Fear Mongering Republicans
Once again your ‘Rockaway Irregular’ has eloquently brought forth his fear mongering on the pages of The Wave. Why do he and his fellow progenitors of panic, Rudy Giuliani and Peter King, always seem to relish reminding us of the impending end of our beloved way of life? Then, as if riding to the rescue, they clarify how we can be saved by simply ending Medicare, and Social Security, and public education. If we would only relinquish the social programs that have raised our standard of living, our futures in this great country would be safeguarded; as if we lived in some poor third world nation that could not afford clean water and clean air.
This is a superbly affluent country, capable of affording a civilized life for all of its citizens. Want clean air? Start by ending subsidies to oil oligarchies. Then subsidize wind and solar, as do the Germans, the Chinese, the Dutch, the Spanish and the French. Given Republicans’ dislike of Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, one wonders, what do THEY breathe?
Want a decent public school system like that of Singapore, Korea and Finland? Stop stealing away rights from kindergarten teachers and destroying their pensions. Instead ask the wealthiest 1 percent, those who earn 24 percent of all the income in one year’s time, to pay their fair share.
Worried about the deficit? Stop giving trillion dollar tax breaks to the wealthiest, those who surely do not need them, and then strangling the middle class in order to fill the deficit hole you just dug?
Want Medicare that is not underfunded, Social Security that is guaranteed and the same health plan as your Senator and Congressman? Yes, you do! Extend the payroll tax to all incomes; that earned by a middle class person and a wealthy citizen alike. Stop letting the person who earns a living from dividends live at better tax rates than the person who works the nine to five job. Go back to Eisenhower era tax rates for the super-wealthy. Now, THERE was an era of 5 percent unemployment and 6 percent growth!
Want affordable college for your kids instead of saddling them with life crushing student loans? End these trillion dollar wars for oil; wars we fight to uphold dictators in places that no longer even want us around. Re-direct that money instead into college scholarships.
Worried about lack of jobs? Giving tax breaks to billionaires won’t create them. Fortune 500 companies are already holding nearly 1.5 trillion dollars in their bank accounts. Think more tax breaks will make them suddenly decide to spend the money they’re hoarding? Instead, increase taxes on their short-term profits. Now, they can either invest it for the long term and hire people, or simply lose it. They’ll invest.
Worried about jobs heading overseas? Tax companies more if they move their factories overseas. Further tax them, if they are headquartered in that building in the Cayman Islands wherein 18,000 of them are holed up. End corporate welfare.
Worried about gas prices skyrocketing? Put in a windfall profits tax on the oil monopolies, immediately. If, in retaliation, they constrict supply, nationalize them. Energy IS national security.
Worried about immigration? Deal with it. My grandparents were immigrants, and so, most likely, were yours. We are all children of immigrants – except the few Native Americans amongst us. Immigrants locking out immigrants is hypocrisy of the worst order and inexcusable. Don’t buy from, or deal with, firms in Arizona. My great-uncles told me of that phrase, “Ihre Papiere, bitte (Your papers, please)?”
Lastly, stop listening to these fear peddlers, whose only way of remaining in office, or getting your attention, is to tell you that WE can no longer afford clean water, clean air, public school, college for the many, guaranteed health insurance, Social Security, or anything else which THEY object to being taxed for. They call it Socialism, class warfare, and evil. You know better.