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Resistance Letter #38

INDIVISIBLE CEDAR MILL OREGON

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OUR MISSION: Rebuild and maintain a progressive majority in every level of government – federal, state and local.

 

December 17, 2017
Day 330 of 1461 days

Dear Co-defendants –

 Taxscam Close to Approval

Republicans exist to lower taxes and transfer wealth to the already rich. It’s their thing. If there were any shred of Lincolnian philosophy left in that party, it’s difficult to discern. Lacking an Act of God, some deus ex machina, both houses will vote on a reconciled taxscam sometime this upcoming week. All the opposition (even Senator Corker!) has folded and numbers seem to be there for the approval. Thad Cochran could stay recuperating in Mississippi, and John McCain could rest a little more in Bethesda Hospital, and then we need just one more ‘no’ vote! Rand Paul, McCain, Corker and Flake are still remote possibilities of possessing common decency, so our Calls to Action include them this final week of the congressional session. After the taxscam vote and after addressing the budget and national debt issues, Congress will break for the holidays, leaving Trump alone in Washington to do whatever he is going to do!

 

OR1 District-wide Training

 All OR-1Activist Indivisibilities are invited to a training session to be held Saturday January 6, 2018. Here is the event Info URL https://www.facebook.com/events/1311382142304990 or https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1603da7f4316adc6

Saturday Jan 6, 1-5pm

Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ
5150 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

 

Taxscam Protest

Anticipating passing of the bill, local progressives, led by Indivisible, will met at the corner of NW Murray and NW Cornell on Monday between 4 and 5 PM. Bring your signs and warm clothing!!

 

Trump v Mueller

Rumors and speculation abound about the possibility of Trump daring to fire Mueller and shut down the investigation. Certainly, the Republicans, including especially Senator Cornyn of TX, have been at pains to trash the integrity of Mueller, his associates, the FBI and the investigation. Some observers feel that Trump will act as soon as the Congress all go home for the break. He might.

But take heart from the obvious fact that Mueller is not stupid, and he will be ready for any eventuality that occurs. He and the investigation are not defenseless, and Trump and his mustachioed lawyer, Ty Cobb, have to look on him as a dangerous individual to attack.

Christmas is pardon time, though! If Trump preemptively pardons people like Cushner and his boys, you may look for an immediate challenge in the Supreme Court .

Should Trump attempt to dismiss/fire Mueller, ICM has a protest planned. If the news of firing reaches us prior to 2PM local time, we will assemble at 5:00PM that day. If the incident occurs after 2PM local time, the protest starts at noon the next day. In either case, assemble at NW Murray and NW Cornell to make a lot of outrage and noise about this.

 

A Reckless Con Man as President

Read today’s LA Times op-ed piece on Trump. The writer maintains Trump is not the most important issue today, although he is horrible enough. But, what is in the American psyche that allowed 68 million people to cast votes for this con man, knowing that he was an ignorant, crude and immoral bully?

‘A reckless con man as president’: LA Times burns Trump to the ground in brutal editorial

 

CALLS TO ACTION

Call Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Suzanne Bonamici to urge them to put a premium on solving the DACA situation.

Senator Ron Wyden – 202-224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley – 202-224-3753
Representative Suzanne Bonamici – 202-225-0855

These four senators remain a distant possibility of a ‘no’ vote, very distant!

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) – 202-224-4521
Senator John McCain (AZ) – 202-224-2235
Senator Bob Corker(TN) – 202-224-3344
Senator Rand Paul – 202 -224-4343

 

MONTHLY MEETING

The meeting is set for Monday, January 8, 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.  

L’audace, encore l’audace, et toujours l’audace!

Thank you.

John Fox

Resistance Letter #37A

INDIVISIBLE CEDAR MILL OREGON

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December 12, 2017
Day 325 of 1461 days

Dear Co-defendants –

We Ain’t Dead Yet, Redux.

We are still breathing.

Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama tonight will cause some soul searching and political recalculation in the Senate. Let us continue to make those calls to Flake, Collins, McCain and Moran, and any other senators on your personal radar. Jones’s triumph is a body-blow to Trumpism , and may have taken the wind out of some senatorial sails.

We’ll only stop opposing this taxscam when the last nail is in the coffin, and both houses have passed this monstrous legislation. No Surrender here!

Losing this taxscam battle, after losing Alabama, would be crippling to the Republican cause.

 

DACA Likely To Be Deferred

Schumer and Pelosi have both indicated that DACA negotiations will not be a bargaining chip in debt and budget negotiations. The Democrats don’t want to take the blame for any resulting government shut-down, and it is unlikely that anything could be done with DACA unless it is coupled with some border security funding. Remember too, that any DACA solution still needs Trump’s signature on it. There is no way you can bet on a veto-proof vote in both houses.

Alabama chooses: Pedophile or Democrat?

They appear to have chosen a Democrat! Mirabile dictu!

 

OR1 District-wide Training

All OR-1Activist Indivisiblovians are invited to a training session to be held Saturday January 6, 2018. Here is the event Info URL https://www.facebook.com/events/1311382142304990 or https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1603da7f4316adc6
Saturday Jan 6, 1-5pm
Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ
5150 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

 

CALLS TO ACTION

Call Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Suzanne Bonamici to urge them to put a premium on solving the DACA situation.

Senator Ron Wyden – 202-224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley – 202-224-3753
Representative Suzanne Bonamici – 202-225-0855

This senator stayed true to his word on deficits. A call of thanks would be in order, because this vote will come up again.

Senator Bob Corker(TN) – 202-224-3344

These two senators need to be reminded of their core principles regarding deficits and doing what is ‘good for America,’ not the Republican Party. They both should be reminded that both McConnell and Trump are not men of their word and cannot be trusted.

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 mandates with a promise of future legislation to be passed and signed prior to taxscam vote. That legislation is very unlikely to be passed and signed prior to the taxscam vote. Tell them not to be fooled; eliminating the mandate will cripple health care.

Senator Jerry Moran (KS) – 202-224-6521
Senator Susan Collins (ME) – 202-224-2523

 

MONTHLY MEETING

The meeting is set for Monday, January 8, 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.

L’audace, encore l’audace, et toujours l’audace!

Thank you.

John Fox

AGENDA FOR MONTHLY MEETING OF DECEMBER 11, 2017

Meeting will be held Monday at 1750 NW 131st Ave, PDX OR 97229

Doors will open at 6:30 PM; The Big Show starts at 7:30 PM, ends at 9:00 PM latest, with every attempt to finish up by 8:30 PM! Beverages of many persuasions, plus a few snacks, will be available before the meeting.

 

1. Opening remarks  -John F – 5 minutes

2. Review of last month’s and future activities – Karyn S – 10  minutes

3. Speaker Ethan Krow of #yesforhealth – 5 minutes

3a. Audience questions to Ethan Krow re #yesforhealth – 10 minutes

4. Expanded ICM Mission Statement—John F – 5 minutes

5. Speaker Rep Mitch Greenlick re Ref 101 and Oregon health issues – 10 minutes

6. Summary for district/state action re: Ref101– Karyn S – 5-10 minutes

7. Special Exhortation – Karyn S -5 minutes

Adjourn until January 9, 2018, eodem tempore, eodem loco

Resistance Letter #37

INDIVISIBLE CEDAR MILL OREGON

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December 10, 2017
Day 323 of 1461 days

Dear Co-defendants –

 

 We Ain’t Dead Yet

The Senate and House versions of the taxscam are now in a reconciliation committee with members chosen by both parties in the House. It is the job of that committee to produce a bill merging the different versions passed in the separate legislatures. They cannot add anything to the original bills, but they can delete and modify as they wish. The finished bill out of that committee goes to both the House and the Senate for a final vote, and both houses must approve the bill. The Republicans hope that they can bring this to the floor quickly by December 18 or 19, 2017. To do this, they have actually forgone their recess due to start December 15.

The final reconciled bill will not be out of committee very long before the Republicans rush it to a vote. It is unclear if the Democrats will stall the vote using parliamentary tactics. Let us hope they do so, that the finished bill can be read closely. The more time we have, the better.

Senator Corker is the sole Republican ‘no’ vote at this time. Senator Collins and Moran have struck a deal that they will approve taxscam if a compensating legislation re the mandate elimination can be passed and signed before the taxscam vote. Obviously this is not going to happen, so their votes may be up for grabs.

Senator Flake has voted for the bill, but may still be a candidate for a negative vote. He recently sent a donation to Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama for the ‘good of America.’ Perhaps he can see finally that this taxscam with its huge deficit load is also not ‘good for America.’ He is on the record opposing deficit spending, so maybe he just needs a good reason to reconsider things. Senator McCain should also be reminded of what’s ‘good for America;’ he may yet be a no vote, depending on what comes out of committee.

See the Calls to Action for suggestions and telephone numbers.

 

DACA May Be in Play

The Democrats may possibly attempt to tie a deal on The Dreamers to raising the national debt and other fiscal matters. Surprisingly, the House passed the latest Continuing Resolution(CR) to finance the government without any Democratic support; they may not be able to do that again with the fractious Freedom Caucus objecting to spending priorities. That spending stopgap ends on December 22, so there will be pressure to get that done and get home for Christmas break. They may try to pass a budget, but more likely will try for another CR. Call Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Bonamici to insist that any spending bill be held hostage to dealing with DACA.

 

Women’s March 2018

Nation-wide marches are being planned for January 20, 2018. Portland has yet to file a plan and get permits, but this will probably happen. Most major cities have something going. Something will happen in DC, but no firm announcements have been made. See this URL for current information: https://qz.com/1139150/womens-march-2018-when-and-where-it-starts-in-new-york-los-angeles-chicago-philadelphia-san-francisco-and-more/

 

Alabama chooses: Pedophile or Democrat?

It really does appear to be up in the air! Recent polls show a closing race with that sexual predator Roy Moore drawing closer to Democrat Doug Jones. Oh, Alabama, have you no decency yet?

Most races depend largely on voter turnout, on voter motivation. Special elections tend to have low voter participation. Black voters in Alabama do not seem to be too invested in this race so far. Many organizations and civil rights icons 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.

 

OR1 District-wide Training

All OR-1 Activist Indivisibilinarians are invited to a training session to be held Saturday January 6, 2018. Here is the event Info URL https://www.facebook.com/events/1311382142304990 or https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1603da7f4316adc6

Saturday Jan 6, 1-5pm

Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ
5150 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

 

CALLS TO ACTION

Call Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Suzanne Bonamici to urge them to include a DACA solution when dealing with Republicans on budgets and deficits. The Democrats would definitely be in the catbird seat if a budget is to be passed. They may be in a position to make a deal if a Continuing Resolution is needed.

Senator Ron Wyden – 202-224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley – 202-224-3753
Representative Suzanne Bonamici – 202-225-0855

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 and doing what is ‘good for America,’ not the Republican Party. They both should be reminded that both McConnell and Trump are not men of their word and cannot be trusted.

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 mandates with a promise of future legislation to be passed and signed prior to taxscam vote. That legislation is very unlikely to be passed and signed prior to the taxscam vote. Tell them not to be fooled; eliminating the mandate will cripple health care.

Senator Jerry Moran (KS) – 202-224-6521
Senator Susan Collins (ME) – 202-224-2523

 

MONTHLY MEETING

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!

Thank you.

John Fox

Resistance Letter #36

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!

Resistance Letter #35A

INDIVISIBLE CEDAR MILL OREGON

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Resistance Letter #35A
November 29, 2017
Day 312 of 1461 days

Dear Co-defendants –

 

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL

Today’s NYT has a strong editorial condemning the taxscam and its huge transfer of wealth to the already wealthy. They have urged their readers to call all the senators we have been working on plus Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma. Let’s follow their advice and make the phone calls below!

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/new-york-times-editorial-gop-tax-bill-268475

 

CALLS TO ACTION

The highest priority calls now and in the future are aimed at defeating taxscam. Start off with calling Schumer, asking him to hold the Democratic coalition together. Call the other two senators, asking them to not break ranks on the taxscam. They have all been a bit wobbly. Use the deficit, elimination of SALT and corporate give away as reason to stay the course!

Senator Charles Schumer(NY) – 202-224-6542

Senator Joe Manchin(WV) 202-224-3954

Senator Heidi Heitkamp(ND) – 202-224-2043

The taxscam promises to increase the deficit and the national debt by $150 billion dollars a year for the next ten years. Budget hawks should be encouraged to oppose this huge increase in debt. These three senators need to be reminded what the taxscam would do to the budget and the deficit. They are previously, on the record, as openly opposed to increasing deficits.

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) – 202-224-4521

Senator Bob Corker(TN) – 202-224-3344

Senator John McCain (AZ) – 202-224-2235

The Senate version of taxscam calls for elimination of the mandate for ACA participation. Tell these senators that you and they are concerned with driving the needy out of medical care through ACA’s increased rates if the mandate is removed.

Senator Jerry Moran (KS) – 202-224-6521

Senator Susan Collins (ME) – 202-224-2523

Senator James Lankford (OK)  — 202-224-5754

Lisa Murkowski is an independent sort of character and she is not afraid of opposing the big powers in the establishment in Washington. She has indicated that she is not offended by the elimination of the mandate.  But she does have an eye out for her constituents, many of whom depend on Medicaid for health care. Tell her that the $1.5T deficit will assure the minimization of health care in coming years.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) – 202-224–2665

No surrender!

L’audace, encore l’audace, et toujours l’audace!

Thank you.

John Fox

Resistance Letter #35

INDIVISIBLE CEDAR MILL OREGON

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Resistance Letter #35
November 26, 2017
Day 309 of 1461 days

Dear Co-defendants –

 

TAXSCAM SENATE OPPOSITION AND CALENDAR

All our opposition to taxscam is focused on the Senate. There is an excellent chance, increasing daily, of killing this bill before it gets to the Senate floor. McConnell needs 50 votes to pass it; he has a majority of only two senators. The loss of three senators will doom the bill.

Senator Ron Johnson (WI) still opposes the bill as written, and has vowed to not vote for it. Time will tell if his fellow senators will try to buy him off with more favorable pass-through rates for small businesses. They probably will try to buy him in, but they have to keep their eyes on the magic $1.5T maximum on the deficit. More breaks for small business means less money to pass to the top.

Senators Corker (TN), McCain (AZ) and Flake (AZ) have voiced opposition to the enormous deficit that taxscam carries. None of these senators has any concern about being reelected, and none will hesitate to oppose Trump if their principles are being violated.

Senator Lisa Murkowski has indicated that she is not offended by the elimination of mandates for ACA. She has still not said that she will vote for the bill, so we’ll keep her in the mix.

Senators Jerry Moran (KS) and Susan Collins (ME)  are against the elimination of the mandate, so we will call them with that in mind.

Senator Strange of AL will age out of his seat, and be replaced by the victor in the Moore/Jones election somewhere in the last part of December. At this point, it looks like Doug Jones, a Democrat, will take that seat – maybe. The Alabama election is set for December 12, but will not be certified for up to two weeks.

The senate returns from its Thanksgiving recess this next Tuesday. They are scheduled for Christmas recess to run from Dec 15 through the end of the year. That calendar leaves all of 12 working days at the Senate’s leisurely work schedule. In that time, they have to raise the national debt limit; the Democrats have plenty of leverage here, and there is talk of trading agreement on a three-month CBR for action on DACA. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has to be squeezed in there somewhere too, as states will run out of money by year end. This might be accomplished through including funding in the aforesaid CBR.

And then, McConnell has to get the taxscam measure passed. Right now, they need to have a vote called a ”Motion to Proceed.” This allows the proposed taxscam legislation to proceed to the Senate floor for debate. We don’t want that to happen, so maximum pressure by all hands is demanded of us this week.

You can see that McConnell has his hands full, and, in my opinion, will not even come close to getting this bill, in any finished form, to Trump before Christmas.

Make those calls and don’t be distracted by the rest of the carnival going on in DC. Our mission is to defeat Trump and Trumpism.  Period.  Exclamation point!

 

CALLS TO ACTION

The highest priority calls now and in the future are aimed at defeating taxscam. Start off with calling Schumer, asking him to hold the Democratic coalition together. Call the other two senators, asking them to not break ranks on the taxscam. They have all been a bit wobbly. Use the deficit, elimination of SALT and corporate give away as reason to stay the course!

Senator Charles Schumer(NY) – 202-224-6542

Senator Joe Manchin(WV) 202-224-3954

Senator Heidi Heitkamp(ND) – 202-224-2043

The taxscam promises to increase the deficit and the national debt by $150 billion dollars a year for the next ten years. Budget hawks should be encouraged to oppose this huge increase in debt. These three senators need to be reminded what the taxscam would do to the budget and the deficit. They are previously, on the record, as openly opposed to increasing deficits.

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) – 202-224-4521

Senator Bob Corker(TN) – 202-224-3344

Senator John McCain (AZ) – 202-224-2235

The Senate version of taxscam calls for elimination of the mandate for ACA participation. Tell these senators that you and they are concerned with driving the needy out of medical care through ACA’s increased rates if the mandate is removed.

Senator Jerry Moran (KS) – 202-224-6521

Senator Susan Collins (ME) – 202-224-2523

Lisa Murkowski is an independent sort of character and she is not afraid of opposing the big powers in the establishment in Washington. She has indicated that she is not offended by the elimination of the mandate.  But she does have an eye out for her constituents, many of whom depend on Medicaid for health care. Tell her that the $1.5T deficit will assure the minimization of health care in coming years.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) – 202-224–2665

 

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

Monday next, the 27th November, is a national day of action by Indivisible. Sit-ins and protests of various kinds will be held across the nation in the home offices of congress members. We in OR1 have dependable congressional representation, so we are taking to the street vs the office. Join us at the corner of NW Murray and NW Cornell for an hour of protest on Monday from noon to 1:00PM.

 

MONTHLY MEETING

The meeting is set for Monday, December 11, at (email indivisiblecedarmill@gmail.com for location). 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!

Thank you.

John Fox

National Day of Action: #TrumpTaxScam Sit-Ins

Monday the 27th will be a national day of action against the Trump Taxscam. All 6,000 Indivisible Groups will be taking action to kill the Motion to Proceed in the Senate on this horror of a taxscam bill.

We in OR-1 are blessed with a representative and senators who are working on the side of the angels, so we will have no sit-ins at their offices!

Instead we will meet for an hour at NW Cornell and NW Murray to protest with signs. Our event will start at 12;00 noon and end at 1:00 PM.

RSVP if you can attend so we an get the right number of signs. RSVP to indivisiblecedarmill@gmail.com, or to Karyn on Facebook.

See you then.

Events Report from Monthly Meeting 11/13/2017

Last month’s events

  1. Town Hall for Wyden
  2. 1,000 postcards sent for Mike Mullins via Sister District
  3. Text banking intro by Scott and Sister District, text banked for Northam in VA – if you didn’t, be ready to participate heavily in the 2018 via text banking
  4. Great win in the VA election and WA. Also at the Vancouver Port Authority.
  5. Calls re: Tax Scam
  6. Obamacare sign ups, please promote and share
  7. Ellen Rosenblum at the Wa Co Forum – will be a guest speaker at our meeting, waiting on date
  8. Syria signed the Paris Climate Accord, leaving the US as one holdout
  9. Trump is packing the courts, fight we don’t have a lot of options- why 2018 is so important
  10. Highland Progessives joined our ranks, thank you Highland and welcome
  11. Cider Festival – table thank you to Megan, Susan, Mercedes & John for staffing

Next month

  1. Resist Trump Tuesdays per usual – tomorrow is Merkely’s office at 11:30
  2. Yes on Measure 101 campaign kickoff Dec. 3rd, Sunday 12pm at AFL-CIO 3645 SE 32nd Ave
  3. With our focus on drilling down locally, consider joining a Washington County Coalition and Committee positions check FB or see me after the meeting for the url: https://washco.granicus.com/boards/w/b7ebe19be8d33a24
  4. Resistance School is tomorrow night at Market of Choice, 7pm
  5. Indivisible Group Leaders meeting Sunday, Nov 19th, 2pm
  6. What Now, Tuesday Nov. 21st 6-9pm at Revolution Hall, speakers and reps from 55 nonprofit organizations discussing opportunities for progressive change: https://impactflow.com/event/what-now-20-5283
  7. Indivisble is launching Indivislble435 https://indivisible435.org, this effort will bring Indivisible into electoral politics. The url above will be the home base for resources and tools that they are rolling out ahead of the 2018 elections. Indivisible National will be giving us guidance on endorsing candidates too. WE are NOT a wing of the DNC and maintain independence.
  8. Keep the calls going for a clean Dream Act
  9. Washington County Resistance monthly meeting Nov. 30th, 7pm
  10. We the Dreamers an art show to defend Daca at Ecotrust 7:30 pm
  11. Communities of Color Unite, Why Black Lives Matter, Weds Nov 15th, 7pm at the Artist Rep Theater
  12. Murmurings of an anniversary march on Jan. 21, 2018

Final thoughts on what you can do:

  • Run for something
  • Sign up for the neighborhood captain position with Dem party
  • Get out the vote for Jan special election – maybe sign up for neighborhood leader program! Email Carl Fisher – field@washcodems.org
  • Celebrate that the in the election last week, we have a Liberian refugee who is now a mayor in Montana. And a transgender state legislator in Va, a lesbian mayor in WA!

Questions? Email indivisiblecedarmill@gmail.com.

 

Resistance Letter #34

INDIVISIBLE CEDAR MILL OREGON

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Resistance Letter #34
November 19, 2017
Day 302 of 1461 days

Dear Co-defendants –

 PLEASE SEND THIS LETTER ON TO FRIENDS AND ENEMIES

This letter is sent to about 200 recipients, all associated with Indivisible Cedar Mill (ICM) in some fashion. You can easily multiply that number by two or three, simple by posting it on to friends and relatives, particularly to those who live in red or purple states whose senators are not solidly Democratic. In turn, those recipients can send it to a few interested friends who are likely to take the Calls to Action as just that. Don’t be afraid to offend. Dare to disturb the universe!

 

TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT AKA TAXSCAM # 3

The House has wrapped up its charade of hearings on the House version of taxscam and has passed it with a majority of 20 votes or so. This was no surprise; opposing it in the House would have been a waste of energy and resources. It was gonna happen! It now languishes waiting for the Senate to pass their version – and then on to committee to reconcile differences between the two versions.

 

THE SENATE VERSION OF TAXSCAM OUT OF COMMITTEE

Chaired by Orrin Hatch, the Senate hearings on taxscam were just a carnival of obfuscation. They took only a week to force things through the committee, and to refer it to the Senate as a whole. The minority members of the committee were, once again, not allowed to call their own witnesses and things were run on the party line railroad.

The committee-approved version of the senate bill does many of the same things mentioned last week; in particular, it keeps the astounding $1.5T deficit intact. In addition, it disallows state and local taxes (SALT) as deductions from income. It also has a provision, requested by Trumpolino himself, to repeal the mandate for participation in the ACA. Repeal of this mandate will strip the insurance pool of the young and relatively healthy, leaving only the sick and aged, thus raising premiums for all. This attack continues despite record breaking enrollments in ACA this year. The senate bill does not call for elimination of the estate tax, but doubles the threshold for taxation.  Once again, the corporate rate is to be set at 20%, thus basically eliminating any corporate tax at all, given the multitude of loopholes that have not been touched. In both the House and Senate bills, the corporate tax rates are permanent, the individual tax benefits, such as they are, are to be terminated in 2025. This last allows for the fiction of staying below the $1.5T deficit.

 

SENATE OPPOSITION AND CALENDAR

All our opposition to taxscam will be focused on the Senate. There is an excellent chance, increasing daily, of killing this bill before it gets out of the Senate. McConnell needs 50 votes to pass it; he has a majority of only two senators. The loss of three senators will doom the bill.

Senator Ron Johnson of WI opposes the bill as written. He may be bought off in time, or he may be looking at Virginia and  other Democratic victories to see how far he can move away from Trump. He won his last election with 50.2% of the vote. He said that corporations are favored too much more than small businesses. Watch for other senators, chastened by progressive, victories to out some dictance between themselves and Trump.

Senators Paul, McCain and Flake have voiced opposition to the enormous deficit that taxscam carries. None of these senators has any concern about being reelected, and none will hesitate to oppose Trump if their principles are being violated.

Senators Collins and Murkowski are sure to be aghast at eliminating the ACA mandate, thus     trying to destroy the ACA and its health benefits for low-income ACA beneficiaries.

Senator Strange of AL will age out of his seat, and be replaced by the victor in the Moore/Jones election somewhere in the last part of December. At this point, it looks like Doug Jones, a Democrat, will take that seat – maybe. The Alabama election is set for December 12th.

The senate is now in recess until they regroup on the 28th November. After that, the calendar allows only  twelve days to get this bill through, before they recess for Christmas from December 15th through the end of the year. Somewhere in there, they also have to negotiate to raise the national debt which is due to come up December 12th.

You can see that McConnell has his hands full, and, in my opinion, will not even come close to getting this bill, in any form, to Trump before Christmas.

 

CALLS TO ACTION

The highest priority calls now and in the future are aimed at defeating taxscam. Start off with calling Schumer, asking him to hold the Democratic coalition together. Call the other two senators, asking them to not break ranks on the taxscam. They have all been a bit wobbly. Use the deficit, elimination of SALT and corporate give away as reason to stay the course!

Senator Charles Schumer(NY) – 202-224-6542

Senator Joe Manchin(WV) 202-224-3954

Senator Heidi Heitkamp(ND) – 202-224-2043

The taxscam promises to increase the deficit and the national debt by $150 billion dollars a year for the next ten years. Budget hawks should be encouraged to oppose this huge increase in debt. These three senators need to be reminded what the taxscam would do to the budget and the deficit. They are previously, on the record, as openly opposed to increasing deficits.

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) – 202-224-4521

Senator Bob Corker(TN) – 202-224-3344

Senator John McCain (AZ) – 202-224-2235

The Senate version of taxscam calls for elimination of the mandate for ACA participation. Tell these senators that you and they are concerned with driving the needy out of medical care through ACA’s increased rates if the mandate is removed.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) – 202-224–2665

Senator Susan Collins (ME) – 202-224-2523

 

MONTHLY MEETING

The meeting is set for Monday, December 11, at (email indivisiblecedarmill@gmail.com for location). 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!

Thank you.

John Fox