Though who we elect should…
By Jack E. Lohman
Albert Einstein once said that “you can’t solve problems with the same kind of thinking that created them,” but our politicians are out to prove him wrong.
Either these people don’t comprehend how we got into this financial mess, or more likely, they are playing us for fools. Congress is all over the spectrum; tax breaks here, spending there, you name it. But not one politician will touch the core issue — political corruption — because that might actually require a fix.
The R’s are complaining about overspending today for only one reason: it’s their turn. Last year they were selling our country to the highest bidder, and today it’s the Dems.
Just once it would be nice if we could trust politicians to do the right thing. You know, like the job they were elected to do! Representing the public.
But we can’t. Both political parties are being paid large sums of money in campaign contributions to do just the opposite, to tilt the recovery dollars in the direction of the giver. Your politician and mine have zero qualms about transferring our wealth to their financial supporters.
It’s troublesome that cash dollars sway our system today, but worse, they also swayed it in the 1980’s and 90’s and are the very reason we are currently in trouble. It is cash bribes that originally bought the lifting of banking and credit regulations. The banks went wild and now want the taxpayers to repay them for their mistakes. The Republicans wrote the bill and the Democrats rubber-stamped it. Sound familiar?
They did the same thing when they killed the Stark medical conflict of interest regulations, and you can see where health care costs have gone as a result.
Logically, a Medicare-for-all system would be in the best interest of the state and nation, for citizens, and for companies that are spending $6000 per employee per year for premiums. They could jettison this expense and better compete with foreign companies, and by covering 100% of our people it would create more good jobs in health care. But the R’s are blocking it.
The Republicans want tax cuts for businesses, and indeed business taxes should be cut to zero. Bailout or no bailout. We pay their taxes anyway when they are added to the price of the product and we reimburse them at the cash register. The same is true for health care costs, which also should be disconnected from employers. We should offset them both with more progressive personal taxes as other countries have done. It works!
The R’s want business tax cuts to save corporate dollars and make them more competitive.
But they don’t want single-payer health care that would save employers $6000 per employee per year, because that bypasses their insurance company contributors. Go figure.
They also criticize Obama’s proposal for zero taxes for the poor, but supported Bush’s cuts for the rich.
If this recovery were not being tilted by campaign contributions perhaps we could see quick progress.