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By Carole Bell
Observer columnist 

Nancy Pelosi Holds Culver City Town Hall

Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives


Carole Bell

Vets auditorium in Culver City overflowing audience at Pelosi Town Hall

"A stunning, disgraceful example of greed."

That's how Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA), described Donald Trump's tax agenda, speaking Wednesday morning in Culver City.

Pelosi spoke at a "TrumpTax Town Hall" in the Veterans Memorial Building. Other speakers included Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA 33rd); Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA 44th); Donna Norton, Deputy Director, Moms Rising; Edward D. Kleinbard, USC Gould School of Law; and Jennifer Taub, Vermont Law School.

There was almost no publicity about the Town Hall, which made it all the more impressive that over 100 people showed up to see Pelosi and ask questions.

Pelosi asked: "How many in this room notice a significant reduction in your tax?"

No hands went up, but there were a lot of laughs.

One person asked Pelosi: "This year is the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis. How do you see the Trump tax bill redressing the situation? Where is it designed to help the middle class?"

Pelosi: "In a few years, most Americans will be hit by large tax increases. That's the operation of this law.

"$200 billion cut from food stamps? Really? Really? $200 billion cut from education? If you want to reduce the deficit, the best thing you can do is to invest in education.

"The three most important issues to me: Our children, Our children, Our children!"

Pelosi had some advice to give students: "Study! Study! The future is theirs."

I was surprised, in the end, to hear Pelosi say:

"I'd frankly rather pass a gun safety law that is serious and saves lives than win the election."

The TrumpTax Town Hall is being held in 100 cities by Pelosi and local congressional representatives, to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes.


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