It’s time to #BEATGROVER
We’ve launched the #BeatGrover challenge on Twitter and Facebook to challenge Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform to see whether his group or our group, Americans for Tax Fairness, can generate more comments in favor of reforming our broken tax system on a new congressional tax reform website, TaxReform.gov.
Americans for Tax Fairness is pressing for a tax system that requires the wealthy and big corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. Grover Norquist is founder of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform whose “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” signed by most Republican members of Congress commits them to opposing the closing of tax loopholes unless the savings go to reducing tax rates – a sweetheart gift to tax dodging corporations and wealthy Americans.
The challenge follows the kickoff this week of TaxReform.gov by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) encouraging Americans to provide tax reform ideas to the committee chairs, including the option to Tweet ideas.
We know the American people and leading economists are with us and we’re putting as much pressure on members of Congress as we can to make sure that they end the special-interest tax loopholes. We need a tax reform that requires the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes, not one that reduces tax rates.
Here is some background information that will help you leave a comment that will get noticed:
• Big corporations need to pay more in taxes; we need to close those gaping tax loopholes, like the one that encourages companies to ship profits and jobs overseas.
• Many wealthy Americans are still paying a tax rate lower than their secretaries; that needs to change.
• $1 trillion in new tax revenue from the wealthy and big corporations is a good starting point – so we have the resources needed to invest in the economy and prevent cuts to critical benefits and services, such as Social Security, Medicare, rebuilding our roads and schools and researching new medical cures.