Analysis shows 2/3 of tax cuts benefit richest 1/5 of Americans

At Common Dreams, Jake Johnson writes—Rigged: New Report Details How Combined $5.1 Trillion in Tax Cuts by Bush, Obama, and Trump Went Mostly to Nation’s Richest: The report was released on Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy:

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.” […]

Tax cut beneficiaries


Ballot order for November 6, 2018 general election

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.

Congratulations Vangie Williams !!!

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.

Here is a link to Vangie’s website.

And a link to her Facebook page.

Rob Wittman has been in Congress since 2010, during which time his personal net worth has increased 15 times.  How many of us have seen our personal wealth increase X 15?

Vangie will listen to and work for the people of the First District, not for special interests.

Let’s go all in for Vangie!!

Next meeting: Thursday, June 7, at the Northumberland Library

We will be meeting at the Northumberland Public Library, Heathsville, Library at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 7.   The doors will open at 6.

The sole agenda item will be discussion of the candidates.

If you want to lobby for a particular candidate and be sure to speak,  we will post a signup sheet by the door.  We will set a timer and try to assure that all can participate.

Here is the website with information about why Wittman must go.

This is a link to a spreadsheet prepared by First Congressional District Democrats that compares our three candidates.


Actions for the week of May 14

Federal Actions Needed

Stop the Haspel nomination for CIA Director

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:

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).

Upcoming Events — Indivisible Northumberland

Sunday, May 20 – Monthly meeting at Northumberland Library at 3pm.  Agenda to be provided.  Please send any agenda items you would like to see covered to, or this account.

Thursday, June 7  at 6:30 at the Library we will have a discussion of the pros and cons of the candidates so come prepared to lobby for your favorite.

Lynching in America: Museum opens in Montgomery, Alabama

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, is now open.

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.

Visit the website.

Update, April 29: Response to KKK recruiting efforts in Colonial Beach

Please put Thursday May 3, 6:30 PM, Northumberland Public Library on your calendar and try to make it.

We were going to have a GOTV postcard party as our First Thursday event/activity but after the Westmoreland News/KKK flyer debacle, the Steering Committee member have decided to instead show a PBS documentary from 2015 “Klansville, USA” about the resurgence of the KKK in a North Carolina county. We will start at 6:30 pm. The information may, or may not be in the Northumberland Echo since the deadline had passed before the decision.

If you don’t know about this, here are the details:

Response to KKK recruiting flyer

Some of us met today with a cross-section of clergy, NAACP and Indivisible from Lancaster, Westmoreland and Northumberland counties called together by Dr. Rev. Williams of Mount Olive Baptist to sort our what to do in response to the underlying issue that the KKK is recruiting in the Northern Neck. All were appalled that none of our elected officials have said anything about it. There will be a gathering by Westmoreland Indivisible at the Mayor’s office in Colonial Beach tomorrow (Monday, April 30) at noon.

ACTION ITEM: Call Wittman, McDougle and Ransone about their lack of response.

There is a letter going out from the Baptist Ministerial Association . We will make sure it circulates when released.

Voting news

We have 205 inactive voters who are strong democrat, lean democrat, independent, unknown or no data available in Northumberland County. That means that if they show up to vote in the primary, they will only get a provisional ballot. We will be having postcard parties to let them know before the May 21 deadline. More info on Thursday.

If Trump fires Mueller: Take to the streets!!!!

Donald Trump is publicly considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible criminal actions by Donald Trump and members of his presidential campaign, as well as the efforts to conceal those activities.

It’s also possible that, rather than firing Mueller, Trump will obstruct Mueller’s investigation by issuing blanket pardons of key figures being investigated, firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (the person overseeing Mueller), or taking other actions to prevent the investigation from being conducted freely.

Any one of these actions would create a constitutional crisis for our country. It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response to show that we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump.

Our response in the hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him.

That’s why we’re preparing to hold emergency “Nobody is Above the Law” rallies around the country, in the event they are needed.

If Trump fires Wittman, we on the Northern Neck will demonstrate at Rob Wittman’s Tappahannock office at 508 N. Church Lane, Tappahanock.

If Mueller is fired before 2pm, meet at Wittman’s Tappahannock office the same day at 5pm. If he is fired after 2 pm, meet the next day at Wittman’s office at 12 noon.