For those who are part of “the Resistance” it is time to man the phones, fax, tweet, email, send postcards to our US Congress legislators. Demand that lawmakers NOT pass their 2017 Donor Relief Act (republicans’tax cuts bill for the rich); and to object to the FCC ending the net neutrality protections. Tell them that we don’t want their piece of coal as a Christmas present.
TO FAX: Resistbot will do it all for you. Text “RESIST” to 50409 or message Resistbot on Facebook and it will walk you through the steps to fax your Senator and will tell you when your fax has been delivered.
The main US Senate phone line 202-225-3121 (202-224-3121) or YOU CAN FIND PHONE NUMBERS FOR EVERY SENATOR HERE. or U.S. Senate: Senators of the 115th Congress.
As per a 11/15/17 Pastemagazine.com post, “Here’s the plan, folks. There are 52 Republicans in the Senate. With Mike Pence breaking the tie, 50 wins. That means we need to knock three Republicans off this bill (Mabey 2 if either Senators John McCain or Thad Cochran are absent due to illnes.
As per 12/15/17 Washington Post report, “Congressional Republicans secured enough support Friday (12/15/17) to pass their massive tax plan, a measure that would deliver a major legislative victory to President Trump and his GOP allies and make tax changes affecting nearly every American family and business.”
“Passage appeared certain after two critical holdouts, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), said they would vote for the bill next week (12/19/17).”
Here’s how we do it:”
Step 1. Delay, delay, delay
“Get them to delay the “tax plan” process. The Republicans want to get this done by Christmas, so we need to convince as many of our representatives as possible to stall. Why? Because of Step 2.”
Your Democratic Senators want to join you in this fight. Claire McCaskill is fired up.
Orrin Hatch: “There are no cuts to Medicaid in this bill.”
Claire McCaskill: “Where do you think the $300 billion is coming from? Is there a fairy that’s dropping it on the Senate? The money you’re spending is coming out of Medicaid.” (via ABC)
The US Senate republicans are set to vote on the final work product of its tax cuts bill around December 19, 2017. The republican President Donald Trump has publicly stated that he wants to pass this tax cut bill (2017 Donor Relief Act/ tax scam) as a Christmas present for the American peoples.
The republicans are banking on average Joe workers being appeased when they see their reduction in tax cuts to where they will be lulled into acceptance. Remember those credit card offers for -0- percent interest for the first year of usage. It’s great while the low interest is in effect but when this benefit ends, consumers are stuck with the much higher interest rates. The current consensus tax cuts bill sunsets every tax reduction benefit for the middle/ poor class by 2025. This becomes the biggest middle/poor class tax increase in US history of about $4.5 trillion dollars to pay for the biggest permanent tax break in US history for the super rich/ donor class at $6 trillion dollars. This leaves the net of $1.5 trillion dollars, that magic figure where most of it, gets added to the US deficit.
Included in the consensus bill is the Senate’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act mandate, a requirement that most Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty. Credible analysts have warned that this would reduce the number of Americans with health insurance by 13 million and increase the insurance premiums by about 10%. This removal of the Obamacare Mandate deals a major blow to the viability of Obamacare.
As per the 11/30/17 ITEP report, “It’s obvious their goal isn’t to provide “choices” that would increase access to health care. Rather, it’s a cynical, political calculation. They are betting that repealing the mandate would cause a significant number of lower-income people to forego signing up for health insurance and, thus, the federal government would save north of $300 billion over 10 years in subsidies to help resource-limited families pay for health care. A CBO analysis of the plan estimated 13 million people could lose health coverage as a result of this provision. But don’t worry. The $300 billion saved would help finance tax cuts for the rich.”
The republicans have been mum on the “PAYGO” statute passed in 2010. The pay-as-you-go rule, also known as PAYGO, was designed to make Congress offset the cost of any legislation that increases spending on entitlement programs or reduces revenues so it doesn’t expand the deficit. Under PAYGO, Congress must pay for such legislation by reducing other entitlement spending (Medicaid, Medicare, social security, CHIP, etc.) or increasing other revenues. This bill automatically increases the US deficit as per every credible economic tax analyst which means that the entitlement cuts are coming. Although the republicans are indicating that they plan to fix this, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
“This regressive provision is the tip of the iceberg. Senate tax writers poured even more salt into an oozing wound by expiring tax cuts for individuals after 2025 while maintaining tax cuts for corporations. Repealing individual tax cuts that only provide a pittance to low-income people in the first place while maintaining tax cuts for corporations (which are doing more than fine under the current tax system) is further evidence that writers never intended to craft a tax plan that would benefit working people.”
“ITEP’s analysis of the Senate plan reveals that typical taxpayers in every income group except the top 1 percent would face a tax increase during the later years of the plan. That’s right. This so-called middle-class tax cut would become a working people’s tax hike during the next decade.”(The biggest ever at $4.5 trillion dollars.)
More than one lawmaker has said he is feeling pressure from “donors” to pass this plan. This is why, so far, no amount of public outcry has stopped this inferno from moving forward. Lawmakers have donors and corporate CEOs to placate.”
The US Congressional leaders do not dare to have its members return home to face the wrath of their constituents without having first passed this very unpopular bill with just about everyone except the Donor class folks. A recent poll found that this bill has a 29% approval rating among the American peoples.
Within the current tax cuts bill, the tax cuts for the super rich and the corporations, are set in stone but the tax cuts for the rest of us have a time limit. So, for the first few years, the rest of us will see nominal tax breaks which eventually disappear. The republicans are well aware of this fact, but all have indicated that these disappearing tax cuts will be adjusted for at a later date. But there are no guarantees of this in their tax cut bill. (This makes it the biggest ever tax increase from 2018-2027 for middle/ poor class at about $4.6 trillion dollars.)
As per a 11/14 /17 VOX article, “Republicans have a math problem.”
“The tax reform bill they are pushing through the Senate will live and die by a complicated rule — known as the “Byrd Rule,” a condition of the “budget reconciliation” process that allows Republicans to pass legislation with only 51 votes in the Senate. Because of how they set it up, Republicans’ tax bill can only increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion in the first 10 years, with no increase outside that window.”
As Vox’s Dylan Scott explained, any bill being passed under reconciliation has to comply with every section of the six-part Byrd Rule. “If it fails any one of those tests, it must be stripped out”:
1. The provision must change federal spending or revenue.
2. If the bill does not meet the budget resolution’s instructions to reduce the federal deficit, any provision that results in either increased spending or decreased revenue is removed until it does meet those targets.
3. The provision must only affect policies that fall under the jurisdiction of the specific committees that were instructed in the budget resolution.
4, The provision’s effect on spending or revenues must be more than incidental to its policy impact.
5. The provision cannot increase the federal deficit at some point in the future, beyond the typical 10-year “budget window” that is used to evaluate legislation.
6. The provision cannot change Social Security.
GOP TAX PLAN
“The Congressional Budget Office estimates the House bill will increase the deficit by $1.7 trillion.
Still, the republican legislators were upset by the more conservative J.C.T.’s tax bill analysis indicating that about $1 trillion dollars would be added to the US deficit by 2027 to where they went on a full throttle attack against the career professional who work for J.C.T., an entity relied on by congress? All credible tax analysts have confirmed that the republicans’ tax cut bill does not pay for itself with increased revenues.
In addition, if the tax cuts for the rest of us were to be made permanent, the price tag for the tax cut would increase the US deficit by more than $4.5 trillion dollars.
As per the 11/15/17 Atlantic report, “Republicans readily acknowledged they only sunset the personal tax cuts to abide by Senate budget rules, which forbid the tax legislation from adding to the deficit after the first decade (In this case the limit allowed for an increase is $1.5 trillion dollars.). They would need 60 votes, including at least eight from Democrats, to get around that. “We can make the individual side permanent,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota said. “All it takes is a few Democrats to help us do that.” (The Republican tax reform bill will live and die by this obscure Senate …https://www.vox.com/11/14/17.)
And why aren’t the Democrats in the US Congress, not challenging the US Senate’s creative number crunching to make them be bound by the Byrd rule or to be subject to the requirement for passage of 60+ votes and the filibuster rule?
Here’s the rest of the story…
On December 13, 2017, Paul Krugman for the NY Times penned the following report, “Scam I Am: Why Is the G.O.P. Rushing This Tax Abomination?”
“So, it seems that Republicans are responding to the devastating defeat in Alabama – which is part of a sustained pattern of under-performance in special elections, demonstrating that bad polls reflect reality, not bad polling, by … doubling down on a massively unpopular tax plan, whose main focus is on cutting corporate taxes.”
“In fact, they’re rushing to jam the thing through before Doug Jones can be certified, in a stunning act of hypocrisy from the same people who demanded that Obamacare wait until Scott Brown was seated and held up a Supreme Court seat for a year. But it also looks like really bad politics, especially given what we know is coming: calls next year for cuts in popular social programs, because of a deficit Republicans just voted to explode. So what are they thinking?”
” I’d suggest 3 possible factors in this mad rush.”
“First, Republicans may be suffering from an officeholder’s version of the Pundit’s Fallacy: “belief that what a politician needs to do to improve his or her political standing is do what the pundit wants substantively.” I.e., “Obama can win the midterms by endorsing Simpson-Bowles” (A bypartisan attempt to address theUS deficit), which the vast majority of voters never heard of.”
“Today’s Republicans are apparatchiks, who have spent their whole lives inside an intellectual bubble in which cutting taxes on corporations and the rich is always objective #1. Their party used to know that it won elections despite its economic program, not because of it – that the whole game was to win by playing on social issues, national security, and above all on racial antagonism, then use the win to push fundamentally unpopular economic policies. But over the years the party has seemed increasingly out of touch with that reality, imagining that if only it preaches the gospel of supply-side economics loudly enough voters will be won over.”
“And think about the things that have been going wrong for Republicans in special elections: desertions by highly educated suburban voters, massive African-American turnout, weak turnout by rural whites. Which of these is likely to be improved by a massive, unpopular corporate tax cut? Still, the idea that you have to win something seems to have a grip on the GOP.”
“Finally, for some significant number of republicans, we may be seeing what I’d call the “K street end game.” Suppose you’re a GOP Congress scritter representing an only moderately R district, like say in New York and California-and you see growing evidence of a huge Dem wave next year, with election results so far suggesting something like a 15 point swing. What do you do? While Dems should and will fight this attempt to ram tax cuts through with the vote of a lame-duck Senator (Luther Strange for Alabama), if I were a Dem strategist looking towards next November, I’d be looking at current GOP moves and thinking “Make my day.”