The Republican controlled House Of Representatives recently voted for and passed a budget that clearly shows their indifference to the difficulty and suffering of those who struggle to put a roof over their family's heads and food on the table. In an effort o stave off an automatic cut in Defense spending the Republicans are willing to inflict even more suffering on the middle class and poor. This proposal cuts money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, which provides food stamps for the poor, Meals on Wheels which feeds many of our elderly poor, and Medicaid which provides healthcare to those who can't afford or qualify for health insurance, all in the name of preserving our overblown Defense budget. These legislators will have you believe they are preserving the security of America, and deserve praise for doing so, but moneyed Republicans are sacrificing nothing to save the Military from these budget cuts. The sacrifice Republicans are calling for is all being done on the backs of those who can least afford it. Absent from this budget are any cuts to the billions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks Republicans give to corporations and the wealthy. Where is their sacrifice?
Democrats of course will not let this stand. This bill is dead on arrival in the Senate and would certainly garner a Presidential veto. It does point out however, something I've been saying for some time now. If you make less than 250,000 dollars a year and vote Republican you are voting against yourself and your own economic interests.
The old saying is, 'if you can't baffle them with brilliance, befuddle them with baloney!' The Republicans have been quite successful in doing the latter, befuddling the electorate with the false boogeymen of Gay Rights, Abortion, Government interference in religious matters, and Women's health and other issues of the moment to keep, as one Carnival worker put it, "The suckers from seeing what you are really doing'.
We have gone from an economy where one worker could support a stay at home wife and two kids to an economy where a worker and wife must both work just to make ends meet. That middle class wealth had to go somewhere and it appears it has become the record profits of those who are already well off. We got this way by following Republican economic policies espoused over the last 60 years. The inability of a worker to support even himself on the paltry minimum wage, coupled with this latest recession should be enough to prove the total failure of Republican economic policy.
Hopefully the voters will wake up from their Republican induced befuddlement and throw these vultures for the wealthy out before we have to put our two kids from our four member family out to work just to make ends meet.