S. 309, the For the 99.8 Percent Act, would make our Estate Tax a lot more progressive, by lowering the threshold at which we start taxing estates, from $10 million to $3.5 million, and by creating 39, 45, 50, 55, and 77% tax brackets, such that if you died with an estate of $5.5 million, your first $3.5 million would face no taxation, the next $750,000 would get taxed at 39 percent, and the last $1.25 million would get taxed at 45%. The Reagan Revolution purported to release constraints on individual accomplishment, but what have we gotten with all these tax cuts for the rich we've enacted since the mid-'60s? A class of elites who have divorced wealth from work and who believe they have a right to insulate themselves from their communities, that's what. With the For the 99.8 Percent Act, we could begin to take our world back from them, and so CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to strengthen the Estate Tax by passing the For the 99.8 Percent Act.
Meanwhile, our Administration might soon deport a lot of Syrians with Temporary Protected Status back to the war zone from which they originally ran. Our Administration would like you to believe that folks with TPS are all terrorists-waiting-to-happen, but even more reasonable folks might well ask why some people get Temporary Protected Status that lasts for years or even decades. After all, it's temporary, right? But folks who get TPS come from countries that haven't resolved the problems that forced them to flee in the first place, which, in this case, include the decade-long military attacks within Syria from the Syrian government, Iran, ISIS, Russia, and the United States. So if none of that's gone away, our Administration sending Syrians with TPS back just to "prove" they're "doing something" would be cruel. We could forestall this cruelty by telling our Congressfolk to protect these good folks with legislation, as Win Without War helps you do.
In other news, ICE personnel have been collecting your driver's license photo without your consent! Do they need your consent, you ask? Well, are you the target of an ICE investigation? If no, then no -- they would need a warrant to get that photo, but you know our government thinks warrants are quaint, and anyway TEH CARAVANZ WILLZ KILLZ USZ ALLZ!!!!!! Have any legislatures authorized ICE to collect driver's license photos willy-nilly? No, they have not -- but too many DMVs have proven too cooperative when ICE "asks" to get these photos. But why do they need photos of your grandmother who's been here 96 years? For their facial recognition technology, of course -- you know, the technology that thinks all black folks look alike. Demand Progress helps you tell your Congressfolk to head off this clusterfrack of lawlessness and incompetence by banning ICE from accessing DMV databases.
Finally, the biggest oil leak in American history continues unabated, with the Taylor Energy Corporation still leaking 4,500 gallons daily into the Gulf of Mexico, as it's done for the past 14 years. I don't need to tell you how awful 4,500 gallons of oil a day is for the creatures who live in the Gulf, but I have to say I'm also appalled by the waste. This leak has spewed almost 23 million gallons of oil into the Gulf over the years; maybe that's the proverbial drop in a bucket to a big corporation, but the average American drives 12,000 miles a year, and at 25 miles per gallon, would use around 480 gallons of gas, deriving from about 1,000 gallons of crude, meaning you and about 1,640 of your friends could have been driving around on that oil all these years, instead of it just leaking away and polluting the Gulf. So Environmental Action tell our EPA to stop Taylor Energy from leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico.