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What to do if Mueller is fired

Since the Cornyn Stakeout in May 2017, and the appointment of Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the Russia investigation, we have shied away from Russia-related calls to action. Our movement is built on empowering  individuals to make a difference, and it’s hard to see where we can make a difference on this front.

Now, with the alarming uptick in chants of “fire Mueller” on Fox News and other media, and the complicity of our MoCs, we’re encouraging people to prepare for Mueller’s firing. Use this tool from MoveOn to find out what’s happening in your area. This is the plan in Austin, which will be updated in the event of Mueller’s firing.

***Update***

The event shows as full. We’ve contacted the organizers. In the meantime, this is what it says when you sign up:

Where:
The Texas State Capitol
1100 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Host notes:

THE DECEMBER 31st @ 5am IS A PLACEHOLDER BECAUSE WE DONT KNOW IF AND WHEN THIS RALLY/MARCH WILL HAPPEN. IF YOU HEAR ON THE NEWS THAT DJT FIRED MUELLER, CHECK HERE AND ON FACEBOOK MARCH FOR TRUTH GROUP AND/OR YOUR FAVORITE RESISTANCE GROUP FOR DETAILS

We’ll be sure to post updates here, on social media, to our email list, etc.

In case you missed it, our John Cornyn seems pretty comfortable with the prospect of Mueller getting fired:

Firing Mueller is a third rail that cannot be touched. Call your Senators and House representatives. Tell them that you support the Mueller investigation, wherever the facts lead, and that it must be protected by Congress. Senators on both sides of the aisle have introduced bills to protect Mueller, but so far, the GOP doesn’t think it’s necessary.

And by the way, this is what John Cornyn had to say about Bob Mueller last May:

“Robert Mueller is perhaps the single-most qualified individual to lead such an investigation, in my view, and he’s certainly independent. As a former F.B.I. Director, the longest-serving F.B.I. Director since J. Edgar Hoover, he, by any measure, has the experience and the credibility and the credentials to conduct a nonpartisan investigation and come to a conclusion based on the facts alone.”

We’ll update this post as new information comes in.

12/18: How Congress Stole Christmas: Santa Resists

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How Congress Stole Christmas: Santa Resists

Does this holiday season leave you feeling like it’s a wonderful life… if you’re in the 1%?

It’s never too late to tell our elected officials how we feel, and probably more important now than it’s been all year, with competing heinous versions of tax bills dancing like rotten sugarplums through our nightmares. So join Santa Claus in a visit to Senators Cruz and Cornyn, to let them know why they are getting stockings full of coal for Christmas 2017.

We’ll kick off a short program with a guest speaker or two at 3pm outside Sen. Cruz’s office, and then take some video of regular constituents telling why they are giving him a lump of coal in his stocking. When the stocking is full, Santa and his elves will present Sen. Cruz’s staff with the stocking, and the rest of us will carol our way 6 blocks to Sen. Cornyn’s office by about 3:45 for the same (program, video, Santa visit). We plan to end at 4:30 with some closing thoughts about this year of resistance.

We will have some paper and markers at both offices for you to write your reasons for giving lumps of coal, but if you want to come prepared, make sure you write yours on black paper or cardstock because that’s the color of coal! And that’s all they get.

Sponsors:
ADAPT of Texas
Indivisible Austin
Indivisible Rosedale Huddle
Indivisible SATX
Indivisible TX 25 East
Our Revolution South Austin
Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas (PACT)
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
Progress Texas
The Texas Drought Project
TX-10 Indivisible
TX21Indivisible
Workers Defense Project

Check back for updates in the coming days as we add event sponsors, speakers, and other details, and refine the timeline.

How Your Voices Are Making a Difference: There is more good in the world than evil

This was a rough week, and it made me want to add a feature to this list to remind all of us of who we are as human beings, and that there is more good in the world than evil. This incredibly inspiring story is about a police officer who answered a robbery call and found a pregnant heroin addict. When he told her, “You’re going to kill your baby,” the woman began to sob, and the officer said he learned how badly she wanted her child to go to a good family—so he adopted the baby when she was born a month later, as well as helping the birth mother with rehabilitation. This story is about a homeless man who used his own $20 to help a woman who had broken down by the side of the road…and as a gesture of gratitude she started a GoFundMe campaign and has raised $300,000 for him to date. There are so many good and decent people out there. That’s why we keep fighting.

Now on to the battlefront. On the Russia front, Robert Mueller—or, as some like to call him, Our Lord and Savior—has subpoenaed Donald’s Deutsche Bank banking records. Deutsche Bank, you may recall, has been petitioned by Democrats for months to release information about the $300 million in loans it made to Donald to determine whether any of the loans were tied to Russia.

Michael Flynn’s charges of lying to the FBI in testimony about his contacts with Russia have thrown into question testimony by Donald’s former deputy national security adviser (K.T. McFarland, but why would you remember that with the ever-revolving door of White House staff?) that she was unaware of such contact, after emails revealed she most certainly was aware of at least one phone call between Flynn and then-Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

Beleaguered (and indicted) former Donald campaign chairman Paul Manafort cowrote an op-ed with an associate who has been assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence, a potentially incriminating move (and one that may inadvertently demonstrate the level of Manafort’s his own intelligence). Mueller has issued 15 search warrants related to Manafort’s financial dealings, and has obtained over 116,000 pages of financial records.

Donald’s defense for his incriminating tweet suggesting that he knew Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI—before he asked Comey to let his investigation of Flynn go—seems to be that a president can’t obstruct justice, a perspective refuted—on the record—in the past by sixteen GOP senators, as well as Donald’s own attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

In Don Jr.’s seven-hour testimony to House Intelligence Committee, and following his father’s school of questionable legal justifications, he cited attorney-client privilege as his excuse for refusing to answer questions about a phone call he had with Donny Sr. about how to handle his gaffe with the meeting with the Russian lawyer where he eagerly sought dirt on Hillary Clinton: because their lawyers were present for the call…despite that at the time there was no legal matter at issue that would actually invoke attorney-client privilege.

Rep. Devin Nunes spoke with Blackwater founder Erik Prince about the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the FBI’s unmasking of identities in U.S. intelligence reports—problematic given that Nunes had been forced to recuse himself from that committee’s investigation after briefing Donald and the press on classified intelligence without telling the rest of his committee, and because Prince was a witness in that investigation.

Billy Bush and seven other witnesses refute Donald’s alleged claim that his pussy-grabbing comments were not his voice.

Senator Jeff Flake—a Republican—donated $100 to Democrat Doug Jones’s Senate campaign in Alabama against twice-removed former judge (and current accused child molester) Roy Moore.

The Supreme Court is preparing to hear one of the several partisan gerrymandering cases brought by states recently, this one by Maryland.

Finally, take heart—according to the Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans (59%) believe it likely that Donald and his minions had improper campaign contacts with Russia, and most are at least somewhat confident in the fairness of Robert Mueller and his investigation. And there are still people in the GOP who haven’t abdicated their values for the party agenda (well, actually I guess in this case who used to be in the GOP…). In the war between good and evil, love trumps hate every time–we just have to stay in the battle.

Rally Against Robbery: Shine a Light on the GOP Tax Scam

No #GOPTaxScam - Rally Against Robbery

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WHEN: Thursday at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Austin City Hall. 301 W 2nd St.

If you think the tax bill being considered by Congress will harm Texans, please come to this nonviolent rally to send a powerful message to ALL Texas politicians both in the US Congress and the Texas Legislature. IF NOT NOW – WHEN!!!

Schedule of Events:

30-minute program outside City Hall, after which we’ll be marching to and lining up on both sides of Congress Avenue Bridge

Speakers:

Gina Hinojosa, Texas House of Representatives
Greg Casar, Austin City Council
Cristina Tzintzun, Jolt
Selina Fernandez, Southwestern University student & activist
…more to be announced

What to bring:

FLASHLIGHTS (to form a light brigade on the overpass)
Signs and posters of your own making
Dress for cold weather and possible rain

Co-hosts:
ADAPT of Texas
ADC-Austin Chapter
Austin DSA
Children’s Defense Fund – Texas
Indivisible Austin
Indivisible SATX
Jolt
Left Up To Us
Muslim Solidarity ATX
NASW Texas
Our Revolution Central Texas
Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas
TARA (Texas Alliance for Retired Americans) Austin
TX10 Indivisible
TX21 Indivisible
TXLEGE Indivisible
Voto Latino

How Your Voices Made a Difference: Rolled Like a Burrito

I’m not going to bury the lede—Michael Flynn rolled like a burrito, my friends, and has promised “full cooperation” with Mueller’s investigation. The former national security adviser was the highest of high-level advisers to Donald and the minions, and in exchange for one paltry count of lying to the FBI (despite the reams of incriminating info Mueller has on him), it sounds like he’ll be singing like the proverbial canary. Know what song I keep hearing…? “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” Bet things aren’t quite so merry in the White House, where Melania’s horror-movie holiday decorations now seem pretty spot-on. For more from a legal expert on why this is Very Big News, please enjoy this delightful read.

Meanwhile Donny Jr. has agreed to talk to the House Intelligence Committee. I wonder whether he has the sense of self-preservation to point fingers at Daddy or if he’ll throw himself on the grenade in accordance with Donald’s demands for loyalty at any cost.

A right-wing group that targets media and left-leaning organizations attempted to “sting” the Washington Post by hiring a woman to pretend to be an accuser of child molester, disgraced judge, and Congressional wannabe Roy Moore—but the effort backfired when the Post, following its stringent fact-checking policies, declined to run the story, and in checking on the woman and her story discovered (and published) evidence of her duplicity and the sting operation conducted by Project Veritasa right-wing extremist organization that uses deceptive tactics and secretly recorded conversations in an effort to discredit its targets (and one that Donald himself donated $10K to).

As Donald reportedly denies his own voice on the Access Hollywood tapes, which the pussy-grabber-in-chief initially owned up to, the New York Times ran a well-sourced article revealing how many Republicans Donald has pressured to end the Russia investigations. Never minds separation of powers or ethics or, you know, the law.

Donald’s recurring and renewed attacks against the free press are escalating, and journalists are fighting back. He held out his propaganda station, FOX, for praise against CNN, saying, “FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!” CNN whipped back within minutes: “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S. to the world. That’s yours.” Donald then called for a boycott of CNN when the media organization decided not to attend the White House holiday party for news media.

Two media organizations are suing the White House for information on the federal government’s surveillance practices against journalists, and for which the White House has denied records requests.

One of the first things authoritarians do in consolidating power is attack the free press, and Donald’s constant war against the media and the First Amendment is one of the more alarming attacks on our democracy. You can help by supporting the outlets doing top-notch journalism and keeping this regime accountable and transparent despite their attempts otherwise: Subscribe to the Washington Post and NY Times; donate to NPR and the Guardian; and support the many other excellent media sources that deal in truth and facts and relentlessly bring both to light.

The Inspector general of the Treasury Department has launched an investigation to determine whether Steven “Moochin’” Mnuchin suppressed a Treasury analysis of the Republican tax bill—or even initiated one at all.

Donny John was also recently exposed for hiring undocumented laborers—without adequate workplace safety precautions—for $4/hour (less than half the union wage—for those who were paid at all) to raze the Bonwit Teller building in Manhattan where his gaudy gold Trump Tower now stands. Donald settled the class-action lawsuit in 1998 (despite his false claims that he never settles), and the terms were recently unsealed by a district court judge.

Twenty-three Donald-affiliated business have received subpoenas from Maryland and DC attorneys general instructing them to preserve records as part of a lawsuit against Don John for violating the Constitution—again, this time the emoluments clause intended to prevent presidents from personally profiting from their office, as Donald is.

Texas Rep Joe “Dick Pic” Barton announced he is retiring from the House after it was revealed that the hard-line conservative sent lewd photos to a woman he was having an extramarital affair with. In not-unrelated news, members of both parties are pressuring Congress to end the culture of secrecy around sexual harassment claims—and especially to unmask lawmakers who have used taxpayer dollars to settle harassment claims.

Video and Photos from the Street Theater Outside John Cornyn’s Office Protesting the #TrumpTaxScam

On the national day of action to protest the Trump Tax Scam, a troupe of activists calling themselves Tiny Jazz Hands put on quite a show outside Sen. John Cornyn’s office.

How Your Voices Are Making a Difference: Flippin’ Flynn

This week brought an intriguing development in the latest Russia report: Michael Flynn abruptly cut off all direct contact with Donald and his team—a pretty good sign that he may be working to cut a deal with Robert Mueller…in other words, to roll on what he may know about Donald and the campaign’s Russia ties. Pass the popcorn, please.

After announcing an end to the Obama-era ban on importing elephant “trophies” from nations without adequate protections for the endangered animals, Donald flip-flopped at loud, immediate bipartisan outcry, and has decided to uphold the ban (for now).

More Republican senators are waffling on the GOP tax scam, endangering its chances of passing in the Senate.

Donald’s tanking approval ratings are even spreading to FOX—FOX News host Neil Cavuto aimed a scathing reprimand at Donald over his tweets that he should have left the UCLA basketball players in jail: “Forget about either comment not being presidential. At what point does the president see such remarks don’t even border on being human?… Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States,” he said. “Why don’t you act like it?”

Ex-RNC chair Michael Steele called Donny’s backing of sexual predator Roy Moore “sickening” and “beyond stupid” and said he was doing “irreparable harm” to our country.

(Kim Jong Un, as always, takes things a linguistically memorable step further, calling Donald an “old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject.”)

Unlikely superhero Walter Shaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics, filed a complaint with his former agency regarding Kellyanne Conway’s comments advocating for Roy Moore while in her official capacity—a potential violation of the Hatch Act, a law that forbids federal employees from using their positions for political purposes. Shaub resigned halfway into Donald’s first year, after heroic battles with the new administration, which refused to observe rules and norms the office was designed to enforce, and has been eloquently outspoken since about the many ongoing violations of ethics of Donald and his minions.

Amid claims against one of Roy Moore’s accusers that his campaign refuses to substantiateMoore’s communications director has resigned.

Richard Spencer-organized event was abruptly called to a halt smack in the middle of it when the farmers who managed the venue in Maryland where it was being held learned white nationalist Spencer was behind it and kicked the entire gathering out. Management refunded the group’s money, but stood by its refusal to host the group as “strongly in opposition to our values…including welcoming people of all backgrounds, race, ethnicities, cultures, and religions.”

A second federal judge has ruled Donald’s ban on transgender people serving in the military is unconstitutional—and goes one step farther, ruling that the White House cannot deny funding for certain medical treatments—including gender reassignment surgery.

Another federal judge issued an injunction to permanently block the federal government from withholding funds from “sanctuary cities,” citing the White House policy as a violation of the Fifth and Tenth Amendments, and of the separation of powers doctrine.

Right now, federal judges are helping keep Donald’s unconstitutional attempts in check—but what should scare all of us is how he and Jeff Sessions are feverishly appointing judges to the bench—aided by the GOP’s blockading of legitimate appointments during Obama’s administration, and by their steamrolling the rule that prevents nominees from office if a certain number of senators from the nominee’s home state object (the “blue slip” rule). If conservatives get their way,Donald will add twice as many lifetime members to the federal judiciary in the next 12 months (650) as Barack Obama named in eight years (325). This is a major battle that’s not in the spotlight—and as long as it isn’t the GOP can keep railroading onto the bench extreme-conservative, unqualified, young judges who could change the face of our judiciary for the next 50 years (appointed by an attorney general who was himself judged too racist to serve as a federal judge). Fight, warriors—this will have repercussions for years to come, and generations after us.

Why Net Neutrality Matters and What You Can Do About It

The debate over Net Neutrality can sound like a “first world problem” compared to life-or-death issues like DACA and healthcare.

Here’s are two reasons why it matters:

  1. Net Neutrality is the concept that everyone should have equal access to websites and other Internet services. The FCC, helmed by former Verizon executive Ajit Pai, wants to end Net Neutrality. This would enable Verizon and other ISPs to charge extra for some websites, or block them entirely. Voters getting information from a limited set of news sources is what gave us the Trump presidency. Without net neutrality, those voters might be literally unable to access any major news website other than Foxnews.com*. Put another way, ending net neutrality is the atom bomb in Trump’s war on the truth.
  2. There is another, more free-market and Austin-centric argument for preserving Net Neutrality: It encourages entrepreneurship. Net Neutrality allows tech companies to compete on a level playing field. For the last 25 years, US tech companies have thrived in an environment where small startups can reach millions of users. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram—they all benefited from this environment. If you throttle that environment, companies like Verizon get to decide which websites you visit.

Not surprisingly, both Ted Cruz and John Cornyn oppose Net Neutrality.  Also, not surprisingly, both senators are utterly beholden to telecom companies. From the San Antonio Current:

“Since 2012, Cornyn had racked up $160,000 in political contributions from top internet providers, and Cruz has taken in more than $115,000 — above and beyond what other senators have been handed. AT&T alone has given the pair a combined $107,000.”

All five Austin-area GOP reps also oppose Net Neutrality, with varying degrees of fervor. (Back in March, all five also voted to allow ISPs to sell your private data.)

On December 14, the FCC is scheduled to make a final decision on Net Neutrality. There are two ways for you to make your voices heard:

  1. Contact your MoCs. They may be entrenched on this issue, but it’s still our job to hold them accountable.
  2. Contact the FCC and let them know what you think of these changes.

To file written comments, go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108

Toll-Free Voice:
1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322)

Toll-Free Fax:
1-866-418-0232

Ajit Pai, Chairman
Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner
Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner
Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov

Brendan Carr, Commissioner
Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov

Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner
Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

 Net Neutrality is a safeguard against autocracy. If we lose it, our Democracy suffers.


*Technically, this could work the other way, with ISPs charging extra for Foxnews.com while giving away MSNBC.com for free. Either way would be wrong. And given how much media consolidation as favored the far right, it’s safe to say who would be more likely to benefit from the repeal of Net Neutrality.

How Your Voices Are Making a Difference: Speaking Up for the Truth

In the wake of the House tax plan passing, nobody seems very happy about the Senate GOP tax plan—including a lot of the GOP. This week brought stirrings of discontent among Republican lawmakers as the GOP tax scam—aka tax shelter for the wealthy (including a provision offering tax breaks for private jets…seriously)—draws closer to the floor. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is balking because it disproportionately benefits corporations at the expense of other businesses; Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and John McCain—generally the sole GOP senators courageous enough to stand against the party and protect their constituents—are once again also on the fence, particularly if the tax plan sneaks in the repeal of the individual mandate for insurance, which would effectively erase any tax gains for middle and lower-income Americans through higher health care premiums.

Local officials around the country from both major parties decried proposals that they say threaten housing and infrastructure projects by eliminating ways to pay for themThree former defense secretaries have rejected the bill for inadequate provisions for defense spending and creating a threat to national security. In fact, only a quarter of the country approves of the planThe tax plan also sneaks in the definition of “personhood” beginning at conception, an insidious undermining of Roe v Wade that may be a harbinger of more attacks to come. The GOP can lose only two votes and still get their tax package passed. CALL OR FAX OR TEXT YOUR SENATORS and demand they vote no—especially unless these sneaky inclusions are removed.

More than 400 millionaires and billionaires signed a letter to the White House asking Donald not to cut their taxesnot to pass any tax bill that “further exacerbates inequality” and adds to the national debt. “Repealing the estate tax alone would lose an estimated $269 billion over 10 years — more than we would spend on the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, and Environmental Protection Agency combined,” the letter said.

The House joined the Senate in adopting mandatory anti-sexual-harassment training.

Speaking of sexual misconduct, Senate Republicans have finally united against Roy Moore (including, shockingly, calls for him to step down from former endorsers Cornyn and Cruz). The GOP apparently can support Moore’s flouting of the law and record of racist, homophobic, and anti-Muslim statements and actions, but at least multiple allegations of pedophilia are a bridge too far for them (except in Alabama—no, really). The Republican National Committee pulled out of funding his race for Congress, after the Republican Senatorial Committee did the same thing last week, leaving the Alabama Republican Party as Moore’s only remaining GOP fundraising partner. Although the Alabama GOP refuses to withdraw support from Moore despite an additional three women coming forward alleging inappropriate sexual advances (making it nine in total, if you have a score card), on the plus side in pollsMoore is trailing his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. (And yes, nine accusations of sexual misconduct, some against minors, and still he trails by only 8 points.)

A federal judge ruled that Donny’s White House can’t withhold federal law-enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.

In Russian news—Jared Kushner forwarded emails he previously failed to disclose about a “Russian backdoor overture” to campaign officials. He’s been asked to turn over all relevant documents. Meanwhile, Mueller has subpoenaed more than a dozen of Donald’s campaign officials for Russia-related documents. And the British publicist who arranged the infamous Trump Tower meeting for Kushner and Don Jr. has agreed to come to the States to talk to Mueller’s investigation.

Despite rustlings spurred by an antsy White House desperately trying to deflect attention from itself as Mueller’s investigation closes in, Jeff Sessions announced there is not enough basis to appoint special counsel to investigate Hillary. Again.

Six Democrats have introduced articles of impeachment against the “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”

In the first 11 days of open enrollment, nearly 1.5 million people have signed up for Obamacare—beating last year’s totals for this time by 500K.

bipartisan group of senators introduced gun-control legislation that would instigate penalties for state and federal agencies that fail to report records relevant in background checks and incentivize states to improve reporting.

Ohio Republican House rep Wes Goodman—a religious conservative vocal proponent of “natural marriage” between a man and a woman, and who is “straight-married” himself—resigned this week after being caught in a consensual instance of “inappropriate behavior” in his office…with another man.

This happened.

Remind yourself of our many victories, warriors, and stay vocal, active, and engaged. We are literally the defenders of our nation and governance against the current administration’s self-stated efforts to dismantle it. We have to keep speaking up for the truth—democracy literally depends upon it.

Take this quiz to see if you get a tax break from the Trump Tax Scam

True or False: If you depend on the ACA for health insurance, your subsidized costs won't change much because if everyone has insurance, the markets are stable.

Correct

Time to buy stock in GoFundMe!

The Trump Tax Scam would repeal the ACA's individual mandate, which would lead to an estimated 1 million Texas leaving the insurance marketplace--driving up premiums for everyone.

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Incorrect

What are you, some kind of communist?

The Trump Tax Scam would repeal the ACA's individual mandate, which would lead to an estimated 1 million Texas leaving the insurance marketplace--driving up premiums for everyone.

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You spend more than 10% of your income on medical expenses. Is that tax-deductible?

Correct

That's right! The Trump Tax Scam repeals the medical-expense deduction.

Each year, nearly 9 million Americans claim a deduction on their taxes for their medical expenses. This deduction is only available to people who spend 10% or more of their income  on medical expenses, so it benefits people who have very high medical expenses, such as those with chronic illnesses and the elderly. In 2015, they claimed approximately $87 billion in deductions, meaning that each filer saved nearly $10,000 on their taxes—a huge boost for people who are already spending tens of thousands of dollars on medical care and long-term care. The Trump Tax Scam repeals this deduction, meaning these 9 million people—75% of whom are 50 or older, and 70% of whom have annual incomes of $75,000 or below—would see drastic increases in their taxes as a result.

The bill also repeals the credit for clinical expenses of testing orphan drugs.  Some 30 million Americans suffer from a disease covered by this program, and many are waiting for a cure or more effective therapy. Without tax incentives to test treatments for these diseases, patients could literally die.

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Sorry, peasant! The Trump Tax Scam repeals the medical-expense deduction. Better start a GoFundMe.

Each year, nearly 9 million Americans claim a deduction on their taxes for their medical expenses. This deduction is only available to people who spend 10% or more of their income  on medical expenses, so it benefits people who have very high medical expenses, such as those with chronic illnesses and the elderly. In 2015, they claimed approximately $87 billion in deductions, meaning that each filer saved nearly $10,000 on their taxes—a huge boost for people who are already spending tens of thousands of dollars on medical care and long-term care. The Trump Tax Scam repeals this deduction, meaning these 9 million people—75% of whom are 50 or older, and 70% of whom have annual incomes of $75,000 or below—would see drastic increases in their taxes as a result.

The bill also repeals the credit for clinical expenses of testing orphan drugs.  Some 30 million Americans suffer from a disease covered by this program, and many are waiting for a cure or more effective therapy. Without tax incentives to test treatments for these diseases, patients could literally die.

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You lost everything in Hurricane Harvey. Does Trump have your back?

Correct

That's right!

The Trump Tax Scam repeals the casualty loss deduction to help cover reconstruction costs. After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, how can our Texas senators support this?

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Incorrect

Sorry, peasant!

The Trump Tax Scam repeals the casualty loss deduction to help cover reconstruction costs. After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, how can our Texas senators support this?

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You're a teacher who pays out-of-pocket for classroom supplies. Is this expense tax-deductible?

Correct

Correct! The Trump Tax Scam repeals a significant list of credits and deductions that currently help students and teachers, including the $250 deduction for teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses, like supplies for their classroom.

However, if you are a corporation, your business expenses continue to be deductible. So get busy incorporating yourself, peasant!

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Sorry, peasant! The Trump Tax Scam repeals a significant list of credits and deductions that currently help students and teachers, including the $250 deduction for teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses, like supplies for their classroom. 

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You're a veteran seeking a job. The proposed tax plan provides incentives to employers who hire vets.

Correct

That's right!

The Trump Tax Scam would eliminate the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which is designed to encourage employers to hire more people from certain target groups—including unemployed and/or disabled veterans.

According to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, “nearly 300,000 veterans benefitted from The Work Opportunity Tax Credit between 2013 and 2015” alone. Republicans voted to send this bill to the floor on the eve of Veterans Day.

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Incorrect

Sorry, peasant!

The Trump Tax Scam would eliminate the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which is designed to encourage employers to hire more people from certain target groups—including unemployed and/or disabled veterans.

According to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, “nearly 300,000 veterans benefitted from The Work Opportunity Tax Credit between 2013 and 2015” alone. Republicans voted to send this bill to the floor on the eve of Veterans Day.

Support our troops, indeed.

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You're a graduate student whose university waives your tuition. Should that waiver be counted as taxable income?

Correct

Correct! By taxing tuition waivers, the Trump Tax Scam would dramatically affect people's ability to pursue a graduate degree. So long, smarty-pantses!

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Incorrect

What? You thought graduate students would continue getting away with living on five years' of ramen and caffeine to get a worthless advanced degree?

By taxing tuition waivers, the Trump Tax Scam would dramatically affect people's ability to pursue a graduate degree. So long, smarty-pantses!

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Call Senators Cornyn and Cruz NOW

Caller: Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling to let Senator [Cruz / Cornyn] know that I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by leaving tens of thousands of people in Texas uninsured, raising premiums, and raising taxes on middle-class families.

Staffer: The Senator is in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He thinks it is important that we reform our broken, complex tax code so that middle-class families can benefit.

Caller: This tax bill won’t help middle class families get ahead. Every single provision intended to help the middle-class expires, but the corporate tax cuts are forever. Even worse, the CBO estimates that health insurance premiums will increase 10% more per year than they would without this bill and we know 13 million more people will be uninsured!

Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the Senator.

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do.