Tag: Head Smacker

Head Smacker: Trump plan slashes taxes on companies already dodging taxes

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April 28, 2017

On April 26, the Trump Administration released a barebones outline of a tax agenda that would slash taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals. The plan would cut the tax rate by almost 60 percent – down from 35 percent to 15 percent – for corporations and some other businesses. Now, we’re not just talking about Read More »

Update: House may vote on Head-Smackingly bad Health Care Repeal soon – Tell your Rep to Vote NO

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April 27, 2017

Last week, we put out a blog on the very bad health care repeal bill revived, zombie-style, by making it a lot worse. Speaker Ryan may be close to getting enough votes to pass it, but people around the country are fighting back. You should join them. Any representative should hear from his or her Read More »

Head Smacker: Buy my $1 health insurance! How to make a very bad bill worse

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April 21, 2017

We’ve seen reports that House Republicans are continuing to work on changes to their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. For some of the most right wing members who opposed the bill, their excuse was that it wouldn’t reduce premiums enough. So a possible amendment has been talked about, drafted by Representatives Mark Meadows Read More »

Head Smacker: Trump wrongly claims corporate taxes are too high

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March 28, 2017

President Trump’s address to Congress last month gave us in the human needs community much to smack our heads about. As CHN’s Debbie Weinstein noted in this piece about Trump’s false promises, he promised better health care while working to repeal the ACA; thanks in part to your advocacy, that effort to kill the ACA Read More »

Poor Excuse: Trump Budget Slashes Programs That Work Just Fine

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March 17, 2017

So the first part of the Trump budget is out, and it is one of the clearest examples of upside-down priorities you’re likely to see. It cuts funds from programs serving our people – education, nutrition, housing, job training, legal services, afterschool care… – to add money for the Pentagon. And their excuse for making Read More »

Head Smacker: GOP health care plan would make the poor sicker so they can make the rich wealthier

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March 8, 2017

“This bill sends a loud and clear message: tax cuts for special interests and the wealthy matter more than your health care.” This is how Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) described House Republicans’ legislation, unveiled on March 6, to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle Medicaid. There’s so much head-smacking material in their versions of Read More »

Trump’s 2-1 executive order: It’s (not) as easy as 1, 2, 3….

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February 14, 2017

Joan Claybrook, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during the Carter administration, had an immediate reaction when informed of President Trump’s executive order requiring that federal agencies scrap two existing regulations for every new one adopted. She burst out laughing. “That’s a completely illogical way of doing things,” she told the Los Angeles Read More »

Head Smacker: Pentagon buried study showing $125 billion in waste, but Congress and the Trump Administration want to give it more money

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February 10, 2017

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon buried an internal study that found $125 billion in administrative waste because it was afraid Congress would use the findings to cut the defense budget. Despite this, the Trump Administration and some members of Congress are preparing to give even more money to the Pentagon for the current Read More »

Head Smacker: During the height of mosquito season, Congress recesses — without fighting Zika

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August 5, 2016

For months, public health officials have warned that the Zika virus eventually would show up in the continental U.S. They warned of this back in the winter, months before the mosquitoes that help transmit Zika were on most people’s radar screen. They warned of this in the spring, even as health officials warned of an Read More »

Head Smacker: U.S. Corporate Taxes are Below Average, but Some Continue to Call for Lowering Them Even Further

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April 13, 2016

We’ve repeatedly heard the calls from “pro-business” members of Congress and supporters: the U.S. corporate tax rate is too high. It drives businesses overseas, they say. We need to lower the corporate tax rate to bring and keep business here, allow U.S. companies to compete internationally, create jobs and grow the economy, they say. But Read More »