Trump’s Tax Scam. Call your rep!

Trump’s Tax scam gives 39 percent of Ohio’s tax cuts to millionaires even though they only make up 0.5 percent of the population—an average tax cut of $155,000 per millionaire or 6.9 percent of their income. Meanwhile, the 47.6 percent of Ohioians that make less than $45,000 would only get 6.3 percent of the total tax cut—an average of $240 per person or 1.0 percent of their income.

The fight in Congress over the Trump Tax Scam is happening right now. Republicans want to use the special process in the Senate called “reconciliation” to pass the Trump Tax Scam with only 51 votes (just like they tried with health care). To use reconciliation, the House and Senate had to pass a consensus version of their budget, which they did when the House passed the budget by a 216-212 vote on October 26. Now, they’ll get started on the Tax Scam bill itself—we expect them to release their draft of the legislative text on November 1.

Nearly every Republican in both the House and Senate voted for a budget resolution that gives huge tax cuts to the rich and corporations that jeopardize our commitment to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Call them now to let them know you’re disappointed in their vote, and that you expect their next vote on the Trump Tax Scam to be a “no.”

Call your rep!

Rep. Michael Turner
(202) 225-6465

Sen. Rob Portman
(202) 224-3353

Call talking points:

What Donald Trump and the Republicans have proposed is not tax reform: it’s tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Things like repealing the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax only help the super rich. I expect the [Congressman / Senator] to vote against any tax bill that gives one penny in tax cuts to the 1% or corporations by cutting programs that the rest of us depend on.

The amount corporations actually pay is much lower than what they’re supposed to pay. Their effective tax rate, according to the Government Accountability Office, is only 14%. That rate is in line with or lower than the rest of the world, and there’s no evidence that the tax rate hurts U.S. competitiveness. I want [Congressman / Senator __] to hold corporations accountable for paying their fair share, not let them off the hook

By simplifying the tax code you mean consolidating brackets,  I’m opposed to that. That is an idea that only benefits the rich. [Congressman/Senator] needs to oppose the Trump Tax Scam because it doesn’t really help the middle class—just the rich, corporations, and Donald Trump himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO. VOTE.

All of the energy we have harnessed since last November’s disastrous election is about to pay off.  After we picked ourselves up off of bathroom and kitchen floors on the morning of November 9th, we vowed: “Never again.”  Right now, you have an opportunity to make good on that promise.

Early voting has begun for this election, so now is the time to make a plan.

Do you need to know the available dates and times for early in person voting?  Click here.

Do you need an absentee ballot?  Click here.

Do you need to look up your polling location? Click here.

Do you want to volunteer to get out the vote for local progressive candidates?  One option is to contact the Montgomery County Democratic Party, M-F, 9a-2p at this number:  (937) 222-4007.  There are options to canvass for candidates on upcoming weekends.

Whatever you do, be sure to vote.  We must build the bench by electing strong local officials!

 

Oppose Michael Dourson’s nomination to the EPA

Michael Dourson, a professor in the Risk Science Center at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, has been nominated to head the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.  He was approved by the Senate Environment Committee on a party line vote, and could be confirmed by the full Senate at any time.

In an alarming op-ed for The Hill, Senator Tammy Duckworth has sounded the alarm that Dr. Dourson is fundamentally unfit to lead the nation’s efforts to regulate toxic chemicals.  Her full piece, which is worth reading (here) details the industry ties and dangerous skewing of research he has been guilty of in the past.

“Dr. Dourson has a long track record of manipulating scientific research for profit to benefit corporate interests at the expense of public safety. He has been paid by companies like Koch Industries to falsely claim that dozens of dangerous chemicals are safe for common usage, most alarmingly chemicals like Perchlorate, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Trichloroethylene (TCE), and 1,4,-Dioxane.

…How skewed in favor of industry has Dourson’s research been? PFOA, for instance, has been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer. Dr. Dourson recommended a level of 150 parts per billion (ppb) was safe. By contrast, the chemical manufacturer DuPont, which manufactures the chemical, set an internal safety level of 1 ppb and the EPA set a health advisory level even lower at 0.07 ppb…”

We must call our Senators and demand they vote NO on Dr. Dourson’s confirmation.

  • Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
  • Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS].  I’m calling today to ask the senator to oppose the nomination of Michael Dourson to the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.  His advocacy for toxic chemicals in the past, and his readiness to expose US service members to them, makes him unfit for a regulatory position.  At a time when the US military is investigating water contamination at bases across the country, we should strive to set toxic exposure standards as low as possible, not as high as industry would like.”

Republicans are fast tracking the Trump Tax Scam

Let’s be clear: the Trump Tax Scam is a massive giveaway to the wealthy and corporations, paid for by raising taxes on some middle class families and slashing critical social programs like Medicare and Medicaid. They want to eliminate taxes that only affect the wealthiest individuals and let corporations pay even less than they already do. Almost all of the tax benefits from the Republicans’ plan will go to the top 1%, which will exacerbate our country’s massive racial wealth gap.

The fight in Congress over the Trump Tax Scam is happening right now. Republicans want to use the special process in the Senate called “reconciliation” to pass the Trump Tax Scam with only 51 votes (just like they tried with health care). To use reconciliation, the House and Senate have to pass a consensus version of their budget-which is expected to happen when the House votes on the Senate’s version of the budget on Thursday, October 26. After that, they’ll get started on the tax bill itself.

Nearly every Republican in both the House and Senate voted for a budget resolution that gives huge tax cuts to the rich and corporations that jeopardize our commitment to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Call them now to let them know you’re disappointed in their vote and that you expect their next vote on the Trump Tax Scam to be a “no.”

Call our Members of Congress:

  • Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
  • Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
  • Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling to let [Congressman / Senator __] know that I am extremely disappointed that [he / she] voted in favor of the budget resolution that fast tracks the Trump Tax Scam. [If you are calling your Congressman: I expect that the Congressman will vote against the budget resolution this time when it comes back up on the House floor later this week.]

Staffer: The [Congressman / Senator] thinks now is the time for tax reform so that we can unleash new economic growth, and passing the budget resolution is a critical part of that.

Caller: I agree with you that the tax code isn’t perfect. But what Donald Trump and the Republicans have proposed is not tax reform: it’s tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Things like repealing the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax only help the super rich. I expect the [Congressman / Senator] to vote against any tax bill that gives one penny in tax cuts to the 1% or corporations that the middle class will have to pick up the tab for down the road.

Staffer: The plan isn’t finalized yet, it’s still being drafted so we don’t know yet exactly what will be included. But the [Congressman / Senator] thinks we need tax reform to jumpstart the economy. Right now, we have the highest corporate tax rate in the whole world!

Caller: That’s not true. The amount corporations actually pay is much lower than what they’re supposed to pay. Their effective tax rate, according to the Government Accountability Office, is only 14%. That rate is in line with or lower than the rest of the world, and there’s no evidence that the tax rate hurts U.S. competitiveness. I want [Congressman / Senator __] to hold corporations accountable for paying their fair share, not let them off the hook.

Staffer: Well the [Congressman / Senator] thinks we need to close the special interest loopholes and make our tax code simpler. Our tax code is 2,600 pages long and most Americans need help just to file a simple tax return. If we pass tax reform, filing taxes could be as easy as filling out a postcard.

Caller: I agree that there are too many loopholes in the tax code that the wealthy and corporations exploit to get away with paying less than their fair share. But the postcard idea doesn’t work, and if by simplifying the tax code you mean consolidating brackets, then I’m opposed to that. That is an idea that only benefits the rich. [Congressman/Senator] needs to oppose the Trump Tax Scam because it doesn’t really help the middle class—just the rich, corporations, and Donald Trump himself.

Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the [Congressman / Senator].

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the [Congressman / Senator] decides to do

 

Thank you to Indivisible for their great CTA today!

https://www.trumptaxscam.org/republican-call-script-to-stop-the-trump-tax-scam

Iran Deal

The Trump administration is attempting to kill the Iran accord without getting its hands dirty by dumping it on Congress. On October 13th, President Trump announced his administration will decertify the Iran nuclear accord, punting the matter to Congress. By choosing not to certify the agreement, he forces Congress to craft legislation in 60 days. If Congress meets this objective then Trump has signaled he will not impose sanctions on Iran, thus saving the deal. But this action seems destined to fail by design, which would have a profound impact on national security, international alliances, and most dangerously, the escalating conflict with North Korea.
Congress must work together to craft legislation within the 60 day review period or the Iran deal will likely lead to the resumption of American sanctions. This would be a personal win for Trump and a largely symbolic gesture that will run counter to all the other nations involved in the deal, and have little real effect other than making the United States less safe and diminish our standing even further. In addition, the Trump administration is also grappling with a nuclear crisis in North Korea and any actions we take with regard to Iran will have a ripple effect with North Korea, and the consequences could be catastrophic. Congress must act decisively, and in a bipartisan way keep the Iran deal in place.

Call Michael R. Turner
202-225-6465

Your script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.

I’m calling today to ask that [SEN NAME/REP NAME] reaffirm the US commitment to the Iran Deal. The Iran deal is an important element of our national security plan, and by introducing new sanctions or blowing up the deal, we make our country more vulnerable to nuclear threats.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

 

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act.

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. call your Member of Congress to tell them to reauthorize CHIP ASAP. Ohio finds expected to be exhausted Jan-Mar 18.

Sen Portman 202-224-3353

Sen Brown  202-224-2315

Rep Turner 202-225-6465

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask that the [MoC] support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

Senate voting today on Budget resolution- speak up!

This week, the Senate will vote on a budget resolution which is the first step to the GOP tax scam.  This will pave the way for tax cuts for the wealthy and to corporations at the expense of all others.   We need to let our senators know that we are counting on them to pass a budget that does not blow a hole in domestic spending.

The Senate Republicans’ budget resolution for FY 2018 proposes deep cuts to the federal budget totaling roughly $5 trillion over 10 years. These cuts target Medicare, Medicaid and a myriad of other programs that constitute the “social safety net,” and will be used to offset tax cuts predominantly for wealthy Americans.

If the $5 trillion in proposed cuts are proportionally divided among current spending levels, Medicaid and Medicare would see cuts of $1 trillion and $473 billion respectively. Under normal Senate procedure, this sort of radical change would face opposition in the Senate due to the 60-vote threshold usually required to pass a budget. However, Republicans are using the 50-vote threshold ‘budget reconciliation’ procedure to move them forward.

The House 2018 budget resolution contains $203 billion in non-defense budget cuts which are also expected to largely come from Medicaid and Medicare. No matter what compromise is ultimately made between the Senate and the House, Congressional Republicans will undoubtedly target the health care safety net and endanger the most vulnerable among us.
Not only do these massive budget cuts break Trump’s campaign promise to protect Medicare, but pairing them to tax reform also makes clear that this will serve as an egregious transfer of wealth to those who need it least: corporations and the richest 1% of Americans.

  • Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
  • Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315

Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and my address is [ADDRESS].

I’m calling today to ask Senator [NAME] to vigorously oppose the deep federal spending cuts in the 2018 Budget Resolution which are taken from Medicare and Medicaid. Low-income and elderly Americans should not have to give up their access to health care in order to fund tax breaks for the wealthy.  Taxes fund programs that I believe are important, and those most able to pay should do so.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Thanks to Rogan’s List and 5Calls.

“…he wants to hang them all!”

Over the last few weeks it has become clear that Donald Trump, in an effort to shore up his shrinking but hyper-partisan base, has turned to the tried and true methods of the culture wars.

Here is just a small sample of the threats to the LGBT community unveiled recently:

  1. The Administration justified the nomination of Amy Barrett, known for her anti-LGBT views, to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals by invoking “religious liberty”.
  2. The US voted ‘NO’ on a UN resolution condemning the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality around the world.
  3. Mississippi’s “religious freedom” law went into effect after the 5th Circuit refused to grant a stay.  Discrimination against LGBT persons on the basis of one’s religious beliefs is now the law in that state.
  4. The Department of Health and Human Services removed all mentions of LGBT people and their health concerns from its Fiscal 2018-2022 strategic Plan.
  5. Sam Brownback dodged questions about the treatment of LGBT people around the world at his confirmation hearing to become the US Ambassador at large for Religious Freedom.
  6. The Justice Department has rescinded protections for trans workers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  7. Alarmingly, the Justice Department issued new guidance for government agencies for how they should apply existing law, saying “The free exercise of religion includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.”  This means that the bakers who don’t want to serve gay couples should be considered by government agencies to be within their rights.
  8. The Department of the Interior abruptly pulled out of an event at the new Stonewall Monument memorializing the struggle for gay rights, and sought to confirm that the rainbow flag raised there would not technically be on federal lands.

Some of these actions are symbolic.  Some raise serious legal issues for ongoing discrimination cases currently making their way through the justice system.

We are now living in a country where the president joked, during an interview for the New Yorker, that the Vice President wants to “hang” all of us.

What can we do in the face of this kind of hate?

  1. Breathe.  We have faced threats before.  To our rights, to our freedom, to our health and safety, to our families, and to our existence.  We will face this and do what we have always done.
  2. Speak up.  Allowing statements like the president’s quote in the New Yorker article to go unanswered normalizes them.  It makes them part of the every day circus of this administration, rather than shocking departures from common decency.  Tell people about this.  Talk about how it makes you feel as a member of the community or an ally.  Acknowledge your feelings and accept that they are valid responses to an existential threat.
  3. Act.  Find ways to make your concerns heard wherever possible.  We have 2 ideas for this:
    1. Call the Justice Department (202-353-1555)  and tell them that you disagree with their interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Say that you believe Title VII covers discrimination against transgender workers, and all LGBT workers.  Express your disappointment with their recent moves to justify LGBT discrimination under the guise of “Religious freedom” and explain that discrimination is not freedom.
    2. Call your State Legislator to support non-discrimination in Ohio.  Find your legislator here, and then ask them to support the passage of House Bill 160 and Senate Bill 100.  These bills would expand non-discrimination coverage to sexual orientation and gender identity within the state of Ohio.  Since we can not count on the Federal government to protect Ohioans from discrimination, we should do it ourselves.

The only way we will make it through this is to protect ourselves and each other.  Take a break when you feel burn out encroaching.  The choir keeps singing while the individual singer takes a breath.  That’s the only way to sustain a long note.

 

Resist the Trump Tax Scam

Here’s the first thing to know about the Trump Tax Scam: it is not true tax reform. Calling it “tax reform” suggests Republicans intend to close corporate loopholes or address the growing wealth inequality that the current tax code fuels. But that’s not what they have in mind.

Instead, the Trump Tax Scam amounts to huge tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations paid for by exploding the deficit—which will force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. They want to eliminate taxes that only affect the wealthiest individuals and let corporations pay even less than they already do.

The Trump Tax Scam is the next big legislative fight in Congress—and the first step is opposing the budget resolution. Republicans want to use the special process in the Senate called “reconciliation” to pass the Trump Tax Scam with only 51 votes. To unlock that process, first they have to pass a budget resolution that gives them the tax instructions. We can shut down the Trump Tax Scam if we defeat the budget resolution in the Senate.

We know that giving huge tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations doesn’t bring about economic growth, it doesn’t create jobs, and it doesn’t help workers. Don’t let your Republican MoCs get away with making deep cuts to essential services so the wealthy and corporations can get away with paying far less than their fair share.

  • Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
  • Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
  • Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315

Sample Script:  Visit this resource from Indivisible

It gives you a basic script to start your call, with several possible ways to respond to whatever the staffer says back to you.  This can be helpful for those who sometimes wish they had more options for what to say on these calls!

Did you know:

Trump’s Tax scam gives 39 percent of Ohio’s tax cuts to millionaires even though they only make up 0.5 percent of the population—an average tax cut of $155,000 per millionaire or 6.9 percent of their income. Meanwhile, the 47.6 percent of Ohioians that make less than $45,000 would only get 6.3 percent of the total tax cut—an average of $240 per person or 1.0 percent of their income.

Thanks to our friends at Indivisible for this great background work.

Clean Dream Act!

5 Oct was the last day for DACA renewal.  Now we must keep pressure on Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act.

Ask for Democrats: Take the “DREAMer Pledge.” What is the DREAMer Pledge? It’s simple. If Congress hasn’t passed the DREAM Act by Dec. 8th—when funding for the government expires—then they will insist on it being a part of the December spending bill. The pledge is that they will commit to voting against the Dec. “continuing resolution” unless it contains a clean DREAM Act.

Ask for Republicans: Sign-on to the DREAM Act. Every Member of Congress should be on the DREAM Act, and in fact there are a couple of Republicans who have joined their Democratic colleagues in co-sponsoring.

Call and keep pressure regarding DACA!

Rep Turner 202-225-6465

Sen Portman 202-224-3353

Sen Brown  202-224-2315

 

Current DACA are…

95% are currently working or in school
48% got a job with better working conditions
63% got a better paying job
90% got a driver’s license or state ID
54% bought their first car
12% bought their first home

Click below for Opinion poll and facts.

Public Support for the DREAM Act