Republican gymnastics

Republicans have always been liars, but I’ve never seen them be so blatant about it. “We must cut Social Security in order to offset the deficits that we just created.”

It’s like they’re trying to rescue the corrupt and moribund Democrats.

Everyone seems convinced that the Republican tax cuts will benefit only the rich. Whether that’s true or not, people like Marco Rubio (above) are boasting that the Republican tax cuts will necessitate cuts in Medicare and Social Security.

So, on one hand, Republicans ignore their own lie that the U.S. government runs on loans and tax revenue, and has a “funding crisis.” Republicans say that tax cuts will “pay for themselves” by “stimulating growth.”

On the other hand, Republicans are saying that tax cuts will not “pay for themselves,” and will therefore require that Medicare and Social Security be cut.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) says that he wants Republicans to reduce spending on social programs in 2018.

Last month at a rally in Missouri, Trump said that “welfare reform” will “take place right after taxes, very soon, very shortly after taxes.”

(So much for Trump’s repeated campaign promises that he would not cut Medicare or Social Security.)

Slashing taxes will cause big budget deficits. Republicans don’t care because they can use the resulting fiscal crisis to go after Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Republicans were back to bemoaning the debt even before they had voted on their own plan to add up to $1.5 trillion to it. (The big deficits in GOP tax plan aren’t a glitch — they’re the whole point. – Seattle Times.)

Of course,  there will be no “fiscal crisis,” but average Americans believe there will be. Therefore average Americans will let politicians screw them. They believe the lies because the lies justify their hate and their selfishness. Average Americans think that they alone must toil, while everyone around them is a freeloading parasite. (Average Greeks are especially bad about this, which is why Greeks have let themselves be slaves of the Troika.)

Watch people cheer as Trump brags that “welfare reform is next”…

Lies, lies, lies everywhere. The national debt is a “crisis” and must be “paid off.” Deficit spending is bad. The U.S. government runs on loans and on tax revenue.

Maybe that speaker above is correct: our enemy is indeed all the people around us.

If Republicans move to cut or privatize Medicare and Social Security, and someone asks, “Then why did they push for tax cuts?” the question can be drowned out with two words: welfare reform. 

No amount of austerity can ever be enough. No cuts in social programs can ever be enough. No amount of “welfare reform” can ever be enough. Here is the reason why…

This is depressing, so let me change the subject and lighten the mood…

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