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Sunday, 03 December 2017 09:12

Requiem for Two Senators

Written by  Bob Serody

It is obvious to a huge majority of Americans that the tax bill that was passed by the Senate permanently cements the division between the extremely wealthy and the rest of the country. Its provisions have but one purpose, the concentration of wealth and power by the corporations who hire legions of lobbyists to have complete control over legislation and prevent startup companies from gaining a foothold in the marketplace. They have closed the doors of Congress to prevent entry by ordinary citizens to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”… as stated in the Constitution.

It appears that the great experiment provided by our founding fathers when they established the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is over. The economic engine of capitalism in its present form cannot work to restore equality and opportunity for all. In fact, capitalism in this country is now dead, for it depends on government by and for the people to work. (Read Saving Capitalism, by Robert Reich.)

The so-called capitalists don’t need the people anymore. They will have all the wealth and power they need to ignore our basic needs and our interests. They have accomplished this by increasing the federal deficit. With the 15% slash in taxation from capital gains, the deficit will balloon by at least one trillion dollars, and our national wealth will again shift from the middle class to the very wealthy. This will also provide corporations and their representatives in congress with the excuse down the road to cut entitlement programs, which are the lifelines of millions of working and retired Americans.

Only two motives control the robber barons – wealth and power. We have already seen a drop in the life expectancy of the middle class and the working poor. People without means are now leaving their offspring worse off economically than the previous generation. Higher education is now a luxury based on an accident of birth. Access to good health care is not guaranteed. This tax bill has signed the death warrant of hundreds of thousands of Americans now that the individual mandate has been stripped from the Affordable Care Act. Fewer insurance companies will have any incentive to participate in Obama Care, and the increase in rates will put health insurance out of reach of those who need it the most.

My hope that this tax bill would not be passed was centered on two women, Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. They had previously shown courage by voting against the repeal of Obama Care. They had the opportunity of showing that good governance is not pitting Republicans against Democrats, but showing how cooperating with each other for the common good would eventually result in a bill that would work for everyone’s benefit. Instead, it was railroaded through congress on a partisan vote, with all but one Republican Senator voting for passage. The sad result was that these two senators allowed themselves to be bought off. Unfortunately, this is how they will be remembered.

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 Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

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