Dave Brat is a hypocrite! Brat has consistently called his detractors “paid protestors” while paying Texas media consultant Sarah James over $100,000 to manage his entire media campaign, which included divisive posts on Brat’s behalf. Brat is aware that in her spare time James also “trolls” his constituents on his campaign page using her personal FB profile. James insults, demeans, and threatens constituents using her personal FB account while also posting as Brat. The campaign page does not disclose that posts and comments by Brat are by James or that James is paid by the Brat campaign.
According to VA 7th USA, “while Brat and James’ actions are technically legal and protected by the First Amendment, they represent poor moral judgement and a low ethical standard. …These tactics are aligned with Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and it will not be dismissed, ignored, or tolerated.”
So, Congressman Brat, who’s the troll now?
Today “Citizens for Responsible Tax Reform,” an organization without any mention on the Internet, published a fake “attack”/support ad featuring Rep. Dave Brat, using his own talking points to challenge him to support “tax reform,” i.e., tax breaks. This “citizen” group alleges that these tax breaks are needed to prevent future debt. Yet, the these tax cuts are unfunded and largely benefit wealthy corporations and individuals in the form of a lower corporate tax rate and repeal of the estate tax based on estates valued at over $5.49 million for individual and $11 million for couples. Hardly a middle class tax break for farmers, per an earlier statement by Trump.
In fact, according to the New York Times (Oct. 13, 2017), Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin even conceded that the proposed GOP tax plans benefit the wealthiest Americans. Further, these unfunded cuts increase the deficit not reduce it.
Estates are taxed at a rate of 40 percent, but the first $5.49 million of an inheritance is exempt from taxation. Couples can leave their heirs as much as $11 million, none of it taxed, meaning only a few thousand wealthy estates are subject to the tax a year.
Preliminary analyses of the tax framework produced by the “Big Six” Republican tax working group last month were faulted for overwhelmingly benefiting the rich while potentially increasing taxes on some upper-middle-class families. The overall cost of the plan is expected to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit and, according to the Tax Policy Center, repealing the estate tax would reduce federal revenues by $239 billion over a decade.
So, we’re not sure who the “Citizens for Responsible Tax Reform” are, but we are quite certain it is not a local organization with YOUR best interest at heart. Rather, they are peddling failed, magical “trickle down” economic theory in which tax cuts for corporations supposedly benefit workers. In reality, corporations are beholden to maximizing shareholder value–not their workers’ paychecks–so the people who stand to benefit from increased profits are stockholders, not the workers.
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Dave Brat has consistently voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He believes people should save for their healthcare and shop around for health services despite no price transparency and mechanism to easily do so. Americans deserve healthcare security and a Representative who understands the long-term economic power and stability of a strong, healthy workforce and population.