Frank Clemente

Frank Clemente

Frank Clemente is executive director for Americans for Tax Fairness.

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Once the law is fully in effect eight years from now, the imbalance will get even worse: 83% of the benefits will go to One Percenters.  (J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Views
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Tax Day 2019 Finds A Tax System Skewed to the Rich and Powerful
Tax Day, when we settle our personal accounts with Uncle Sam, is also a good day to take account of our tax system overall. That’s especially true this year, when the first tax returns prepared under the new rules of the Trump-GOP tax law are due. We should be asking whether our system is fair,...
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A staff member affixes the Presidential seal to a podium ahead of an event to mark the sixth-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passage in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 29, 2018. President Trump said his tax cuts "unleashed an economic miracle" and his tariffs are bringing "billions of dollars" to the U.S.  (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) Views
Friday, January 11, 2019
The GOP Tax Cut Is Just as Bad As We Feared it Would Be
A little more than a year after President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans enacted their tax cut costing $1.9 trillion, all of the bad outcomes critics predicted from the law are coming true: Benefits are flowing disproportionately to the wealthy and big corporations while working families...
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High-end tax giveaways wind up hurting working families and their communities.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The GOP Tax Bill Is Creating Jobs—Just Not in the U.S.
We should have told them to be more specific. When President Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress called their massive tax overhaul last year the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” most of us assumed the jobs would be in the United States. Now we know better. Yes, unemployment in this country is low...
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Only 4 percent of American workers have gotten any kind of payout related to the corporate tax cuts, and most of those have been one-time bonuses, not permanent raises. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Under Cover of Kavanaugh, Republicans Passed Huge Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
While Americans were transfixed by Senate hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assaults, House Republicans quietly passed another enormous tax handout for the wealthiest Americans. Round one of this giveaway cost $2 trillion . Round two is even bigger — it would explode the deficit by...
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Monday, September 03, 2018
Check Your Wallet: Can You Find the $4,000 Trump Promised You?
It was a promise that couldn’t have been clearer: when President Trump sold his tax scam to Congress and the American people, he said the average family would see a $4,000 pay raise from their employers. “I would expect to see an immediate jump in wage growth,” added Kevin Hassett, head of Trump’s...
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
This July Fourth, Americans Should Rebel Against GOP Economic Policies
This Fourth of July, America’s working families should rebel against President Trump ’s bait-and-switch economic policies that leave them worse off while further enriching the wealthy. The new GOP tax law mostly benefits the rich and corporations — including oil companies, health insurers and big...
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'Senators face a fundamental choice,' writes Clement. 'Will they back a plan that imperils the health care of millions of hard-working Americans to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations?' (Photo: OverpassLightBrigade/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Senate Health Bill Slashes Medicaid to Cut Millionaires’ Taxes
Despite slight differences, the health-care legislation under consideration in the Senate retains the same sickening goal of its House counterpart: cutting taxes for millionaires, billionaires and big corporations at the expense of working families. These bills are not about ensuring the health of...
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Trump Cuts Critical Services to Pay for Wealthy Tax Cuts
At a recent press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Marta Conner told reporters, “My daughter Caroline is alive because of Medicaid.” Caroline suffers from Rett Syndrome , a rare, debilitating neurodevelopmental disease that prevents her from using her hands, talking, and walking. Marta says that...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
6 Worst Things About Trump Tax Plan
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised the biggest tax cuts since the Reagan era and proposed reforms that would drastically increase our country’s already extreme levels of inequality. Now theRepublican-controlled Congress is considering ramming through tax reforms in the first half of 2017...
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies
Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to help pay for their groceries. And that made...
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