The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.
The outstanding election night we just experienced has tremendous implications for Democrats across the country, including all of us who are hard at work here in CD4. In the next few days we will have more analysis available, but it is really looking like 2018 can be the year we unseat Tom McClintock!
Can you Kick In, to Kick Tom Out?
In the meantime, let’s talk about the Republican tax plan. Why would Tom McClintock vote for something that is so harmful to his California constituents? On the floor of the House of Representatives, McClintock recently argued for a budget measure specifically structured to allow Congressional approval of the Republican tax bill – without any Democratic votes, and possibly before the Thanksgiving recess.
The measure passed narrowly, due to the defection of 20 Republicans who feared the resolution would disproportionately harm residents of high-income, high-tax states like New York and New Jersey….. and California.
Yet, unlike his East Coast colleagues, McClintock voted to approve – despite projections that limiting mortgage interest deductions and eliminating state and local tax deductions (SALT) would hit California harder than anywhere else in the United States, decimating our housing market, and – according to State Controller Betty Yee – potentially leading to an “economic downward spiral in California, including the loss of good-paying jobs…and cuts to social service programs.”
We’ve put more information on how the tax plan could affect you on our website, but consider this: while the SALT deduction would be eliminated for individuals, corporations will not only have their maximum tax rate reduced – from 35% to 20% – they could still claim the SALT deduction. Further, while the elimination of the AMT and estate tax would overwhelmingly benefit those in the upper 1% – like the Koch Brothers – those who make between $20,000 and $40,000 would face tax increases and reductions in critical services like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Why would Tom McClintock favor a plan that puts the wishes of his wealthy donors over the needs of his worried constituents? Why would he risk throwing our economic recovery off course? Because after being elected to his seat 5 times, he feels he will never be voted out.
But he is wrong. We think raising taxes and lowering benefits is the opposite of what McClintock was elected to do. If you agree, we are hoping you will join us at our upcoming Holiday Party and Fundraiser, and learn more about our plans to help the next 2018 democratic challenger “Flip the Fourth.”
We have a real chance of unseating Tom McClintock in 2018, and together we can get this done! If you agree, please consider becoming a sustaining charter member of Sierra Forward.
Your Sierra Forward Team
Can you kick in, to kick Tom out?