The Republican attempt to strip health insurance from millions got a huge slap-down by the public, but the battle is not over yet.
It takes a load of arrogance to try to pass a bill that only 13 percent of Americans support, but that’s exactly what Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have been trying to do with their Obamacare repeal antics.
The clown in the Oval Office doesn’t seem to have a clue how America’s healthcare system works, but admits his pen is ready to sign anything that anyone puts in front of him. That might inspire confidence in some. But the rest of us would rather give the Baby-in-Chief a box of crayons and just let him watch TV.
Yes, the Republican attempt to strip health insurance from millions got a huge slap-down by the public, but the fascist-conservative agenda currently metastasizing out of Washington, is not dead; It’s merely morphing into the equally reprehensible 2018 Republican budget.
From the New York Times,
The plan released on Tuesday as part of the House Budget Committee’s 2018 budget resolution blueprint calls for consolidating tax brackets and cutting rates, repealing the alternative minimum tax and switching the United States from a worldwide tax system to a territorial tax system, which would tax only the domestic income of corporations.
It also calls for a $621.5 billion national defense budget for 2018 and $511 billon for non-defense spending. The most contentious part is at least $203 billion in cuts over a decade in “mandatory” spending on programs such as Medicare and Social Security. And it recommends repealing parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that ushered in financial regulations after the last recession.
Is there anything in there that sounds like it would help working-class families barely getting by on stagnant wages? The alternative minimum tax is not exactly a dinner table topic in fly-over country. And it’s not likely those people would benefit from fewer tax brackets that would lump them in with higher earners. On the other hand, cuts to Medicare and Social Security would hit them directly in the wallet.
Spending more at the Pentagon may sound great on the campaign trail, but it won’t do much to help the average college student, or single mom in their daily lives.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) and House speaker Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.) are either missing why some people voted for Trump, or don’t care, because the Liar-in-Chief didn’t campaign on a reverse Robin Hood economic agenda, although he is governing that way.
Try as they will to force fascist-conservatism down the throats of the electorate, Republicans are finding that it’s not as easy as they thought. Even Republican voters like Medicare and Social Security. And they sure as hell don’t want grandma shoved out of the nursing home so Paul Ryan can fulfill his ‘dream’ of screwing the poor.
As Vanity Fair pointed out,
Unlike the average college student, who spends their university years studying to pass the next midterm… Paul Ryan stayed focused on loftier goals: denying health-care coverage for millions of low-income and elderly Americans. Or so he implied while defending his current effort to roll back Medicaid, via his unpopular plan to repeal and replace Obamacare…
Rhetoric and spin aside, the American non-billionaire class wants no part of the Trump-Ryan-McConnell agenda. And when push comes to shove, they will storm the halls of lawmakers with protest signs in hand. They may have been fooled into voting Republican, but they aren’t going to swallow so-called conservatism when it hits home – at least not without a fight.
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