Right Wing Group Launches $2.5M Ad Campaign To Pressure House Republicans On Tax Cuts [VIDEO]

CNN reports:

A conservative group is launching a major $2.5 million ad buy Wednesday to ramp up public pressure on Republican members of Congress to address tax reform.

American Action Network’s Middle-Class Growth Initiative, a nonprofit funded by House Speaker Paul Ryan supporters, unveiled a new TV ad that will run on national cable throughout the August recess while lawmakers are at home, many of them holding events with constituents.

It will air in 24 congressional districts represented by Republicans — including Ryan’s district in Wisconsin — and will urge constituents to call their representative, whose name and number will be listed at the end of the commercial.

It’s part of a larger $5 million ad buy that the group announced shortly before August, and the group is one of many right-leaning organizations pushing Congress to act on the issue.

  • netxtown

    Wait a minute. If the right is pushing this – it’s got nothing for the middle class other than photo ops…

    • Librarykid

      Your avatar is beautiful.

  • TrueWords
  • Joe in PA

    Pass Tax Reform that will bring middle class back.


    And the rubes will buy it.

  • Boreal

    Well they wont be able to take the savings from gutting the ACA for those tax cuts……..this year. That leaves next year, an election year for them to try.

    • Librarykid

      Tax cuts were mainly what the repeal was about; certainly not Christian caring for the sick, the poor and your neighbor.

  • TrueWords

    The Republican Party has done everything in its power to destabilize the middle class and the public good via mindless tax cuts and eviscerate the one-person-one-vote concept through gerrymandering, voter suppression, glorification of the slave-era Electoral College and disgraceful hijacking of the Supreme Court by refusing to consider the nomination of the twice-popularly-elected President Obama.

    However, people still vote for them as low middle class and middle class members because they are SO afraid of being in the same arena as anyone who is darker than a paper bag.

    Well, I have news for you Republican voters who are low/middle class you are in the same boat and you NEED to stop drill holes in the bottom of it while no one is looking and blaming the other minority groups when the boat starts to sink.


  • DaddyRay

    Maybe they can run the ad:

    Tax Cuts for the Rich – they promise not to shelter their money offshore this time … honest

  • Joe in PA

    “Tax Reform”

    Whenever I hear that I cringe. Sort of like “Family Values”.

    • Todd20036

      That’s the proper reaction.

  • Ninja0980

    Want to bring the Middle Class back?
    Then tax the rich at the rates they were taxed back in the 1950’s, when a middle class actually existed.

    • Boreal

      and support unions.

      • Joe in PA

        And anti-trust.

        I often think of the eye-opening (for me) documentary by Ken Burns, The Roosevelts. I had no idea (for all of his faults) that Teddy was such a progressive.

        • Adam Schmidt

          Teddy was an amazing president and a fierce progressive. Easily my favorite president.

          • Snarkaholic

            And also (Like Michelle) a fierce advocate of fitness (he was a scrawny, sickly child, who built up his body through vigorous exercise).

          • Chicago joe

            Among his many gifts to this country….the teddy bear

            And a shrewd politician who knew image management was more than cheering crowds. http://www.5280.com/2011/12/rocky-mountain-president/

          • Adam Schmidt

            A few of my favorite quotes of his…

            “It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes. It is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced.”

            “No man can be a good citizen unless he has a wage more than sufficient to cover the bare cost of living and hours of labor short enough so that after his day’s work is done, he will have time and energy to bear his share in the management of the community, to help in carrying the general load.”

            “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

            “It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.”

            “There was once a time in history when the limitation of governmental power meant increasing liberty for the people. In the present day the limitation of governmental power, of governmental action, means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations.”

            “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

            There hasn’t been a day since I was first able to vote 30 years ago that I haven’t wished for someone like this man to run for president.

          • The_Wretched

            Were he alive today, the Corp Dems loyalists would be insulting anyone who liked his ideas in these comment sections every single day.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly


        • Goodboy

          I liked Robert Riechs documentary I saw on Netflix. We had the greatest economy and middle class when the rich were taxed the highest.


          • The_Wretched

            His short bits that he posts on his eponymous website are great and I recommend them to everyone*.

            *but especially the dem party loyalists. I want to see them post hate at RR for being a progressive.

      • Goodboy

        I don’t know. Do these right wing (Little Miss Ayn Rand Lying Ryan) supporters favor that I wonder. Hmmm…

    • Adam Schmidt

      Our best growth and economic stability came under those tax rates. Our economy has become continually more and more unstable since Reagan started that bullshit about trickle-down and then both the Bushes continued it.

      • Librarykid

        Do these fools REALLY believe that the tax bill will favor anyone but the super rich? When tax reform comes from a Democratic president, all the Republicans can do is wail about the deficit. When tax reform (CUTTING) comes from a Republican president, the deficit is of no importance for the lying MF Republicans.

        • Adam Schmidt

          Well, that’s because Republican tax cuts “create growth” while Democratic tax cuts “increase the debt”. They always make claims about how they’ll actually bring in more tax money due to amazing projected growth that will supposedly be spurred by the tax cuts and yet that’s never been borne out.

          Instead, it just weakens the middle class again and increases the volatility of our economy.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Those fools don’t. It’s the ones they’re focusing on that we need to beware of.

  • kaydenpat

    How would cutting taxes for the wealthy impact middle class or working class folks positively? It would just put more money in the pockets of people who don’t need it.

    • Adam King

      Tinkle-down economics. Blessed by St. Reagan.

    • Joe in PA

      Trumped up Trickle Down” donchaknow?

    • JT

      They don’t give a rat’s ass. They’re only thinking about the plutocrats. But the Trumpanzees are just too fucking stupid to realize.

    • Todd20036

      They still think trickle down economics is a thing.

      Either that, or they think Trump will directly reduce tax cuts for those making less than $100 grand enough to matter.

      Keep in mind, they don’t believe SS will go away no matter how much you scream at them

      • Mikey

        Trump probably believes that the middle class only pay $12 a year in taxes.

        $12. That seems to be his go-to number.

    • OdieDenCO

      the uber-rich will be able to hire more slave labor

      • Todd20036

        But they’ll have to hire Americans at least…

        Right? Right???

        • Librarykid

          RIIIGHT; just look at the “Made in” statement on anything you buy. Hint: ain’t much made here.

    • Librarykid

      and who support the right wing think tanks and societies that promote taking help from the poor and middle classes to increase the wealth of the super rich. Tax savings for the super rich does not go into the economy because they do not have to spend it on daily needs on a regular basis like the working classes.

  • Adam King

    Who exactly are these unnamed “supporters of Ryan”? I betcha they aren’t middle-class people.

    • Goodboy

      Ryans hero is Ayn Rand. Fuck the middle class is their motto.

  • JT


    ‘Catastrophically bad judgment’: Netflix CEO called out billionaire Peter Thiel for backing Trump

    That’s putting it mildly. Fuck Thiel and everyone like that scumbag traitor to his adopted country. But the asswipe can go back to Germany or even New Zealand now that he’s helped to fuck up this country, the contemptible douchebag.

  • Boreal
  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… if you’re company is struggling to stay afloat and lowering the rate of taxes it pays might save it, then your company deserves to fail.

    In the meantime, let’s take a look at the books to see how the employee payroll, tax bills, and management compensation line items compare, and maybe we can come up with an alternate get-well plan.

    • Gustav2

      And it is never, ever really about small businesses.

      • Buford

        Not according to all the ads. According to ads, small companies are forced to lay off workers to offset that extra 2-3% tax rate.


        • Gustav2

          And the inheritance tax is never really about the family owned farms.

      • olandp

        “Small business” is defined by the number of owners, which is why Koch Industries is classified as a “small business”.

      • Librarykid

        But those two words sure make nice window dressing.

  • j.martindale


    Sure, the tax cuts are really going to be a boon to the workers. They never learn, do they?

    • Todd20036

      Have you seen these people? They cannot learn basic math

    • The_Wretched

      That 39% under Clinton is misleading. It’s on income. He cut cap gains tax rate to 15%.

      • BobSF_94117

        “He” didn’t. The GOP congress did.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Yes. Tax cut for the middle class. Did they also tell their support base their definition of middle class are millionaires?

  • PickyPecker
    • Joe in PA

      “San Francisco values” | I hate faggots.

      • Todd20036

        Also “left coast”.

        Inner city problems = I hate blacks.

    • kaydenpat

      Perfect. I would add Science = God did it.

  • AmeriCanadian

    The GOP proposed tax “cuts” will have the opposite effect of helping the middle class. This is because the tax cuts will only go to the wealthy and the burden of actually paying taxes will fall to the middle class. Under Drumpf’s outlined plan of three “simple” tax brackets, my taxes actually go up because my current bracket gets increased due to the “simplification”. The middle class are the ones that actually benefit the most from the deductions that the GOP wants to eliminate, such as state income and property taxes. Charitable contributions, which usually benefit upper incomers, are not (surprise) on the cutting block.

    • Joe in PA

      Charitable contributions, which usually benefit upper incomers, are not (surprise) on the cutting block….

      Oh hell no, we can’t have that. We have to be able to give huge $$$ to churches so they can advocate.

  • TJ

    They could decide not to have a thermonuclear war. That might save a bit.

    • Librarykid

      I’m glad he is here to do it if it is going to be done. If Hillary had even voiced the thought, she would be behind bars. A lot of people will die, but as the republicans say, that is just the price of doing business.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Except tax cuts won’t do a damn thing because most of them are for the wealthiest Americans. The Middle Class won’t see jack.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Backed by the Kochs or the Mercers. Or the Daltons? So many billionaires, so little truth.

  • Stubenville

    Great; raise taxes on the rich, make corporations pay their fair share, tax capital gains as income, close loopholes, cap mortgage interest deductions and limit them to your primary residence, etc.

    (Like that will ever happen.)

    • Daveed_WOW

      Isn’t it strange that we know that reasonable measures that have had great successes in other civilized countries is anathema? That’s how deep the roots of resentment and stupidity are in this country. More equality might made some of THOSE people as equal as the rest of us.

  • when you add them all up, you know who pays the most in taxes? the poor. even those who don’t pay federal taxes because their incomes are so low. i once say an amazing graphic (in the days before the interwebs) in a newspaper that broke it down. basically, because so many necessities of life are taxed, and there are so many taxes and fees in order to do even the most basic things like drive to work or have diapers for your baby, ~63% of every dollar a poor person spends ends up paying one or another of those. rich people barely notice sales taxes, but for people living on the edge, they are crushing. and repuke states are increasingly shifting the burden on the poor, with regressive taxes so they can keep their promises to the upper and upper middle class voters to keep their property taxes stagnant and state income taxes filled with loopholes that benefit those classes.

  • FormerMainer

    Tax cuts were one of the few silver linings to a Trump win, but now even that is unlikely to occur.

    • The_Wretched

      blargh, hell no. I’m more than willing to pay $1 in order for someone with millions in disposable income to pay $100,000. I want Donny and friends to at least pay something – up there in the 30%+ range would be good. Mitt romney was down in the 14% range and Warren Buffet confirmed that the ultra rich pay much smaller fractions than us normal folks.

      • FormerMainer

        “blargh, hell no.”

        – Ok, but I was looking forward to having some more money to save in college accounts.

        “I’m more than willing to pay $1 in order for someone
        with millions in disposable income to pay $100,000.”

        – Ok, but I don’t get any pleasure out of that. I really just want to be better able to save. I’m more concerned with my finances that some desire to make someone else pay more.

        “I want Donny and
        friends to at least pay something – up there in the 30%+ range would be
        good. Mitt romney was down in the 14% range and Warren Buffet confirmed
        that the ultra rich pay much smaller fractions than us normal folks.”

        – Ideally, I’d like to see the tax code more equitably tax Americans. The ultra rich do often pay a smaller fraction that “normal” folks (I assume you mean middle class).

        • The_Wretched

          “I assume you mean middle class”

          I don’t need you to “translate” and noone else does either. Especially when you’re getting it wrong.

          I explicitly mean US and THEM. Where THEM are the politically powerful who run the Republican party and wasted the last 6 months of the FEDGOV on trying to move even barely adequate health spending from millions of Americans into the pockets of the richest 400.

          Given that example, there is no way the same political puppets run by the same masters wouldn’t do exactly the same with the tax code.

          • FormerMainer

            “I don’t need you to “translate” and noone else does either. Especially when you’re getting it wrong.”

            – Good thing I asked though because I thought “normal folks” referred to middle class folks.

            – As for the rest, I simply was hoping for a tax cut.

    • BobSF_94117

      Good lord. How gullible are you?

      • FormerMainer

        Do you really think the GOP had no interest in cutting taxes?

        • BobSF_94117

          Not yours.

          • FormerMainer


        • Ben in Oakland

          For billionaires. Fo r the likes of you and me, no.

  • The_Wretched

    Odds that it’s the same group who funded the pro-Gorsuch ads and the anti-ACA ads?

  • agcons

    They’re expecting the current Republican party to help with this? Surely not.

  • JCF

    Yeah, making the 1% richer is going to do so much for that hard hat… /s