Trump punishes middle-class with corporate tax cuts!

More bad news for middle America after Trump slashes corporate taxes.
March, 2019

11 MILLION TAXPAYERS LOSE $323 BILLION IN DEDUCTIONS IN TRUMP TAX

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‘I am pro-life, but I am pro-humanity, too’

Senator Bernie Sanders and NowThis Politics shared a post. 
March 4, 2019 

‘I am pro-life, but I am pro-humanity, too’ — This Republican lawmaker shared an emotional story to oppose a law that would completely outlaw abortions in his state.

All around the country extremist legislators are working overtime to chip away at women’s rights to control their own bodies. This is why at EVERY level—federal, state, and local—we must do everything we can to protect women’s control over their reproductive health care.

 

Pro-Life Politician Stands Up to Anti-Abortion Policy in Arkansas

‘I am pro-life, but I am pro-humanity, too’ — This Republican lawmaker shared an emotional story to oppose a law that would completely outlaw abortions in his state

Posted by NowThis Election on Monday, March 4, 2019

Government should be about representing ordinary Americans, not just the rich and the powerful.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

March 1, 2019

Mick Mulvaney tells us everything we need to know about how Washington works, and why Wall Street, the drug companies, the military-industrial complex and other wealthy special interests make billions in campaign contributions. Government should be about representing ordinary Americans, not just the rich and the powerful. Now is the time to overturn Citizens United and move toward public funding of elections

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Air Pollution Kills 7 million people every year!

Video – World Economic Forum

February 17, 2019

It kills 7 million people every year. Read more: https://wef.ch/2PWJ7ZM

Air pollution is now more deadly than war, smoking and TB

It kills 7 million people every year. Read more: https://wef.ch/2PWJ7ZM

Posted by Video – World Economic Forum on Friday, February 15, 2019

We are witnessing a total political system failure in America!

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February 28, 2019

The government is ours. We pay for it. And right now, it’s broken. Lobbyists write our laws, and big money controls our elections.

Jennifer Lawrence explains how we can unbreak America in this new short film.

Unbreaking America

The government is ours. We pay for it. And right now, it's broken. Lobbyists write our laws, and big money controls our elections.Jennifer Lawrence explains how we can unbreak America in this new short film.

Posted by RepresentUs on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

We need Medicare for All!

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When you’re facing a life-threatening illness, how to pay for treatment shouldn’t be a concern. We need Medicare for All!

February 28, 2019

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Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real.

USA Today

Paul Bledsoe, USA Today       February 27, 2019

National emergency declared on Trump’s border wall, explained.

Is Trump following through on his promise to lower drug prices?

Late Night With Seth Meyers

February 26, 2019

Is Trump following through on his promise to lower drug prices? Seth checks in.

The Check In: Prescription Drug Prices

Is Trump following through on his promise to lower drug prices? Seth checks in.

Posted by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

McConnell Blames Entitlements, Not GOP, for Rising Deficits

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February 26, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs a swift kick in the nads. Maybe several considering the millions of dollars he has made on a base salary of $174,000 a year as a U.S. Senator. He’s the next one who needs a special counsel.

Bloomberg

McConnell Blames Entitlements, Not GOP, for Rising Deficits

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the budget deficit is “very disturbing.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed rising federal deficits and debt on a bipartisan unwillingness to contain spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and said he sees little chance of a major deficit reduction deal while Republicans control Congress and the White House.

“It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem,” McConnell said Tuesday in an interview with Bloomberg News when asked about the rising deficits and debt. “It’s a bipartisan problem: unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future.”

McConnell’s remarks came a day after the Treasury Department said the U.S. budget deficit grew to $779 billion in Donald Trump’s first full fiscal year as president, the result of the GOP’s tax cuts, bipartisan spending increases and rising interest payments on the national debt. That’s a 77 percent increase from the $439 billion deficit in fiscal 2015, when McConnell became majority leader.

McConnell said it would be “very difficult to do entitlement reform, and we’re talking about Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid,” with one party in charge of Congress and the White House.

“I think it’s pretty safe to say that entitlement changes, which is the real driver of the debt by any objective standard, may well be difficult if not impossible to achieve when you have unified government,” McConnell said.

Politically Unpopular

Shrinking those popular programs — either by reducing benefits or raising the retirement age — without a bipartisan deal would risk a political backlash in the next election. Trump promised during his campaign that he wouldn’t cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, even though his budget proposals have included trims to all three programs.

McConnell said he had many conversations on the issue with former President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

“He was a very smart guy, understood exactly what the problem was, understood divided government was the time to do it, but didn’t want to, because it was not part of his agenda,” McConnell said.

“I think it would be safe to say that the single biggest disappointment of my time in Congress has been our failure to address the entitlement issue, and it’s a shame, because now the Democrats are promising ‘Medicare for all,”’ he said. “I mean, my gosh, we can’t sustain the Medicare we have at the rate we’re going and that’s the height of irresponsibility.”

Divided Government

McConnell said the last major deal to overhaul entitlements occurred in the Reagan administration, when a Social Security package including an increase in the retirement age passed under divided government.

McConnell said he was the GOP Senate whip in 2005 when Republican President George W. Bush attempted a Social Security overhaul and couldn’t find any Democratic supporters.

“Their view was, you want to fix Social Security, you’ve got the presidency, you’ve got the White House, you’ve got the Senate, you go right ahead,” McConnell said. The effort collapsed.

The Office of Management and Budget has projected a deficit in the coming year of $1.085 trillion despite a healthy economy. And the Congressional Budget Office has forecast a return to trillion-dollar deficits by fiscal 2020.

During Trump’s presidency, Democrats and Republicans agreed to a sweeping deal to increase discretionary spending on defense and domestic programs, while his efforts to shrink spending on Obamacare mostly fell flat.

Tax Cut

Republicans in December 2017 also passed a tax cut projected to add more than $1 trillion to the debt over a decade after leaders gave up on creating a plan that wouldn’t increase the debt under the Senate’s scoring rules.

At the time, McConnell told reporters, “I not only don’t think it will increase the deficit, I think it will be beyond revenue-neutral.” He added, “In other words, I think it will produce more than enough to fill that gap.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York responded Tuesday by saying McConnell and other Republicans “blew a $2 trillion hole in the federal deficit to fund a tax cut for the rich. To now suggest cutting earned middle-class programs like Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid as the only fiscally responsible solution to solve the debt problem is nothing short of gaslighting.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in a statement, “Under the GOP’s twisted agenda, we can afford tax cuts for billionaires, but not the benefits our seniors have earned.”

With assistance by Erik Wasson

trump in Hanoi; what could go wrong?

CNN posted an episode of CNN Replay. 

February 26, 2019

“Regardless of what happens in Hanoi, the President will tweet afterwards that it was the greatest diplomatic achievement in human history … I am reluctant to predict that he will be disciplined in this setting.”

Tom Countryman, ex-Senior State Department official, on President Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

https://cnn.it/2SpPSjf

Fmr. State Dept. official on Hanoi summit: I am reluctant to predict Trump will be disciplined

"Regardless of what happens in Hanoi, the President will tweet afterwards that it was the greatest diplomatic achievement in human history … I am reluctant to predict that he will be disciplined in this setting." Tom Countryman, ex-Senior State Department official, on President Trump's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.https://cnn.it/2SpPSjf

Posted by CNN on Tuesday, February 26, 2019