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Save This Tool: whatdoidoabouttrump.com

Bookmark What Do I Do About Trump, a clearing house of resistance resources.

Many anti-Trump lists, sites, services, and social media accounts have sprung up since the election. Most are good, but some are better.

What Do I Do About Trump, an all-volunteer effort, stands out for its depth and breadth. It’s the digital equivalent of a Trump resistance supermarket, except it’s a supermarket where half the aisles are full of cool stuff you heard of once and forgot about, or had no idea existed.

The site also stands apart from its competitors for offering two dedicated sections of note:

Inspiring Friends, which explicitly recognizes the value of recruiting your friends to join you in your activism

Protect Yourself, which gives you resources on how to protect yourself “if some of Trump’s campaign promises become reality”.

Fair warning: Set aside an afternoon and get your bookmarking finger ready. You’ll be disappearing down the rabbit hole, in a good way.

 

Visit the whatdoidoabouttrump site:

http://whatdoidoabouttrump.com

 

Like whatdoidoabouttrump on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WhatDoIDoAboutTrump

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@WDIDAboutTrump

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Fight the GOP Tax Bill, Which Has Become Trojan Horse Trumpcare, Oct 20 Update

Call your MoCs to say NO to the tax cut bill that Trump and the GOP are proposing.

Because the tax bill is also trying to rewrite health care, we will nudge you to call on the tax bill every other day until further notice. These posts will be interlaced with other posts that address how to fight Trump and the GOP’s broader attack on the Affordable Care Act.

Subscribers will receive these pieces as new posts; we apologize for the repeats.

In late September, just as Trumpcare 3.1 was given up for dead, Trump and the GOP unveiled their plans to “reform” the U.S. tax code.

You won’t be surprised to learn that it sucks, and it doesn’t do what Trump claims it does.

Worse still, health care reporter Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) has picked up on a new GOP strategy that he dubs Synthetic Repeal.

Synthetic Repeal covers several actions, but one of them is tucking cuts to Medicaid into the tax bill now under discussion.

We’re reproducing some of Slavitt’s October 5 chain of tweets on this below:

 

GOP is now trying to create what I call “synthetic repeal.” Before I explain what that means let me tell you why this is happening.

GOP has 7 years of promises and a lot of fundraising to pay back. Moore’s win in AL punctuates the point that the R base is very unhappy.

GOP needs to compete in primaries & fundraise. Make no mistake that is a 2018 reality weighing on them.

Three strategic choices: a- say repeal failed & move on b- promise to try again next yr c- “synthetic repeal”. First step is “c”.

Synthetic repeal allows them 2 say: sure, we didn’t repeal the ACA because of RINO holdouts, but before long it will be effectively done.

Synthetic repeal goes after ALL the big cahuanas: huge Medicaid cuts, pre-ex protections & the mandates. WITHOUT REPLACEMENTS.

CBO would score the synthetic repeal an absolute disaster.

The tools for synthetic repeal are: – An Executive Order coming next week – The budget/tax plan – Sabotage of the ACA (not even denied)

The EO allows “association health plans”– ability for plans to be offered with no pre-ex protections & turn ACA into a high risk pool.

In states that have done things like this, like TN, premiums have skyrocketed and competitors have left the market.

This Executive Order next week is a massive undermining of state’s, insurance markets & American families.

Anyone will be able to create a plan that usurps state authority. And across state lines. Graham Cassidy “state’s rights” (he followed this with several laugh-till-you-cry emoji)

The tax cut is the other side of the nickel of Medicaid cuts. Rs will need Medicaid 2 deal w

$1 trillion+ shortfall 2 balanced budget.

From their standpoint, either vehicle could work.
(Then he pointed to an earlier tweet of his that said:
One Senator said to me tonight: the health care bill was about hidden tax cuts. Now
the tax bill is about hidden health care cuts. (Bold is ours)
In fact, I’ve heard some say tax vehicle will be easier for Rs because opposition
won’t recognize it as a health care fight. (Again, bold is ours)
The troubling part (yeah, there’s a troubling part) is it can be done with much less public
recognition of it all. Cc: boiling frog.
On October 6, Slavitt tweeted ways to fight Synthetic Repeal. Below we cite the tweets
that relate to the tax bill:
The final critical area of opposing is to oppose the
currently being debated.
We have updated the calling script on the GOP tax bill to reflect the Medicaid cuts.
To stay on top of Synthetic Repeal, follow Slavitt on Twitter:
@ASlavitt
Original text of the post follows.

 

If Trump and his minions got their way, they’d repeal the estate tax, which only kicks in for those passing on wealth amounting to $11 million or more.

The bill would raise the lowest tax bracket and lower the highest tax bracket, which means those subject to the lowest bracket would pay more tax and those who qualify for the highest tax bracket would pay less.

The bill also proposes doing away with the provision that allows filers to deduct state and local taxes, which would hurt residents in blue states such as California, New York, and New Jersey.

Trump claims that he would not personally benefit from the proposed changes. This New York Times article shows that Trump would receive more than $1 billion extra:

Trump claims the bill won’t benefit the rich. It will, and it would benefit the rich most of all, as these articles show:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/trump-tax-plan-benefit-rich/541584/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/29/gop-tax-plan-would-provide-major-gains-for-richest-1-percent-and-uneven-benefits-for-the-middle-class-report-says/?utm_term=.84caf9acdc67

 

Also consider that the bill would add $2.4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years (funny how Republicans lose interest in this when they’re in power).

And let’s not forget that Trump has yet to release his own tax returns in full, which he promised to do during the 2016 campaign.

 

Please call your MoCs to oppose Trump’s tax bill. Please check their websites and social media feeds before you call to see if they’ve said anything about the bill, and thank or shame them accordingly.

If your Senators include any of the following Republicans, it is extra-important for you to call:

 

Bob Corker, Tennessee

John McCain, Arizona

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

Orrin Hatch, Utah

Susan Collins, Maine

 

This Bloomberg article explains why:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-29/trump-s-tax-cut-fate-in-the-hands-of-these-six-key-gop-senators

 

Now the script: “Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to oppose the tax bill being put forward by Trump and the GOP. It would eliminate the estate tax, which is a terrible idea. Part of what makes America America is that we don’t have a landed gentry, like they do in Europe. The estate tax ensures that scourge does not take root here. It also takes away the chance to deduct state taxes, which is insane, and designed to punish blue states in particular. It contains drastic cuts to Medicaid that the Republicans tried to pass in the failed Trumpcare bills. And if it was passed, it’d increase the deficit by $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Any tax legislation on this size and scale should be revenue-neutral. And lastly, we shouldn’t be taking up plans that would give Donald Trump a tax break without him first revealing his tax returns, as he promised to do when he was a candidate. Thank you.”

 

Read more about the tax bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/27/the-gop-tax-plan-explained-in-simplest-possible-terms/?utm_term=.f6f408d249d4

Community Activism · Elections · Read, Educate Yourself, Prepare · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Get Ready. 2018 is Sooner than You Think.

Read this Vox piece on how the Republican party went from a smoking ruin in January 2009 to controlling the House, the Senate, the Presidency, and dozens of state legislatures eight years later.

If they did it, the Democrats can do it. Stepping up and voting in the 2018 midterms will be key.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/3/13976258/midterm-elections-2018-explained

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Learn to Welcome Others to the Movement, Period, Full Stop

In November, New York magazine published a fascinating article that didn’t get the recognition it deserved. Titled Why Some Protests Succeed While Others Fail and filed under its Science of Us blog, the story contained mind-blowing revelations about how best to cultivate and direct the anti-Trump energy that arose after the election.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/11/how-should-trump-protesters-organize-themselves.html

 

First, let’s list the takeaways from the piece, as identified by the writer, Jesse Singal. These boil down to:

Use Trump to draw people in, but don’t make him your lasting focus. Otherwise, your energy and your momentum will evaporate along with him when he goes.

Welcome everyone who wants to protest with you, and make them feel welcome.

Don’t be violent.

The mind-blowing bits appear in the section where Singal discusses the second point, about the value of making people feel welcome. He cites the work of sociologist Ziad Munson, who has studied why people join and become increasingly active in causes such as the pro-life movement. Here are the mind-blowing bits, quoted in full (bold is added by OTYCD):

 

One of the key things he’s found, over and over and over, is that people often get involved in movements without having particularly strong ideological commitments to them.

Take the anti-abortion activists who were the subject of Munson’s book The Making of Pro-life Activists: How Social Mobilization Works. “I went back and I tried to determine what were their beliefs about abortion the first time they were involved in some kind of pro-life activity,” whether a protest in front of a clinic, the March for Life, or whatever else, he explained. “At that moment, only half of them would have considered themselves pro-life.” Moreover, a quarter “would have openly said they were pro-choice.” So why do they get involved? Someone asks them to. In one instance, for example, a woman’s eventually intense, long-term involvement in anti-abortion causes began simply because her doctor, whom she respected a great deal, asked her to come to an event. Prior to that, it just wasn’t something she had thought of.

Why is this mind-blowing? It shows you how much power you have.

Yes, you.

You’re doing so much good work to push back against Trump. You have one more task to add to your To-Do List: Ask someone to join you in pushing back against Trump.

You don’t have to do it thisverysecond. But you should think about who you want to invite, and when, and what you want to invite them to do.

Maybe you ask them to go to a protest with you. Maybe you ask them to go to a League of Women Voters’ meeting with you. Maybe you ask them to phone-bank for a Democratic candidate with you. Maybe you ask them to go to a member of Congress’s next local town hall meeting with you. Maybe you ask them to write and stamp postcards with you.

Whatever works. Whatever makes sense. Just do it.

Then keep doing it. Keep inviting other people–especially those who like you and trust you–to join you in pushing back against Trump.

Keep doing it until Trump is gone and we’ve cleaned up all the wreckage he’ll leave behind.

 

 

Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause

Keep Demanding that Congress Investigate Trump’s Impeachable Offenses

Trump and his minions have done, or tried to do, any number of horrible things. Most of them demanded an immediate answer. Others demanded ongoing attention.

Several people are speaking up to say the daily shenanigans are distracting us from focusing on the two issues that have the power to force Trump from office: His financial conflicts of interest, and the Russian hacking scandal, which should shed light on Trump’s curious connections to Putin.

To be fair, these issues have not been forgotten, just overshadowed. A team of lawyers from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing Trump over his violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments clause. Jerry Nadler, a house rep from New York who sits on the house judiciary committee, recently filed a resolution of inquiry into Trump, an early step on the road to impeachment. Members of Congress are pursuing bipartisan investigations into the Russian hacking scandal, despite Republican attempts to keep such queries under its party’s control (which would let them soft-pedal the findings).

But the blogger behind The Liberal Yell rightly points out that it’s on us, the citizens, to keep pressing Congress to stay on the two issues that could end Trump’s presidency, and we should support their efforts to do so.

See the blog below.

http://theliberalyell.com/focus-people-there-are-only-two-things-to-demand-of-congress-in-regards-to-trump/

To summarize: TLY asks us to stay firmly on these two issues, regardless of what other evils Trump looses. No matter what happens, do not lose sight of the need to look into Trump’s Emoluments clause violations and the importance of getting to the bottom of the Russian hacking.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post for a great tool–a custom postcard demanding investigations into both issues, which you can download and print and mail and hand out to others.

 

Read about bipartisan efforts to investigate the Russian hacking scandal, and Republican resistance to it:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/02/senate-panel-investigate-russian-election-interference/97411482/

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/10/14220484/house-dems-bipartisan-probe-russian-hacking

http://www.snopes.com/mitch-mcconnell-blocked-investigating-russian-hacks/

 

Learn about New York House Representative Jerry Nadler’s filing of a resolution of inquiry into Trump, and its implications:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Is Awesome. Show Her Some Love.

Show some love to Maura Healey, the Democratic state attorney general of Massachusetts, who is up for re-election in 2018.

Healey is still in her first term, having been elected in 2014, and she is a standout. Previously, she was the Chief of the Civil Rights Division under her predecessor, and she led the state’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

She was a solid state AG already, but since Trump’s election, she has been a tireless defender of laws, norms, and civil rights.

She was among the earliest of the AGs to sign on to the lawsuit to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump promised to kill.

She has also been in the forefront of suing the Betsy DeVos-led Department of Education to allow Obama-era laws to take effect that would allow students who were cheated by colleges to discharge their federal loan debts.

Healey has also announced that she will sue Equifax over its egregious breach that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million Americans.

Healey is up for re-election in 2018. It’s unclear if she will run for re-election; it’s possible she’ll want to challenge Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker for his post.

Regardless, Healey deserves your support on social media at the very least.

 

See the Massachusetts Attorney General’s website:

http://www.mass.gov/ago/

 

See her own website:

http://www.maurahealey.com

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MauraHealeyMA

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@maura_healey

 

See her page on the website of the National Association of Attorneys General:

http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag/massachusetts/maura-healey.php

 

Read various stories about her lawsuits against Equifax and the Department of Education, and the lawsuit in defense of DACA:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/equifax-data-breach-massachusetts-attorney-general-to-sue/

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2017/09/06/massachusetts-suing-daca/

http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2017/07/06/maura-healey-devos