The Republican National Convention has been nothing short of a huge celebration of the power of Big Business. Fueled by about a dozen billionaires, one of whom has pledged to give $100 million to defeat the President, they have orated for two days about the horrors of Big Government. That’s because Big Government is the only check to Big Business. The Gilded Age II is what they want to restore, a time of monopolies, no worker rights, massive profits and oppression of the people.
Paul Ryan spoke last night about crowning the Reagan Revolution. Its aim was to starve the federal government through massive debt until they could justify cutting all social programs for the poor, minorities, the elderly and children. Ryan’s Budget does just that: 30 million thrown off health care by repealing ObamaCare, another 30 million tossed out of Medicaid, veterans benefits slashed, food stamps, home heating and housing assistance would all see the chopping block.
They say they’re doing this because we have to. Wrong. By ending the wars, repealing the Bush Tax Cuts and reviving the economy we can afford to take care of the poor. We do not need to rob from the poor to further enrich the rich which is what Paul Ryan’s policies do. As many have labeled it Romney Hood, these folks want to take away the safety net, give more tax cuts to the 1% and explode the deficit once again. Ryan does not pay for his latest round of tax cuts which give the rich a 1% tax rate.
Conservative prevaricators have been flooding the letters to the editor columns with lies about the Ryan Budget plan for Medicare. He slashes it by $716 billion to give more tax cuts to the rich. No one age 54 or under will get Medicare even though they’ve been paying into the program for years. Those over 54 get to remain in the successful and popular program but when they die off it disappears. That’s getting rid of Medicare. One you attain the age of 67 (yes, that age of eligibility increases under Ryan) you get a voucher for $6,000 to go out and purchase a policy costing $12,400. Maybe they’ll accept your pre-existing conditions but probably not meaning you’re on your own.
The theme of the convention is “We Built This.” Yes, Republicans built this disaster. Even as Paul Ryan bemoans the fact his Party caused all the problems he doesn’t want to take personal responsibility for it. Ryan voted for the unfunded wars, he voted for the Bush Tax Cuts and he voted for Bush Budgets which exploded the deficit. He voted for failed economic policies but he won’t accept responsibility for those actions. So much for personal responsibility in today’s Republican Party.
They have a huge Deficit Clock going in the Center, built with 62% government funding. A banner saying “we built this” should hang over it because the GOP created this deficit. Ronald Reagan increased the debt by $1.9 trillion, George H.W. Bush by $1.3 trillion and George W. Bush by $5.1 trillion then passed along a failed economy which created another $5 trillion hole. They want to blame Barack Obama for their mess though. We’ll see exactly how stupid America has become on November 6th.