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Sanders writes: "The idea that the Republican tax reform plan was supposed to be a middle class tax cut was a lie from the start."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)


We Must Continue to Fight the GOP Tax Bill

By Bernie Sanders, Bernie Sanders' Facebook Page

07 December 17

 

he idea that the Republican tax reform plan was supposed to be a middle class tax cut was a lie from the start. This is a bill to give huge, permanent tax breaks to corporations and their wealthy CEOs while raising taxes on 87 million middle class households and throwing 13 million people off of health insurance. Republican Rep. Mark Sanford admitted what we’ve known from the start: “From a truth in advertising standpoint it would have been a lot simpler if we just acknowledged really on this bill, which is it’s fundamentally a corporate tax reduction and restructuring bill, period,” he said.

This is why we need to fight back and make sure this bill fails—and demand that Congress pass legislation to make sure corporations start paying their fair share in taxes, not even less than they are now.


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+33 # Wise woman 2017-12-07 17:35
Right on, Bernie. Trickle down is what republican minds do - right into the swamp. Just when you think they can't sink and lower, they manage it.
 
 
+2 # Caliban 2017-12-07 22:21
True, Bernie. Any suggestions on exactly how individual citizens can best carry on the fight?
 
 
-1 # Depressionborn 2017-12-10 11:49
Quoting Caliban:
True, Bernie. Any suggestions on exactly how individual citizens can best carry on the fight?

I do: we should not be envious of what others have.
 
 
+7 # goodsensecynic 2017-12-07 22:34
Trickle down is merely evidence of urinary dysfunction.
 
 
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-12-08 05:22
Add to this Paul Ryan's renewed interest in cutting social security and medicare/medica id, and you have a perfect ground swell of opposition to republicans in the 2018 election. So why is it Sanders pretty much alone who is saying this. Where are all the democratic party leaders? They are mostly silent. They are definitely not organizing the nations behind a plan for "rational governance." The Ryan-Trump plans are simply not rational.

In another article, Sanders is said to be organizing among Trump voters. This is exactly what needs to be done. Trump has betrayed his base and gone over to the neo-cons, the war mongers, the Israelis, and all the rest of what is wrong with the world. He lied to his voters. They should be willing to move over to Sanders in droves.

Again, where is the demo party leadership. It is stuck in "resistance summer" and the Russiagate idiocy. All this will do is build up Trump's base of support. My advice to democcrats would be to dump Mueller, Comey, Schiff and the rest of the Russiagate crowd and get behind Sanders and his appeal to Americans of every political persuasion for a "rational government" beginning in 2018.

Trump is a 100% continuation of the failed policies of Bush II and Obama. It is time for a change.
 
 
+6 # librarian1984 2017-12-08 09:56
To my mind this is THE fight right now. Everything else, for this brief window, is a distraction.

We closed down the healthcare repeals and we have GOT to shut this monstrosity down. It is a brutal and naked redistribution of wealth with poison pills tacked on the margins.

Sen. Pat Toomey has been gifted with 'Tuesdays with Toomey' in recent months as constituents protest his policies -- so what has he done -- CLOSED DOWN HIS PHILADELPHIA OFFICE!

These people are cowards and we need to fight this. The harder we fight NOW the greater our chances of stopping it. It gets harder the further along the process it goes.

This bill kills people and impoverishes millions. The process was traitorous and the GOP en masse should be impeached for treason.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-12-08 13:11
This commission has 21 members and includes Nina Turner, Nomiki Konst, Larry Cohen, Jeff Weaver and Jim Zogby, thought they are way outnumbered.

The first voting segment addressed unpledged delegates aka 'superdelegates'.

1) reduce the number of superdelegates by 60%. All members of Congress, governors and 'distinguished leaders' are still automatically superdelegates and their votes are unpledged.

PASSED.

2) DNC members are also automatic superdelegates but their first vote is bound on the FIRST presidential ballot roll call vote to represent the results of their primary or caucus.

PASSED.

3) Primary and caucus personnel should be scrupulously neutral.

PASSED.

4) Three sections, defining each category of superdelegate:

A) Category 1 is Congress members, governors etc who are automatic and unpledged.

PASSED W/O PROGRESSIVES.

B) Category 2, state-elected DNC members, are automatic but bound to vote on the FIRST roll call vote by primary/caucus results.

PASSED.

C) Category 3, officers-at-lar ge and affiliated members, are automatic but bound on the FIRST ballot to proportionately reflect NATIONAL primary and caucus outcomes.

PASSED.

5) delayed

Nina Turner noted, to applause from the protestors, that superdelegates should be eliminated, but even they exist in a two-tiered system that gives the most power to the least diverse group.

The next section, led by vice-chair Larry Cohen, addresses primaries.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-12-08 14:29
The second voting section addresses PRIMARIES.

The DNC at all levels shall use ALL MEANS including encouraging legislation, changing party rules and initiating litigation:

1) to expand the use of the state-run primaries.

PASSED.

2) to require states to use same day or automatic registration for the Democratic presidential nominating process*

PASSED.

3) " to use same-day party switching

PASSED

4) " to resist any attempts at voter suppression and disenfranchisem ent incl laws or regulations that make voting onerous, administrative (in)action such as number and placement of voting locations, and adequacy and accuracy of voting rolls.

Such issues should be identified state-by-state and remedies sought before 2020 voting.

PASSED

5) " to allow voters to switch parties at least as late as the registration deadline. Penalties for non-compliance absent a good faith effort could include a reduction in pledged delegates to the national convention or adjustments of $upport to the state party.

PASSED

6) to develop a strategy to educate voters about deadlines, confusing timelines and running for delegate.

PASSED

7) The DNC must present an annual public report about their efforts to achieve 1-6.

PASSED

8) DNC should review national and bonus delegate counts to ensure proportionality.

PASSED

9) include legal remedies to bring states into compliance.

PASSED

* Not sure why they'd limit this to presidential races
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-12-08 14:50
Earlier in the PRIMARIES segment Jeff Weaver introduced another action, that the same incentives and penalties apply to requiring states to hold 'open' primaries.

In support of his argument Weaver discussed statistical demographics.

29% of voters register as Democrats, 42% as Independent. Of the latter, 16% align more with Democrats, for a total of approx. 45% of the electorate Democrat or Democrat-leanin g. But 1/3 of those are Independents. That includes 54% of young people. 31% of Dem-leaning Is are black or Hispanic. Hispanics over 59 are 20% Independent. [We lose diversity by excluding them.] Weaver said this is the easiest way to engage working class voters and the young.

This measure did NOT PASS. Only progressives voted for it.

At the end of the session, Nina Turner said:

"(Weaver's) amendment made a lot of sense. Millennials are the largest and most diverse demographic and they are telling us loud and clear how they feel about BOTH parties. The DP is supposed to be the party of inclusion .. and for this commission not to accept this amendment goes a long way to show that we are not serious about trying to win over Independent voters and making them feel wanted and included in the process (of selecting a nominee) but then we're going to tell them how much we love them in the general election because we need them to beat the Republicans. I think that is wrong."

One DNC member said we should, instead,'build a bridge'.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-12-09 10:49
The biggest arguments between progressives and establishment Dems during the first day concerned having open primaries and the transparency of the DNC budget(s).

The meeting continues for half the day Saturday. CSPAN is not streaming it and I haven't found it online yet.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-12-09 19:49
Quoting librarian1984:
The biggest arguments between progressives and establishment Dems during the first day concerned having open primaries and the transparency of the DNC budget(s).

- your report on the unity committee is priceless, thanks!

failure to fully agree on open primaries, or open DNC budget, only means we have more progress left to make! - lets pursue our goals! back to work!
 
 
-1 # Moxa 2017-12-09 13:49
Bernie is the one person who could surely beat Trump in the 2020 election. I'm not at all sure that anyone else can do it. I do believe Bernie would win in a landslide. But unless the Democrats insure open primaries, Bernie may fail to get the nomination in spite of his popularity.

The more that progressives drop out of the Democratic party, the less chance Bernie has. It is all very well to be philosophically opposed to the status quo. Then do what Bernie is doing: tell the truth about the corruption and the hypocrisy until it becomes politically unfeasible to hold on to neoliberal positions which hurt people.

But do not drop out of the party just because it is corrupt, or even if you are engaged in starting a new party! Nominating Bernie would be the biggest single change we could make in the country, and a total revolution for the Democratic party. If you are not registered as a Democrat you may not be able to vote for him, and so will miss your opportunity to make the revolution happen.

There is such a thing as taking purism to the point where it works against its own ends. Stay pure in spirit and deed, but not necessarily in outward and meaningless gestures of rebellion like changing your legal party affiliation.

Bernie Sanders can beat Donald Trump in 2020, but first he must win the primary. If you've already changed your party affiliation, don't imagine you walk on higher moral ground. You may only have shot yourself in the foot.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-12-09 21:18
Quoting Moxa:
Bernie is the one person who could surely beat Trump in the 2020 election. Bernie would win in a landslide.

- oh goodie? another chicken counter? is this your final 2020 tally?

bernie 271+ electoral college votes? dickhead loses?

what are YOUR odds that repukes will NOT do "whatever it takes" to elect a repuke? - what does the word "uncanny" mean to you? do you deny that, by hook or by crook, repukes have an uncanny ability to win elections? - is dickhead too honorable to war on n.korea? iran? venezuela?

don't you know anything about crosscheck massively discounting latino votes? don't you know that dickhead appointed a committee to propose new and better ways to suppress dem votes?

aren't you just another chicken counter who promised us that hillary would win? - in 2004 i bet you guaranteed that the draft-dodger who lost the world trade center and so declared never-ending oil occupation on iraq, would lose to a vietnam war hero? no? - who the heck are you, anyway? a russian troll? who? anyone serious about winning with bernie should know better than to declare landslide in 2017, know what i mean?

anyway, for your meaningless, worthless, blind faith in our political system electing bernie, thanks! - i dearly pray you are doing more to secure our bernie victory than declaring landslides, thanks! - remember, democracy grows from its roots; democracy only works for those who work at it, thanks!
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2017-12-09 21:39
moxa, i apologize for flying off the handle when you counted chickens - it's just that in 2016 everyone here but me predicted hillary's victory and so, none but me took dickhead seriously! - as a network we seriously effdup!

you announce a serious plan to restore democracy from the roots up!

it should not have unhinged me so, that you also count chickens, sorry!
 

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