When Reagan was president, he set in motion ideas that still impact the Republican party and our country. One is that the federal government is bad (other than for fighting wars) and the corollary goes along with it-- taxes are bad.
So today from the right comes the cry of socialism and how income redistribution is bad whenever any programs are suggested that would provide services, do anything about unemployment, keep wages up to living costs, educate kids, protect the air or water (not so much do they worry when the government spies on you, arrests you without a trial or goes to war with no excuse other than it wants to).
But boy do they love to talk about income redistribution. It is thrown into all their conversations and speeches. Taxes are bad. We will lower yours. Government is bad. We still stop it from doing anything (except wars around the world but don't worry we'll block VA benefits when the soldiers get home).
They even talk of privatizing VA hospitals so that it'll cost more to run and provide less care (think electrocutions in Iraq for what kind of care Halliburton corporations will provide our vets); so the profits can go to the private sector and the soldiers, well they can see what it's like to be in a hospital like the VA ones used to be before they were upgraded under Clinton. The right wing doesn't want VA hospitals to stay under the government because they are a success story proving government can do good (likewise, despite rightie claims, for Social Security) .
Cannot.. Absolutely CANNOT have the government looking good at anything; so must end anything that works. Medicare was one too until Bush added a prescription drug benefit which wasn't paid for (that was so Bush and those who follow him. Heaven forbid you'd pay for anything as you go). What the Republicans cannot directly destroy, they will ruin through adding things to it that finally make it look bad.
So the country as a whole, 50% anyway, and that means women more than ever before, are voting GOP because well they are mad. Mad that jobs have been shipped overseas and government doesn't stop it... except the government they are about to vote into power has done something about it-- encouraged more jobs to go overseas. Doing that makes the stock market happy, dontchaknow!
Apparently these ladies, who have switched their allegiance to the Republicans, don't like health care. Well they probably like it but not for those who cannot afford to pay for it. Heck the rates have already gone up thanks to a health care program that won't take full effect until 2014...
Do they think? Seriously, do they think?
I hear it regularly that everybody can get health care right now. Just walk into any ER and be charged a horrendous price but anyone can see a doctor.
Except, ER is not set up to do routine health maintenance. It's there for disasters and there is no way it is a substitute for regular health care where people find out their blood sugar is high before they go into a coma or their kidneys are ruined. Where they get blood pressure medication before the first heart attack. What ER can give chemotherapy? I mean it is an ignorant argument but it suits people who get all their information from slick TV ads, fox news and right wing talk radio.
ER is no substitute for a family doctor but that's just fine with the right wing as they don't really dislike death panels. Insurance companies provide the service all the time. They just like to throw the word around like so many others like clean air, patriot act, no child left behind, etc.
One thing the health care bill did, or would have done if people like Sharron Angle get their way and end it before it starts, was deny insurance companies the right to refuse coverage to a child with a preexisting condition. That went into effect right away. So a child with epilepsy might never be able to purchase insurance their whole lifetime. This is okay with the right and apparently a lot of Americans who have been convinced that Reagan was right-- government can't do anything right and taxes are bad.
I could say more on this but this blog is really about something else being thrown around ad nauseum-- income redistribution.
Oh how evil it sounds, how communist. We should only have to pay for the direct services we ourselves want and of course that mercenary army going around the world fighting... and maybe the big staffs for those Congress people and their lush offices, a few basics like flying them around the world to check on how the Bahamas are doing. Otherwise though government should do nothing and if we want a freeway, we can just damned well pay for a private contractor to build it and then pay tolls. Eisenhower had it all wrong about uniting a nation, that RINO!!!, We don't need to have meat inspected. Forget public schools, let the little hellions run the streets.
Let Americans keep all their money as they can do better than the government with taking care of these things (other than the continuous ongoing wars, of course). When jobs are shipped overseas, well we can come up with new companies for here... at lower wages, of course. $5 a day good with you?
Here's the truth and you can deny it if you will-- all of what we have in this country involves income redistribution. If you like a library, want any public services at all, value freeways you can whiz across the continent on, want your borders protected, airports and airways regulated, enjoy knowing the police and firemen are out there and ready to go-- you have to pay for it. Some of you will pay more than others because you have more.
This is even more true today as the wealth has been concentrated in a very small part of our population. There is one party who wants it to stay that way and even grow as they send the middle class back to the peon class where they belong. There is one party who supports the undermining of the middle. Yeah you go ahead and vote for that bunch maybe with the hope you'll be among the rich someday. *first good laugh I got on this topic*
You vote for someone who claims that loss of jobs is the fault of Obama but then that government should do nothing because government cannot do anything right. That's logical, isn't it?
They say Obama who immediately began the stimulus when he got in office did nothing for jobs. Maybe he trusted the states too much (where the right wants power returned) as 1/3 of the stimulus went directly to them for what were supposed to be shovel ready projects. Some probably actually got there. 1/3 went to tax cuts for the middle with 1/3 for economic projects. I know some of the states still have their 1/3 and don't seem to know how to spend it yet.
Maybe that stimulus could have been better spent but saving the big automakers from bankruptcy saved those jobs at least. And PLEASE don't tell me we now own the automakers we loaned the money to or that we will always control them. That is a right wing lie. When the loan is paid off, we'll be gone and they will still be working. Even Bush's TARP plan appears to be mostly saving financial companies and letting them repay the money to go on without any more overseeing.
Some of the Stimulus went to alternative energy development and the results of that might take awhile to show up but it could make a huge difference in the future.
Tell me-- how much of that would Republicans have done? Anything for jobs except cut taxes on the wealthiest with their trickle down theory? How can anybody vote for Republicans on a jobs excuse when they don't believe government can do anything right? Republicans just want to go off on junkets with their fat cat friends and learn how to better manage our economy from the billionaires who want to gain even more wealth.
I didn't used to have bad feelings toward Reagan. I saw him as a decent enough man. The more his words are being used to create the ignorant mess we have today with a whole class of people convinced taxes are bad, any help for someone else is socialism, and the government cannot do anything, the madder I get at him.
But really it's not him. It's those who took those words and ran with them probably far beyond anything he imagined. Did he really want us to become a nation of wealthy and poor? He came out of the middle class. Didn't he see its importance in this country, what made it different than other places? I don't know but it's what the right is aimed at today and under the banner of Christianity. I wish a few of those religious righties would take a few days to read what Jesus really said and then try to compare it to what is being done in his name. Asking too much? Probably!