Bad government the real problem

The Republican debt-funded tax bill is step one of a plan to transfer more power and wealth to corporations and oligarchs. Step two is reducing government spending on Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Justified, we’re told, based on the fact that the debt is “unsustainable.”

Supporters of the bill claim it will produce jobs and grow the economy. Most economists and the government’s own Joint Committee on Taxation say this tax bill will not produce the growth predicted by Republicans. Since the 1980s, cutting taxes has been sold as good for workers. Our enormous income/wealth inequality gap lays bare that canard.

We’re being told to guard against big government and “tax and spend liberals.” It’s not big government, but bad government that is the problem. Our Republican government of the rich has no real intention of serving the little people. I lived in Europe for years and was amazed at how their parliaments provided universal health care, superb public transport, high-speed trains, virtually free education, four weeks paid vacations, and on and on. How did they do it? They do it with a mindset attuned to the common good.

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Robert Wilfong

Rapid City

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