With the passage by the House of a budget resolution cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations paid for with huge cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other basics, and by blowing a trillion dollar hole in the deficit, threatening critical programs with cuts in the future, the process moves to the Senate, where Mitch McConnell will try to ram through the Trump tax scam just as he did TrumpCare.
Here’s the first thing to know about the Trump Tax Scam: it is not true tax reform. Calling it “tax reform” suggests Republicans intend to close corporate loopholes or address the growing wealth inequality that the current tax code fuels. But that’s not what they have in mind.
Instead, what we know of the Trump Tax Scam so far is that it amounts to huge tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations paid for by taking away Medicare, Medicaid, and other basic services. They want to eliminate taxes that only affect the wealthiest individualsand let corporations pay even less than they already do.
The Trump Tax Scam is the next big legislative fight in Congress — and the first step is opposing the budget resolution. Republicans want to use the special process in the Senate called “reconciliation” to pass the Trump Tax Scam with only 51 votes. To unlock that process, first they have to pass a budget resolution that gives them the tax instructions. We can shut down the Trump Tax Scam if we defeat the budget resolution.
Don’t let our Democratic MoCs allow deep cuts to essential services so the wealthy and corporations can get away with paying far less than their fair share.
Democrat Call Script to Stop the Trump Tax Scam
Caller: Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from Cape Cod. I’m calling to let Senator [Markey/Warren__] know that I do not support any Budget Resolution that will pave the way for massive tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations, like the one the House passed on October 5.
ASK #1: WILL SENATOR WARREN/MARKEY OPPOSE THE BUDGET RESOLUTION?
If the MoC is opposed to the budget resolution:
Staffer: Thank you for calling! The Senator agrees with you. He/she opposes the budget resolution.
Caller: That’s great. I’m very glad the [Senator] agrees that we shouldn’t give the Republicans a chance to pass their Tax Scam.
If the staffer won’t say whether they oppose the budget resolution
Staffer: The Senator thinks our tax code is broken and it’s holding us back. He/she thinks that the budget resolution is a first step in solving that larger problem.
Caller: I agree with you that the tax code isn’t perfect. But what Donald Trump and the Republicans have proposed is not tax reform: it’s tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. By voting for the budget resolution, he/she is opening the door to massively cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations. [Senator __] needs to oppose any plan that does this, whether it is bipartisan or not.
ASK #2: WILL SENATOR MARKEY/WARREN OPPOSE ANY BILL THAT CUTS TAXES FOR THE RICH?
If the MoC is opposed to tax cuts for the rich
Staffer: Thank you for calling! The Senator agrees with you. He/she opposes tax cuts for millionaires.
Caller: That’s great. I’m very glad the Senator thinks we don’t need to slash basic services to give the wealthy a tax cut.
If the staffer won’t say whether they oppose tax cuts for the rich
Staffer: The Senator thinks our tax code is broken and it’s holding us back. He/she wants to work across the aisle to achieve a bipartisan solution that will unleash economic growth for the entire country.
Caller: I agree with you that the tax code isn’t perfect. But what Donald Trump and the Republicans have proposed is not tax reform: it’s tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Things like repealing the estate tax and the net investment tax only help the super rich. [Senator Warren/Markey] needs to oppose any plan that does this, whether it is bipartisan or not.
ASK #3: WILL SENATOR MARKEY/WARREN OPPOSE ANY PLAN THAT CUTS TAXES FOR CORPORATIONS?
If MoC is opposed to cutting taxes for corporations
Staffer: Yes! Senator agrees with you. He/she thinks corporations need to pay their fair share and doesn’t support a plan that cuts taxes for corporations.
Caller: That’s great. Please give my thanks to them for sticking up for the people of Massachusetts and not the wealthy and corporations. Will the Senator also commit to me, a constituent, that he/she will vote NO for any bill that cuts taxes for corporations?
If staff won’t say whether MoC opposes cutting taxes for corporations
Staffer: The Senator hasn’t decided about the corporate tax rate yet. He/she is concerned that our corporate tax rate, which is the highest in the world, is hurting American competitiveness.
Caller: That’s not exactly true. The amount corporations actually pay is much lower than what they’re supposed to pay. The effective tax rate, according to the Government Accountability Office, is 14%. That rate is in line with or lower than the rest of the world, and there’s no evidence that the tax rate hurts U.S. competitiveness. I want Senator Markey/Warren to hold corporations accountable for paying their fair share, not let them off the hook.