Is This How Democracy Dies?

Thom plus logo Donald Trump says that if he can't cut the flow of money into the Social Security trust fund, he will not sign any more stimulus packages to help out struggling Americans. He calls it a "payroll tax cut" but it's really a full-blown attack on Social Security itself. The Republican strategy to replace democracy with corporate governance has focused for 40 years on destroying the institutions of American government.

-- They cut funding for the workers at Social Security and Medicare, then highlight how slow these agencies can be to respond to citizen's requests.
-- They cut funding to the IRS so badly that the organization pretty much can no longer audit very wealthy people and is now almost entirely focused on average working people.
-- They cut funding to regulatory agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency so workplaces and residential areas near factories and toxic waste sites are no longer being inspected.

And then, in every case, they say, "Just let big corporations take it over." Let the big banks in New York take over Social Security. Let the big insurance companies take over Medicare and Medicaid. Let billionaires write their own tax returns and tell us how much they owe in taxes. Let chemical companies and pesticide companies tell us which of their products will kill us or cause neurological damage to our children and which ones are safe.

We are in the endgame of the billionaires takeover of the Republican Party and the subsequent destruction of America. As Steve Bannon said, their goal is to "deconstruct the administrative state," and taking down Social Security under the guise of helping the states is perhaps their biggest shot at that.

-Thom

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bobbler 4 weeks 1 day ago
#1

The government only administers SS.. It is not tax money at all. We paid into that system and the money is ours. But somehow Trump gets away with using it as leverage to screw working people.

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MR.ZIMM 4 weeks 1 day ago
#2

I'm pretty sure there was a UFO in 1946 that dropped donald onto Earth, and

it wasn't really a stork at all. The aliens on that planet were fortunate enough

to have already discovered interstellar space travel and were able to rid their

planet of this monstrosity before he could destroy it. We should be so lucky.

Legend 4 weeks 21 hours ago
#3

The Corona virus Task Force is shutting down. They have declared victory. Then will wash their hands (singing happy birthday twice) and be done with it. And we are #1 in Corona Virus. Vote in November.

Legend 4 weeks 16 hours ago
#4

The Republicans have turned the word "Entitlements" into a dirty word. When it means that you are entitled to it because you paid for it.

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