If you’re not in the top 1 percent and able to get massive tax cuts simply because you’re rich, then you’re not worthy of any program that will make your survival any easier.
That is apparently where Donald Trump and the Republicans stand when it comes to programs designed to help the middle class and poorer Americans, programs like Meals on Wheels – a program that delivers meals to the elderly. According to the Trump White House, funding that help states offer Meals on Wheels benefits must be cut.
Listen to this White House Trump staffer explain why cutting funding to these fundamental programs make sense.
Mulvaney said Meals on Wheels “sounds great” but it is “not showing any results”pic.twitter.com/4vF7LxEcrO
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 16, 2017
The Republican Party is headed for a terrible crash that will weaken its influence and lead to a reassessment of its platform and direction. We’re already seeing the evidence, from Mitt Romney‘s comments on the 47% and his contention that Palestinians don’t want peace, to Todd Akin’s ignorant rant about rape victims and all of the other far right conspiracy theories about Obama being a Muslim, a socialist and unqualified to be president because he’s not a citizen. These ideas have not gone away, nor have they been submerged for the good of the Romney/Ryan ticket.
Now the GOP is running a campaign that says that they have the solutions to our nation’s problems. But why should we trust them? They’ve been wrong on every major issue over the past four years.
Consider the following Republican pronouncements:
Isn’t it amusing that the party of anti-science would be so concerned about the science of polling?
Now comes word that the party of morality is considering jumping back in to the Akin Senate campaign in Missouri. Does their hypocrisy know no bounds? No wonder Obama’s polling bounce is due mostly to support from women.
This is a political party without defining principles other than irrational celebration of the individual at the expense of the community and a misplaced sense of right and wrong. It can’t end well, and it won’t.
After trashing 47% of Americans earlier this week by calling them “victims” and suggesting that these Americans are unwilling to care for themselves, another video featuring Mitt Romney is making its rounds on the internet. This video shows Mitt Romney, explaining how privilege he is to be rich.
When I was a boy, when I was a boy I used to think that becoming rich and becoming famous would make me happy. And boy was I right.
With that statement, Mitt Romney laughed, thanked the audience and exited the podium.
Earlier in the week, another video was released featuring Mr. Romney. In that video, Romney is seen speaking at a private fundraiser, telling his fellow millionaire donors, “my job is not to worry about those people.” Those people, are the 47% Romney criticized earlier in his speech, calling them poor and dependent on the government for food and shelter.
In an effort to change the topic, Fox News and the Romney campaign are trying to highlight a small snippet of a 1998 speech by Barack Obama. The part of the speech they are focusing on shows Mr. Obama saying,”I actually believe in redistribution.” But like any propaganda machine, Fox News and the Romney campaign refused to show the full context of Mr. Obama’s speech.
The part of the clip these Republicans conveniently left out shows Mr. Obama doing something they claim they agree with – praising competition, the free market and making government more efficient. In a calculated move, Republicans knew that showing the full context of what Mr. Obama said in 1998 would soften the effect they’re trying to portray to their audience – that President Obama is trying to take from the rich and give to the poor – so that context was intentionally left out.
NBC however, is bringing the full context to light and here it is.
I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot. How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that both foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local level and can be tailored to particular communities.
NBC reports. The video circulated by Republicans, which has used as fodder for an attack on Obama, includes a longer reflection by Obama about talking about how government action can be effective. But the clip has been cut short after the word “shot;” Obama’s words about competition, the marketplace and innovation are omitted from the clip.
Romney has nonetheless seized upon this clip as his campaign looks to regain its footing after the release of a surreptitiously-recorded video of the GOP presidential nominee speaking at a private fundraiser in May. Romney’s campaign has been bogged down in criticism from conservatives and Democrats alike since the release of the clip, in which Romney talks about how he couldn’t count on the support of 47 percent of Americans, since they pay no taxes, and are “dependent” on government.
Can you say a Rick Perry “Oops?”
After showing his true colors in what he thought was a private gathering with his millionaire friends, where Mitt Romney expressed that 47% of Americans consider themselves “victims” who depend on the government for food, clothing and shelter and lack the ambition to “take care of themselves,” Mitt Romney is now changing his tune and he is hoping the American people are too slow to notice.
At an appearance on a Spanish network on Univision, the Republican presidential nominee is now quoting another number – 100%
“My campaign is about the 100% of America,” he said.
Romney also tried to put a different spin on what he said about the 47%. He explained;
“I know that I’m not going to get 100% of the vote and my campaign will focus on those people we think we can bring in to support, but this is a campaign about helping people who need help.”
ABC News noted Romney stressed the number three times in the first 10 minutes of the candidates forum.
Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor today and renewed his call for Mitt Romney to release his taxes. Using Romney’s own words that 47% of Americans pay no taxes, Reid said;
“For all we know, Mitt Romney could be one of those who have paid no federal income tax,” he said. “Thousands of families making more than $1 million pay nothing in federal income taxes each year. Is Mitt Romney among those?”
“We’ll never know,” Reid concluded, “since he refuses to release tax returns from the years before he was running for president.”
Peggy Noonan, another respected voice in the Republican establishment is using that voice to let her party know that Mitt Romney isn’t working. Noonan voiced her opinion on the Romney debacle that is his campaign, and his recent statement that 47% of Americans are moochers.
“My goodness,” Peggy wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “that’s a lot of people who won’t vote for you. You wonder how he gets up in the morning.” Ms Noonan continued;
Republicans are going to have to right this thing. They have to stabilize it.
It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and big donors should be pushing for change. People want to focus on who at the top is least constructive and most responsible. Fine, but Mitt Romney is no puppet: He chooses who to listen to. An intervention is in order. “Mitt, this isn’t working.”
Mrs Noonan has joined a long list of Republicans who are voicing their displeasure in Romney’s loosing efforts to win the White House. Scott Brown and Linda McMahon recently distanced themselves from Romney, and last week, other Republicans including radio personality Laura Ingraham did the same.
It is now left to see if Romney’s billionaire supporters who were actively trying to purchase the White House for their candidate continue throwing money at the flawed candidate.