Indivisibles Alert Community On Potential Impacts Of Tax Reform Bills

Our Tax Scam Action Team got out the word on the Republican tax bill in Yucca Valley on Sunday Nov. 26.  Team member Gayle reports back:

Seeking to inform, alert and raise awareness on tax reform bills currently wending their way through Congress, members of Indivisible Morongo Basin, a nonpartisan citizens’ group advocating for integrity in government, gave motorists a crash course on the potential impacts of the tax plans on Sunday morning at the busy intersection of Highway 62 and Old Woman Springs Road.

Motorists slowed to read messages printed on signs held aloft by organizers who urged residents and visitors alike to “Get the Facts” and  “Call your Senators.”

“We want to alert the community that many of the programs we depend on are in serious jeopardy,” said one of the organizers, Beth Sheffield.  “The fate of Medicare, Social Security, education, the environment, healthcare, California, and even our way of life are all hanging in the balance,” she said.

Unfolding in a sequential fashion, like retro Burma Shave signs planted by the side of country roads in the 40s and 50s, the signs cautioned “Beware the Washington Tax Scam’ and declared the so-called tax reform will cut taxes for the rich and raise taxes for the middle class.

“We had a very good, interested response,“ said Sheffield, noting honking, waves, questions, and even cheers coming from vehicles waiting at the stop light.

The sequence ended in an urgent call to “Get the Facts” and offered more information on the group’s website at indivisiblemb.org.

On the Highway, Burma-Shave style!

Washington Tax Scam: Bad for You, GREAT for Corporations!

Join us to protest Paul Cook’s Tax Scam this Sunday, Nov. 26 in Yucca Valley!

Republicans in Congress are pushing a tax bill that is BAD for the people of the desert and of California.  With this Tax Scam, families making $75,000 or less each year will end up paying MORE taxes to fund tax cuts for people making $500,000 and up.  Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security will take big hits to fund permanent corporate tax breaks.  “Trickle-down economics” didn’t work the last time they tried it, and it won’t work this time, either.

Non-Partisan Analysis Shows The Tax Scam Will Overwhelmingly Benefit The Top—And Raise Taxes On The Middle Class.

The Senate Republican tax bill is being sold as a “gift to the middle class”—but it actually raises taxes on 94 million American families, all to give its biggest tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.  Incomes below $100,000 essentially get nothing or face a tax increase by 2027.  (Analysis based on data from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation, which is the neutral referee on tax legislation the way the Congressional Budget Office is for other legislation.)

Tax Cuts For The Middle Class Are Temporary.  Tax Cuts For Corporations Are Permanent.

Republicans are passing the Tax Scam through the Senate using a special process called reconciliation, and to meet the requirements of reconciliation Republicans have chosen to let the tax cuts they say are good for the middle class expire. When they do, families will see their taxes go up – so the tax cuts they’ve planned for corporations can be permanent.

Don’t believe Congress would ever let cuts for the middle class expire?  They’re doing it right now with funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  This program insures nearly 9 million children from low-income families who otherwise would not have health insurance.  It expired on September 30, 2017, and Congress has done nothing to fix it.

The Tax Scam Adds $1.5 Trillion To The Deficit.

After years of decrying deficits as an existential threat to our country, Republicans are now changing their tune and letting their tax cuts for the rich add to the deficit. They say these tax cuts will magically pay for themselves by spurring new economic growth. But there’s no evidence to suggest that that’s true. In fact, when the non-partisan Tax Policy Center took into account new growth—a “dynamic” analysis that Republicans consistently say is missing from the debate—TPC found that the bill still adds $1.3 trillion to the deficit.  And as the deficit grows, Republicans will then insist on cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to make up for it.

When Kansas experimented with a similar tax plan it crashed their state’s economy. Revenue plummeted—counter to the expectation that tax cuts would “pay for themselves and then some”—and the state was forced to close schools early to close the budget gap. The legislature eventually reversed the tax cuts, all while Kansas lagged behind the rest of the country.

Donald Trump And His Family Will Be Some Of The Biggest Beneficiaries Of The Tax Scam.

Trump has been claiming for months that he won’t benefit from the Tax Scam, but we know for a fact that isn’t true. Two of the biggest changes Republicans want to make—repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and repealing the estate tax—would give Trump, Ivanka, and Don Jr. billions of dollars in benefits.

 

The Republican tax bill is designed to allow the wealthy to avoid paying taxes on their income now, and avoid paying taxes on their wealth later. There is no other reason that Republicans would spend over $800 billion of taxpayer money to repeal the AMT and the estate tax.

P.S.:  Our own Representative Paul Cook also personally benefits!

Paul Cook’s Congressional salary is $1754K, so he also directly benefits from the tax scam that he voted for!

Resist Unreasonable Fee Increases in National Parks – including Joshua Tree

The Trump administration just proposed massive fee increases in 17 national parks — increases that could see entrance fees jump from $25 to $70. And they’re only giving the public 30 days to comment.

The administration claims this fee hike will help address the $11.3 billion maintenance backlog in national parks, but Interior Secretary Zinke estimates that the new fees could raise around $70 million annually. That’s just a tiny fraction of the maintenance backlog!  The solution to the parks’ repair needs should fall to Congress, and cannot and should not be shouldered by its visitors. There is a bill, the National Park Service Legacy Act (S. 751 and HR 2584), pending in Congress that addresses the National Park Service maintenance backlog and it deserves the Department of the Interior’s support. This bipartisan legislation would provide a more substantial — and sustainable — investment in our parks.  They could also use revenue from oil, gas, coal and other mining revenues and/or extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund to allow off shore oil and gases lease revenue to help maintain public lands.

Finally, the Administration is also considering to reduce NPS annual budget from $400 million to $300 million, which will further reduce America’s commitment to our precious National Park System.

Call Rep. Paul Cook using this sample script.  And submit your comment to the Department of the Interior here!