I found myself rather shocked at a tweet by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. He said that President Obama is to blame for the two year extension on the tax cuts for the wealthy. This is technically the truth, however, the extension was the ONLY way that Congress would agree to extending unemployment for those without jobs. Jobs that were lost thanks to the economic crisis that occurred at the end of the Bush Administration. Jobs that were supposed to have been created by those very people who were benefitting from that tax cut. Jobs that never happened, however, the GOP members in Congress seemed to feel that those still on unemployment when no jobs were being created were…lazy. Since they were lazy, the GOP saw no reason to extend unemployment benefits.
In 2010 the American Voter decided that the problems in Congress were being caused by President Obama and his Democratic cronies, so they got rid of the cronies and voted in the “new” GOP. Tea Party Republicans who promised that they could do what the Democrats refused to do. They would repeal Obamacare, cut the deficit and create jobs. Of course, they didn’t quite tell the American Voter exactly how they planned on doing that. It turns out that they planned on doing that by getting rid of Medicare, Social Security and Abortions. All of which must be how they planned on creating jobs. As near as I can tell, they seem to believe that doing away with all of those things will allow a bigger tax cut for the wealthy and then, once they remove the “uncertainty” the wealthy will create more jobs. Odd that despite the facts of that matter, people still believe it.
I sure hope that the GOP members in Congress now understand that quite a few more jobs need to be created than they think. The Seniors that they will be taking Social Security and Medicare away from will need to go back to work. Of course, if they would address the issue of burgeoning healthcare costs, then possibly Medicare wouldn’t be as expensive as it is?
Paul Ryan’s voucher system would put a cap on the amount the government would spend on healthcare. With no accompanying cap on the cost of said healthcare. Without that cap on the expense of healthcare, the voucher system isn’t going to work. I should say it won’t work given the state of health of many retirees and those who are now close to retiring. However, if Americans were forced to make healthier choices, the system might work 30 or 40 years from now.
Of course, if we had been in the habit of making these healthier choices for the past 30 years, the cost of health insurance wouldn’t be quite so high. It’s just easier to blame corporations for controlling our lives in a negative way than it is to actually control our own lives in a positive way. It would be a lot easier to make these choices if there were enough jobs out there for people to have the luxury of spending money on gym memberships or possibly buying organic produce for their families. Healthier people would mean fewer trips to doctors and possibly less reliance on expensive medications.
Then again, maybe people would spend their money on electronic devices on which they can stay connected to the internet 24/7. Without that connection, how are they going to know who to blame for their problems? After all, we heard it on the internet, must be the truth…right?