Make no mistake about it, the Republican Party has declared a class war on average families by passing their tax bill. Doing the bidding of their corporate mega-donors, they are moving us rapidly towards a full throated oligarchy under the fraudulent notion of “trickle down economics”. The vast majority of us will pay more in taxes under their plan while the richest 1% get massive cuts.
It will also destroy the ability for everyday Americans to get masters and doctoral degrees, lead to millions more without health insurance, and explode the deficit by over $1 Trillion (so much for fiscal responsibility!).
Their actions imply a vision of an uninformed (see attacks on net neutrality), uneducated populace ruled by a wealthy elite. The notion that “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer” just took on a much more serious reality and history shows us this will not end well for our country. It is now time for every one of us to step up and save our democracy by taking back every level of government from these truly dangerous people.
Further down in this email you will see a list of opportunities to get involved, but we must also reach out to friends, family, and co-workers and encourage them to become involved as well. Invite them to join our club, one of our allied organizations, or a candidate campaign. If they can’t help, they can donate to assist those who are doing the work. Talking to those in our life about the critical crossroads we find our country is imperative to our success.
The Facts About the Bill
The bill also repeals deductions for student loan interest, teacher supplies, child adoption, medical expenses, property losses from natural disasters and more. It also repeals tax credits for higher education and electric cars. Read more at the LA Times.
What Are We Going to Do About It?
First off we are calling on every Republican elected official in SLO County, who does not agree with the destructive vision that the party now represents, to re-register as No Party Preference or another affiliation by January 1, 2018.
Those that stay Republicans after that date confirm their status as a threat to the livelihoods of SLO County residents. We will do everything in our power to ensure they lose re-election to a challenger who actually represents the interests of the people.
We specifically call on:
Debbie Arnold, County Supervisor District 5 (2020)
John Peschong, County Supervisor District 1 (2020)
Vern Dahl, Lucia Mar Unified School District (2018)
Jim Hill, Arroyo Grande Mayor (2018)
Barbara Harmon, Arroyo Grande City Council (2018)
John Headding, Morro Bay City Council (2018)
Ed Waag, Pismo Beach Mayor (2018)
Mary Ann Reiss, Pismo Beach City Council (2018)
Tom O’Malley, Atascadero Mayor (2018)
All 4 Atascadero City Council Members
All 4 Paso Robles City Council Members
Various school board members and CSD reps.
How Can You Help?
Show up to the Board of Supervisors on December 12th at 9am. The board will consider harming working people in the county by ending an important affordable housing program. This is a continuation of the same efforts we see at the Federal level with the tax bill. The board must be held accountable.
Join a multi-candidate effort:
- SLO County Progressives 2018 Elections Working Group (candidate recruitment and support – door knocking, calls, etc.)
- SLO County Progressives Communications Group (social media, graphic design, etc.)
- SLO County Progressives Research Group
- GO Team, a voter engagement program of the SLO County Democratic Party
Join a candidate campaign:
- Jimmy Paulding for County Supervisor District 4
- Bill Ostrander for State Assembly
- Bruce Gibson for County Supervisor District 2
Run for office:
- Read our candidate toolkit to learn how to run for office and view available positions.
If you can’t dedicate time to volunteer then DONATE to help sustain our efforts. We have a goal of raising an additional $3,000 before the end of the year and we are over 1/3rd of the way there.
*Alternatively checks can be sent to SLO County Progressives, PO Box 13216, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.