Liberals launch ‘Not One Penny’ campaign in effort to stop Trump tax cuts
A new progressive coalition, the Not One Penny campaign, is launching today to build opposition to any Republican tax reform plan that lowers rates on corporations or the very wealthy.
“Progressives have known for a while that tax cuts were the number two priority for Trump, after Obamacare repeal,” said Nicole Gill, executive director of TaxMarch, one of the groups spearheading the new campaign alongside MoveOn and the Working Families Party. “They have the money, and we have the millions — we have actual people who want to fight this.”
Starting today, the Not One Penny campaign includes a seven-figure ad buy in eight Republican-held congressional districts,* all with large numbers of white voters without college degrees, who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but have not historically been passionate about tax cuts. It’s a fraction of what pro-tax reform groups like the American Action Network have pledged, but it mirrors what progressive groups and allies did during the effort to stop the Obamacare repeal in the Senate.
The competitive advantage of Not One Penny, say organizers, will be direct action and activism, building on the Tax March — an April 15 rally to demand the president’s tax returns — and on the victory of the anti-repeal campaign. In mid-July, as the fight to kill repeal was underway, more than 50 organizers from the “resistance” underwent training on best practices for organizing against tax cuts. They’ve fanned out to create anti-tax-cut presences in congressional districts over the long August recess. ...
The goals of Not One Penny (as in, “not one penny in tax cuts for the rich”) are laid out in a pledge on the campaign website. “The last thing we need is for the tax code to be even more rigged in favor of millionaires, billionaires, and corporate insiders,” write organizers. “Even more tax breaks for the super rich will undermine our commitment to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and make it impossible to invest in the middle class.”
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Schumer warns against tax cuts for the rich ahead of Trump speech
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that President Trump should put “his money where his mouth is” and put forward a tax plan that prioritizes the middle class over the wealthy.
Trump is kicking off his tax-reform pitch later in the day in a speech in Missouri, and White House officials said that his speech is going to be focused on how changes to the tax code will help small businesses and the middle class.
But Schumer said during a call hosted by the “Not One Penny” campaign that Trump’s tax plan is “really a boon for the very wealthy” and that “the American people are going to rise up against” any GOP tax bill that provides large tax cuts for wealthy individuals but only provides minimal benefits for the middle class.
Schumer and nearly all other Senate Democrats wrote a letter earlier this month saying that they want tax reform to be passed through regular order, provide no tax cuts to those in the top 1 percent of income and not increase the deficit. The minority leader encouraged Trump to collaborate with Democrats to rewrite the tax code.
“The President has two paths he can take,” he said. “We hope for the sake of the country, he’ll choose to work with us and put the middle class, rather than wealthy special interests, first.”
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God, could the messaging be any worse? The Fox News machine will turn that into "filthy liberals want to keep your taxes high to give to illegal immigrant violent criminals" in 2 seconds flat. And when your slogan needs a parenthetical explainer, it's not a good slogan.Addie wrote: The goals of Not One Penny (as in, “not one penny in tax cuts for the rich”)
How about "Working Class First"? I thought of that in the time it took me to write these 5 sentences. It's much better, don't you think? It speaks to the real problem, which is that Republicans want to give even more tax cuts to corporations and billionaires, in their twisted, self-serving belief in trickle-down economics.
There are more benefits. It's hard to take a position against "working class." Suggesting that tax cuts for working people should come first, rather than not at all, shows reasonableness. And - just a shot in the dark here - such a slogan might make working people think the Democratic Party gives a damn about them. And in a non-election year, no less!
In conclusion: stop making your point so ineffectively!