $230 in savings, their social safety net, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, will be in severe jeopardy. The Plan –
- Disproportionately benefits whites at the expense of Blacks and Latinos (you can read more about that here);
- Slashes the corporate tax rate (according to the Government Accountability Office, the effective tax rate of U.S. corps is 14%, in line with the rest of the world or less. Effective tax rate is what they actually pay after deductions, etc. Now’s a good a time as any to bump this great article about American corporations that pay z-e-r-o in taxes);
- Provides a massive giveaway to hedge funds and the Trump organization;
- Threatens Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security (see a theme here?).
Republicans know this bill is bad.That’s why they’re hoping to pass tax cuts using reconciliation — the same process they tried to use to ram healthcare through with only 50 votes. Last Thursday, the Senate passed a budget resolution that unlocks the reconciliation process. And the House will likely vote this Thursday to pass the Senate resolution, with a committee markup on the Trump Tax Scam likely in the next few weeks. This is a process, and every call counts every step of the way just like it did with health care. Put on your armor. The battle is here.
It is time to call Congressman Knight and say something like:
I’m calling to ask the Congressman to vote against the budget resolution when it comes back up on the House floor this week. The current proposal is a tax cut for the super rich that leaves the middle class to pick up the tab.
Our Senators and every other Democrat, voted against the budget resolution. They need to be thanked so that they know we care and we’re watching. Call each Senator and say something like:
I was pleased that the Senator voted against the budget resolution. I’d like the Senator to commit to doing everything she can to slow down and expose the Trump Tax Scam, including withholding consent.
Senator Kamala Harris