Tuesday, May 2, 2017

ACTION: Call to Oppose Trump Tax Plan

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday May 2, 2017
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TRUMP TAX “PLAN” IS THEFT
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#ReverseRobinHood
The centerpiece of President Trump’s opening salvo in the tax reform debate is a drastic cut in corporate tax rates from 35% to 15%. It also includes provisions to allow similar huge cuts for some in personal income taxes, and to ease or eliminate capital gains and estate taxes. Here is the bottom line for this STEAL-FROM-THE-POOR-AND-GIVE-TO-THE-TRUMP proposal (see also Indivisible Guide http://bit.ly/2oNcZud )
--We can’t know how much Trump will benefit from his proposals without his tax returns.
--Historically, “trickle down” doesn’t work. Tax cuts for the wealthy do NOT generate jobs and stimulate economic growth.
--Tax experts say these cuts “could end up exploding the deficit. http://politi.co/2qgbd16
A sampling of Oregon MOC’s on this issue: Senator Merkley: “What does America need more? $2 trillion to corporate America or to hire teachers?” http://bit.ly/2oLik0a. Senator Wyden--a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee: it is a “tale of two systems” (he also recently unleashed a twitter campaign to pressure Trump to release his returns http://usat.ly/2p9g0BG ) Rep Earl Blumenauer is also outspoken AND well positioned on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy. 
But we need ALL of our Oregon MOC’s to take leadership roles in this battle.
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH SENATORS**
If you have a story about how Trump’s tax plan would affect with you, please share it! Or adapt our SAMPLE SCRIPT: 
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. Trump’s so-called tax plan is like Robin Hood in reverse: it steals from everyday Americans to give even more to the rich —including Trump himself. It would also explode the deficit. I want to thank the Senator for his vigorous opposition to President Trump’s fiscal policies. Any future tax reforms MUST be fair and fiscally responsible. Meanwhile I would like Senator [--] to step up the pressure on his colleagues from both sides of the aisle to obtain Trump’s tax returns. I would like him to say NO to any tax reform plan until those returns are released and reviewed by all—including the American people. 
**ACTION 2: CALL YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE**
If you have a story about how Trump’s tax plan would affect with you, please share it! Or adapt our SAMPLE SCRIPT: 
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. Trump’s so-called tax plan is like Robin Hood in reverse: it steals from everyday Americans to give even more to the rich —including Trump himself. It would also explode the deficit. Any future tax reforms MUST be fair and fiscally responsible. Meanwhile I would like Representative [--] to step up the pressure on his colleagues from both sides of the aisle to obtain Trump’s tax returns. I would like [her/him] to say NO to any tax reform plan until those returns are released and reviewed by all—including the American people.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: 202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, LaGrande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

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