The lack of thought and understanding of the consequences of voting is destroying this nation. People continually vote against their own self-interest. They do so for many reasons but the biggest is a lack of critical thinking or follow-through. Some vote the way they have for decades without connecting their dissatisfaction with those that they choose to vote for. They fail to realize that the folks they repeatedly vote for are the same ones they constantly complain about.
They don’t want their taxes to go up and want better services yet they vote in Republicans who give tax breaks to the wealthy and cut services for the middle class and the poor.
They decry the amount of profit corporations make at the expense of the working class yet they vote for the GOP who hand out billions in corporate welfare. The inequity in income has come about because of these policies. The rich get richer while the poor and the middle class get shafted.
Now, the GOP’s House budget proposes cutting Medicare and Social Security. Will that affect the wealthy? Nope. It will, however, impact a voting base that consistently votes Republican, the over 65 crowd.
Once again, these cuts will be devastating to middle- and lower-income individuals and families. Once again, the GOP will suggest that there is a trickle down effect that will benefit that very group of people. It didn’t work when Reagan and Bush tried it and it won’t work now. Reagan’s attempt ballooned the deficit to $2.8 billion. President Bill Clinton followed by raising taxes on the top 1.2% of the wealthy and left office with a budget surplus and a record of creating over 22 million new jobs.
According to The Washington Post:
The Ways and Means Committee, which is drafting the tax bill, would be instructed to find $52 billion in deficit savings over the coming decade. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and the panel’s chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), have said they intend to pursue a deficit-neutral reform bill, meaning the savings would have to be found in other programs under the committee’s jurisdiction — such as Medicare, disability aid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and unemployment compensation.
So Republicans plan to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and working poor, the disabled, the unemployed and the elderly.
You get what you vote for.