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Assault on the Middle Class

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Raskin and Pelosi rally supporters in Bethesda against tax plan

Pelosi Raskin Rally against GOP tax planHouse minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jamie Raskin speak before 350 people in Bethesda Saturday morning against the president’s tax plan. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  The devil of the GOP tax plan being promoted by President Trump and Congressional Republicans is in the details, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) said on Saturday while speaking with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) during a boisterous rally against the GOP plan, which he called “an assault on the middle class.”

Speaking before more than 300 people in Bethesda Saturday morning, Raskin was adamant about the challenges he said the Democrats face in stopping the tax plan.

“We’ve gotta get into the weeds because that’s where the snakes are,” Raskin said. He also told his constituents that the 426-page bill is “of, by, and for the billionaires,” compared with Abraham Lincoln – who Raskin called “the last great Republican President” – and his idea of government “of, by, and for the people.”

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The return of "voodoo" economics

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The economic plan at the center of the Republican platform and the basis of the plan put forward by its party's candidate for president brings to mind the old adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.

Clearly, the candidate's economic plan reflects a quest for party unity as it captures so well the ideology of Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican party. However, while Mr. Trump may pride himself on being a so-called “outsider” bringing with him new and fresh ideas, his economic plan turns out to be the exact same one that has been at the very top of Republican talking points for the last 35 years since Ronald Reagan, and which contributed greatly to the great recession of 2008.

His new and different economic plan is nothing more than Reagan's supply-side economics better known as “trickle-down economics” which has clearly failed working class America.  Just like Reagan's economic plan, this “new” plan consists of two key features: remove all regulations AND cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations. The result, as they would have us believe, will be prosperity for all since freeing up money at the very top will find its way to everyone else as it “trickles” down.

The reality is that it doesn't as evidenced by the fact that it hasn't.

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Governor sets Legislative agenda

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ANNAPOLIS – Gov. Larry Hogan (R) proposed tax breaks targeting retirees, working families and “struggling small businesses” Tuesday.

“I can’t imagine anybody could oppose these common sense” initiatives, said Hogan.

The first-term governor put tax relief and education funding at the center of his legislative agenda, though the governor did not announcement how he plans to pay for the tax cuts.

“On the 20th, we’ll give you our budget, and you’ll see the details,” said Hogan.

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