The GOP Tax Scam

From the AFL-CIO

Congress should never raise taxes on working families to pay for huge handouts to corporations and billionaires. Instead of rigging the rules to kill our jobs, cut our health care and education, and take money out of our pockets, Congress should focus on advancing an agenda that lifts up working people.

The GOP tax bill will directly benefit the super-rich and allow their children to inherit millions tax-free, while killing jobs and putting a heavy burden on working families.

The richest 1% of households will receive 83% of tax cuts, and the richest 0.1% will get an average tax cut of more than $148,000.

The average household making less than $75,000 will pay more in taxes by the year 2027. In all, 70 million households making less than $100,000 eventually will pay more.

The bill is also a job killer, because it ends taxes on corporate profits made overseas, which is a huge incentive to send American jobs offshore.

It will lead to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare cuts. GOP leaders have already said they will cut these programs to pay for the $1.5 trillion deficit in this bad tax plan.

Working people want fair tax and budget policies that raise the revenue to invest in American priorities such as good jobs, quality infrastructure, public education and essential benefits.

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Union Matters

The Clock is Ticking, Mr. President

Richard Cucarese
USW Local 4889

There was a time during the history of America that our elected officials did their best to act expeditiously on the behalf of their constituents when it came to dealing with the ‘hot button’ issues of the day.

But over the past few decades especially, the most important issues seem to be pushed aside in the interest of partisan politics and media posturing while the proletariat suffers under the weight of indecision.  Within this framework of political grandstanding, the Section 232 cases for the steel and aluminum industries are no exception.

Contending these measures that would help save the industries and create jobs in these vitally important sectors, candidate Donald Trump used Section 232 as a dangling carrot to a workforce that has recently become resentful of presidents whom we thought were our allies promising us job security, only to have them deliver a hard slap to the face by decimating our ranks under the guise and false promises of the benefits of Free Trade.

Riding into the White House with not much wiggle room to have a mandate, President Trump still acknowledged that one of his key achievements would be to move along Section 232 expeditiously in the interests of national security due to their level of importance in the military sector and the resurrection of our once-mighty but now-crumbling national infrastructure.

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