The last time there was a Republican in the White House, we had runaway health care costs, deficit-exploding tax cuts for the rich, and Wall Street deregulation that led to the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Were any of these times when America was ‘great’?
House Republicans let out a cheer on Thursday when they finally mustered the votes to strip away access to affordable health care for millions of Americans. In a 217-213 vote, with 20 Republican defections and no votes from Democrats, the Affordable Care Act, more commonly called Obamacare, passed the first hurdle on its way to repeal.
The bill faces a tough fight in the more moderate senate, where there is no gerrymandering to protect Republicans. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t make its way to Trump’s desk.
The Republican’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), is just one part of the GOP vision for the country and it is not unlike that of the George W. Bush administration. And we all know how that turned out.
Like Bush 43, Trump has floated the idea of deficit-exploding tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans. Part of them will be paid for by deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare buried in the Obamacare repeal.
Trump has also suggested repealing the Dodd-Frank regulations put in place to rein in Wall Street, after the Bush-era deregulation frenzy that caused financial markets to collapse in 2007.
Out of the past 115 years, Republicans have controlled all three legislative branches of government for 24 of them and they resulted in economic disasters. There was the Panic of 1907, the Great Depression of 1929, and the Great Recession of 2007. Ronald Reagan exploded the deficit. Bush 43 added $6 trillion to the national debt. Furthermore, the conservative, trickle-down economic policies that accelerated during the Reagan era, has been blamed for the growth of income inequality and shrinking middle-class.
The last time there was a Republican in the White House we had runaway health care costs, deficit-exploding tax cuts for the rich, and Wall Street deregulation that led to the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. With Republicans in control, it looks like we’re headed for a repeat of the same disastrous policies that made the George W. Bush administration one of the worst in American history.
Under Republicans, waves of corporate deregulation, and huge tax cuts for the rich paid for by deficit spending and cutting programs that help the poor and middle-class have never made the majority of Americans better off. The beneficiaries have been people who are already rich.
If anyone expects things to change for the better with Republicans in charge, working-class Americans should not count themselves among them, as history has proven. Why then, do people keep voting Republican? In a word; salesmanship. Over the past 30 years, the Republican Party has been adept at getting voters to believe their words, not their actions. It’s hard to say if that will ever change. However, for the most part, most chumps eventually figure out when they’ve been had.
The best thing about the Trump administration is the level of resistance it has inspired.
Democracy may indeed survive the Liar-in-Chief, and the rebound effect in 2018, could be huge.
While voting has gotten harder since Republican voter ID laws and voter suppression have become a national nightmare, there are still ways to get to the polls. Election Day may not be a national holiday, but that doesn’t mean people can’t get the day off to go vote. An organized social media campaign calling for a nationwide call-in-sick-day on November 6, 2018, could do the trick.
Have your voice heard. Call your representative on the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
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