The tax giveaway bill that’s scheduled to go before the House and Senate this week for final passage is only Phase I in the Donald Trump/Paul Ryan/Mitch McConnell/Koch Brothers war on working families.
They’ve already made clear what Phase II is: An all-out attack on the pillars of our health and retirement security — Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Having blown a gaping $1.4 trillion hole in the deficit by robbing the middle class and poor to reward their ultra-wealthy and corporate donors, their next step is to use the deficit crisis they created to fulfill their ultimate goal: The unraveling of America’s safety net.
Maybe that sounds too conspiratorial to you. If so, don’t take my word for it. Take theirs:
I’ve got some news for these hypocrites: If you want to fight the deficit, then don’t give away $1.4 trillion to line the pockets of corporations and billionaires already rolling in more money than they know what to do with.
As Atlantic’s Derek Thompson noted, “It’s like a husband who, after years of obsessing about the family’s finances, buys a Lamborghini on a lark, drives home, and rants to his wife about the mortgage.”
But of course, they don’t give a rat’s rear end about the deficit. They just want to manufacture a crisis and use it to send millions of working families and retirees out of the middle class and into poverty.
In fact, if the tax bill becomes law, Medicare will be automatically cut by $25 billion on January 1, 2018. Though that’s just chump change compared to how much they really want to slash this pillar of health security for senior citizens and the disabled.
So again, I urge OPCMIA members to contact your U.S. senators and representatives. Click here to make a call, or you can call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Send them three clear messages:
Daniel E. Stepano