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Republicans depend on people believing what they say but not paying attention to the things they do. Just how certain are they that no one pays attention to the things they do? Read on.

Today is Tax Day, and Republicans are voting to repeal the estate tax. This is a huge, huge tax cut for only the top 0.2 percent – people worth more than $5.4 million ($10.9 million if married). These people will get $269 billion over 10 years.

The same Republicans have passed a budget outline that cuts infrastructure spending and guts our government by $5 trillion, mostly from services and benefits that help working families. It guts Medicare and Medicaid by more than $400 billion each; cuts Pell Grants by $89 billion and food stamps by $125 billion. That budget increases taxes on some working families by an average of $1,000. (See Terrance Heath’s Five Ways The GOP Budget Will Harm American Families, Isaiah J. Poole’s Unholy Week: Senate Votes Complete A Portrait Of Wrong Priorities and Bill Scher’s The Republican Budget Is Killing The Republican Party’s Soul.)

And today they vote to give the top 0.2 percent a huge, huge tax cut.

That is how sure they are that people just are not paying attention to what they do.

Join the Economic Policy Institute Policy Center and our partners in calling on Congress to reject H.R. 1105, a $269 billion tax giveaway to the wealthiest households in America.

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