Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Ben and Jerry here. The Ben and Jerry, founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. And we're writing you today about our simple request to Congress: Don't give rich folks—like us and Donald Trump—a tax giveaway and put the burden of paying for it on everyone else in America.
Republicans are currently rushing a tax scam through Congress that would be an enormous giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest Americans by putting the burden on everybody else. In New York alone, the richest 1% would receive $1,878,400,000 in tax breaks in 2018, if the proposed tax scam is passed. That's the equivalent of 306,928 health insurance premiums, 317,297 Pell Grants, or 17,807 infrastructure-related jobs in the state.1
We were fortunate and made a whole bunch of money making ice cream, and that's why we can say that slashing trillions from health care and education spending for regular Americans just to give people like us trillions more in tax breaks makes no sense. This tax scheme doesn't benefit everyone—it's designed to benefit guys like us (and those a lot richer than us)—and Trump. Because he'd be getting a tax break, too. (Can't say exactly how much of a tax break, since he won't show us his tax returns.)
We have been vocal about wanting the government to reduce spending, especially on our military budget. But this latest Republican scheme doesn't address military spending; it just ravages essential programs to give rich folks more money.
We need to oppose this plan completely—not one penny in tax giveaways to the wealthiest Americans and corporations and not one penny in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and education.
Add your name now. MoveOn will deliver this petition to Congress, and we'll work with elected officials who are Democrats, independents, and even Republicans to stop this ridiculous tax giveaway scheme.
—Ben and Jerry, founders of Ben & Jerry's
1. "What Else Could a Tax Cut for the Richest 1% Buy? A 50-State Perspective," National Priorities Project, November 10, 2017
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