Protest the GOP Tax Scam
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The Washington Post explains that the GOP tax bill, which has been dubbed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” drops the top tax rate of corporations and big business from 35% to 20%. The big business cut would be permanent, while the rate reductions for real people are set to expire after 2025. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is marketed well under the guise of providing tax cuts and jobs to working class people. While this may prove true for some individuals, this act was not designed to improve the economic vitality of the lower and middle class.
In a separate interview with the Washington Post, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) stated, "Fundamentally, the bill has been mislabeled. From a truth-in-advertising standpoint, it would have been a lot simpler if we just acknowledged reality on this bill, which is it’s fundamentally a corporate tax reduction and restructuring bill...I think they were particularly concerned about innuendo and what that might mean, so it was labeled as a middle-class tax cut.”
According to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank, if congressional Republicans end up paying for their proposed $1.4 trillion tax cut by reducing spending or raising taxes later on, most Americans making less than $86,000 would be worse off than if the bill had not been passed.
James Hamblin, a journalist for the Atlantic, explains, "For the first time in U.S. history, the leading association of psychiatrists has condemned a tax bill. They are not alone among doctors. In a joint statement this month, the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, voiced stern opposition to the Republican tax proposal. Their main concern is insurance. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate—a provision rolled into the Republican tax bill—means millions more people will be uninsured by 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Individual and small-group marketplaces will be destabilized, and rates of medical bankruptcy will return to pre-Obamacare levels."
In a gallop poll, the Washington Examiner found that 29 percent of Americans favor the tax cut while 56 percent disapprove. What happened to the voice of the people?
The bill also makes provisions for opening the door to drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In recent interview with The Atlantic, one resident of Gwich’in, an indigenous tribe of roughly 9,000 people that spans north-central Alaska and northern Canada, explained that her tribe has been closely connected with the land and the animals that inhabit it for tens of thousands of years. She told the interviewer, "The porcupine caribou herd and the Gwich’in people are one...we migrated with them for 20,000 years. These caribou have been here for 2 million years.”
It is a breach of human rights for oil companies to devastate the sacred lands of indigenous peoples. Taxable revenue and temporary jobs are not enough. Native communities deserve more from their federal government. ANWR is home to fragile ecosystems, and thousands of species of wildlife. Native communities have been dependent on the land for sustenance for thousands of years, and environmental destruction could be irreversible.
I urge you to contact your local representatives, to explore the implications of this bill, and to sign and share this petition if you feel inclined. The voice of the people will always hold more power than the voice of oppression.
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