Thurs 7/25: Sen. Rand wants to “offset the costs” of the 9/11 responders bill. Sure. But first, rescind the 2017 TaxScam’s lovely “departing” gift to the uber-wealthy.

Action: YAY for the “DEATH TAX”, our most progressive tax! Tell your legislators to support bills that raise estate taxes to the 2009 level or higher. 

Two GOP attacks on the poor and sick this week… Senator Rand Paul stated that “Any new spending (est. $10.2 billion for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund billshould be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable”…like Medicaid. Meanwhile, millionaire Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue is proposing eligibility rules that would remove 3 million people barely above poverty level from the food stamp program, with an average annual “savings” of $2.5 billion. You can discuss that with him here.

It’s been such an exciting race to the bottom, we may have missed just how much money has been removed from our coffers by the deficit-inducing 2017 TaxScam, including the bloating of the estate tax exemption from $5.5 million to $11 million ($22 million per couple). Returning to the pre-2017 rate would pay off Rand and Perdue’s demands, with a lot left over – see our easy explainer” below. We need to let our legislators know that restoring a rational estate tax isn’t just some arcane issue, but a critically important step towards safeguarding democracy. That there are at least SIX GOP bills (listed below) to kill what’s left of it is a great tip-off as to how important this is to people like our president, who stated…

“The point is that you can’t be too greedy.”

Here are some bills we need our legislators to support NOW!

  •  H.R.3922/S.2231 – the “American Opportunity Accounts Act,” which would use the increased revenues to mitigate our wealth gap by creating savings accounts for every American child
  •  S.1950 – “Strengthen Social Security by Taxing Dynastic Wealth Act“, which concentrates on strengthening Social Security and expanding benefits.
  • S.309  – For the 99.8%” is a multi-tiered expansion that taxes the rich according to their degree of wealth. Bernie Sanders’ team estimates that it would raise around $2.2 trillion from 588 billionaires within 10 years.
  • Not posted yet – Senator Kamala Harris proposes to return the estate tax rate to $5.5 million, close tax loopholes, and give the new funds directly to teachers, who, unlike heirs to multi-million dollar fortunes, may be working second jobs.

Minimal script for reps: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to cosponsor ALL bills that raise the estate tax to pre-2017 TaxScam level, and preferably to the 2009 level, including  H.R.3922American Opportunity Accounts Act“.

Rep-check for H.R. 3922 here.  Reps. Brownley and Carbajal are not yet cosponsors.

Minimal script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to cosponsor ALL bills that raise the estate tax to pre- 2017 TaxScam level, and preferably to the 2009 level, including: S.2231 American Opportunity Accounts Act“, S.1950 – “Strengthen Social Security by Taxing Dynastic Wealth Act“, and  S.309 – For the 99.8%.Continue reading “Thurs 7/25: Sen. Rand wants to “offset the costs” of the 9/11 responders bill. Sure. But first, rescind the 2017 TaxScam’s lovely “departing” gift to the uber-wealthy.”

Big Fun at the #TrumpTaxScam Protest!

A huge thank you to all who attended today’s rally at the Government Center! Together we are Indivisible!

For more information and phone scripts for our legislators on the #TrumpTaxScam, click here.

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The camaraderie was fantastic and uplifting – who knew a protest could be so much fun?! We had overwhelming support from the people driving by – much honking and loads of thumbs up – a wonderful reminder of how blessed we are to live in our wonderful, beautiful Ventura!

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Stop this tax-giveaway to the rich! They are meeting on Tuesday to put lipstick on this pig. Call!

Minimal Script: I’m calling from zip code […..] to urge Sen. [___]  to use every procedural tool at her/his disposal – including withholding consent if necessary – to defeat the Trump Tax Scam. This includes any tax plan that lowers the effective corporate tax ratedoes away with the estate tax and the Alternate Minimal Tax.

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

https://www.indivisible.org/resource/october-means-another-recess/#TAX

(From Indivisible.org, our national chapter)
Dear Indivisibles,

Both the House and the Senate are back in session this week. First on the docket? The scammy, awful, disastrous #TrumpTaxScam. Continue reading “Stop this tax-giveaway to the rich! They are meeting on Tuesday to put lipstick on this pig. Call!”

Non-negotiable Demands for Tax Reform.

Minimal Script: I am calling from [zip code]  and am asking Sen./Rep. [___] to urge her/him/them to reject any tax overhaul that is not Revenue Neutral, that does not maintain the current levels of progressive taxation for individuals, that ends the Estate Tax, the Alternate Minimum Tax and that does not have scoring from the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office.

Senator Contacts:

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

Not your senator?http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Representative Contacts:

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

Not your representative?http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info:

Continue reading “Non-negotiable Demands for Tax Reform.”