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THE ART OF THE SCAM: TRUMP THREATENS CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE & MEDICAID TO PAY FOR MORE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH

In a televised interview early today, President Trump, when asked about “entitlement” programs, said he would “take a look at” so-called “entitlement” programs later this year and called it “the easiest of all things, if you look.” If there was any confusion about what that means, Trump in answer to a question acknowledged he “was […]

FOUR-CANDIDATE ANALYSIS SHOWS HISTORIC SHIFT IN TAX & SPENDING DEBATE

Moderates in Democratic presidential field offer fiscal plans many times the size of Clinton’s in 2016

Debate should explore transformed tax and spending landscape

The opinion piece below by Frank Clemente originally appeared in the Des Moines Register on January 9, 2019. As Democrats gather for the final presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, among all the worrying daily news there’s a hopeful long-term development. The candidates and their Democratic colleagues in Congress have finally and fully rejected trickle-down economics […]

Opinion: The Trump tax cut has amounted to nothing but broken promises for the middle class

The opinion piece below by Frank Clemente and Will Rice originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on January 1, 2019 on the second anniversary of when the Trump tax cuts took effect. President Trump’s radical Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which took effect Jan. 1, 2018, has now been around long enough for a fair […]

‘12 DAYS OF TAX SCAM’ HIGHLIGHTED 2nd ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY OF TAX CUT FAILURES

On the 12th Day of Tax Scam….. We look back at the Christmas wish list of the tax cut law supporters to see how it all worked out: Day 1: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was supposed to boost jobs. Not so much. Day 2: President Trump said the tax cut law would cost […]

‘12 DAYS OF TAX SCAM’ CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT 2nd ANNIVERSARY OF TAX CUT FAILURES

On the Eleventh Day of Tax Scam President Trump Said to Me….. “Our plan also lowers the tax on American business from 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent. That’s probably the biggest factor in this plan.” -President Trump, Dec. 20, 2017 But…….the law also expanded the ability to write off equipment purchases, […]

‘12 DAYS OF TAX SCAM’ CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT 2nd ANNIVERSARY OF TAX CUT FAILURES

On the Tenth Day of Tax Scam President Trump Said to Me….. “Republicans passed the biggest tax cuts in American history, the biggest in American history. Everybody in this room is better for them. Everybody is better for them.” Donald Trump, July 5, 2018 “Everybody in this room?” He must have been speaking to a […]

EIGHT WAYS THE TRUMP-GOP TAX CUTS HAVE FAILED WORKERS & THE ECONOMY

On Their Second Anniversary, December 2019 The Trump-GOP tax law, formally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), was signed into law December 2017 and took effect January 2018. Nine failures of the law stand out, which are also explained in this Chartbook: Trump-GOP Tax Cuts Failing Workers & The Economy. #1: President […]

TRUMP-GOP TAX LAW TALKING POINTS

For the Second Anniversary, December 2019 The Trump-GOP tax law, formally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), was signed into law December 22, 2017 and took effect January 1, 2018. [This fact sheet provides more details.] President Trump and the GOP promised that their tax cuts would mostly benefit the middle-class and […]

‘12 DAYS OF TAX SCAM’ CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT 2nd ANNIVERSARY OF TAX CUT FAILURES

On the Ninth Day of Tax Scam President Trump Said to Me….. “Since we passed tax cuts, over 3 million workers have gotten tax cut bonuses — many of them thousands and thousands of dollars.” –President Trump, State of the Union speech, Jan. 30, 2018                                                                The idea was to make it sound like millions […]