Category Archives: Taxes & budgets

A heartbreaking moral failure

by Jess King, candidate for Congress, PA-16.

This is a heartbreaking moral failure: the government is inches away from shutting down tonight because the GOP would rather cater to extremists in their ranks than pass a deal that protects children and immigrants.

Let’s be clear about how we got here: The GOP controls Congress and the White House. They let CHIP funding expire in September. They revoked DACA. They could have reauthorized CHIP and restored protections for DREAMers at any time. Instead, the GOP used children and immigrants as hostages in a preventable spending crisis. It’s appalling.

And what is Rep. Lloyd Smucker doing? He’s turning his back on the 9 million children who will be stuck without CHIP funding and the 700,00 DACA recipients living in fear.

Paul Ryan and Rep. Lloyd Smucker have betrayed our families too many times. This is the year we replace them.

If someone was threatening to take away my daughter’s health insurance, or threatening to send her to a country she’s never lived in, I’d be out of my mind.

We should be funding health care for children. We should be protecting our fellow Americans from deportation. Period.

Tonight shows us exactly what’s at stake if we don’t give this fight everything we’ve got.

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The Monster with the Cane

Right back where we were 13 years ago!

The witness, on the left, is George W. Bush, identifying the criminal in a police lineup. The “Bush tax cuts” of 2001 and 2003 led to increasing deficits and calls to modify the Social Security program. In his State of the Union address on 2/2/05, Bush proposed partially privatizing Social Security; the cartoon pictured below was published on 2/21/05. The American people received the idea with skepticism and in 2006 voted Republicans out of power in both houses of Congress.

Same lineup today, same plans* by the Party of Trump, and Dems hope for the same electoral result in 2018 as in 2006.

*See, for example, Charlie May, “Paul Ryan aims for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security cuts in 2018: Ryan cited debt concerns as the reason for spending cuts, days after GOP passes tax plan projected to hike deficit,” Salon, 12/7/17

Coal for Costello

Letter from Martin McElroy, East Whiteland, in Daily Local News, 1/8/18

Congressman Ryan Costello has a miserly way of wishing a Merry Christmas to middle-class Americans. The Republicans delivered a 1.5 trillion dollar lump of coal to the middle class and Republicans like Costello are doing their best to put the prettiest bow on it as they try to sell it to their skeptical constituents.

Costello wanted an even larger lump of coal for us this Christmas when he voted for the House version of the tax bill. The Senate bill only softened the imminent body blow to the middle class. Either way, Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud.

Wealthy donors have been investing tens of millions in Republican candidates for years. Unlike Costello, a few honest GOP members of Congress even admitted their wealthy donors were demanding a tax windfall under their Christmas trees this year – or else! Without massive paybacks, their big donors will cut off the cash flow and give their Republican minions lumps of coal to fund next year’s election cycle.

The most scandalous example of donor payback is the reduction in the estate tax that lavishes the richest of the rich with a tax dodge worth billions $. Worse, the bill Costello originally supported would have repealed the tax in a few years. Again and again, the PA-6 Republican proves to be a high-yield investment for the elite at the expense of ordinary citizens….

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True Blue talk Jan. 16: “Effects of Trump’s Tax Cuts”

January 16, 2018, 6 pm, at Barnaby’s of West Chester, 15 S. High St., West Chester

Free to CCDC True Blue and Chair’s Club members. Others may join True Blue (a great way to support Chesco Dems in 2018!) in advance or pay $75 for this one event.

Join us for a timely and lively discussion on the effects of the promised tax cuts on our economy and our personal circumstances: hear Sara Crane Moody’s Economist, present the U.S. economy’s fundamentals, and describe the prospects for fiscal policy, with a special emphasis on the ramifications of the tax overhaul. Bring your questions.

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