If you just look at demographics the Dem should be winners. The economic data has shredded trickle-down theory – make the rich richer and they’ll rain money down on the all the itty bitty people below. The super-rich stash their tax windfalls. They don’t buy Chevys or brunch at McDonalds. Even if they plopped $100,000 on a Walmart shopping spree, they’d have taken home a pile of Chinese – not American – crap.
The data shows that it’s middle class spending that generates growth; and government investment on infrastructure during recessions that get the wheels turning.
So Congress gives us more tax cuts for billionaires. Where are the Dems?
A few decades ago Republicans turned the word liberal into something dirty. It was a smart move. They’d snarl, My opponenet is a liberal!!! That liberal might’ve shouted back, Thanks for pointing that out. We libs Signed the Declaration of Independence, ended slavery and segregation, got voting for women, the 40 hour work week, the minimun wage, Social Security and Medicare. What have conservatives done lately?
But they didn’t. Instead they stuttered and denied being liberals. They stuttered and sweated themselves out of office and we got Clarence Thomas, Scalia, Alito, Roberts, Citizens United, W, freedom to carry guns into bars, the curtailing of voting rights.
The Dems are always civilized ladies and gentlemen. Republicans meanwhile are spoiled little boys and girls who will not accept election defeat. When they’re the minority they use the filibuster to transform themselves into the de facto majority and whine about those extreme Leftists who refuse to reach out them. They refused to even meet with the nominee to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court. That’s not now how a democracy works. But it works for the GOP. They’ll now create an even more backward looking Court that’ll be with us for decades.
The Republicans know how to frame issues with rhetoric that inflames their uninformed constituents into fury over any legislature that might benefit them – affordable health care, minimum wage – and to rally for legislation that will benefit only the wealthy – lowering corporate taxes and taxes for the top .5%, eliminating the estate tax; eliminating regulations against poisoning air, water and edible crops, against dangerous work spaces and fraudulent banking.
The Dems use terms like single payer option to describe a health care system that is not based on incentivizing predatory pricing. Obama had an opportunity to limit the dilution of the Affordable Care Act. I bet he could’ve gotten some air time. Every night a half hour of good-humored puncturing the GOG spin balloon. It was so juvenile he could’ve had fun. It doesn’t have to be ugly and unethical. Really. Dems – have a chat or two with Al Franken. He’d probably take your call.
While Donald Trump reeled in a despondent working class with delusions about China coming here to steal our jobs, the Dems might have explained that the Chinese had no luggage for sneaking out all those stolen jobs; that it’s American corporations that choose to ship those jobs out with no legislative pushback. And it’s automation, not immigrants thinning out our work places. And somehow laws got on the books that will jail a person who can’t pay mountains of fines and fees for traffic violations while the psychopath who serially ignored safety regulations in his mines causing 29 deaths was convicted of a misdemeaner.
If the Dems don’t get themselves to school real fast we’ll be gerrymandered and lexi-conned into extinction as democratic nation.
— Polar Levine, News Goo Dissection, December 12, 2016
© Polar Levine 2016 content should not be reproduced elsewhere without prior permission