Midweek open thread - Eat the rich
Well, the GOP has done it. It has fulfilled its most fervent dream and rewritten the tax code so that our modern era will make the Gilded Age look like a socialist paradise. It punishes blue states, it's regressive, and it makes rich congress members even richer. (There should be a conflict of interest in that.)
But remember, both parties are the same, no?
We're enraged that taxes on the rich are being slashed as vital services go unfunded. But with Republicans in control, that should be no surprise.
The goal for 2018 and forward is not to unseat Republicans. It's not to merely elect more and better Democrats. It's to obliterate the GOP as a political entity. It serves no useful function any longer. It's not a conservative party. It's not a center-right party. It's a party which exists solely to cater to monied interests, and uses socially conservative dupes to attain power. Those "economically anxious" social conservatives won't benefit one whit from this bill. But they'll keep voting for the GOP because of God, guns, and gays.
The GOP, with this bill, has shown that the interests of the vast majority of this country's citizens are not its interests. This has to be hammered into every voter's head, at least those voters who haven't drunk the GOP koolaid. The GOP adds trillions to the deficit so that Steve Mnuchin can buy more multimillion dollar homes. And it will pay for those tax giveaways by gutting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Bernie Sanders wanted an economic populist's message for the Democrats; well, there it is. Grandma will be on the street so that Donald Trump's kids can inherit what's left of his fortune tax-free.
Join a local Democratic group. Donate to the various electoral committees. Talk to neighbors you know to be reachable. This is merely one battle. The war continues.
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