During his campaign, Trump pledged to fight for the middle class. President Trump, however, has done anything but. Nowhere is that more obvious than in his tax "plan" he released two days ago.
I put "plan" in quotes because this single sheet of vaguely-worded, bullet-pointed ideas lacked any concrete details whatsoever about what changes would be made and where, how the changes would be paid for, and what impact they'd have on us, the tax payers.
But a few points did stand out: Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 15% (currently it's 35%); he wants to eliminate the estate tax and Alternative Minimum Tax, and he wants to lower taxes on real estate company debt. All of which would be huge tax breaks for the wealthy, and which would benefit Trump and his family most of all.
Oh, and he plans to ditch almost every single tax deduction on the books – except for the ones that favor the wealthy, like deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions.
There's barely the pretense of reform about this "plan", and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, when pressed, couldn't even bring himself to say it would lower taxes for the middle class. We have to let Congress know that this just ain't gonna fly.
WHO TO CALL:
Sen. Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130
Sen. Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and LAFAYETTE OFFICE (337) 269-5980
Rep. Steve Scalise (1st District) Washington: (202) 225-3015 Metairie: (504) 837-1259
Rep. Cedric Richmond (2nd District) Washington: (202) 225-6636 New Orleans: (504)288-3777
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Only call your own representative. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!
Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.
I'm calling to express my strong opposition to President Trump's proposed tax plan. His plan would disproportionately favor tax breaks for the wealthy over tax breaks for working families, and it would eliminate tax deductions that I personally rely on to make ends meet, such as [state & local tax deduction/student loan debt interest deduction/home office deductions/medical expenses deduction/seriously just pick your poison].
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.
This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.