Friday, May 26, 2017

EYE weep for our country redux

EYE had a feeling the black, EYE mean, backlash in response to America's first African American President was going to be fierce, but EYE had no idea how fierce.  Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine the depth of the hatred for people of color.  It's one of the reasons EYE didn't buy into the post racial America narrative.  There is a mean spirit on the loose that is just too big and too mean to fight.

Republicans bite off their noses to spite their faces.  
The Trump administration unveiled a budget for 2018 on Tuesday that seeks to overhaul many of the country’s safety-net programs for low-income and struggling Americans. Though these cuts are popular among Republican lawmakers, they affect programs that are actually more commonly used in Republican-leaning states than in Democratic ones, and that in many cases benefit white voters without college degrees — a demographic group that strongly supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
The programs experiencing the deepest cuts provide assistance for health care services to children, the poor and disabled, and that supplement food and housing for those with low incomes. Most of the programs were created decades ago by Democratic presidents.

Hatred is a powerful motivator 
If a Republican-controlled Congress has its way, the results would be "apocalyptic":

Hundreds of thousands would lose health insurance; medical debt and untreated conditions would surge; and there would be an explosion in extreme poverty, including a lot of outright hunger.
Don't think.  Support Trump. 
You may recall Trump’s remark during the campaign that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Well, he hasn’t done that, at least so far. He is, however, betting that he can break every promise he made to the working-class voters who put him over the top, and still keep their support. Can he win that bet?
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