Trump and Ryan are swamp-dwellers with a lot in common.
You don’t need a contorted conspiracy theory to figure out why Republicans don’t seem to care if Trump wrecks America as we know it. Trump and Ryan are swamp-dwellers with a lot in common.
Trump’s conflicts of interest are clear. His constant lying and Twitter fits have already damaged American credibility around the world. And there is more than enough smoke rising out of his alleged Russian ties to strike fear in the heart of anyone who values democracy. Yet, the Republican establishment more closely resembles a spineless pile of worms than defenders of the US Constitution when it comes to confronting the Liar-in-Chief.
For the answer, consider this: Is Trump’s plan to dismantle the federal government really any different than the Republican Party’s dream of shrinking the federal government down to a size that can be drowned in a bathtub?
For years, so-called conservatives have wanted to get rid of the EPA, Wall Street regulations, worker protections, the social safety net, and any kind of spending that doesn’t go straight to the military. The goal of course, is to rig the system to favor corporate interests, while sending the bill to working class Americans.
Debunking The Deficit Lies
Complaining about exploding the deficit has never been more than a fundraising tool for red state voters who are easy to frighten and fool. The deficit has never been about spending, it’s about taxes. And one look at this chart says it all. When Republicans are in control, they cut taxes on the rich. The more they cut, the bigger the deficit. If you want more evidence, Visualizing Economics has a plethora of graphs and charts to drive the point home.
Debunking The Safety Net Lies
If enough people can be convinced that the government is going broke, it plays into a bigger scheme to have them surrender their Social Security checks. Republicans would like Americans to believe that the country’s problems are their fault because they insist on retiring with dignity. However, the numbers just don’t back that up.
As Forbes writes,
It is a logical impossibility for Social Security to go bankrupt. We can voluntarily choose to suspend or eliminate the program, but it could never fail because it “ran out of money.” This belief is the result of a common error: conceptualizing Social Security from the micro (individual) rather than the macro (economy-wide) perspective. It’s not a pension fund into which you put your money when you are young and from which you draw when you are old. It’s an immediate transfer from workers today to retirees today. That’s what it has always been and that’s what it has to be–there is no other possible way for it to work.
For every dollar Trump cuts from the EPA and other agencies that protect ordinary Americans, there’s one more dollar that can go into the pockets of America’s oligarchs and CEO’s. Ryan and company want the exact same thing. Therefore, they will put up with Trump’s Tweet storms and ignore his insults. They will let him sell off our national parks to oil companies, privatize our public schools, and strip health care from millions of Americans. And if you thought Republicans ever really cared about religious freedom, abortion, and every other social issue, you thought wrong. Those are just distraction tools. The real ideological agenda is about money. Who gets it and where it comes from is the part Trump, Ryan and the swamp-dwellers all seem to agree on.
Fight for your rights by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
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