I have been listening with interest the talk from Republicans and Tea Party reps that says the deficit must be reduced, meaning there must be big spending cuts. “People are going to complain,” they say, “but it’s for the good of the country.”
People will do more than complain; they will hurt – and that is to be expected when a budget is tightened. I have no problem with that.
But why is it that the Republicans and Tea Party people don’t mind if the middle class and poor people cry and complain, while at the same time they are going out of their way to make sure the wealthiest one percent of this nation doesn’t cry and complain?
The battle cry is that lowering taxes, or keeping taxes low, creates jobs. I think not. I heard today that people in the United States pay the lowest taxes of people in all the major countries, and yet, jobs are had to be found, if at all. It seems that the Republicans and Tea Party people are holding fast to Ronald Reagan’s “trickle down” theory of economics, but it is not working, not for the masses.
The cuts and changes that Republicans are making are affecting the middle class in a frightening way. I have heard firefighters, police officers and teachers say that with new anti-labor laws that have been passed in Ohio, their take home pay has diminished significantly, making it hard for them to make ends meet.
Yet, the wealthiest people, even in this economic down-turn, have gotten wealthier. Corporations have reported record profits, and are sitting on money, not hiring people. What is up with that? And, though the rich are getting richer, they don’t want to pay what would be their fair share of taxes – and Republicans are protecting them with all their might.
So, it boils down to this horrible gridlock between the President and the Republican-dominated Congress. The Congress wants these huge spending cuts – and no tax increases. The people who will suffer under Republican plans will be the middle class, the poor, young people – you know, “we the people.” Corporations have been out-sourcing jobs for several years now; they are not likely to stop doing that. Oh, wait – the restrictions on collective bargaining might encourage them to hire more Americans than foreigners because they will be able to get more labor for less money. Is that the plan?
It seems that Republicans and Tea Party members have the attitude of aristocrats. Let them eat cake – that would be us, the “we the people” mentioned in the Preamble to the United States Constitution. Let them eat cake, but the cheaper the better – while the rich eat boneless ribeye steaks and drink champagne.
There is something really wrong with what’s going on. Rich people can afford to pay the taxes they owe. Bigger than that – rich people OUGHT to pay the taxes they owe.
That would be a candid observation.