Trump to average Americans: starve now or work until the day you die

Thom plus logo The coronavirus pandemic has presented Donald Trump and the Republicans with two opportunities.

Big business and giant corporations that routinely give millions to the Republican Party were freaking out as their stock price was collapsing, a particular problem for their senior executives who are compensated in large part through stock options.

Meanwhile, average working people are freaking out because they have lost their income and $1200, when you can get it, is nothing close to what most families need to live for a few months without a paycheck.

Trump and the GOP have a simple response to these twin crises.

Multimillionaire former investment Bankster Jerome Powell has promised an "unlimited" stream of money for the giant corporations to keep them afloat and keep their stock price high: so far it's over $6 trillion and it is keeping the stock market afloat.

And for the average working person, former right wing congressman from Kansas and Koch brothers acolyte Mike Pompeo, now Secretary of State, has proposed letting Americans take a one time $10,000 cash payment from Social Security, in exchange for slashing the benefits they will receive when they turn 67.

So this is the Trump plan: stockholders, CEOs, and senior corporate executives get to keep their huge paychecks and obscene bonuses and Wall Street gets to make more money, while average working people get thrown a short-term life preserver that, if they use it now, will force them to choose between working until they die or starving when they reach retirement age…and if they don't use it now, they get no further benefits so they can become homeless today.

This is the GOP we've known since the 1930s; they only take care of people rich enough to make large donations to Republican politicians, and are so wealthy that they don't even need Social Security.

The rest of us, in their minds, are just "useless eaters" and can die.

-Thom

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Hephaestus's picture
Hephaestus 22 weeks 5 days ago
#1

Rich has not yet realised wealth can become UN wealth very sharply

When folk have nothing to spend because rich has all the money

When pandemic and people die it hits economy

When stock market hits total fear falling like a stone

When fiat money loses value due to lack of faith

It is happening now

700101erw's picture
700101erw 22 weeks 5 days ago
#2

Liberals can also promote some of these hateful ideas. Ted Turner said in 1996:

“A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”

deepspace's picture
deepspace 22 weeks 5 days ago
#3

No, Ted Turner did not say that.

Legend 22 weeks 5 days ago
#4

He actually did say that, but so what? It was in 2016. Ted has Alzheimers so anything that he says is questionable. He does like open spaces, as he owns a lot of them. The world population has tripled in my lifetime. Is this the cause to climate change? Can we sustain that kind of growth? China and India combined is 10x the population of the USA. Is promoting birth control and sex education bad? Is it Liberal?

What I really question is "Liberals can also promote some of these hateful ideas." And then come up with (1) an off the wall comment by Ted Turner. What was he called? The mouth from the south? Something like that. What makes Ted Turner hateful? What defines him as a liberal? The fact that he donated a million to the United Nations? That he has joined Warren Buffet's Group in pledging to donate the vast majority of his net worth? That he has supported environmental causes? The fact that he endorsed Hillary over a buffoon that is destroying the country? That he is for Universal Healthcare? We would be a lot better off in this pandemic if we had it.

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deepspace 22 weeks 5 days ago
#5

Well, that's what I call a circle-jerk quote, which means that one winger makes it up out of whole cloth (this lie originated in some book full of other lies similarly unsubstantiated) and then other wingers pick it up while quoting each other until it goes viral. After awhile -- in this case several years -- it becomes their conventional wisdom, true or not.

I've tried to chase that quote down once before and just ran into dead ends. If anyone can find the original so-called interview where he supposedly said that, it could finally be put to rest. Until then, I will continue to classify it as just another swampnet lie.

700101erw's picture
700101erw 22 weeks 4 days ago
#6

The actual Ted Turner quote in question is from the November-December 1991 (Vol. 93, No. 6) Audubon in a piece by Bruce Stutz titled “Ted Turner Turns it On” [pp 110-116]. It is photographed in the following article.:
Ted Turner’s Math Problem

August 28, 2012
https://notunlikelee.wordpress.com/tag/audubon-magazine/

vetinla's picture
vetinla 21 weeks 6 days ago
#7

@ # 2 said;"Liberals can also promote these hateful ideas"

Population control can occur in many different ways, they're not all hateful. DUH!!

vetinla's picture
vetinla 21 weeks 6 days ago
#8

IMO, a sure fire way to effect population control, would be to empower women more...

vetinla's picture
vetinla 21 weeks 6 days ago
#9

IMO, a sure fire way to effect population control, would be to empower women more...

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