Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): they’re not buying what you’re selling

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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

Yesterday, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):

Rep. Vicky Hartzler‏ @RepHartzler
Now that Senate passed a budget, we’re a step closer to a fair & simple tax code that lets Americans keep more of their paychecks #taxreform
1:25 PM – 20 Oct 2017

Oh. they’re definitely not buying it. Some of the responses:

A family of four making $50,000/year in Missouri will see a tax INCREASE of $700. Shame on you for celebrating this fact!

Nobody is buying what you’re selling.. perhaps a town hall meeting is in order?

Only for children, without prior public notice, with submitted questions.

But every time you vote in your or your “employers’” best interests, you lose the trust of your constituents,…

Which American’s will get to keep more of their paychecks? Have you actually read the budget or are you just rubber stamping your party?

Does it bother you to lie? Does it bother you that the majority of people know that you lie?

Yes please provide one bit of proof that this will actually benefit middle class Americans?

Rep. Hartzler – please proof your tweets. You forgot to add “1% of” between “lets” and “Americans”. Sloppy.

You all get the gist of it.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): that didn’t go very well…

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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) attended yesterday’s Senate Finance Committee meeting with Donald Trump (r) at the White House. The media asked about the reports of his phone conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson.

That looks a might uncomfortable, Senator.

A transcript from the video (starting near the point of the above captured image):

Donald Trump (r) …didn’t say it at all, she knows it and she now is not saying it. I did not say what she said and, uh, I’d like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said. Had a very nice conversation with the woman with the wife who is sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said and most people aren’t too surprised to hear that. [Q: What us the proof Mr. President.] Uh, let, let her make her statement again and then you’ll find [Q: She us saying that…] Okay, let her make her statement again and then you’ll find out…

That didn’t go well at all.

Previously:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): You do know about Charlie Brown and the football, right? (October 18, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 7

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“The Poetry of Protest” our show in the Gallery of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri of large prints of photographs from rallies, protests, marches, and demonstrations opened on September 26th. The exhibit runs through October 28th.

It is important and vital for a free society that its people speak and act when there is injustice. These photos truly capture the passion and emotion of the event, even in just one moment.

We tried.

Previously:

The Poetry of Protest (September 9, 2017)

In the gallery (September 21, 2017)

In the gallery – part 2 (September 23, 2017)

In the gallery – part 3 (September 26, 2017)

In the gallery – comments (September 30, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 2 (October 3, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 3 (October 4, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 4 (October 6, 2017)

In the gallery – today (October 10, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 5 (October 16, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 6 (October 17, 2017)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): You do know about Charlie Brown and the football, right?

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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2017 file photo].

Today, from Senator Claire McCaskill (D):

McCaskill, President Trump Meet to Talk Tax Reform
Senator accepts White House invitation, joins discussion with bipartisan Senate group and President’s team to discuss prospects for bipartisan reform of the U.S. tax code
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill released the following statement after meeting with President Trump at the White House to discuss prospects for bipartisan tax reform:

“I underlined my willingness to work with the President on tax reform that’s focused on families living paycheck-to-paycheck, and I was reassured when the President said he’s not interested in passing a tax cut for the rich. I also emphasized that it’s hard to support something when we haven’t seen any details about what is being proposed—and when the broad strokes that Congressional leaders have outlined would actually leave working families in Missouri paying more in taxes. The President and I agreed that we need to see those kinds of details before we can make serious headway. The President also encouraged us to go to work and try to get a bipartisan deal, and that’s a goal I share and strongly support.”
[….]

“…I was reassured when the President said he’s not interested in passing a tax cut for the rich…”

You know, those Trump voters in Missouri will never vote for you. Work on turning out your base.

In the gallery – comments – part 6

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“The Poetry of Protest” our show in the Gallery of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri of large prints of photographs from rallies, protests, marches, and demonstrations opened on September 26th.

We left an open notebook with blank pages and pencils on a podium next to the exhibit title wall. We get comments.

Everything is propaganda

“Propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker, but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all” – protest sign, circa 2003- 2004.

Here’s the thing – if something makes you question or think it defeats the whole purpose of propaganda.

Life sucks as it is, so why does trump have to make it worse???

Because he can.

Previously:

The Poetry of Protest (September 9, 2017)

In the gallery (September 21, 2017)

In the gallery – part 2 (September 23, 2017)

In the gallery – part 3 (September 26, 2017)

In the gallery – comments (September 30, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 2 (October 3, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 3 (October 4, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 4 (October 6, 2017)

In the gallery – today (October 10, 2017)

In the gallery – comments – part 5 (October 16, 2017)

“Is there a proper blessing… for Newt Gingrich (r)?

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“A blessing for Newt Gingrich (r)? Of course! May God bless and keep Newt Gingrich (r)… far away from us!”

Maybe they can lecture the Vatican on the intricacies of right wingnut republican family values.

Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation Callista L. Gingrich, of Virginia, to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Holy See)
Vote Number: 217
Vote Date: October 16, 2017, 05:30 PM

Required For Majority: 1/2
Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed

Nomination Number: PN523
Nomination Description: Callista L. Gingrich, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Holy See
Vote Counts:
YEAs 70
NAYs 23
Not Voting 7
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Blunt (R-MO), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
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Really, Claire? We know that grifters got to grift, but you don’t have to enable them with your vote for confirmation.

We should probably warn the Vatican to count their silver place settings after each visit. Nah, they already know.

Claire McCaskill: An adult responds to Richie Rich Trump’s tax cut proposals

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I usually try not to use the privilege of writing on SMP to do no more than reprint salient parts of news reports or editorial content without some “value” added. Reporters and pundits do a fine job, reach far more readers than I, and don’t need to be reprinted here unless their reportage and observations help me make what I hope is a related but separate point.

However, I’m making an exception today. The following text is taken from a Washington Post article about Trump’s overtures to red state Senate Democrats who may feel threatened enough to deal with the devil when it comes to his plans to slash taxes for businesses and wealthy folks such as himself. Specifically, I’m including a small section of the article dealing with the response – to date – of our Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, widely considered to be one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrat, because I think it is so important to those of us in Missouri:

Wednesday’s meeting is expected to include Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a member of the Finance Committee who has  been critical of Trump’s approach so far. McCaskill has spent weeks pushing the White House to work more closely with Democrats on the tax plan, saying that a failure to work with Democrat doomed their efforts to make changes to health care rules.

But even though McCaskill is up for reelection in 2018 and comes from a state Trump won handily, she is digging in against the White House’s tax plan more than many of her colleagues, convinced voters will see it as a big handout for the rich.

During a meeting last week with constituents in Washington, Mo., McCaskill asked everyone to put a question on a slip of paper and drop it into a fishbowl.

The third question McCaskill plucked from the bowl asked simply, “Will you help get tax reform done this year?”

“I hope so. I would love to get tax reform done,” she said. “But here’s the issue. The issue is what is the tax reform bill? Now, I haven’t seen a final plan. We’ve seen an outline and the outline is very troubling to me.”

She explained that she’s “not interested in reducing taxes for the [wealthiest] 1 percent. I am very interested in reducing taxes to the middle class and to families that are living paycheck to paycheck. … That’s where my focus is.”

McCaskill then turned to notes on a lectern, telling the audience that she had asked staffers to determine how much money a Missouri family of four earning $50,000 would end up paying under the Republican proposal.

“Under the current law, their tax bill with the personal exemptions and the standard deduction and the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit, currently they’d pay $107 in taxes,” she said. But because the Republican plan would eliminate personal deductions, that same family would pay $887 in taxes if Trump gets his way.

Many in the room gasped.

“The family of four making $50,000 is going to pay more for taxes — that’s not middle-class tax relief,” she said, while noting that Republicans had not yet determined what they will do about the child tax credit.

So far, McCaskill is doing what she is able to do so well: take a stand and explain it clearly and honestly in terms that everyone understands. She’s also, wisely, acted proactivley,  touring the state and getting the message out before she’s irrevocably slimed by the Kochbots – who will still be able to do lots of damage, the political climate in Missouri being what it is. She’s doing what she can to get the word out while making it clear that she’s one of the adults in the room – something that is sorely lacking in Trump’s Washington.

Nevertheless, McCaskill’s going to need active progressive support – and she’s showing signs that she’ll earn it. We need to encourage her to keep on keeping on in this way, let her know that we’ll back her up – as the WaPo article makes clear, there are several other “vulnerable” Senators who may be persuaded to give the oligarchy a win that will be paid for by the middle and working class. We have to do our bit to make sure that our Democratic Senator knows that we’ll work hard to support her come 2018 if she works equally hard to support us – and we need to let her know that we appreciate her efforts.

*Addendum: Want to know how the GOP is going to try to scam us in order to give their donors big tax cuts – and the narrative we’re asking McCaskill to stand up against? Read this Greg Sargent column from the WaPo. If you want a teaser, here’s Sargent’s  conclusion:

This whole debate is entirely off the rails. Nothing that leaders say on any side — whether they’re the “establishment” or the “insurgents” — about what is going on among Republican voters makes even minimal logical sense. One persuasive explanation for this through-the-looking-glass state of affairs was recently offered by Ross Douthat, which is that there is an enormous void at the core of the GOP right now when it comes to what the party is supposed to stand for. Each side, I would add, is employing its own scam designed to fill that vacuum. This is not normal, and it isn’t possible to have a rational political debate under these conditions.