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Resistance Letter #36
December 2, 2017
Day 315 of 1461 days
Dear Co-defendants –
…a disgrace, an abomination, shameful, shocking, scandalous, deplorable, despicable, contemptible, dishonorable and more…
That’s one member’s evaluation of the taxscam recently voted through by the Senate Republicans. I couldn’t have said it better myself!
- Now what?
That unfortunate taxscam legislation has been sent on to a reconciliation committee. That committee’s job is to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions. It is quite possible that the House could simply vote the Senate version through without any reconciliation and then it’s all over. It’s more likely that some changes will be made to satisfy the House Freedom (Tea Party) Caucus, and then both chambers will have to vote on it again to make it law. So, there’s n o sense in throwing up our hands in surrender just yet. Flake and Collins are not absolute lost causes yet. They both signed on to the voter with assurances of separate legislation fixing their concerns. That alone shows you that these people don’t understand McConnell and Trump, both dishonorable men whose word means little or nothing. We will try to remind Collins and Flake of this.
Alabama chooses: Pedophile or Democrat?
It really does appear to be up in their air! Recent polls show a closing race with that sexual predator Roy Moore drawing closer to Democrat Doug Jones. Oh, Alabama, have you no sense of propriety yet?
Most races depend largely on voter turnout, on voter motivation. Special elections tend to have low voter participation. Many organizations are in there trying to rally Alabama black voters, but active voters in Alabama favor the whites by a three to one ratio – about 2.5 million whites to 850 thousand blacks. Indivisible National has set up a website where you can help the situation easily from the relative comfort of your home, and increase the voter turnout for both black and whites. Go to http://www.indivisible.org/gotv-alabama/ to get started.
Change of Mission, perhaps
Our mission at ICM has put removal of Donald Trump and obstruction of Trumpism as our core goals. With the passage of the recent taxscam, especially if the elimination of ACA subsidies makes it through reconciliation, our core key issue becomes flipping the House in 2018. This was always an important element, but right now, whether it’s Trump or Pence in office, control of the House is paramount for many reasons – power of the purse, budget allocation, power to investigate and issue subpoenas, power to negate Senate votes, etc. Without regaining the House, we have another two years of Trumpism, with or without Trump. We don’t want two more years of last week. Stay tuned.
CALLS TO ACTION
These three senators deserve a hearty and grateful thank you. Schumer held things together and Manchin and Heitkamp hung in there despite a challenging election coming up for both of them.
Senator Charles Schumer(NY) – 202-224-6542
Senator Joe Manchin(WV) 202-224-3954
Senator Heidi Heitkamp(ND) – 202-224-2043
This senator stayed true to his word on deficits. A call of thanks would be in order, just in case this vote comes up again.
Senator Bob Corker(TN) – 202-224-3344
These two senators need to be reminded of their core principles regarding deficits. They both should be reminded that McConnell and Trump both are not men of their word.
Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) – 202-224-4521
Senator John McCain (AZ) – 202-224-2235
These senators think they have made a deal about elimination of the ACA subsidies with a promise of future legislation. That legislation is no certain thing, and wouldn’t quite do the job anyway. Remind them that they need a veto-proof majority to ensure Trump doesn’t kibosh the legislation, if it ever does get to him.
Senator Jerry Moran (KS) – 202-224-6521
Senator Susan Collins (ME) – 202-224-2523
The meeting is set for Monday, December 11, at 1750 NW 131st, 97229. Doors open at 6:30PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM. Refreshments, both adult and juvenile will be provided along with a few tasty snacks. Ethan Krow of yesforhealth will explain tactics to support R101 and our opportunities to participate. Assemblyman Mitch Greenlick will be at the meeting to talk to us about the legislature’s healthcare concerns, and why R101 should be approved, and the consequences if it is not.
L’audace, encore l’audace, et toujours l’audace!