Their greed will kill us

Because of the greed of a few, we will all suffer. Republicans, punch drunk on hubris, will gore the  middle class and exterminate the poor to feed the rich. Muffy will get her fourth yacht. Buffy will get his third Swiss villa. The middle class will get crumbs. The poor will get nothing.

Throughout the Obama years, we heard Republicans scream DEFICIT, DEFICIT, DEFICIT. Again and again, they decried that the DEFICIT was too high. It will lead to ruin. Our children will be burdened for decades. Wah-wah-wah.

The tax (scam) bill poised to pass this coming week will increase the size of the deficit in ways hitherto unimaginable. And Paul Ryan, Speaker and Ghoul of the House, has already called for major cuts to “entitlements.”

Social Security, Medicare, they’re all doomed. We have money to pay for Buffy’s villas and Muffy’s yachts, but not for healthcare. And by the way, they are not entitlements. They are not handouts. People pay into Social Security and Medicare. That’s how they were designed. Calling them entitlements is bullshit. The Ghouls do that to feed their false narrative that the undeserving are getting something on the backs of the rich. It’s the other way around, folks. Always has been.

Companies with billions in the bank will suddenly have billions more at their disposal. In theory, they will use this new money to create new jobs, which in turn will stimulate the economy.

Bullshit. It will do nothing of the kind. George H.W. Bush called it voodoo economics when he ran for president in 1980. He changed his tune when he signed up as vice president to the Voodoo-in-chief, but he had it right the first time. I’ll believe the trickle-down treacle when the CEOs of the nation’s largest corporations take 50-75% pay cuts and increase wages for their employees proportionally. Companies make money hand over fists, but the workers see little or nothing for these accomplishments.

Kansas tried trickle down. It failed. Greed only benefits the greedy. It does not benefit society at large.

I’m not a Christian. So I feel a little silly preaching to the supposed Christians in Congress, but here goes: greed is wrong. It’s evil. It hurts people. People will die because of the greed of the rich.

Greed is a sickness, a type of hoarding with many innocent victims. Hoarders live in squalor, to the detriment of their own health. The greedy keep money out of circulation, to the detriment of everyone. They do not create jobs. They do not stimulate the economy. And their greed is voracious. Nothing is ever enough.

My mother always used to say, Who has all the money? The city, county, state, and federal governments always talk about the money they don’t have. So who has it?

Koch Brother ghouls. Murdoch ghouls. Walton ghouls. All those who feed the likes of McConnell, Ryan, et al., they have all the money, and they want to keep it that way. We can send their kids to private schools, so why should they pay for public ones? We can get around in style on private jets, so why pay for the upkeep of roadways? We can zip to anywhere in the world for the best medicine money can by, so why pay for healthcare for others? Fuck others.

That attitude will destroy this country. If we all long to become money hoarders, hoping to win the lottery and get so well off that we can say “fuck you” to everyone else, then we cease to function as a society. Society only works when it funds itself. We fund ourselves through taxes. We tax those with money. This isn’t hard to figure out. The only ones that benefit from tax cuts are the ones with the most money. Sure, some folks might see a short-term bump in their paychecks. But then shit will start costing more, from healthcare to food, and the bump in pay will become a distant memory. Furthermore, the tax “cuts” for the middle class expire in a couple of years.

Meanwhile, schools could close and healthcare and housing could skyrocket out of reach. All so Muffy and Buffy can have more money to play with.

This is not the world I want to live in. I want to live in a world where people care about each other and where a government reflects that basic human value. Enough with the ghouls. They have to go.

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