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Friday, October 13, 2017

Trump’s Tax Plan Only Benefits the Wealthy;Turns His Back on Working Families

This week, President Trump visited Pennsylvania to tout his new tax plan. As expected, it’s a plan that lines the pockets of the wealthy while providing little relief

to the rest of us. In fact, it will hurt most American families.

It’s estimated that the plan will add as much as $1 trillion over 10 years to our budget deficit.

The wealthiest 1 percent of Pennsylvanians, who have an average income of $1.7 million, would receive a whopping 49.7 percent of the total tax cut in the state with an average reduction of $1,307 a week.

Meanwhile, the 20 percent of Pennsylvania families in the middle, who have an average income of $51,600, would receive 7.4 percent of the total tax cut in the state with an average reduction of $8.46 a week.

And, the 20 percent of Pennsylvania families with the lowest incomes, who have an average income of $13,700, would only receive 1.1 percent of the total tax cut in the state with an average reduction of just $1.35 a week.

Because Trump’s plan eliminates the state and local tax deduction from federal income taxes, 17.5 percent of Pennsylvanians will see their taxes go up.

Our state is still grappling with its own unresolved budget and a $2 billion deficit. This tax plan will deepen our budget hole and devastate individuals and families across Pennsylvania, especially those who rely on important programs and services.

We have seen enormous increase in economic inequality in this country in the last 40 years.

We should be working reduce that inequality by raising taxes on the top 1 percent and providing better services, especially health care for the working people and the middle class.

Instead, the Trump program goes exactly in the wrong direction by providing an enormous, unfair, unnecessary and irresponsible tax cut for those whose incomes have been going skyrocketing.


To help pay for the tax cuts, the Trump-GOP budget plan calls for huge cuts in federal programs and services on which our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians rely: $1.3 trillion cut from Medicaid $470 million from Medicare $650 billion from income security programs including SNAP (food stamps), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSDI) earned income (EITC) and child care tax (ACTC) credits for working families $100 billion from Pell grants

If enacted, the following pain will result in the next decade:

  • 20 million or more people would lose their health insurance
  • Housing assistance would be eliminated for more than 1 million families
  • Heating assistance (LIHEAP) would be eliminated for nearly 700,000 seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities and families with children
  • Nutrition assistance would be eliminated for 1.25 million women, infants and children
  • After-school and summer programs would be eliminated for almost 2 million students.
  • Job training and employment services would be cut, depriving 570,000 people of help
  • Funding for Special Olympics education would be eliminated
  • Support would be cut for child care, Head Start, and other early childhood education services
  • Head Start services would be eliminated for 25,000 children
  • Pell Grant funding would be slashed by more than $100 billion
  • Funding for the National Institutes of Health would be cut by $37 billion over the next decade, which would cut funding for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other critical medical research

Although Trump’s plan is just an outline right now, we must all continue to pay attention as Republican-led Congress attempts to implement this plan as legislation.

Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

39 comments :

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but aren't we supposed to give a little more to the job creators? Just a little?

Feeling hoodwinked yet? Give it time.

Anonymous said...

I'm in favor of eliminating all those entitlements. It's a great plan!

Anonymous said...

You are a DEMOCRAT!! This is what you do..fight and complain about anything and everything...GO TRUMP!!!!

Anonymous said...

Gut it all start with medicare.

Anonymous said...

About time somebody did something about it go Trump !

Anonymous said...

Why should they gut Medicare? That's taken from pay that people have earned. I guess disabled people, including vets should just go without. There's something wrong with people that are willing to let people suffer so rich people can have more money to hoard. There's not going to be trickle down and jobs created. Wake up.

Anonymous said...

How about we start with not giving $1000's of dollars in income tax refund checks ever year to those who are on assistance/welfare and don't pay a dime into the system?

Anonymous said...

Wow $8.46 3 gallons of gas, enough to get to Walmart. Nothing left to spend.

Anonymous said...

This might not be Fake News, but it definitely is distorted and misleading. Inaccurate to say the least.

Anonymous said...

novel idea 1:20 don't they already do that...why aren't we debating "cash for clunkers", now there was a brilliant donor payback !

Anonymous said...

I like that comment from 1:02. "Don't you go throwing facts at me. I'm all about empty labels and generalities."

Anonymous said...

Thanks trump. Im glad cut the programs people will need to work then

Anonymous said...

Just an observation concerning the beginning of the article, 41% of the population is identified and discussed. That's a far cry from the apparent majority consisting of the other 59% not mentioned. Time to consider what's best for the majority as a whole.

Anonymous said...

Take taxes from PA and give them to Miss and West Virginia as they already get 5X from the gov as they pay into it Also lets keep donating your tax dollars to rebuild Texas and Florida every year.FOOLS.Maybe your kids and grandkids will just let you.die instead of helping you out.You sure like throwing them under the bus

Anonymous said...

This is not an issue of "Democrats" vs "Republicans", it's an issue of classes. Frankly, most of the people who will comment on this forum will self-identify with one political affiliation over another, but in reality don't know any more about those political parties than what they see on TV. It's a class war...the super rich are turning the "hard working middle class" against those "lazy welfare leeches", and it's a ridiculous. Those hard working folks are in just as much trouble as everyone else (except for the super rich), but they either don't see it, or won't admit it. They're struggling to survive, working their asses off, living pay check to pay check, and most are about one good debilitating accident or sickness from being homeless...but the super rich have somehow convinced them that their safe, and the "real enemy" are those low income welfare people, and those people don't deserve all of those free program handouts, so we should get rid of them, "that will show the lazy bums". Meanwhile, back at the mansion, the super rich can continue to get even richer with complete impunity, and without fear of the lower or middle class clowns figuring it out and rising up against them...kinda like what happened during the French Revolution (Google it). They laugh at all of us from their golden toilets, while we're doing absolutely nothing to stop them, because we're too busy staring at our phones like robots, posting and re-posting stupid memes on Facebook about "Democrats", "Republicans", "liberals", and "conservatives". While the super rich get richer, corporations become more powerful, government becomes more corrupt...and we lose our jobs, our health insurance, and our retirements. We're in trouble folks, big trouble...ALL of us. If you're not one of the super rich 1% of this country, it doesn't matter what your political affiliation is....you're screwed. Now please, go back to calling each other names.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. Are you ignorant fools actually happy that poor people with pre-existing conditions (things they have no f'ing choice of having) are going to lose their healthcare? What in the literal f*** are you doing wasting oxygen on this planet for? Seriously. You are such a piece of garbage to want suffering for others. I hope you get cancer and then get denied by your insurance company so that you have to be fitted with the bill. Its amazing how ignorant you are.

Anonymous said...

you have to wait till it passes to read what is in it

Anonymous said...

Bravo 4:53! Without a doubt one of the best comments I have read on here

Anonymous said...

Trump is the ultimate deal maker! You know...they say he is the next Ronald Reagan! Public Ed funding needs to go next in my opinion. Parents need more choice for schools, charter is the way to go.

Anonymous said...

WOW, what a way to twist numbers this article is!!!

Anonymous said...

I think you are all bunch of idiots Trump don't even know what the hell he's doing he shouldn't even be in there but when his term is up I myself ain't voten for him..

Anonymous said...

Wow 5:36 PM, YOUR MOUTH IS SUPER VIAL!!!.....SHAME ON YOU.......TRY PUTTING YOUR TRUST IN GOD, NOT THE CROOKED GOVT.... THESE ISSUES HAVE TO BE PASSED SO CHILL OUT...

Anonymous said...

4;53 You are correct it isn't Democrats vs Republicans it's you politicians vs US the public. All you guys can do is find a way to waste our taxes we are forced to send you, you give to illegals and people who should/could work but have figured out how to live off the government tit.

Anonymous said...

Who, exactly is the “you” that you are speaking to? Government officials are elected by YOU, the public. So this whole mess is YOUR fault. But it’s fine, YOU keep worrying about the really important things, like all the nasty “illegals”, and the domestic “lazies”, and football players who don’t “stand up”....and while you do all those things, the super rich will just smile and keep getting richer. Go quietly into that good night.

4:53

Book 'em Jeff Sessions said...

The typical trump supporter receives LIHEAP, their children are more than likely in an IEP to try to bring them up to their peers educational level. They receive SNAP, they receive TANF, and other social programs to help the lower middle class. YOU are the fools that put this illiterate SOB into office. The same person who attacks the news media because they report on his continued unraveling. I am sure he has no idea what the first, second or ANY amendment is but HE WILL SOON LEARN THE 25th amendment, which will throw him out due to his incompetence and his upcoming utter madness when the Russian indictments are handed down!! You support him because he "says" he is a Christian? That spiel is a lie like 95% of what comes out of the fools mouth. REAL Christians don't treat people in the manner he does, REAL Christians don't say "grab a girl XXXXXXX", REAL Christians don't support hate groups. REAL Christians don't commit adultery then brag about it numerous times on the public airwaves. He is no more a Christian than Mike Pence is a playboy. He fed you that Christian kool-aid and you drank it. Unfortunately, you have been conned by the modern day P.T. Barnum. I'm sure that Barnum name needs an explanation to the typical trump supporter. Mr. Phinneus T. Barnum was the con man who coined the phrase, "there's a sucker born every minute". You folks are the suckers who fell for trumps dog and PHONY show and it is soon coming back to bite you. You the uneducated lower middle class who this narcissistic axx has targeted. He played to your unhinged emotions and you took the bait. He is soon going to take away the social programs that you and your girl/boyfriend, aunts, uncles and 3 ex wives rely on. You who think you are smarter than 70% of this country by supporting trump? Yet you are still stuck sitting at the bar nightly in Potter County while toiling away at your menial way of life during the day.
trump continues his side shows thinking the Russian investigation will disappear....hahaha. It continues building the evidence to show his ties to Moscow, his lies about having no financial interests with the Russian Oligarchs. Nope, the truth won't go away, but the 5-10 year perjury and obstruction of justice guilty charges and sentence will soon appear for he who thinks his family is of superior intelligence. He wants to lead you minions further into poverty while he steals more money from you, the uneducated fools. Lucky for you, he will be behind bars so he can't continue to rob you with his promises of an $8.46/ week tax break while he saves MILLIONS!! Can't wait for November 16th when his world comes crashing down and he either resigns or does the perp walk.

Anonymous said...

Hey Folks, This article was written by a democrat against a republican president, as a former lifelong and disgusted democrat let's all take some time and investigate further and get the actual facts. I'm surprised that the democrats haven't claimed that the tax cut is racist esp. hughes who is a firm supporter of eliminating the second amendment. If hughes told me it was raining and I was standing butthole deep in water I wouldn't believe him. Reminds me of another dem who said on live tv that, "I did not have sex with that woman" or more recently, "I don't know what happened to 3000 e-mails". As far as the conspiracy theories of us against them in 4:53 well just remember that bigfoot is alive and well and voting democrat too. Ask yourself this, what happened to the citizens of Russia and Germany after the government took their guns and which party is it today in America that wants our guns? Let's all investigate further before we let some gun hater attempt to blow smoke up our rectums. Nazi and Communist ideology is that,"control the guns and you control the populace" that being said, can we believe hughes and the democrats, you be the judge of that.

Anonymous said...

Typical liberal scare tactics garbage ! hughes is a more welfare more free program politician thats all hes ever been ! Thats how he and many other stay in office ! Most liberals i know in this area even some that claim to make alot of money find ways to milk the system one way or another thats why they bitch when some one wants to cut programs .

Jaughn Eggandflour said...

Democratic plan call for $8.46 for a gallon of gas. Please see the jest Democrats before you start screaming

Jaughn Eggandflour said...

AFLACK

Jaughn Eggandflour said...

After reading this post I can see that cutting education spending will be a positive move.

Anonymous said...

OMG 4:53, do you live in Potter County? I haven't seen such an intelligent, well thought-out comment in a long time! I agree 110%, and want to either explode or cry every time I read the comments on here by those folks totally taken in by the bullsh*t being thrown at us from every side. Thank you. "

Jaughn Eggandflour said...

I didn’t vote for some of them. I picked the right candidate.

Anonymous said...

fact is if you voted for Trump, you know more about politics and being an American.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely. I have watched people squander that money on tattoos, I phones, NFL jerseys, Air Jordans. The elimination of that benefit would help tremendously

Anonymous said...

I hereby revoke my support for Trump. there are those out there who NEED Medicare and other benefits who CAN'T work. I understand that those who refuse to work and rather leech off the system do need to be ripped from the program. but this is a threat to the working middle class too. Cuz the only people who will benefit from this plan are the filthy rich. I hated Obama as bad as the next person but at Least he didn't let those in NEED go without. and that is exactly what Trump is doing. this is why i refuse to be Democrat and Republican! Both parties are working for the same corrupt business to divide us all and for anyone that thinks EITHER side is right, you are a blind sheep! Any president who only benefits the filthy rich people is no different than a president who sends jobs over to China or any other parts of the world to where even those who work for a living end up with far less money than when they were working and so many homes up for sale and stay empty for all of eternity. Trump is no better than Obama ever was. Bush even was a better president than those two put together. and I hated Bush. Bill Clinton was only ridiculed over a damn blowjob the only reason he was impeached in the first place other than that Bill did no damage to our country whatsoever i mean he ended the Persian Gulf war and we pretty much hadn't been to war the rest of Bill's presidency besides Kosovo which wasn't even much of a war to begin with. We're all screwed no matter who we get for president this is why i don't have anything to do with politics in the first place.

TJ Pipsqueek said...

Like the infamous George Carlin once said "It's one big , exclusive club and WE ain't in it!"

Anonymous said...

On a positive note, our brilliant “ultimate deal maker” President spoke with the President of the Virgin Islands last night. I suspect he was very impressed and feels that the man is doing a fantastic job...at the very least, he’s doing a better job than the ungrateful, incompetent President of Puerto Rico. Sad.

Carry on.

Anonymous said...

2:30 pm, I feel the same way you do....
Politicians are in it for themselves..I was raised you never argue about politics nor religion....everyone is entitled to their opinion....
I wonder how many of these commentors b/p goes up bickering back n forth on here......just senseless n ridiculous..

Anonymous said...

Reading these comments, may God have mercy on our souls for the way we treat our fellow man.