Things to do on Monday!

Continue calling on the #TrumpTaxScam! It matters!

Yes, it matters. Even if you have a Democrat for a Representative and/or Senator, it matters. If calling seems to take too much time, try these tips to make calling faster. If calling makes you nervous, read here about how to make it easier.

Here’s a partial list of it’s crimes…

  • The national debt will explode way beyond what the tax cuts could possibly do to generate business. Much will go to foreign investors ($700 BILLION!). Much will be parked away from American soil.
  • They will destroy Medicare and Social Security to pay for it.
  • The health insurance market is almost certain to implode next year, BECAUSE of the repeal of the individual mandate. The CBO estimates that 13 million Americans left without health insurance. One illness or injury can push hard-working people into medical bankrupcies. Rural hospitals will close.
  • The elimination of important local tax deductions, and with it the pressure of deep cuts to education.
  • A complicated provision was added at the last minute that will provide a multimillion-dollar windfall to real estate investors such as Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Senator Corker, a new “Yes” vote for this scam, will also profit from this. Hmmm… When asked about these blatantly corrupt changes, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) blamed Democrats.  “Our Democratic colleagues simply refused to participate in the process,” he said on ABC. “We probably could have made it better if they had.”
  • The highest rate dropped from 39.5% for those earning over $470,000 to 37% for those earning over $500k for singles and $600K of married couples. Merry Christmas indeed!
  • The estate tax withholding doubled. The Trump kids will have a very merry holiday indeed.
  • The looters removed the corporate Alternative Minimum tax, which made it difficult for corporations to reduce their tax bill lower than 21%.
  • The tax loopholes Trump promised to get rid of are still there, of course.
  • “Trickle-down” was proven a loser in Kansas. NY City Mayor said in an op-ed “This Tax Bill Is a Trillion-Dollar Blunder” that “It’s pure fantasy to think that the tax bill will lead to significantly higher wages and growth.”
  • This bill has created more incentives to “shift profits and operations overseas”. “How the Tax Plan Will Send Jobs Overseas – Companies are going to be able to save a ton of money by locating factories abroad.”
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  • Repatriation of American investments back here isn’t going to happen.
  • Income inequality is going to expand. Welcome to the circumstances preceeding the Great Depression.
  • This #TrumpTaxScam will be judged as the most regressive tax bill of our generation. Analysts have gone back 50 years to be sure.
  • More here.

This just in!

  • The cost of the GOP tax scam can exceed $2 TRILLION dollars!
    “The GOP tax bill would cost significantly more if tax cuts that are temporary in the legislation are eventually made permanent, according to two new reports.” Which cuts are those, you wonder? Not the ones for corporations!
  • The tragic Amtrak derailment in Washington state that took 3 lives has reminded Trump that the government is responsible for infrastructure. But after his “historic tax cut”, we wonder where they’re going to find the cash…infrastructure

The GOP’s rush for a final Trump Tax Scam vote is truly a last ditch effort.
Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama — powered by a fired up electorate of progressives who are getting out there and working hard — is a sure sign that Americans are ready to reject Republicans’ vision for the country. That is why they’re in a hurry. Plus Trump wants a BIG Christmas gift. From us.

Minimal Script for senators onlyI’m calling to from [zip code]  to ask that Sen. [___] to refuse to take a final vote on the tax scam until the new duly-elected Senator from Alabama is seated.

Minimal Script for both senators and representative: I’m calling to from [zip code]  to ask that Rep./Sen. [___] to vote against the disastrous Republican tax bill and to return to regular order for these incredibly important issues.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Take part in Indivisible’s Peer-to-Peer calling tool to reach people in RED states!

Click here: https://www.trumptaxscam.org/calls-to-kill-the-tax-scam/

Take part in local protests outside GOP offices! TODAY!

Join with your local resistance groups outside your nearest GOP office on Monday or Tuesday. Or join us in one of the following locations:

The Grinch of the 25th Tax Vote Action!
Monday December 18, 2017 from 4 PM to 5 PM
at Rep Steve Knight’s Santa Clarita office
26415 Carl Boyer Drive Santa Clarita CA 91350 

Early this year hundreds of people showed up for the #Knight Out event, a simultaneous protest at Knight’s three district offices. On Monday,
12/18 at 4 pm we’ll do it again!
Groups from in and out of the district will be protesting the GOP Tax Scam at Knight’s Palmdale, Santa Clarita and Simi Valley offices.
We’ll show Knight the “Flip the 25th” movement has grown larger and stronger over the year and we’ve only just begun.
On board so far: ACLU Antelope Valley,  Burbank Democratic Club,  CA25 United for Progress, CADEM,  Civic Sundays, Democratic Alliance for Action, Democratic Club of the High Desert, Indivisible AV, Conejo, Northridge, SFV and Ventura, L.A. Federation of Labor, Planned Parenthood, SCV Young Dems, Simi Valley Democratic Club and WIN.
Knight needs to know he must vote NO on the #GOPTaxScam or, like The Grinch, he will be held accountable.
Bring signs. Costumed characters, “ugly” Christmas sweaters and holiday attire suggested.
Santa Clarita Facebook Event Link
Simi Facebook Event Link
AV Facebook Event Link

We need singers! And videos of this!

House phones ring
Are you listening
Folks are mad
But Ryan’s insisting
Another tax fight!
No funding bill in sight
Walking in a winter blunderland

“Gone away is Obama
Here to stay is constant drama
We try to stay strong
As Trump tweets along
Walking in a winter blunderland

“In the darkness they can pass a tax plan
And pretend that workers will be fine
We say work together, they say no man!
We don’t need your vote while we’re in town

“Later on, they’ll conspire
To cut programs we require
Who needs Medicaid
When donors get paid
Walking in a winter blunderland

“In the Congress we will keep on fighting
Maybe we can find some common ground
How ‘bout funding CHIP and fixing DACA
Before we take those jet planes out of town

“Trump’s first year, it’s been chilling
The New Year’s near, ain’t it thrilling
It’ll be a new day, 2018’s not far away
Walking in a winter blunderland

“Different views, let’s pursue
No matter if red or blue
Let’s keep taking a stand
Let’s work hand-in-hand
Till we’re back walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland.”

“The GOP Plan Is the Biggest Tax Increase in American History, By Far,” The Intercept, December 1, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/27681?t=5&akid=195527%2E36425432%2EokW1hA

The Biggest Tax Scam in History,” The New York Times, November 27, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/27738?t=7&akid=195527%2E36425432%2EokW1hA

“The final GOP tax bill is complete. Here’s what is in it,” The Washington Post, December 15, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/27739?t=9&akid=195527%2E36425432%2EokW1hA

“Republicans’ Tax Bill Nears the Finish Line,” The New York Times, December 13, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/27740?t=11&akid=195527%2E36425432%2EokW1hA

The arguments supporting corporate tax cuts are wrong, and territorial taxation will make things worse
By Hunter Blair

Come watch history be made at City Hall in Ventura at 6 pm tonight!

Help decide how Ventura will be divided into voting districts!

A Public Hearing to discuss draft maps will be held tonight, Monday, December 18, 2017.  By State Law, maps to be considered by the Council  at the December 18, 2017 Public Hearing, had been  posted online by November 27, 2017.

The below maps have been processed by the demographer. These maps originated either as submittals by residents or the demographer after hearing public testimony.  The Maps were numbered as received.

Use this link to view all Maps on the online interactive viewer.  Each Map (1-33) may be selected in the layers box to display each map for viewing.

Here are quick links to the 4 maps that were chosen for the final cut:

Map 11
Map 16
Map 22
Map 23

(From CAUSE) Our map made it into the top 4. Tomorrow night, the council will be choosing from maps 11, 16, 22, 23. Here’s our letter to the City Council to explain why we hope they will choose map #22. Come join in and help us achieve this important goal.

CAUSE Letter on Final Ventura Districts

 

 

 

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