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The Politics of Denial
Why Can’t They See the ACA Doesn’t Hurt Them
“Income inequality in the United States has increased steadily in recent years and is now at its highest level since the 1920s. Mexico, Chile, and Turkey are the only members of the organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with higher levels of inequality than the United States according to the Gini coefficient.” The Gini coefficient is a statistical measurement that represents the income or the wealth of a nation and how it is distributed among its citizens. It is typically used to measure inequality of wealth.
I think we should all stand and give ourselves a round of applause and a clap on the back! We are not the lowest on the ladder only FOURTH LOWEST. The richest country in the history of the planet and we are Fourth from the Bottom, and Trump and the Republicans are driving us lower, faster.
In the United States, before the 2017 $1.5 trillion tax gift to the wealthiest Americans, the income was distributed to the top 1% has more than doubled. The top-earning .1% of households now control the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%!
It will come as no surprise that the wealth gap is most pronounced in racial minorities. Many factors have been around since slavery and still persist such as job and housing discrimination, exclusionary zoning laws, unequal education, and inheritance laws that perpetuate past inequalities, the wealthy make sure that their wealth does not get ‘distributed to others thru inheritance taxes etc.’ They don’t want to share.
Just hang on it gets worse.
“The number of US households living in extreme poverty, defined as incomes of less than $2.00 per day, has more than doubled to more than 1.6 million people.” How does $60 a month compare to your income? More than 1.6 million Americans are forced to live on this.
Health inequality has increased along with economic inequality. The prevalence of most chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and arthritis, rises as income declines.
“Life expectancy has also widened between the wealthy and low-income Americans: the poorest 1% of citizens have a life expectancy 10.1 years for women and 14.6 years for men less than compared with the richest 1%.”
An example: “Texas has imposed onerous regulations and funding cuts on family planning clinics, causing closure of many and a subsequent increase in unwanted pregnancies.” Texas appears to have the same mindset as they do for flood prevention. “We don’t want the expense and the hassle of all the development planning.” So, what happens when the floods come, and they always do, they hold out their hand to the federal government for well over $35 billion dollars and they let US PAY FOR THEIR STUPIDITY. And we just keep taking it. Who is STUPIDER?
What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty; and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice. Louis D. Brandeis Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/louis_d_brandeis_687058
I hear from people on occasion, not as much as I used to (I suppose they have just unfriended me), saying that we should be doing that, let them lift themselves up by their own bootstraps. I hold my tongue as best I can, but my answers are two:
First, at some point in your past, someone helped your ancestor. Maybe it was a small thing but everyone has been helped along the way.
Second, if you don’t believe in a god then the social justice that Justice Brandeis holds you to account. If you do believe in a God, every religion that I am familiar with holds that YOU ARE YOUR BROTHERS KEEPER. When voter suppression takes place as is happening more and more frequently now, at some point YOU will be the odd man out. What goes around comes around. If you don’t lift a hand to stop bigotry you may very be the next one to suffer those consequences. If you don’t stand up for someone being discriminated against, you could be the very one suffering in that position next time.
What happens in Fascism in America:
Sinclair Lewis titled his 1935 novel about a fascist threat to the United States “It Can’t Happen Here“. The novel tells the story of “Buzz” Windrip, who defeats Franklin Roosevelt for President in 1936 after a campaign based on stoking fear, promising unlikely economic reform, and championing patriotism and “traditional” values. Philip Roth developed a similar theme in his 2004 novel “The Plot Against America.This time it is 1940 and FDR is defeated for reelection by the real-life aviation hero and pro-German “America First” anti-Semite Charles Lindbergh. Both books are works of fiction, but the domestic fascist threat to the United States prior to World War II was all too real. Unfortunately, and frighteningly, it may be all too real in the United States again today.
To continue our look into “The Politics of Denial” a very large boulder fell on my head. I had not considered this next quote before. Jails are the largest in-patient mental health care facilities in the USA.
I wonder who pays for the costs of the jails, the hospitals, the cemeteries. I wonder.
This really hits home. “Steep medical bills contribute substantially to household debt and bankruptcy, thereby further increasing the income gap between wealthy and poor.”
Do you wake up in the morning hoping the other shoe is not going to drop today? Is a medical bill you can’t pay hanging over your head. I went without insurance for 7 years and thankfully nothing really eventful happened other than prescriptions were not covered by insurance such as the costs for diabetes insulin and supplies. One of the very first thing that Trump’s people did when they came into power? They disallowed Medicare from paying for blood test strips. On Amazon, 6 boxes of test strips are $69 (300 strips) Depending on need I use 4 or 5 strips a day. That is at best a 60 day supply. Those are a diabetics lifeline. I just read
“Trump Official Says Diabetes a Preexisting Condition Not Worthy of Coverage” this is Mick Mulvaney the Office of Budget and Management Director.
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I’m sorry that I get a bit preachy. But doggone it how can these guys live with themselves. These numbers are so brutal and they are so selfish. A few dollars out of their billions and they would have more billions that they have now. Unbelievably stupid!
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