Who You Gonna Call.... Koch Busters!

Let me just give you some names.

The House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republican, and Nancy Pelosi get to appoint conferees, people who are going to be on the conference committee for the Republican tax scam.

So here are the conferees. These are the people who are going to decide the fate of this legislation, and if any of these people are representing you, well actually, these people are now representing all of us. So arguable anybody in America should be able to essentially lobby - register their opinion - with every single one of these members.

On the Republican side, the people who are appointed by Paul Ryan, it's:

  • Kevin Brady of Texas,
  • Devin Nunes of California - and I would think that Devin Nunes would be very vulnerable because California's going to take a huge hit from the loss if the deductibility of state and local taxes, the so-called SALT tax, he's a big one to call,
  • Peter Roskam of Illinois - Illinois has a state sales tax, he's probably vulnerable,
  • Diane Black of Tennessee,
  • Kristi Noem of South Dakota,
  • Rob Bishop of Utah,
  • Don Young of Alaska,
  • Greg Walden of Oregon - Oregon will take a huge hit, Oregon has a healthy income tax I can tell you, having lived there and living there now more-or-less,
  • and John Shimkus of Illinois.

So those are the Republican conference committee people who are going to be rewriting this legislation.

The Democrats appointed by Nancy Pelosi - you can call them and encourage them, they're going to fight the good fight - are:

  • Richard Neal of Massachusetts,
  • Sander Levin of Michigan,
  • Lloyd Doggett of Texas,
  • Raúl Grijalva of Arizona who is amazing - he and Mark Pocan are the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus,
  • and Kathy Castor of Florida.

And then over at Social Security Works on their page on Facebook, they've got this thing "Stop the GOP Tax Plan: These 36 Republican Representatives are key to stopping the GOP Tax Scam."

Call them now, and I'll just give you the list. If you hear a name that represents you, call these guys.

  • Tom McClintock (Calif.),
  • Jeff Denham (Calif.),
  • David Valadao (Calif.),
  • Steve Knight (Calif.),
  • Ed Royce (Calif.),
  • Mimi Walters (Calif.),
  • Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.),
  • Darrell Issa (Calif.),
  • Mike Coffman (Colo.),
  • Carlos Curbelo (Fla.),
  • Lleana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.),
  • Rod Blum (Iowa),
  • Bruce Poliquin (Maine),
  • Walter Jones (N.C.),
  • Frank LoBiondo (N.J.),
  • Chris Smith (N.J.),
  • Leonard Lance (N.J.),
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.),
  • Lee Zeldin (N.Y.),
  • Peter King (N.Y.),
  • Dan Donovan (N.Y.),
  • John Faso (N.Y.),
  • Elise Stefanik (N.Y.),
  • Claudia Tenney (N.Y.),
  • Tom Reed (N.Y.),
  • John Katko (N.Y.),
  • Michael Turner (Ohio),
  • David Joyce (Ohio),
  • Ryan Costello (Pa.),
  • Patrick Meehan (Pa.),
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.),
  • Charlie Dent (Pa.),
  • Will Hurd (Texas),
  • Barbara Comstock (Va.),
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), and
  • Dave Reichert (Wash.).

So that's your list.

Start calling.


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randolphgarriso... 6 years 28 weeks ago

these people were picked because they are basically paid to be deft to the people.

Legend 6 years 28 weeks ago

Paul Ryan all ready has Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in his sights for massive cuts. You know stuff that you have all ready paid for. Fact is he went to college on Social Security. People will die to give his tax cuts to the 1%.


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2950-10K 6 years 28 weeks ago

Tom Reed is not key at all, he's a self-serving Teabagger and will absolutely vote yes for his Koch benefactors. He's a foxaganda sucker, and thus severely limited, but is still cashing in on his government/socialist job.

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2950-10K 6 years 28 weeks ago

Legend: I've been talking to a lot of people about the Kochpublican deficit justification strategy to voucherize/defund medicare and medicaid while also handing the 2.5 trillion in the Social Security trust fund over to Wall Street banksters. Even the extreme right-wingers I've talked to agree that just an attempt to do this would be the end of the Kochpublican Party. It's just a matter of getting the truth out, which is easier said than done with a corpse media that will spin it as a rescue of these progarms...which has been the Kochbagger talking point for years.

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Hephaestus 6 years 28 weeks ago

Sorry! I now have to fill in a comment on this thread that I deleted because it was from another thread

Something is wrong with Thoms blog software

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Nomastrump 6 years 28 weeks ago

Yes.. it's what America is all about: power-privilege. When average citizens finally realize that Congress is the largest brothel on earth, maybe change to a democratic society could merge. America is run for the benefit of those that run it... make that ruin it.. for the many so the few can proclaim "America is great"... it isn't. I has evolved into nation much like the third world nations we criticize. As a US Army vet, I no longer salute the flag... it's not the country I willingly, volunteered for and served... and I am no longer a valued member of this society vis-a-vis my old age and now economically challenged to survive. All power-based nations in history have reached chaotic endings, perhaps what we are witnessing now is the beginning of ours. Germany's Reich had many supporters... even Trump affirmed his admiration in 2002.. citing his own "racial superiority".. and so it goes... as TS Eliot noted: this is the way world ends, not with bang but with a whimper... (of what might of.. could of.. should of... been for all)

Legend 6 years 28 weeks ago

#5. It is probably too late. They (the 1%) own the Supreme Court. They own most of the politicians. They own and operate the mainstream media which has been very effective at brainwashing a large part of the population to support their coup. Our right wing trolls do not care if they take their money. That the 1% does not pay its share of taxes. They do not care that the POTUS has 17 sexual harrassment allegations. They do not care that the POTUS has mafia and Russian connections. They do not care that the Government is on the verge of taking away the free internet and controlling it as they please. They do not care that Paul Ryan openly admits that his next target is their Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They do not care that Congressmen and Senators can be legally bribed. They do not care that there are 15000 lobbiests in Washington DC and that is what runs our Government and writes our laws. They only care about having the opinion that Fox News tells them to have. They are puppets to right wing media which is the vast majority of our media.

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