Friday, December 29, 2017

Tax The Oligarchs

Tax Cuts for the Oligarchs
by Duane Campbell 

The oligarchs in charge of the Republican Party have won the tax battle nationally. Now, the next step is our response.  California has long been cited as the 6th. or 7 th largest economy in the world. We should act upon this reality.
The oligarchs will cut the corporate tax from about 35% to near 21%.   California should raise its corporate tax ( franchise tax)  from 1.5% to 10%.
The oligarchs will eliminate the Estate Tax.
California should establish an estate tax of about 10% on estates larger than $5 million.  They will still get more of a tax cut than you or I get.  California  should recapture the money that the oligarchs are giving themselves in this looting of the economy.

 But, won’t these taxes place the state at a competitive disadvantage ?  Yes, the Republican tax victory forces states into a race to the bottom. We should try to avoid joining this race.

States already have significant differences in tax structures.  For example, Texas has a very high property tax and no state income tax.  And, it has a petroleum extraction tax that taxes all oil taken from the ground on the radical theory that natural resources belong to us all.
So, if California raised taxes on corporations and estates, we too would have differences in tax structures.
In a couple of years when the economy adjusts to the corporate give away we should then re-consider these California tax rates.

What should we do with all this money ?
Health care for all, feed the children, combat homelessness and build a better society. I am confident that readers know additional places where funds are desperately needed.

We should seek candidates for state office that are willing to tax the oligarchs. 

Dr. Duane E. Campbell
Member.  Democratic Socialists of America

A Path to Power for the American Left | The Indypendent

A Path to Power for the American Left | The Indypendent

William Barber and the Poor People's Campaign.

America Is Not Yet Lost - The New York Times

America Is Not Yet Lost - The New York Times


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Homeless Memorial Service

Who Is Congress Serving- The Tax Bill

By Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders
Dec. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — Over the past year, Republicans have made their priorities clear. Their effort to repeal Obamacare would have left tens of millions of people without health insurance. Now Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, wants to ram through an enormous tax giveaway to the wealthy before seating Doug Jones, Alabama’s newly elected Democratic senator.

The Republican agenda on health care and taxes may be popular with wealthy campaign donors, but it is widely disliked by the American people. It’s no wonder why. Despite a booming stock market and record corporate profits, workers in this country are being squeezed by flat wages, soaring household expenses and declining savings. They want Washington to start working for them and to spend tax dollars investing in our future — not bankrupting it.

With a government funding deadline looming on Friday, congressional Republicans face a choice. Will they spend this week just trying to deliver partisan tax breaks for the rich? Or will they work with Democrats to pass a budget that supports working people?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Doug Jones Wins in Alabama- Trump Defeated

Tonight Alabama is sending a powerful message across the country.

The American people will fight back against bigotry, hate and, yes, pedophilia – and reject a man totally unfit to serve in the United States Senate. Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Vegetarian – on this, there will be no compromise.

But if we take away one more lesson from Alabama, it should be this: Democrats can win – in every district, in every state, all across the country. So we need to fight harder than ever to recruit, support, and elect progressive candidates and compete in every election. The Roy Moores of the world aren’t going to go away, and we won’t win every fight. But sometimes, we will.

That’s why I’m doubling down on our fight to elect Democrats through our PAC for a Level Playing Field. Our PAC helps give smart, tough candidates across the country the resources they need to take on right-wing extremists and get in this fight for working families.

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race - The New York Times

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race - The New York Times

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sanders: Tax Bill Two Step

Bernie Sanders,
I believe that historians will look back at the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2017, and conclude that it was one of the great acts of thievery in the history of the United States.
Let me be very clear about what is happening here. It is an extraordinarily cynical "two-step" process. First, Republicans are looting the Treasury. They are stealing trillions of dollars from the American people in order to give huge tax breaks to billionaires and large corporations. Second, as their tax breaks increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion, they will come back and, in the name of "deficit reduction," propose major cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, nutrition, affordable housing and other programs desperately needed by the shrinking middle class. 
This is class warfare, led by the Koch brothers and other wealthy Republican campaign contributors. More for the rich. Less for working families. Our job now is to stand up and fight back.
That is why last weekend I spoke to large crowds in Louisville, Kentucky, Dayton and Akron, Ohio, and Reading, Pennsylvania. Over 5,000 people took time out of their weekend to attend these high energy meetings in person and almost one million watched on-line. At these rallies activists heard not only from me, but from working people, DREAMers, nurses, Planned Parenthood patients and others about how this tax bill would negatively impact them, their kids, their parents and the future of our country.
Everyone made it absolutely clear that we need to keep fighting against this disastrous piece of legislation and not stop until we defeat it.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

GOP Agenda is the politics of Plunder, and guess who pays?

Sasha Abramsky
A year into the Trump administration, we are seeing the plutocrat’s agenda. President Donald Trump’s semi-literate tweets and crude rhetoric may be populist in tone, but this most assuredly isn’t a populist presidency. 
In fact, his feints toward populism are a grotesque con, a giant distraction that entertains Trump’s base while he takes a wrecking ball to social services, to redistributive taxation, and to regulations designed to monitor workplaces and secure safe environments. 
Whatever his supporters envisioned, this is the most elite-friendly administration in decades, possibly in centuries. It is an administration the top positions of which are stuffed with millionaires and billionaires who have gone out of their way to penalize those who have little. And it is eye-opening to count the ways. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Poor People's Campaign

50 years ago, on December 4, 1967, the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced plans for a Poor People’s Campaign and called on the nation to take dramatic steps to end poverty and combat inequality. This multi-racial organizing effort and the dream of a fairer nation was assassinated along with Dr. King four months later to the day, on April 4, 1968.

We Are Here: A Poor People's Campaign Call for Moral Revival
Join us Monday, December 4th at 10 AM in Sacramento, the California contingent of the Poor People's Campaign will launch its operation in California .
We will gather at the NORTH Steps of the Capitol, not the West steps.

Nearly half of the US population is poor or low-income and 1 in 7 people live below the federal poverty line. Half of all children will qualify for food stamps before they turn 18, including 9 out of 10 African Americans. Millions live with the consequences of inadequate healthcare, housing, food, education, and employment, and with criminal justice and immigration systems that discriminate against people of color, perpetuate racial, ethnic and gender oppression, and penalize poor people, denying millions access to safety, equality and justice. 

For more info about the Poor People's Campaign Call for Moral Revival please visit:

Anthony D. Prince, Co-Chair, California Poor Peoples Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Grotesque Tax Bill Advances

With John McCain’s announcement this afternoon that he will support the grotesque tax bill now before the Senate, the odds that the bill will pass have improved significantly.
In its (and McCain’s) defense, the bill does address one glaring deficiency under which the United States suffers: insufficient inequality. Today, our country still lags behind Mexico, among our fellow OECD members, when it comes to economic inequality. With the passage of the GOP’s tax reform, which will supercharge the upward redistribution of income and wealth, it becomes conceivable that we could match or surpass Mexico. We would still lag the level of inequality that existed in France under Louis XIV—not called the Sun King because he was a pauper!—but that would only give the Republicans a new target to shoot at.
Why did McCain decide to give Trump a victory this time around? We can only conclude that increasing inequality runs deep in Republicans’ DNA; it’s as reflexive, and as thoughtful, as the bounce of a knee when hit by a hammer.
A larger hammer is now poised to descend on the 99 percent. ~ HAROLD MEYERSON

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dreamers Disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This morning I disrupted the Macy's Day Parade in NYC with to demand permanent protection, dignity, and respect for my community. We are going to do whatever it takes for our right to live in the country we call home.
We are organizing National Days of Action on December 4th and 5th and a mass mobilization in Washington, DC on December 7th and 8th to continue the fight for #OurDream -- and win permanent protection for young undocumented immigrants.
We are your classmates, your coworkers, and your neighbors. We are not just the future of this country, but we are also the present workers that it depends on. We are millions of young undocumented students and workers who are the backbones of our schools, industries, and communities.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Autopsy: An Analysis of What Went Wrong with the Democratic Party in 2016

Trump, GOP Tax Plan is Class War

And the 0.1% are winning. 

 Bill Barclay

The Trump/GOP “Unified Framework” tax plan has something for everyone – if by everyone you mean the wealthy, corporate and non-corporate businesses and the alt-right.  The plan embodies both the neoliberal class warfare that believes poor people have too much money and rich people have too little money and connects with the social conservative politics that the Trump and the GOP draws upon to mobilize its supporters. 
Class Warfare: I
Some of the class warfare politics of the Trump/GOP proposals are obvious; others less so.  The proposal provides a small tax cut for households in the bottom three quintiles, ranging from about 0.5 – 1.2% of after tax income in all cases well under the $1,182/family income boost claimed by Rep. Paul Ryan.  At the upper end of the income pyramid, the story is much different.  Over half of the total tax cuts for individuals will accrue to the top 1% of households, boosting their after tax incomes by 8.5%. Of course, life can be even better: the top 0.1% households would grab an average tax cut of almost $750,000, capturing over 30% of the total tax cuts for families and individuals.  
And Trump has not neglected people like himself.  He – and others in his income and wealth sphere – will gain in three ways from the changes in the individual income tax.  First, the elimination of the alternative minimum tax (AMT): in 2005, Trump paid $38.4 million on income over $150 million – but without the AMT he would have paid only $7.1 million. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Call Congress- Demand a Clean Dream Act

antiracismdsa: Call Congress- Demand a Clean Dream Act: See post  and photo below:   Undocumented and Unafraid.  " I am doing this because we need change in our immigration system and...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WATCH: 16 Women Tell Their Heartbreaking Stories of Sexual Assault By Trump @alternet

WATCH: 16 Women Tell Their Heartbreaking Stories of Sexual Assault By Trump @alternet: A new film presents a powerful case against the president. Among the deluge of sexual assault accusations pouring in against powerful men around the country, it’s critical to remember that Donald Trump is among the accused. At least 16 women have charged Trump with sexual assault or harassment, and allegations date back three decades. A documentary short from Brave New Films compiles statements from those 16 women, creating story “together is incredibly powerful, and damning.”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Another step toward an authoritarian state ?

Another step toward an authoritarian state-  Government interference in news reporting.  Defend institutions. ( News Media).  On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.  Timothy Snyder.  2017.

AT&;T’s proposed $85-billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. is encountering stiff resistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, which is pressuring the companies to sell Time Warner’s news channel, CNN, to win approval of the deal.
The move — which analysts called “unprecedented” — could set up a titanic court battle should the Justice Department sue AT&T to block its purchase of Time Warner. The Justice Department has told AT&T to divest its Turner Broadcasting unit, which includes CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies — or sell its satellite television unit, DirecTV.
"This has become political," said one person close to the situation who was not authorized to comment. "It's all about CNN."
President Trump has made no secret of his disdain for CNN, calling the 24-hour channel “fake news.” But the move to require the companies to sell assets, in part because of news coverage, appears to be taking his opposition to CNN to a new level.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Stand Up for the Homeless

November 8, 2017 Noon – 1 PM

Gather @ City Hall to check in at 11:30 AM

Join Mayor Steinberg, Supervisor Kennedy, Councilmember Guerra and hundreds of your neighbors to form a human chain to link City Hall with the County Board of Supervisors to support one unified plan to end hunger and homelessness in our community.

Over 250,000 of our neighbors go hungry everyday while nearly 4,000 of our neighbors are homeless - 2,000 of which call the streets, alleys and parks their "home."

It is time for us to stand as one across I street and say Sacramento will no longer manage hunger & homelessness – we can and will end & prevent it!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Teachers' Strike Averted !

The Sacramento City Unified School District and its teachers union have reached an tentative agreement on a new contract that gives teachers up to an 11 percent raise over the three-year deal and averts a strike for the 43,000-student district.
The deal was finalized Monday after being brokered over the weekend by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, schools Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and the Sacramento City Teachers Association.
The agreement, announced Monday afternoon at City Hall, ended more than a year of bitter contract negotiations and rhetoric between the district and the teachers union. The deal came just two days before the union’s 2,800 members planned to strike.

Read more here:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Teachers' Unions Defend Public Education

By Diane Ravitch

The only things that stand between the privatization movement and its destruction of public education are teachers’ unions.

For the past three decades, a well-organized and wealthy alliance has created a false narrative about the “failure” of public schools and the necessity of turning children over to privately managed schools, private schools, religious schools, and even cyber schools. Their stated goal is “school choice,” but their true goal is to redirect public funding to private hands. As Rupert Murdoch memorably said, the $500 billion public education market is a market ripe for entrepreneurs.

Free public education—open to all and democratically controlled—is one of the pillars of our democracy. The privatization movement is led by billionaire-funded nonprofits such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Edythe and Eli Broad Foundation, and the right-wing Walton Family Foundation. Hedge fund managers, equity investors, technology companies, and Wall Street have donated millions of dollars to create new charter schools and to aid state and local political candidates who support them. The great appeal of charter schools to entrepreneurs and Wall Street is that more than 90% of them are non-union. Every Republican governor and legislature has endorsed charter schools, and many have enacted voucher programs, despite the specific prohibitions in their state constitutions against sending public money to religious schools.

Support the Teachers' Strike

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hands Across J. Street

November 8, 2017   Noon – 1 PM
Gather @ City Hall to check in at 11:30 AM


Join Mayor Steinberg, Supervisor Kennedy, Councilmember Guerra and hundreds of your neighbors to form a human chain to link City Hall with the County Board of Supervisors to support one unified plan to end hunger and homelessness in our community.

Over 250,000 of our neighbors go hungry everyday while nearly 4,000 of our neighbors are homeless - 2,000 of which call the streets, alleys and parks their "home."  

It is time for us to stand as one across I street and say Sacramento will no longer manage hunger & homelessness – we can and will end & prevent it!

Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness & Sacramento Hunger Coalition
Area Congregations Together [ACT]
Cottage Housing, Inc.
Elk Grove Food Bank Services
First Steps Communities
HandsOn Sacramento – Regional Center for Volunteerism
Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento
Loaves & Fishes
Mutual Housing California
River City Food Bank
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
Sacramento Housing Alliance
Sacramento Self Help Housing
Stockton Blvd. Community Development Corporation
Studio 81 International, Inc.
Uptown Studios
Volunteers of America, NCNN
Wind Youth Services
Women’s Empowerment


FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Bob Erlenbusch, Executive Director       916-993-7708