The August recess isn’t over yet, but progressive organizations are using the time to mobilize against looming Republican plans—spearheaded by the Trump administration in the White House and by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in Congress—to give corporations and the nation’s wealthiest individuals massive tax cuts while putting services and social programs on the chopping block.
“We can’t afford tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations that are paid for by cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education, and other services that working families rely on,” warns Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF). “Side-by-side, there’s no denying it: Trump’s draconian cuts to services that will harm working families are intended to pay for his massive tax giveaways to big corporations and the wealthy. Helping the American people understand what’s at stake is how we will win the tax fight.”
“Side-by-side, there’s no denying it: Trump’s draconian cuts to services that will harm working families are intended to pay for his massive tax giveaways to big corporations and the wealthy. Helping the American people understand what’s at stake is how we will win the tax fight.”
—Frank Clemente, Americans for Tax Fairness
ATF is leading a huge coalition in a new campaign that aims to raise public awareness about what the GOP wants to do and mobilize grassroots energy to defeat the plan.
“Republicans think they can trick the American people into supporting their massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations by calling it ‘tax reform’ and using the vaguest terms possible to talk about what they’re doing,” said Angel Padilla, policy director for the Indivisible Project, part of the coalition. “We know their game: this is nothing but a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations paid for by taking away Medicaid, Medicare, and other basic services. The American people didn’t support tax cuts for the rich when they were in the Republican healthcare bill and they don’t support them through this ‘tax reform’ charade either.”
As the coalition points out, $4.3 trillion—the overall size of Trump’s proposed budget cuts—is remarkably similar to the cost of the tax cuts that Trump is proposing, estimated to be between $3.5 trillion and $4.8 trillion.
The campaign has built a new website, , where visitors can see how the tax cuts proposed by Trump and his congressional allies would reward the wealthy and corporations while their budget cuts would gut programs and services for working families.
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