With all of the hoopla going on about the Russian connections between trump’s administration a Russian officials, the Republicans in Congress have fired off several rounds in their war on the people of this country. And, it is going to get much worse before it gets better.
There has been one battle cry from Republicans since the income tax was first introduced. They say this is what has been going on. Rich people are being “unfairly” taxed and the money is given to the rest of the lazy worthless people who live in the country for free.
You really have to understand where Republican priorities are. According to their mantra, if you are rich, you are blessed and worked hard to get your money. If you are not rich, you should be “thankful” that some rich guy has been nice enough to let you work at the factories that make him rich. Even if the wages he pays you don’t let you support your family.
You are looking at everything the wrong way. These rich people are our saviors. If not for them, we would all be even poorer than we are. They have all the power. They have all the money,. They have all the land. We should be thankful that we are fortunate enough to live among such great people.
The way things are supposed to work in our country is that the rich, who are marvelous caring people, should pay little or no taxes. Instead the rest of us should pay all of the taxes the country needs and just shut up.
The rest of us do not deserve the things that we already have. We don’t deserve a secure retirement through Social Security even though we have paid taxes all of our lives to get it. We don’t deserve health care when we are old through Medicare even though we paid taxes all through our lives to get it. We don’t deserve health care at all. If we can’t afford to pay ridiculous premiums so Insurance Company CEOs can get a bigger tax break, that is our problem.
We don’t deserve proper housing. We don’t deserve food that has been inspected to make sure it isn’t bad and make us sick. We don’t deserve clean water to drink or clean air to breathe. We don’t deserve to have our children receive a good public education. No, we don’t deserve any of that because we are just slime that is allowed to labor for the rich to get richer.
According to the Republican worldview, there are two kinds of people. The marvelous, wonderful rich people and everyone else. Everyone else must be fully dependent on the rich letting us work for low wages and we should be very thankful for their generosity.
When it comes to the nation we live in, our rights are all dependent upon their view as well. They say the government cannot get between a doctor and his patient, but it is okay for the government to get between the doctor and patient if that patient is a woman. See, women are stupid ignorant forms of life that need a man to tell her what is right and wrong. She needs that man to tell her how to live. And she needs that man to tell her how to behave.
I know you think I am being facetious. I am not, this is exactly the current Republican view of the world. What Congress has been doing behind the curtain is very showing of this view they have.
Let’s examine what they have been up to. The very first thing that they got their brainless hand to sign hurts first time home buyers. Under President Obama, the rates for the Mortgage Insurance that is usually required for first time home buyers was to be reduced. NO shouted Republicans. They killed that decrease and instead raised it so people buying their first home will have to pay $500 more per year in home mortgage insurance costs. Even if that is the drinking water for their workers.
The second thing they did was kill a clean water provision. Mines have for hundreds of years polluted the water around the mines. There was a rule that said that mines could no longer dump their byproducts into streams and rivers thus polluting the water. The Republicans again shouted NO, and passed a law killing that rule. So, now mine owners can pollute the water anytime they desire just to save a few bucks.
Then there was the rule that made it so brokers handling your retirement plan had to serve you and not his commissions. They were required to let you know the disadvantages of buying a new stock, and get your permission. Again a loud NO came screeching from the right. So, now they passed another law that allows these brokers to simply change your portfolio without your consent even if that change will increase their commissions and hurts you.
Then we come to the proposed budget from the trump administration. You can see there what the Republicans worldview really is. This budget targets the vulnerable people in our country, as well as the middle-class with massive cuts while giving our best equipped, strongest, and best military in the world a $54 billion increase in their budget. Plus, they need another $21 billion to build the Berlin Wall on the southern border.
How are these massive unnecessary increases gong to be paid for? Well, you guessed it. Out of your pocket.
The administration has decided that we don’t need a State Department anymore, or at least not one that works. They are planning to slash at least 30 percent from the State Department’s budget including from USAID. These programs that are being targeted are the very ones that help us maintain our leadership throughout the world, but since trump appears to be wanting to partner with Putin, we don’t need to hold on to that leadership role anymore.
The budget also calls for a 35 percent cut in the budget for the EPA. Who the hell needs a department called the Environmental Protection Agency if you don’t care if the people get clear air and drinking water? That is obviously an unnecessary agency.
We will also see a $6 billion cut to HUD. These cuts will be made to cut back on major repairs to buildings. Why should we fix buildings that people live in? They are just poor schmucks and should be happy they have a roof over their heads. Quality of life means nothing to them. Hell, this works nicely for the wealthy. Our own president made millions doing just this type of ignoring properties in private business. The biggest cuts will hit the community planning and development grants, which have been used to clean up struggling neighborhoods. That area will see a $4 billion cut. Who needs to clean up struggling neighborhoods. Rich people don’t go there.
Other cuts will include direct rental assistance payments — including Section 8 Housing and housing vouchers for homeless veterans — would be cut by at least $300 million, to $19.3 billion. Additionally, housing for the elderly — known as the Section 202 program — would be cut by $42 million, nearly 10 percent. Section 811 housing for people with disabilities would be cut by $29 million, nearly 20 percent. Money available for Native American housing block grants would fall by $150 million, more than 20 percent.
But, what is the problem here? These are worthless people who don’t really contribute to the rich people’s pockets. They merely take up space and breathe some of that clear air we won’t have very much longer anyway.
In addition, we are looking at deep cuts to the Coast Guard and TSA. Two vital organizations that are part of our vital national security to keep us safe. We are going to se massive cuts to FEMA. We only need FEMA if there is a natural disaster or some major large-scale terrorist attack relief responses. But, since there is no climate change, natural disasters won’t happen. And, since the military will get a massive increase in their budget and we will have our marvelous Berlin Wall on the southern border, there won’t be any terrorist attacks either.
We are going to see huge cuts to the Department of Education, Health and Human services and much more. The only things that won’t be cut are defense and ICE. They will increase “hugely”.
Finally we have the Americans Without Health Care Act that is currently being rammed through Congress. Under this plan, the likelihood of you losing your health care coverage is better than 50/50. If you are one of those “takers” who get subsidies so you can afford to get health insurance, you will lose those subsides. Instead you will get a smaller amount in “tax credits””, which you won’t be able to use either.
If you are someone who got coverage under expanded Medicaid, you can forget about having any coverage after 2020. If you have pre-existing conditions, you can look forward to higher premiums and higher deductibles in those nice fancy “high risk pools” they want to set up.
If you are someone who is between age 55 and 65, you can expect a doubling of your premiums since the company will be able to charge you five times more than a younger person for the same coverage. Plus, if you are making less than $75,000 per year your subsidies will decrease up to about $10,000 per year to purchase your health coverage.
If you live in a rural community and have less access to health insurance on the open market, you will get even fewer choices and the chances are your hospital will close down due to lack of funds. With fewer people with health insurance, hospitals will have to go back to giving out free treatment thus losing money forcing them to shut the door for good, just like before the ACA was enacted and saved many of these hospitals.
And, if you are wondering, everyone loves this new plan. Well except the American Medical Association, The American Hospital Association, and AARP. But, so what, the Republicans didn’t ask their opinion to begin with so who cares what they think. They are just the professionals and who knows more rich tax cut friendly Republicans or health care professionals?
Besides, what is most important in this bill is that the CEOs of the companies about to be allowed to rip you off will get a tax cut. And, those nasty taxes that made the ACA possible without hurting the deficit will all go away too. Meaning those who make over $250,000 will also get a tax cut.
We all know that tax cuts for those people are far more important than the average American scumbags having health care coverage. How dare anyone think that their health is more important than the rich’s tax cuts? You must be on some illegal drug to think that.
Paul Ryan said two things yesterday about the Americans Without Health Care Act. First he said this was “sound, good conservative plan”. Then he said “this plan is an act of mercy”.
And, according to the Republican worldview, he is absolutely correct. This plan is a “good conservative” plan because it throws overboard everyone who isn’t rich. And, it is “an act of mercy” because it ensures that more rich people get more tax cuts. That is exactly what Republicans think their job is.
As you can see, you have been looking at the real world upside down. The only people who matter are the rich. You and me and the rest of America who slave away trying to make ends meet are just in the way of the rich.
We are all just supposed to fall in line and do what we are told by the rich. If we dare to ask questions, or we dare to expect fair wages for our labor, or if we dare to consider ourselves equal to them, we need to be put back in our place.
So far, everything that the Republicans in Congress and what has been done by our beloved leader are intended to put us back in our place. If you are willing to go along with this, I feel sorry for you. If you are willing to allow this dehumanizing of our people to continue, then you need help.
All of this is just the tip if the iceberg that is heading towards our Titanic. Soon you will hear about how Medicare should be voucherized and how Social Security should be prioritized. The vouchers for Medicare won’t be nearly enough to purchase proper insurance for seniors, and the privatization of Social Security will only be set up to allow bigger commissions to crooked brokers.
Remember, these cuts are not just aimed at the poor. They are aimed at everyone who is not rich. The massive tax cuts on the horizon are not intended to help your, they are aimed at the rich and corporations.
In the current Republican worldview, there are two classes of people. The rich and everyone else. Everyone else are on their own. If they can’t make ends meet, it is their fault. If they can’t get a good education it is their fault. If they can’t afford health care coverage for themselves and their families, it is their fault.
We are all supposed to bow down to the oligarchs and thank their golden idol for their existence and great generosity for allowing us to work for slave wages. That is what the Republican Party is giving us. That is the world they want for themselves and us.
And, the shirts keep marching along.