When The Wealthiest Among Us Control The Narrative, Our Children Suffer The Most
Do we really want to live in a country where children die so that the wealthiest among us control the narrative? The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) still hasn’t been reauthorized and the consequences will be as real as it gets for the 9 million children affected. Families who qualify for this program earn too much for Medicaid coverage and the program allows them to buy health insurance for a lowered cost. But for some reason, the Republican party doesn’t believe this program is important enough to fully-fund, the lives of children be damned. Some states may be able to cover children with other funding for a while, but it won’t be forever. And it’s sad that Republicans are too morally bankrupt to care about innocent children.
The current tax plan is a disaster and will hurt lower-income families. Whatever currently constitutes a middle class in this country will be completely gone when this travesty goes into law. We’re all being played, folks. This tax plan will destroy the country. But they don’t care. And they’re willing to let the disgrace in the Oval Office run amok in order that their plan to cull the herd succeeds.
Lil Un fired off another ballistic missile which reportedly landed in the Sea of Japan which will no doubt prompt some serious tweeting by the sad sack in the Oval Office who, by the way, seems to think the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau isn’t in place to protect consumers. Apparently, the CFPB isn’t functioning properly because corporations aren’t protected enough. That’s right. The Bureau was established to protect consumers, but it’s done too good a job evidently and corporations are suffering.
And as for trickle-down economics? It’s bullshit. Always has been, always will be. Rich people aren’t ever going to let their wealth trickle down to anyone else. Because if they were interested in doing that then they would freely and happily fund the very entitlement programs that Republicans want to end. They would insist on funding a single-payer health care system and would happily support a guaranteed annual income for all. Higher education would be viewed as an investment in our country’s future and would be available to anyone who wanted to pursue more advanced study.
The wealthiest among us have had the advantage forever. And for some reason, a portion of our country, along with possible help from the Russians, elected a rich guy who they actually believed would protect them. We can dispute his stated wealth but he still lives in an alternate universe and has nothing in common with his supporters who believe he has all the answers.
His supporters are wrong and they will suffer for that support. As will their children. The Republican Party is changing the financial structure of our country to serve only the rich. They’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and now they have a willing player in the White House. It’s why they turn a blind eye to his unpresidential antics. Irrespective of his embarrassing behavior, he’s their guy, and they’ll use him until the handcuffs go on to achieve their objectives.
The loss we’ll suffer at their callous hands will take years to undo because we have no idea when their purpose will finally become clear to all of those people who, to their own detriment, are still standing by their man. It’s awful when someone takes advantage of someone else’s trust. When it’s on a national level, it’s difficult to predict the response. Will they take to the streets with tiki torches and weapons? Or will they stand in disbelief over the fact that they were lied to, used, and then thrown away?
When all is said and done, we’ll have to decide what kind of a country we want to live in. Will it be one that pays homage and tribute to the ruling class, or will it reflect a common purpose? My choice would be the latter, of course. But until that time, we’ll all experience the effects of wealth run amok. It just won’t be running in our collective direction.
Blessings my friends…
Originally published at www.imsteppingaside.com on November 28, 2017.