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Jul 13

The Government in Crisis

The Government is still “broken.” Evidence is mounting that the leaders of the Republican Party have been bought and paid for by powerful interests such as the Koch Brothers and other groups who are willing to spend millions of dollars to influence governmental policy.

Healthcare – The efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act show a total lack of understanding of the plight of the average American Citizen. As of today, the Senate Healthcare bill still has gigantic cuts to Medicaid and other such programs. Efforts to appease the radically conservative members of the party will penalize all people in the lower income brackets. Smoke and mirrors are used to effectively hide just what the “new” healthcare bill will do. Party leadership still insists on extreme secrecy in preparing the plan. Of course, only the “elite” of the Grand Ole Party’s membership are allowed to participate. Leadership is desperately trying to achieve “something” that will gain them the 50 votes (plus Vice-President Pence’s tie-breaker,) needed to pass the plan. The “Party” is the supreme guide… promise and propose a plan (any plan???) to repeal Obamacare. Their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act show a total lack of understanding of the plight of the average American Citizen. As of today, the Senate Healthcare bill still has gigantic cuts to Medicaid and other such programs. McConnell sticks to the pledge he made years ago to stop and or undo anything that could give the previous administration any credit. If it succeeds, the Party will claim that it has fulfilled its campaign promise to repeal and replace the healthcare plan. It does not matter that the plan they are passing is a joke and the paper it is printed on isn’t even suitable for use in bathrooms.

Net Neutrality – Killing Net Neutrality will give companies such as Comcast, AT&T, and other cable companies the ability to block or slow down access by individuals in favor of corporate interests (who pay more.) Individuals could lose access to Video Streaming and many of the other features which most internet users love. It is also interesting that the proposals seek to give more control to the very companies that have the worst customer satisfaction records in the USA.

Republicans have often claimed that they are the voice of the Silent Majority. Actions speak louder than words. Their actions prove themselves to be the voice of the rich and powerful corporations and individuals. The elected officials avoid town hall meetings and any other situation which could challenge what they are doing in Washington. It would seem that they are listening to the people they represent. They are always available to lobbyists, PACs, wealthy families and individuals and corporate interests.

Democrats have also fallen victim to the influence of PACs, Lobbyists and powerful corporations. They lack concrete policies and proposals to stem the influence of the rich and powerful interests. Their focus seems to be on what they can do in the next elections rather than on concrete proposals on what to do now.

Party co-operation is a dead issue. Gone are the days when members of both parties could disagree on policy but still treat each other with honor and respect. Name-calling, branding, rumor-mongering, even hatred, have undermined any chance of having the leadership of both parties working together to produce a compromised solution with the best of both worlds. The Rigid idealism and fanaticism of extreme groups destroy any such cooperation. These extremes and even a religious fanaticism even continue to cause warring within the Republican Party.

It is past time for the true Silent Majority to speak up. How can believing Christians continue to persecute the least of Christ’s brethren? How can believers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution continue to deny and crush one of their core beliefs that all are created equal? How can they act to suppress God-given, unalienable rights?

Present policies continue to reinforce our governmental structures as those not of a democracy, but of an oligarchy… a government by the rich and powerful. Only this 1% of the population is governing the USA. The rest of us are but members of the “lower class,” and often, nothing more than slaves of the rich and powerful.