Monday, October 10, 2011
Are We All in This Together?
Another deadline is coming up in November, though, and the Republicans have already started making their demands. One of their bigger demands is that we make large cuts in a nutrition program for low-income women and children. The Republicans want to deny help to more than 700,000 poor women and young children.
The Regressives also want to cut Medicaid funding by $771 billion over the next decade. Who do they want to pay for it? Increased taxes on low-income Americans.
Our economy is bad right now. We all know that. The United States is in the middle of the worst economy we've had since the Great Depression. The poor and the young are hurt the most by this, and the Republicans have decided that they should also bear the largest share of the cuts. They've even taken to pointing fingers at the poor, claiming that they're the ones who caused the economic collapse! Yes, those hedge fund investors and Wall Street executives had nothing to do with it. The hyperwealthy? Why, there's no reason to ask them to help out! They're doing well! The Republicans can't punish those who are doing well!
They can only punish those who are doing not so well. They can only punish those who, in their eyes, have already failed.
Making these cuts during an economic upturn would be wrong. It would be cruel, selfish, and greedy. Making these cuts now is an act of moral bankruptcy verging on evil. The GOP has effectively abandoned any hope of being seen as benevolent or compassionate, except by those too stupid or brainwashed to step outside of their FOX News-induced bubbles of anti-reality. These acts are the acts of a callous party, an uncaring party, a greedy, selfish party that doesn't give one damn about whether you live or die.
Regressives do not see us as a nation. They do not see us as a people. Regressives see our nation as a series of "us versus them." They see us only as "the successful" and "the failed," and they measure success entirely by wealth. The rich have succeeded, and by Republican logic, cannot be taxed because that would be punishing them for their success. The poor, however, they have failed. The poor can be taxed as much as possible; they can be ignored by our healthcare institutions; they can be left in the streets to die. Because they failed, and in the eyes of a Republican, they deserve to die. If anyone disagrees they're simply labeled a communist.
Republicans make their cries of "class warfare" so often because they've already decided that a class war exists. They cannot see our nation in any other way. But we, the people, can.
Are we all in this together? That's the question that we have to answer. The Republicans say no. They say that we're all in this alone. They say that society exists only to help the wealthy and the successful, and they are willing to let people starve to make their point.
But I say yes. Stand up with me, patriots, and with the rest of America, and remind the Republican elite that we are a people.