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While many of the Central Virginian’s readers will blithely dismiss Melvin Burress’s November 16th letter, that would be a serious mistake since the Presidents efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act is a major component of the Republicans effort to funnel the nations wealth upwards to their benefactors.
Anyone who’s been following the antics of Congress this year knows that they have accomplished nothing of any significance, and are desperate for a victory, no matter what it costs the American people. And to no one’s surprise the House passed their wealth care — I mean “tax reform” bill along straight party lines just before departing for their Thanksgiving vacation.
The primary reason for their hurried vote last week was that they know their proposals won’t stand up to the slightest scrutiny. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) should have been called the Leona Helmsley Act after the New York hotelier who just before being convicted of tax evasion declared that “only the little people pay taxes.” where the less you actually do to earn your income, the bigger the tax break.
And why after repeatedly promising that all Americans would get a tax cut, Republicans are now changing their tune. Now that this bill will be moving to the Senate after Thanksgiving, expect to hear even more lies — like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claiming “I misspoke on that.”
When even Senator Lindsey Graham rises from his fainting couch to tell us the real reason the House passed it so quickly, and why the Senate will likely follow in their footsteps — is because “the financial contributions will stop,” should they fail to pass it. And when coupled with claims that failing to do so would fracture the Republican Party — leading to far-right wing primary challengers — presumably being bankrolled by the same donors, such admissions should get your attention.
Yet somehow in the midst of all these half truths, Graham and his fellow Republican’s failed to mention that their so called tax reform was never about helping the middle class or improving economic conditions, it was always about giving massive tax cuts to their wealthy patrons. And Gary Cohn, the White House’s economic advisor and former CFO of Goldmine Sachs grandiose claim that “the most excited group out there about our tax plan are the big CEO's” indicates the extent to which they are lying, engaging in propaganda which is little removed from the Nazi’s techniques of telling the big lie.
Statements which former Reagan administration policy adviser Bruce Bartlett puts in proper perspective, saying that “He’s there to sell his boss’s product. The product may be crap but he’s being paid to promote it.” And since their wealth care bill will leave at least a $1.5 trillion hole in federal revenue — it will predictably lead to Republicans returning to being hypocritical deficit hawks, demanding immediate spending cuts.
And since discretionary federal spending is mostly — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — all which benefit the middle class, it will leave most working Americans, even those who aren’t facing direct tax increases, much worse off, just so a tiny minority may reap the benefits.
Unsurprisingly, the Republican’s wealthcare plan is being called out by some of America's most powerful business alliances, such as: the National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Realtors, and the National Federation of Independent Business. Even some Wall Street executives, are calling it a “ponzi scheme,” one that would start a chain reaction in the housing market, and quite likely the “first tax cut in American history which actually results in a recession.”
Now that the wealth care bill has passed the House, it goes to the Senate where Republicans after returning from their Thanksgiving vacation will attempt to pass it as quickly, and with as little scrutiny as humanly possible. One indication of the magnitude of their dishonesty is that whenever anyone attempts to point out these facts, they literally start yelling obscenities.
Or conversely, openly acknowledge that they’re using gimmicks to pass a bill which permanently cuts taxes on corporations, like budget director, Mick Mulvaney recently did, while telling us little people not to worry about the details.
If you don’t want to see this massive transfer of wealth (and political power) become a reality, make it your business to contact your two state Senators, Tim Kaine (202) 224-4024 and Mark Warner 202-224-2023 and tell them to vote against it.
Editor's Note: this is an expanded version of a letter submitted to Louisa's paper of record, the Central Virginian and was intended to appear in their Thanksgiving week issue. And for now the only place this content is available on-line is here.
Now the CV has failed to print any commentary in their November 16th issue about the Houses efforts to pass wealth care, or the Senates efforts in either their Thanksgiving or November 30th issue, the day the Senate was scheduled to vote on their version of wealth care, it's up to readers of this blog to prevent this heinous bill from passing.
While I encourage people to contact those Republican senators who are wavering on passing this bill, please be aware that several of them have instructed their staff to refuse to accept calls from people outside of their state, and your best bet to reach them is by email.
Daines (MT) www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve
Flake* (AZ) www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff
Corker* (MT) www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailme
Johnson (WI) https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-the-senator
Lankford (OK) www.lankford.senate.gov/contact/email
Moran (KS) www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-jerry
Collins (Mn) www.collins.senate.gov/contact
Murkowski (AK) www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
* = retiring in 2018
Another way to reach them is to use use Indivisible’s Peer to Peer calling tool : https://www.trumptaxscam.org/calls-to-kill-the-tax-scam to contact people in their state, and ask them to call their Senators to tell them to vote against this bill. And if you feel the need to call them directly, here's how.
Daines (MT) 202-224-2651
Flake* (AZ) 202-224-4521
Corker* (KY) 202 224-3344
Johnson (WI) 202-224-5323
Lankford (OK) 202-224-5754
Moran (KS) 202-224-6521
Collins (ME) 202-224-2523
Murkowski (AK) 202 224-6665
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