By Frank Clemente, Campaign Manager, Americans for Tax Fairness
House Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans are fine with shutting down the government and tossing our country into mayhem.
What they’re not fine with is asking corporations or the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.
Even in the midst of the heated debate around the shutdown, they have already tried to bring the dangerous tax reform ideas of Rep. Paul Ryan back into the mix in a demand letter, alongside a slew of other crazy fringe ideas that Americans don’t support.
That demand letter got them nowhere, of course. But they’re still trying to figure out how to extort something out of this unnecessary shutdown that they have forced us into. They’re now floating the idea of a larger deal that will likely include an attempt to drastically cut the tax rate for the rich and big corporations.
In the meantime, as the shutdown continues into Day 7, Americans are paying a heavy price for Republicans’ their political games. Here are some of the worst ways that is happening:
- 800,000 federal workers are still on furlough.
- People with cancer — including kids — are being turned away from treatment.
- Small business owners who work near national parks could lose a whole season’s worth of income because of park closures.
- 19,000 kids could lose the chance to go to Head Start and get a leg up on their educations.
- The Centers for Disease Control have stopped monitoring the spread of the flu, putting the health of elderly Americans at risk. It has also sent home workers that monitor other diseases, increasing the likelihood of dangerous or even deadly outbreaks.
- At least one state has already shut down a program helping low-income women and children to get healthy food — and others may follow.
- Many Food and Drug Administration inspections of food facilities will be stopped, making it more likely that people will get sick.
- If the shutdown continues for multiple weeks, veterans’ benefits might not get paid. And it’s already harder for them to feed their families
If all of this angers you as much as it angers me, let Speaker Boehner know that you want him to end it now.