We’re not buying it…

The GOP is proposing a $72 billion dollar tax cut, to be dispersed using their their perennial “Trickle-down-never-has-worked-never-gonna” scam.

The GOP, simultaneously in-the-majority and struck with their proximity to our pocketbooks, has, once again,  re-discovered “supply-side” economics, aka ” the trickle-down theory”.  Years ago, people called this concept by the truthier title of  “the-horse-and-sparrow” , as in, ‘If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.'” Interestingly, the authors of this nonsense never seem to “re-discover” or care that this tax scam has never been successful, except for creating, over and over, the steaming piles of offal for us to clean up.

Direct-Invest-in-Us plan

What would happen if we just didn’t give the $72 billion dollars to our wealthiest people and corporations, including the 35% that goes to foreign investors? What if that $72 billion dollars didn’t go to  tax shelters in the Bahamas, wealthy companies cutting employment  or those hiring foreign workers?

What if we went out on a limb and say that “We the People” are America’s greatest asset.

What would happen if we invested that $72 billion directly into us for 2018?

  • We could invest in our health. This money could pay the health insurance premiums for more than 12.6 million adults. We could take the high-risk people out of the pool, lowering premiums for everyone else, instead of the 10% premium increase that Trump has recently handed us, the first of many. We could keep 13 million people from losing their insurance and prevent the $25 million dollar cut to Medicare, along with the resulting toll of bankruptcies, preventable complications and death.
  • We could invest in education. $72 billion could cover Pell grants for 12.3 million low-income and first generation college students, increasing their chances of higher paying work throughout their working lives, resulting in  higher contributions to our tax, Medicare and Social Security systems.
  • We could invest in jobs. We could create 689,000 jobs building and repairing our long-neglected infrastructure.

Ask for what we want! Every day. Over and over. Make sure your relative and friends in red states are doing it too.

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This is what real patriotism looks like…

“More than 400 American millionaires and billionaires are sending a letter to Congress this week urging Republican lawmakers not to cut their taxes.

The wealthy Americans, which include doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and CEOs, say the GOP is making a mistake by reducing taxes on the richest families at a time when the the nation’s debt is high and inequality is back at the worst level since the 1920s.” (ChicagoTribune)

Read their letter here

Now make your calls!

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Play Offense on Taxes – Tell them what WE want.

Minimal Script for a Democratic Legislator: 

I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep.[Carbajal/Brownley] and Senator [Harris/Feinstein] for opposing the House/ Senate GOP tax bills.

We never asked for a tax cut. Are you ready to write things down?

What we want is accessible, comprehensive and affordable health care, protection of our social safety nets like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, investment in our schools and public infrastructure, affordable higher education for all, and protection of our air, water and natural resources. (Add on anything thing else we missed!)

Minimal Script for a Republican Legislator: 

I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to tell Rep./Sen. [___]  that we never asked for a tax cut. Are you ready to write things down?

What we want is accessible, comprehensive and affordable health care, protection of our social safety nets like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, investment in our schools and public infrastructure, affordable higher education for all, and protection of our air, water and natural resources. (Add on anything thing else we missed!)

Please tell your boss that if he/she/they  [___] vote for this fraudulent rich-get-richer scheme over our best interests, he/she/they will need a career backup plan after the next election.

Contact:

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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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NO on #TrumpTaxScam! Keep up the calls! Nobody likes it! Sink it!

Keep Calling! They’re worried…

The non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation just reaffirmed what we’d already figured out because…math. They just delivered the bad news to the GOP.

Mark your calendars! Here’s the #TrumpTaxScam battle plan.

    • GOP completed Phase #1 of the #TrumpTaxScam. Both chambers can now ram this flaming turd through with a simple majority. (read about it here)
    • Nov. 1st: Didn’t happen…hmmm…
    • November 1: legislative text of the Trump Tax Scam will be released. DELAYED ‘TIL THURSDAY….hmmmm…
    • November 2: Indivisible and national allies join for National Call-in Day. We all called in and lit up their office lines!
    • November 2: The GOP released their flying monkeys! Click here and here. Read the whole damn bill here. 429 pages.
    • Week of November 6: multi-day mark up in the House Ways & Means Committee.
    • November 7th: The non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation said this tax bill is bad for the middle class.
    • November 6-10: National Week of Action to defeat the #TrumpTaxScam. Find an event near you. Click here! Graphic link to make your own mask!
    • November 10th: RALLY IN VENTURA
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    • Week of November 13: House vote
    • Week of November 13: mark up in the Senate Finance Committee
    • Week of November 20: Senate vote
    • We prevent their victory! We make them lose again!

OCT. 9 statement

Pick-a-script, collect the whole set!

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like [legislator’s name] to stop the #TrumpTaxScam because… [fill in one or more of your favorite reasons from below]

Reasons:
Continue reading “NO on #TrumpTaxScam! Keep up the calls! Nobody likes it! Sink it!”

Stand Against the #TrumpTaxScam at the Government Center!

Bring your signs, your voice, a friend — and, if you can, a “mask” of your favorite “fat cat!” Oh, and a big, clever check!

When: Friday, November 10, 1-3PM
Where: Ventura Government Center, Corner of Victoria and Telephone
800 S. Victoria, Ventura, CA 93003

Let’s get a crowd! SHARE, SHARE, SHARE the Facebook Event Page! https://www.facebook.com/events/151158868827524 <–click in to let us know you’re coming!

The #TrumpTaxScam is a DISASTER-of-a-giveaway-to-fat-cat-Republican-donors (surprise, surprise). It adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit — which will force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road — all to give huge tax cuts to the wealthy, corporations — and to Donald Trump himself.

We can, and must, kill this bill with constituent power. The tax fight and the healthcare fight are the SAME FIGHT. And, just like with healthcare, we can defeat it with nationwide constituent power. On our own home turf!

See you there!

Print out your mask – and affix it to a stick:
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NO on #TrumpTaxScam! Keep up the calls! Nobody likes it! Sink it!

Keep Calling! They’re worried…

“Republicans Are Trying to Pass a Tax Plan That Everybody Hates.”

Mark your calendars! Here’s the #TrumpTaxScam battle plan.

    • GOP completed Phase #1 of the #TrumpTaxScam. Both chambers can now ram this flaming turd through with a simple majority. (read about it here)
    • Nov. 1st: Didn’t happen…hmmm…
    • November 1: legislative text of the Trump Tax Scam will be released. DELAYED ‘TIL THURSDAY….hmmmm…
    • November 2: Indivisible and national allies join for National Call-in Day. We all call and light up their office lines!
    • November 2: The GOP released their flying monkeys! Click here and here. Read the whole damn bill here. 429 pages.
    • Week of November 6: multi-day mark up in the House Ways & Means Committee
    • November 6-10: National Week of Action to defeat the #TrumpTaxScam. Find an event near you. Click here!
    • November 10th: RALLY IN VENTURA
    • trumptaxscam
    • Week of November 13: House vote
    • Week of November 13: mark up in the Senate Finance Committee
    • Week of November 20: Senate vote
    • We prevent their victory! We make them lose again!

Pick-a-script, collect the whole set!

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like [legislator’s name] to stop the #TrumpTaxScam because… [fill in one or more of your favorite reasons from below]

Reasons:
Continue reading “NO on #TrumpTaxScam! Keep up the calls! Nobody likes it! Sink it!”