Drain the Swamp

Drain the swamp.

Drain the swamp.

Most Trump voters didn’t vote for him out of racism or sexism.

Most sought to drain the swamp of policy that serves an elite few while ignoring everyone else — leaving too many working Americans fearful and angry.

I voted for Hillary, but I am with them on that point.

Now we must hold DJT to his promise to help middle-class Americans amidst worrisome signs arise, like these:

  • A tax plan that favors the wealthy: Under Trump the middle-class will get tax cuts of about 2% — while America’s richest will get a 13.5% cut.
  • Deregulate Wall Street: So that Main Street bails out Wall Street once again
  • Weaken Medicare: A Republican gift to insurance and pharmaceutical companies — that we will pay for. See details under “Ryan-Care” below.**
  • Weaken Social Security too: Republican Mitch McConnell says Medicare and Social Security are our biggest national threats.

We must also look at what’s actually effective in helping the middle class and what’s not.

Most of the job loss is due to technology, not China and Mexico. And even if  Trump did keep jobs from going to Mexico management would likely just build automated plants instead.

The most effective ways to help the middle class are to create jobs that require human work at living wages, like building up our infrastructure, educating our people, and tax policy that benefits the middle class.

We must hold DJT to his promise to help hard-working Americans. “Drain the swamp” shouldn’t be “just words” to help him get elected.

Keep pushing to strengthen the middle-class!

________

** Ryan-Care 

Paul Ryan’s plan to drain your pocket and enrich insurance and pharmaceutical companies:

Pay more, Get less:

Instead of providing medical care, Medicare would provide subsidies for private plans.

  • Subsidies probably won’t be tied to medical cost inflation — you’ll pay more
  • Now we’ll need a private “middle man” — who wants a profit — you’ll pay more
  • Shareholders expect a dividend — you’ll pay more
  • Medicare loses leverage over medical care providers and drug companies — you’ll pay more

The Kaiser Family Foundation says out-of-pocket costs for a typical 65-year old would more than double.

Meanwhile, weakening Social Security and Medicare is great for rich elites who want to completely dismantle government. Not so great for the rest of us. Yet folks keep voting Republican. Go figure.

Related Posts

About BroadBlogs

I have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology (emphasis: gender, social psych). I currently teach sociology and women's studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. I have also lectured at San Jose State. And I have blogged for Feminispire, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project and Daily Kos. Also been picked up by The Alternet.

Posted on January 13, 2017, in politics/class inequality and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. And then there’s education, the environment, guns, the minimum wage…… Ugh.

    • That’s why I worry about his cabinet pics. Anti-public education head who wants to divert public funds to private schools. Anti-worker Labor head to who has been against worker protections, Good worker pay, and who would prefer to automate instead of have workers in his own businesses.

      Anti-environmental EPA. Which might sound good to some Trump supporters. But why should we suffer so that oil companies can profit? Kids won’t be able to play outside, our water won’t be drinkable, our lakes and rivers will start catching on fire again…

      Climate-caused damage reached $46 billion and killed at least 138 US citizens last year (MN 1/11). It will only get worse as the planet keeps warming. We will all pay for damage caused by increasing coastal flooding, hurricanes, tornados, cold winters, hot summers, drought (lost farms, dams, desalination, shipping water to the west…) These are costs that wealthy oil interests can more easily escape. Or, they can afford to pay for the damage/added costs — which pale in comparison to big profits.
      Renewable energy can even create more jobs since they are more labor-intensive than fossil fuel technologies.*
      We must stop being fooled by big oil and big coal, who work hard to trick us into serving their interests instead of our own.

      *
      http://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/renewable-energy/public-benefits-of-renewable-power#.WHgIGLHMxAY

      In fact, I’ll be writing more about this.

  2. Looks like he is bringing to the swamp a convoy of trucks full of crocodiles and alligators–likely a school of piranhas there as well.

    You are spot on, Georgia. I’ll be working on getting that Maddow video today and it should set the hair on fire of anyone who watches it.

  3. You might like to review this alternative replacement for the ACA being offered by the GOP.
    https://abetterway.speaker.gov/_assets/pdf/ABetterWay-HealthCare-Snapshot.pdf

    As for your other points, public education does not work and is owned and operated by the teachers’ union which exists for the benefits of its members and not the students they are supposed to be preparing for their futures.

    Climate change is a political sham used by the leftist elites to control their sheep. China and India produce 100 of X’s the hydrocarbons as the US and they profit from our useless conservation methods. You want to see real environmental damage think Fukashima which is still poring massive amounts of radioactivity into the Pacific and currently radiating the west coast of the US.

    I could go on but I would be wasting my time trying to inform those that already know it all.

    • NO PUBLIC EDUCATION?

      Fighting against public education is scary. Without it many people won’t be able to afford to get one. And then it’s easier to manipulate people when they are uneducated.

      CLIMATE CHANGE

      I’ll be writing about this in my blog too

      Why must ordinary Americans suffer just to boost Big Oil/Coal profits? Climate-caused damage reached $46 billion and killed at least 138 U.S. citizens last year. It will only get worse as the planet keeps warming.

      We will all pay for damage caused by increasing coastal flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, cold winters, hot summers, drought (lost farms, dams, desalination, and shipping water west).

      These are costs that wealthy oil interests can more easily escape. Or, they can afford to pay for the damage/added costs — which pale in comparison to big profits.

      Renewable energy can even create more jobs since they are more labor-intensive than fossil fuel technologies. We must stop being fooled by big oil and big coal, who work hard to trick us into serving their interests instead of our own.

      Even Trumps nominees now say they believe in climate science:

      If you don’t believe the New York Times, check the video or watch the confirmation hearings live.

      HEALTH CARE

      Focus groups of Trump voters were asked how they liked GOP plans. Here’s what they said:

      DO TRUMP VOTERS LIKE GOP HEALTH CARE PLANS? NO
      Asked about policies found in several Republican plans — including a tax credit to help defray the cost of premiums, a tax-preferred savings account and a large deductible typical of catastrophic coverage — several of these Trump voters recoiled, calling such proposals “not insurance at all.”

      They were also worried about what they called “chaos” if there was a gap between repealing and replacing Obamacare.

      Regarding the link you sent, how is that different from what I wrote? I don’t see any difference:

      Ryan-Care 
      Paul Ryan’s plan to drain your pocket and enrich insurance and pharmaceutical companies:

      Pay more, Get less:

      Instead of providing medical care, Medicare would provide subsidies for private plans.
      * Subsidies probably won’t be tied to medical cost inflation — you’ll pay more
      * Now we’ll need a private “middle man” — who wants a profit — you’ll pay more
      * Shareholders expect a dividend — you’ll pay more
      * Medicare loses leverage over medical care providers and drug companies — you’ll pay more

      The Kaiser Family Foundation says out-of-pocket costs for a typical 65-year old would more than double.

      Meanwhile, weakening Social Security and Medicare is great for rich elites who want to completely dismantle government. Not so great for the rest of us. 

Thoughts? (Comments will appear after moderation)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: