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Trump Score updates

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Congratulations to Rep. Costello (R-06), whose Trump Score has declined from 94% to 90.6%, since he voted against H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (which passed the House; it would allow anyone in the country who has a concealed gun permit to carry a gun anywhere, obviously an invitation for mayhem and anathema to those who believe states still have some rights). He is now 24.5% more Trump-friendly than his district.

Rep. Meehan (R-07) has sunk to a Trump Score of 85.7%, based on the same vote. His voting record is now 25.2% more “Trumpish” than his district.

Rep. Smucker (R-16), meanwhile, has boosted his Trump Score to 96.4% by voting for H.R.38, but his ‘Trump plus-minus” score is only 16.6% since his is a much more conservative district.

Sen. Toomey has achieved a 90.4% Trump Score, about 3 times Sen, Casey’s 29.6%. Naturally there are some votes where the parties actually still agree, like confirming an FBI director or keeping the US government open for business.

The Trump Score measures how often a legislator votes as Number 45 wishes.

Sen. Casey stands with the DREAMers

Here, in the light of yesterday’s pro-DACA rally in West Chester, are Senator Casey’s strong words of support for DACA earlier this fall, from Bob Casey U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, September 5, 2017

Casey Statement On Trump’s Decision To End DACA

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement following the President’s decision to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“The ‘Dreamers’ are young people who have lived in our country since they were children. They have been law-abiding residents who have learned English, paid taxes and secured jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families. Our government promised them that they would be protected if they came forward and now President Trump is breaking that promise.

President Trump’s action today is an insult to America and our values. This action is profoundly unjust, immoral and without regard for basic fairness. Tearing apart the lives of these young people will make our nation less safe, and harm our economy. According to the CATO Institute, deporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients would cost more than $60 billion and would result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that the 1.3 million young people enrolled in or eligible for DACA pay $2 billion each year in state and local taxes.

It’s clear that Republicans in Washington and the Trump Administration are not serious about fixing the problem of illegal immigration, securing our border and reforming our immigration system. Instead, their only plan is to deport 11 million individuals, including 790,000 Dreamers. Congress should move immediately to pass the bipartisan Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would allow the Dreamers to become permanent residents if they meet the very stringent qualifications outlined in the bill.”

Why Was a Pennsylvania Senator So Eager to Get a Tax Break for a Small College in Michigan?

[Or, the case of Pat Toomey: how the game of donations and influence works. Why did he do it? Do you think donations by the Koch Brothers and Betsy DeVos to his campaigns could have something to do with it?]

By dianeravitch, December 5, 2017

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania sponsored an amendment to the GOP tax bill that would exempt small Hillsdale College in Michigan from a tax that would apply to other colleges with a sizable endowment. This exemption is worth $700,000 a year to Hillsdale College.

Why did he care so much about a college that is not even in his home state?

Hillsdale is an unusual college. It is one of the very few in the nation that refuses any federal funds, even for student aid, so that it is exempt from any federal regulations, like civil rights.

It is also a special object of the affection of the DeVos family. The DeVos family gave Pat Toomey $60,000 in his close 2016 election. He won’t face the voters again until 2022. Hillsdale College is also a favorite of the Koch brothers, who also supported Toomey’s re-election campaign.

Columnist Will Bunch explains Toomey’s peculiar affection for a super-conservative college not in his own state….

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False promises in tax plan

Letter to the editor from Barbara Palladine, Daily Local News, 11/26/17

Despite the insistence of our Senator, Pat Toomey, that the tax overhaul before Congress (take your pick, House OR Senate) will stimulate the economy is simple hogwash.

First of all, the proposal favors tax cuts to businesses and the wealthy.

How is that going to stimulate anything but their own pockets?

When wealthy folks get surprise money, they put it in their bank or stock account instead of spending it, unlike the poor and middle class who actually spend the money, thus creating more demand, more production, more employment, etc.

Secondly, the politicians in charge will say that the wealthy are job creators.


If you’re a CEO of a major corporation or a rich attorney, doctor, entertainer, or entrepreneur, you’re not going to hire anyone just because you received a personal windfall.

Hiring is a function of demand for your product or service.

No new customers, no hiring….

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