Tax Reform: The next battle

The battle over the Obamacare "repeal and replace" taught us two important lessons:

  1. The Republican members of Congress have either not plans or lousy plans. With more than 7 years to to come up with a plan that improves Americans' health care they came up with:
     -- cut Medicaid
     -- cut taxes for the wealthy
  2. Though the GOP controls the White House (sort of) and both houses of Congress, active, intelligent resistance works.

It's time to bring our resistance to bear on the next lousy GOP plan, tax reform.

We know that any plan from the likes of Paul Ryan will amount to little more than a windfall for the wealthiest Americans who -- newsflash -- don't need any help

We know that any such plan will balloon the deficit (in the way the Reagan's and George W. Bush's did), because any effort to balance the tax cuts with cuts in spending will mean gutting popular programs that voters want and need.

We know that the GOP will come up with cute rhetoric to hide the fundamental flaws in their policies.

Finally, we know that this will result in further aggravation of wealth inequalities and in the role of money in politics.

Oh, wait, we know one other thing: We can win this fight if we keep our eyes on the ball and apply pressure on our representatives -- specifically Ron Johnson, James Sensenbrenner (and hell, let's throw in Paul Ryan) by calling and writing them, sending letters to the editor, and getting our friends and family to do the same.

We've provided their contact information below, but before that, here are some sources of information on the issue of tax reform. 


The Senate’s health care fiasco is a bad omen for tax reform

The Atlantic

Tax Reform will be a Nightmare


Contacting your legislators

Ron Johnson


328 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5323
Fax: (202) 228-6965

In Milwaukee

517 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 408
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 276-7282
Fax: (414) 276-7284
Email (form)

F. James Sensebrenner

Email (form)
(262) 784-1111 (local)
(202) 225-5101 (Washington, D.C.)

Office hours and Town Hall Meetings


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