Titled “Federal Tax Changes in the Bush, Obama, and Trump Years,” the new analysis (pdf) finds that tax cuts enacted since 2000 have cost the U.S. government $5.1 trillion in revenue, “with nearly two-thirds of that flowing to the richest fifth of Americans.”
Thanks in large part to President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package that was signed into law last December—which will send 83 percent of its benefits to the top one percent—”the tally of tax cuts will grow to $10.6 trillion” by 2025 and “nearly $2 trillion of this amount will have gone to the richest one percent,” the report estimates.
At a time when tens of millions of Americans are suffering from “massive levels of deprivation” and “appalling rates” of poverty, the tax cuts rammed through by George W. Bush, extended in part by Barack Obama, and built upon by Trump “have mostly benefited those who are least in need of help,” Steve Wamhoff, director of federal policy at ITEP and the lead author of the new analysis, argued in a statement on Wednesday.
“For example, the richest 1 percent received more benefits than the bottom 60 percent,” Wamhoff added. “It’s worth asking whether this is the result most Americans wanted from their lawmakers.” […]
On November 6, 2018 we in Virginia will vote for all eleven of our members of the House of Representatives and for one of our Senators. Below you will see the order that names appear on the ballot.
This may be a bit confusing as this list shows the candidates in all eleven Congressional districts. On your ballot, you will see ONLY the race for your district. For example, in Congressional District 1, you will see the names of Wittman (R; incumbent) and Williams (D) in the House race, and, Stewart (R), Kaine (D; incumbent) and Waters (L) in the Senate race.
Here are some important deadlines.
Registration. If you are not registered to vote, the last date you can register for the November election is OCTOBER 15, 2018.
Absentee voting. Absentee voting for the Nov 6 election starts on September 28, 2018.
Vangie Williams of King George County is the Democratic Party nominee for Virginia’s First Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives. She will face incumbent Congressman Rob Wittman (Republican) in the November 6, 2018, general election.
Congress heads back to work on Monday, and Gina Haspel’s confirmation is at the top of their (and our) agenda. The first hearing on her nomination for CIA Director is Wednesday, May 9, and the whole world will be watching. While there’s much that’s being hidden about Gina Haspel’s long career at the CIA, what we do know is chilling. She personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison, and then later destroyed the evidence. And the agency is standing behind her, refusing to release more information to the public in what Senator Martin Heinrich called “a full-on propaganda campaign”.
We cannot allow a war criminal to lead the CIA. Here’s how we’re going to #BlockHaspel:
Call Senators Kaine (703) 361-3192 and Warner (703) 442-0670 directly and tell them to publicly oppose Haspel’s nomination.
Text the word HASPEL to the number 977-79 to get the all latest updates on Haspel’s nomination.
This Week on Capitol Hill
The farm bill vote in the House is coming the week of May 14th. If it were to become law, this bill would result in over 2 million people losing their food assistance because of new work requirements attached to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or, food stamps). You can read our resource here to get up to speed, then use the call script at the bottom to tell Representative Rob Wittman to oppose H.R. 2, the House farm bill (contact info for Wittman at this link).
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.