Tuesday, April 11, 2017

One Week From Today: Tax Day And The GA-06 Special Election-- And, Yes, They Are Connected


Tax Day is nearly here-- April 18. When right-wing Congressman Tom Price was confirmed by the Senate as Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal decided to make Tax Day the date of round one of the special election. That's one week from today. The Republicans had every intention of making the election about their usual claptrap about "tax and spend Democrats," something fewer and fewer rubes still fall for. The brand new Brave New Films video is exactly the tie-in Jon Ossoff needs to be pushing in GA-06. The video calls out Trump on his repeated pledges to tax carried interest prior to surrounding himself with Wall Street and Goldman Sachs executives in his cabinet and throughout his Regime.

Perhaps you watched Alec Baldwin's Trump insisting on Saturday that "In Trump's America, men work in two places-- coal mines and Goldman Sachs." Trump's war on the middle class continues to gear up and his reactionary tax proposals are a major part of it. Ossoff studied economics and has a Masters in the subject from the London School of Economics. Part if his campaign is talking about how his training in economics and his international business experience will help him craft smart, effective economic policy that empowers GA-06's community’s businesses to compete globally, create good-paying jobs with benefits, and build Georgia into an economic powerhouse. He talks about "standing up in Congress for a dynamic, forward-looking, fiscally responsible economic policy that maximizes opportunity for entrepreneurs, workers, and investors [and promising to] work to level the playing field for small businesses so they can grow and create jobs that will empower Georgians to strive, save, send our kids to college affordably, and retire comfortably." He makes a point of campaigning on the idea of "reducing the tax burden on small businesses and simplifing small business tax filing [and promising] work to repeal wasteful, anti-competitive special interest subsidies that make it hard for entrepreneurs to raise capital, enter the market, create jobs, and compete with larger firms who have lobbyists in Washington." Although the Republicans can attack him-- and already are-- for his statement that "the minimum wage should be a living wage," they can't fault him on his tax plans. In fact it's Trump's proposals that are more likely to make GA-06 voters disgruntled, not Ossoff's.

Goal Thermometer Congress and 8 states (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Rhode Island, Maryland and Minnesota) have pending bills already introduced that would take away the tax loophole that lets private equity and hedge fund managers pay lower taxes then teachers and fire fighters. Not many billionaires live in GA-06 but the ones who do might want to vote for the Republican because billionaires are saving $18 billion a year through this tax break--$180 billion over ten years.

Yes, April 18 is Tax Day and it's election day in GA-06... and if Ossoff continues to play it right, he could rack yp the 50% +1 a week from today so that there will be no June runoff.

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