by Countable | 11.13.17
Good Tuesday, friends. Don't miss these critical issues your gov is dealing with this week:
The Army has opened its recruiting process to those with previously documented mental health conditions, including depression, addiction and bipolar disorder. This change in recruitment policy was enacted in late August, and revealed only in the last few days. Read more here.
Even people who've been plugged-in to President Trump's whirlwind Asia tour may have missed this: Trump's serenade by President Rodrigo Duterte of The Philippines. Seriously, don't miss this.
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Vote no on the tax bill that will cut taxes on the rich, raise taxes on the middle class, and balloon the deficit. Voting yes would be the ultimate in hypocrisy!!!
I, for one, do not favor that the Army has opened its recruiting process to those with previously documented mental health conditions, including depression, addiction and bipolar disorder. This change in recruitment policy was enacted in late August, and revealed only in the last few days. It’s would, I believe, increase opportunities for negative incidences occurring both on and off the battlefield. Of particular concern is that of individuals having had either a drug or alcohol addiction issues which, through the stressful discipline or combat action, could possibly drive such individuals back to their previous addiction issues. Is it worth the probability of such re-addiction occurring, remains to be, seen.
Let’s treat women and men equally!! Also tax and spend without favoring the rich!!
We need to oppose The appointment of Azar to be head of HHS. His strong and recent ties to the pharmaceutical industry are a conflict of interest and he is opposed to the ACA which is supported by the majority of Americans and provides healthcare to millions who would not otherwise be able to afford insurance.
NO NO to Azar. He, as other trump picks are all about the money, not the welfare of the people. During his stay at Eli Lilly prices for insulin skyrocketed. This is a red flag if ever there was one.
It’s interesting the GOP has kept the top tax bracket of 39.6%. Reducing the number of brackets is still lowering the amount of tax revenue. Is the reduction being met with a similar decrease in spending? Not so far...
To my MoC: There is so much to discuss. First I’m very dismayed over the fact that the Republican Party as we KNEW IT, no longer exists. What we have now is a group of people that are no longer interested in doing their job for the country only their self interests. You are like a gathering of predators, preying on the poor, the middle class, children, elderly etc. You want a tax cut for the wealthy, which yes will raise taxes on millions of middle class people, you are taking away health care from millions that need it. We have a President that belittled our country, and you won’t stand up to and is mentally unfit, a sex abuser running for Governor and you are all silent. So you are guilty of being complicit. There is so many wrong things that are going on in our government that is destroying this country. Lies are being told constantly, and it makes me sick. You have 400 millionaires saying DO NOT CUT OUR TAXES, WE DON’T NEED IT. Put it into health care, infrastructure etc. Do not vote for this tax bill. For once do you job for the ordinary people of the country. Don’t continue to prey on anyone not rich.
NO NO NO NO. BIG money and the top 1% have more than enough for many lifetimes. We, the majority of the people need money to make it through one lifetime. ENOUGH of this administration abusing the people to feed their greed. We the people need to feed our families. It is no secret that trump and his administration have contempt for the most vulnerable in our country and the proposed tax scam shows it. It brings to mind what Representative Joe Kennedy said when the House was considering ACA repeal. Speaker Ryan called the health care bill an “act of mercy”. (This so called act of mercy would have left millions without health care) Kennedy said, “With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different scripture. The one that I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful but by how we care for the least among us.” You probably know by now that the tax scam treats the most powerful pretty darn good. But not so much for some of the others. The tax scam punishes the sick. The tax scam punishes those with rare diseases (there are more than 7000 according to NORD's Rare Disease Database.) The tax scam punishes those with large medical bills. Is this the kind of country we want to live in, one with no compassion? We need to speak out if we want to preserve our values. We know what is right. What is right is to not kick the sick when they are already suffering from illnesses. Rare disease sufferers The tax plan calls for the repeal of a tax credit that drug companies use to perform clinical testing for drugs that treat rare diseases. The credit is central to the business model for such firms and eliminating it could mean that big pharmaceutical companies will have little reason to invest in drugs that help small patient populations. Medical Expenses Under the Republican plan, the deduction for medical expenses would be eliminated. This currently applies to taxpayers, spouses or other dependents with health expenses that exceed a tenth of the taxpayer’s income. AARP, which advocates for retirees, said that they strongly opposed the repeal of the deduction and said that doing so would impose a “health tax” on the oldest and sickest Americans. Remember that the Republican goal was to repeal ACA. It didn’t happen because we spoke out. It’s time to speak out again.
Almost any tax cut benefits the rich. They're the ones paying most of the taxes and at higher rates. Duh...
Where does one start... 1) NO to Azar as this would be yet another example of putting the fox in charge of the hen house. 2) NO to this tax reform bill as it would mostly benefit the rich and the Cheeto in chief and let's not forget adding to the deficit. 3) NO to taking away the individual mandate from the ACA and sabotaging it more. How about a blanket no to anything that hurts anyone but the 1% and that includes destroying our air and water, not dealing with climate change and taking away our national parks and monuments.
Start coming up with good bill help people whose homes were destroyed in floods and wildfires and flooded in other countries
Vote no on the tax cut.
As my property taxes are going up the Republican tax bill is eliminating the deduction for property taxes. Who is Congress trying to fool when the say this is a middle class tax cut?
Hard to believe so many have no idea what is in this tax plan but are willing to dismiss it out of hand because they do not like the President, get a grip!
If healthcare revisited includes the dropping of mandate to have insurance, the prediction is an estimated 13,million will drop insurance. Rates for those who keep, especially those who buy individual plans will sky rocket even more. Senators from Ga. shall I send you the bill for 525$ monthly premium increase for same plan of 2017, starting Jan 1 2018? And only one insurer providing service in my county?
Please vote against the confirmation of unqualified and inexperienced attorneys to lifelong judgeships only because of their political statements. One was voted out of the judiciary committee recently with party line votes, right?, Senator Grassley?
No to the tax plan. And no to attaching totally unrelated things to the tax bill. The ACA’s individual mandate has nothing to do with this plan, attaching it is just an underhanded way to push it through
Please vote against the GOP tax plan. It’s robbing from the poor to give MOrE money to the super rich. It’s cruel and will hurt the vulnerable you are supposed to protect. It will also hurt Medicare which is not what Maine wants.
Why is taxpayer money used to settle sexual harassment complaints in Congress? That’s ridiculous. You all need to streamline the sexual complaint process and give the victim a lawyer also since you give the congressman a lawyer. 99.9% of the time the person accused makes a hell of a lot more money than the victim.
The biggest concern I have is the current house tax bill. It does NOT reduce the deficit and it hits the working American and their family the hardest. One of our biggest areas of economic development is home ownership. By eliminating the deduction for the mortgage payment you have struck at the heart of middle America. It is clear that the Republican representatives and Senators have no interest in their voters. Only in their corporate donors. The tax reform bill is a travesty.