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What’s Mine is Mine, What’s Yours is Mine

The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.” — Jawaharlal Nehru

“We each protect our own, that’s how it’s done,” said the woman on CSI.

I understand it now, what our current administration is doing, gutting everything in its wake. It’s not about building a wall, it never has been — though the idea is appealing like a good privacy fence is appealing.

But unlike a privacy fence between me and Mr. McGee next door, President Trump wants an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” that is envisioned to be almost 2000 miles long running from California to Texas.

This land ain’t gonna be flat.

This land ain’t gonna be free — most of it is owned privately, and would have to be purchased.

So… what I’m seeing is that we’re going to start the wall, and there will be construction jobs in the southwest — surveying, excavating, engineering, concrete pouring — until it becomes a boondoggle.

And then it will be abandoned.

But I digress.

Repeal/”replacement” of the Affordable Care Act is estimated to bring $157 billion in tax cuts over ten years for those making over a million dollars a year. How many people do you know that make over a million dollars a year? The New York Times also says “sizable” tax cuts would be in store for those making $200,000 to $999,999 a year.

Nobody I know makes that kind of gelt.

Additionally, with this bill, the healthcare insurance companies, which recently raised their premiums, will be able to deduct from their companies’ taxes up to $1 million in CEO compensation. The Affordable Care Act had capped that limit at $500,000. so this is another way for corporations to duck taxes, and it will be up to what’s left of the working class to make up the shortfall.

On Tuesday, 3/14, while we were laughing about photo-taking microwave ovens, and fussing about the 54 million people who will lose their health insurance through 2026, a new Executive Order was signed ordering the heads of Executive Branch departments (HUD, Education, EPA, etc.) to basically see if they can eliminate their departments if services are “redundant,” and can be left to the states.

If these departments vanish in 180 days, where does the money which ran them go?

 

 

 

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