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'Tax the Rich, Not the Sick!': Hundreds Storm Capitol Hill Offices to Denounce GOP Tax Bill


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'Tax the Rich, Not the Sick!': Hundreds Storm Capitol Hill Offices to Denounce GOP Tax Bill

Julia Conley, staff writer

Outraged demonstrators arrested outside of Republican lawmakers' offices as House and Senate prepare #GOPTaxScam for conference committee


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I can’t tell if that lady in the bottom pic is wearing a shirt or not.


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Looks like she lost her breasts to cancer.


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And these friggin “good ole boy” tools don’t give a rats ass what they pass, as long as they get their big permanent tax break!


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People will die because of this, the welfare state is being dismantled, and deficits don’t matter what so ever. What in the hell type of stupid comment is that? It’d be one thing if these changes were a net positive, but you can’t prove they are for most people, it will make things worse off and will increase inequality even more, at a time when we are among the most inequitable and corrupt societies in the world. What power are you fighting anyway? You provide cover for the powerful all the time, Mr. Orwell.


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There will be blood.


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I thought so too. Yikes.


#9

He sounds like a troll or a spy!


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I do have to say this however. Some progressives favor illegal immigrants ( same as Obama) over working class people( as the ivory tower types say).


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I think one reason for that is because they work for less money. Even the “ivory tower” Democrats hire slave labor. There are many jobs in this country that people refuse to do…like lawn work, picking during harvest time, cleaning, etc., and support immigrants for doing menial labor. If fair wages were paid for all labor, the story might be different.


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Fair wages have been paid- it’s called union, remember? If we stop the illegals, and make it unlawful for companies to hire them and really enforce them then maybe we will get somewhere. And that is a myth that Americans won’t “lower” themselves to do these jobs. I know plenty of college graduates who would take any job, and they can’t even get hired to wait tables. So, come down from the ivory tower, pay your maid a living wage, and live in the real world. Obama said the most important issue was immigration even as millions of Americans ( mostly older) lost jobs, and thousands lost their lives to suicide.Dems are only interested in illegals for themselves, and do not care about us working class people as you elites like to call us.


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Hey, ivory tower head, for the record, I do know college grads who work at cleaning jobs, and yes even lawn work. It’s called earning MONEY! Anyone who hires an illegal or screams about Dreamers and does not care about working people in this country ( or the unemployed) is a hypocrite. One of the reasons the dems lost is that they ignored working people ( except for the Bern!


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I even know some people ( oh my - have you fainted yet) who wash dishes and even pick crops- and they are American and some of them go to college or graduated!


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Hundreds, huh?

Ho hum.

What we need are hundreds of thousands. At the bare minimum. Every day. Until they stop this shit. Because they see this crap, and just chuckle. They have no intention of changing, and we have no will to force them to.

And a planned march on Washington? One and done? On a weekend, when no one is around? Again?

Because that has been so effective in the past.


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1st of all, our unions are basically busted–which is a sad consequence of corporatization. 2nd, I am hoping you don’t think I’m an ivory tower person? I’m 70 and live on social security–period.

The immigration thing is complicated. I don’t think we should let our country be overrun, but then, I think we should let more immigrants in than we do. Where are these people from war torn, and environmental catastrophes supposed to go? You want to kill them all? Drown them? Starve them? What if it was your country that experienced a nuclear disaster, or a major hurricane or tornado? Wouldn’t you want other country’s to lend a hand, maybe house you for a while?

I also believe in Democratic Socialism. Everyone should be paid a fair wage–no matter who they are, and in fact I think we should drastically cut the military budget, kill the Military industrial complex, and make peace machines, not war heads and weapons of mass destruction. Then we should establish a guaranteed income for every adult. I don’t believe in walls. I do believe in employee run business with quarterly pay-outs of a percentage of profits–to the employees.

I’m also a feminist and believe there should be zero tolerance for inequality of wages or worth.


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Thanks to the demonstrators from those of us who could not attend because of distance or infirmity!


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I think “the lady” is a guy with long hair, but maybe I’m seeing wrong.


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It’s worse than you stated. This is their line in the sand. The GOP hasn’t scored a single legislative win with reelection on the horizon, and are so bent on winning something, they just don’t care what it is–as you can tell from the process. Destroying the funding for the social network is their wet dream, but winning is what really gets them euphoric.


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While the pejorative ‘illegal immigrant’ is part of our lexicon now, thanks to the GOP, the US government still classifies them as unauthorized personnel, not a criminal offense, even while those of Latin descent find themselves incarcerated in privatized detention centers. On the scale of wrongdoing, it is probably on par with an individual smuggling a carton of cheap cigarettes or a couple bottles of booze across state lines just to avoid high excise taxes.

That said, progressives at the turn of the last century were right in opposing unauthorized immigration because globalization was non-existent. Today, money and corporations move freely across borders, but the people are stuck where they are, dominated by early 20th century rules. Surely if the things humans create can move through borders with little to no concern, why on Earth can’t people move, elements of nature herself? Every other animate thing on Earth moves freely across borders.

Instead, corporations from the US and other imperial capitalist states bend these smaller nations to their will, flooding their markets with cheaper products than they themselves can create or grow, trapping them in debt, while extracting the wealth from their nations, and then storing the wealth offshore instead of bringing it home. What a deal!

People need to be where they can find work–all people. Globalization should force us to reexamine everything, especially our views on unauthorized immigration. If this country should somehow democratically decide to drastically alter and cut back immigration of all kinds, then it will also have decided to cut the knees out from under every major corporation on which the global economy unfortunately depends upon. It’s all connected to corporate rule. Unauthorized entry into our nation works for big corporations, especially in agriculture, construction, and the service industries.


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Yes. Why is capital is free to travel around the world at the click of a mouse, while labor has to stop at some silly border?