Friday, November 10, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP THE TRUMP TAX SCAM

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, November 10, 2017
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STOP THE TRUMP TAX SCAM: NO WINDFALL FOR TRUMP AND HIS CABINET AT OUR EXPENSE
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#TrumpTaxScam
#MakeTrumpPay
#NoWindfallForRich
#ReleaseTrumpTaxReturns

The Senate just released its tax cut plan. Although somewhat different from the House plan, it still gives the ultra-wealthy 1%—like Trump’s family and his Cabinet—undeserved tax breaks, for which we will all be paying well into the future.

The plan:
• repeals inheritance tax, paid only by richest 0.2%--worth up to $4 billion to Trump’s heirs, and would benefit half his Cabinet
• retains “step-up in basis” loophole, which allows tax-free inheritance of assets with untaxed capital gains
• repeals alternative minimum tax (AMT), designed to prevent rich from dodging taxes—without it in 2005, Trump’s tax rate would’ve gone from 25% to under 4% saving Trump $32 million
• taxes pass-through income from sole proprietorships/partnerships/real estate investments at 25% rather than at 39.6% applied to Trump and his cronies—annual savings of $23 million for Trump, $6-17 million for Jared Kushner, and $3-5 million for DeVos
• retains special loopholes for golf courses and for real estate developers, like Trump and Kushner

The American people do not support Trump’s Tax Scam and find his money-grubbing abhorrent. Our MoCs must work to defeat whatever version comes up for a vote.

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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(leaving a message counts too!)

SAMPLE SCRIPT for our Senators
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I am very worried about Trump’s Tax Plan, which provides a massive tax windfall for him, his family, and his Cabinet, at the expense of the rest of us. I want to thank the Senator for opposing this tax plan and implore him to do even more: to slow down the Trump Tax Scam by withholding unanimous consent and using any other procedural tools available. Please take down my information so you can let me know what he/she is doing to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for our Blumenauer, Bonamici, and DeFazio
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I am very worried about Trump’s Tax Plan, which provides a massive tax windfall for him, his family, and his Cabinet, at the expense of the rest of us. I want to like to thank the Congressperson for standing up against this tax plan. It is not enough, however, just to vote no. He/she must also actively work to slow down the Trump Tax Scam and expose it for the heartless bill it is. Please take down my info so you can let me know what he/she is doing to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Schrader and Walden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I’m calling to let [Congressman] know that I strongly oppose the House tax bill, which provides a massive tax windfall for Trump, his family, and his Cabinet, at the expense of the rest of us. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the [Congressman] decides to do.

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**ACTION 2:  SEND THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Post this on Facebook or other social media.

Organize a calling team of like-minded friends to support one another through this campaign. Continue to show up at town halls with your friends. Go to Indivisible’s national plan for opposing Trump Tax Scam and find more ways to get your voice heard.  https://www.trumptaxscam.org/six-ways-the-trump-tax-scam-is-just-like-trumpcare-1/
 If we all make our voices heard together we will stop the #TrumpTaxScam

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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
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

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, La Grande (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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