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Fighting Back: “Republicans Plan to Raise Taxes on Working Class Americans to Pay for Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also a News Open Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland.

(Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) on tax cuts – note: clip does not complete)

Senator Cardin:

In what has become an increasingly shameful and highly partisan process, Republicans have chosen to go it alone and cut Democrats out of any tax reform discussions. They formulated a tax scheme that they admit will add $1.5 trillion to our deficit, putting Medicare and Medicaid at risk. And the plan hurts middle and low income working families while providing huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. […]

Under the Republican plan, a family of four would gain an extra $12,000 in standard deduction. They simultaneously lose more than $16,000 in personal exemptions. It would directly affect middle income families and [make] it more difficult to save for retirement. And they are planning to repeal the state and local tax deduction used by taxpayers in all 50 states. This allows you to write off property taxes, local income taxes, and sales taxes and ensures the federal government can’t double tax families on money they have already paid in taxes to the state.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: “Democrats believe we can do better than a plan that provides 80% of the tax cuts to the top 1% and sticks our grandchildren with trillions in debt.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional district.

(Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, Congressman Neal rejected the Ryan-McConnell tax cuts for the rich plan, and called for bipartisan tax reform that puts the middle class first.)

Rep. Neal:

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that something must be done to simplify our tax system. Our current tax code is far too complex, riddled with unnecessary loopholes that allow some to avoid paying their fair share, and unfair to American businesses trying to compete in an increasingly globalized economy. While both Democrats and Republicans agree that tax reform is needed, we have very different views about what our tax system should look like.[…]

Under the Republican plan, tax revenues from individuals would RISE by over $2 trillion dollars, while revenue from corporations would DROP by over $6 trillion dollars – this means more of the tax burden will be shifted from big corporations to working families. […]

Democrats believe we can do better than a plan that provides 80 percent of the tax cuts to the top 1 percent and sticks our grandchildren with trillions in debt. That’s not a middle class plan and we’re ready to work with Republicans to build one that is.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: “The Republican president chose to raise people’s health premiums for no reason other than spite and cruelty”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

Yesterday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference on the latest health care sabotage from the Republicans.

(Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference today following President Trump’s decision on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and his shameful decision to cut off the Cost-Sharing Reduction payments required under the Affordable Care Act, a spiteful decision that will cause health premiums to spike by at least 20 percent for hard-working Americans.)
Nancy Pelosi

Last night, the President single-handedly decided to raise America’s health premiums for no reason other than spite and cruelty.

Cost-sharing reduction payments are essential to lowering health insurance costs. Because of President Trump’s decision to cut them off, these cost-sharing payments premiums will soar, according to the nonpartisan CBO headed by a Republican appointee, appointed by the Republicans in Congress. The CBO says that, ‘Premiums will soar. Refusing to make these vital payments spikes America’s health premiums by 20 percent in 2018.’

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Puerto Rico Is Us 10/10/17

San Juan, 1901

Today’s post is prompted by this tweet and the accompanying article:


Too many of us were educated in a system that shies away from words like colonialism, imperialism, or racism when talking about our country. And yet, the evidence is readily available if one is willing to look. Today, we’re looking.

Fighting Back: John Lewis on Gun Violence – “What will it take for the Republican Congress to wake up?”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

(Congressman John Lewis has been leading the charge for change for decades. Now, he wants Congress to do the same by taking action to end gun violence.)

Rep. Lewis:

“What will it take for the Republican Congress to wake up? They hold moments of silence and vigils. They offer thoughts and prayers but they do nothing. And when the media moves on, they peddle the lie that we need more guns to stop violence and they try to roll back protections that keep our communities safe.”[…]

“Republicans have not lifted a finger. They have not done one single thing to combat this crisis and worse they are refusing to even begin a bipartisan process to address the gun violence epidemic.”

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: A PRimer 10/3/17

A useful point of reference.

I’ve never been to Puerto Rico. Up until recently, if you asked me to find it on a map, I would have been able to find the general locale (I’ve heard it’s in a big ocean) but would have meandered around a bit before picking it out. Unfortunately, my ignorance goes beyond geography, so today’s post answers some of the questions that I have had; although I assume just about everyone reading is more knowledgeable than I am, I hope I’ll add to the community knowledge in some small way.

Fighting Back: Sen. Cortez Masto: “Democrats are standing with the people of Puerto Rico.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada.

(In the weekly Democratic address, Senator Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-NV) talked about federal response to recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.)
Senator Cortez Masto

I share in the frustrations of Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who feel forgotten and neglected. I encourage Americans to volunteer and donate to legitimate organizations helping in relief efforts. Every dollar and every volunteer hour spent brings hope and relief to the people of Puerto Rico and all those impacted by these tragic hurricanes.

“Right now, 3.5 million Americans are without power, food, and clean drinking water in Puerto Rico. Right now, hospitals on the island are unable to serve patients because backup generators do not have fuel. The elderly do not have their medicine. Puerto Ricans are fleeing flooded towns and cities with polluted waters, some with dead bodies floating in them, and looking to mountain streams to find safe drinking water. This is a public health crisis and must be treated like one.

“Senate Democrats are standing with the people of Puerto Rico.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: “Graham-Cassidy would cause untold suffering in every community in America”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY). In it he calls the Republican Senate’s bill “monstrous. Cruel. Even deadly”.

(In this week’s Democratic Address, Congressman John Yarmuth asks why Republicans continue to ignore Trumpcare’s devastating impacts.)
Rep. Yarmuth:

This past week, we learned that the Senate’s latest iteration of Trumpcare, ‘Graham-Cassidy’ they call it, would likely take health coverage away from approximately 32 million people – a staggering ten percent of the American public. […]

If Republicans in Congress are so desperate to take action on health care, Democrats would be more than happy to work with them on any proposal, provided it meets just one single condition: it has to make things better for the American people, not worse.

[T]he bill Mitch McConnell could hold a vote on next week – with no debate and only a sham hearing – will unquestionably cause untold suffering in every community in America.

President* Trump was onto something when he called the House bill ‘mean.’ But he stopped too soon. The Senate bill is monstrous. Cruel. Even deadly.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: To DREAMers: “You are not alone. We won’t stop fighting for you.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

We are calling on the Republican leaders of the Senate and the House — Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan — to bring the bipartisan DREAM Act to the floor. If they do, I’m confident that the DREAM Act will pass both chambers of Congress on a strong bipartisan vote and then it will be up to President Trump to sign the Dream Act and make it the law of the land. […]

The American people are calling out for this. Seventy-five percent of Americans—including 70 percent of Republicans—want the DREAMers to stay in this country they call home. […] [To the DREAMERers]: You are not alone. I won’t stop fighting for you, and together, with my colleagues in Congress and our fellow Americans, we will ensure that you are here to stay.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Book Release Day

Today’s the day that some have been waiting for and others have been dreading; with all the differences of opinion, one thing that is certain is that very, very few have actually read The Book. Yes, a bookstore in Florida sold some copies early (that’s how some CNN reporters got their copies), and a few more pundits were given advance copies with embargo conditions. And yes, some excerpts were released early; approximately four pages out of 512. We know those excerpts have stirred up controversy in the media and on Twitter, but what’s different this time around is that there has been significant, astute, and articulate pushback. Today I’m posting some of the best.