You knew this was coming. The Republicans haven’t even finished passing their tax cut bill that was purposefully designed to drastically decrease the amount of money that the rich have to pay towards the infrastructure that makes their successes possible. You know, things like roads, bridges, police and fire protection, education, and health care, not to mention a bloated military.
Before they even manage to craft a final Frankensteinian draft of the bill in Congressional conference for President Trump to drool over while he signs into law an estimated $1 trillion to $1.7 trillion worth of debt to the U.S. economy, Republicans are already talking about how they will reduce the debt that they are in the process of creating with unneeded tax cuts for the wealthy by reducing spending on everyone else.
The result, unless you are in the tiny group of billionaires who get the lion’s share of the benefits from this bill, will be that the majority of Americans will find themselves within the next 10 years paying higher taxes and receiving fewer government services.
House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed this strategy today in an appearance on the Ross Kaminsky talk radio show on KHOW in Denver.
“We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit,” Ryan said. “… Frankly, it’s the health care entitlements that are the big drivers of our debt, so we spend more time on the health care entitlements — because that’s really where the problem lies, fiscally speaking.”
according to The Washington Post:
“Ryan said that he believes he has begun convincing President Donald Trump in their private conversations about the need to rein in Medicare, the federal health program that primarily insures the elderly. As a candidate, Trump vowed not to cut spending on Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. (Ryan also suggested congressional Republicans were unlikely to try changing Social Security, because the rules of the Senate forbid changes to the program through reconciliation — the procedure the Senate can use to pass legislation with only 50 votes.)
If there was ever a reason to vote every single Republican out of Congress, here it is. Just come out and say it, Rep. Ryan. The rich don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves, so let’s cut their taxes and stop making them pay for poor people’s cancer.
The Republican plan is obvious. Defund education so the voters are too uneducated to understand what the Republican tax plan will do to them. Then, after giving trillions away to the wealthy, make the spending cuts the following year, and the uneducated populace won’t remember that you had plenty of money to give to the people who fund your campaigns, and ultimately your lifestyles, but none to continue the social programs that the working poor and middle-class rely on to get by because all the money resulting from productivity gains in American industry has gone to senior executives’ blossoming salaries, while their paychecks have paced behind inflation.
Democrats aren’t fooled by their opponent’s tactics. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the ranking Democrat on the finance committee, had this to say during a speech on the tax debate.
“What’s coming next is all too predictable: The deficit hawks will come flying back after this bill becomes law. Republicans are already saying ‘entitlement reform’ and ‘welfare reform’ are next up on the docket. But nobody should be fooled — that’s just code for attacks on Medicaid, on Medicare, on Social Security, on anti-hunger programs.”
Speaker Ryan pretty much confirmed that view today, saying that he’s optimistic that Republicans could target the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid next year in addition to Medicare, despite their failure to repeal the health care law in 2017.
The real question that emerges from all of this is when will average Americans wake up to the fact that, unless they vote Republicans out of office, they will continue to rob from the poor to give to the rich. Republicans only care about the interests of their corporate donors. Every act they take hurts the majority of Americans. Don’t wait until they’ve already enacted their evil agenda before realizing what’s going on. Act now to stop them!