Only 1/3 of Americans know the rich’s tax rates haven’t climbed

Maybe this is an infographic for the paper?

Results of a new Ipsos poll conducted for NPR shows that only one-third of Americans know that the rich’s rates have not climbed — in fact, the top tax rate has fallen off sharply over the last few decades. The poll suggests Americans may be sending a garbled message when they voice their opinions on taxes.

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Letter to Texas Republicans re:blue Texas

From: Chairman Tom Mechler
Date: April 13th, 2017
Subject: FWD: a blue Texas?

Friend — I’ll be quick.

I don’t want to take up much of your time, but did you catch this email from Battleground Texas?

Battleground Texas is a George Soros funded extension of Obama’s former political machine whose sole purpose is to turn Texas into a Democrat state. Better than expected results in special elections in Kansas and Georgia has the other side believing they can turn Texas, home of some of the strongest supporters of President Trump’s agenda, into a battleground state in 2018.

Millions of dollars are being pumped into Texas to build up the Obama campaign machine ahead of the next election cycle. Democrats are feeling energized from close races in deep red states like Georgia and Kansas, but we need to send the message that Texas is staying RED!

That’s why we can’t let up and why we’re counting on you to continue supporting your Republican Party of Texas today!

Governor Greg Abbott, Lt Governor Dan Patrick, Senator Ted Cruz, and almost EVERY statewide Republican is up for re-election next year. We need to keep strong conservatives like these in Austin and Washington – continuing the work of getting our country back on track! Your support is now more important than ever!

Friend, will you help Keep Texas Red or watch it become a battleground?


Tom Mechler
Republican Party of Texas

I Will Not —

Some people are saying we should give #45 a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.” To this, I say:
•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years.
•I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.
•I will not “work together” to build a wall.
•I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.
•I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, no matter how bad they might have been, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy.
•I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1%.
•I will not “work together” to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
•I will not “work together” to help #45 use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies and FAMILY.
•I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
•I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.
•I will not “work together” to enable the killing in any way of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few American corporations for their own financial gain.
•I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from ANY humans.
•I will not “work together” to waste trillions more on military spendeng which is outdated for the needs of American defense especially when we already have the strongest in the world.
•I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
•I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.
•I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
•I will not “work together” to allow torture and “black op” prison sites.
•I will not “work together” to “take their oil.”
•I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
•I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.
·I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.
•I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that #45 and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
•I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
•I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
•I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.
•I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.
•I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
•I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.
•I will not “work together” to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
•I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual “pre-existing condition.”
•I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.
•I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.
I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.
•I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
•I will not “work together” with #45 or anyone who supports him, because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.
This is the line, and I am drawing it.
•I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.
•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to anyone who will LISTEN to what’s really so dangerous about #45, his friends, and the Big Lie they spin to the world…that “winning,” “being great again,” “rich” or even “beautiful” means nothing when it’s at the cost and sacrifice of FELLOW AMERICANS.

Actions You Can Take

Sign up for Sanctuary in the Streets training:

What to do when they won’t hold townhall meetings:

Texas Democrats Exec Committee:

Resistance successes:

Tomorrow dinner at Trudy’s Dripping Springs for Hill Country Democrats, 5:00 – 7:00. Last month at Flores’ there were a hundred people!

Right after dinner there’s the weekly emergency call from MoveOn. You can listen in at 7:00: