- Gut funding for the arts,
by eliminating funds for the National Endowment and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
- Gut funding for the working poor and those with disabilities,
by severely cutting medicaid
- Gut funding for the elderly and those with disabilities
through cuts to medicare
- Bait and switch the Affordable Care Act with "Repeal and Replace" with?
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Does a "Great America" have much need for ethics in its leadership? Or, will "greatness" be attained through "Caveat emptor." "Let losers beware." Is the program to have America also become "great" through a strategy of allowing competitors to move into unchallenged lead roles in new energy technologies and growth economies while we spend billions cleaning up after more and more hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy and other megastorms? Wil we be busy watching greatness in tomorrow's America be defined the way many great apes do, whichever one yells loudest and stamps longest is "the greatest." That phrase had much more meaning years ago when it was said, by himself, about a black, American, Muslim boxer. That level of greatness isn't likely to be attained over the next few years.
I've been around long enough to recognize that much of what's being proposed are long-standing Republican fantasies. What's missing this time are enough Democrats to save those Republicans from themselves as Democrats try to save the rest of us in the process. This time around, Republicans, and those who support them, might want to carefully consider the old saying "be careful what you wish for, you may get it." The money from corporations and the 1% won't help if there's no one left to vote for you or work in your factories or flip your burgers. Even if robots can do lots of the work, who in hell (that's what it may well be on earth) buys your products? Emerging country citizens who are all fleeing rising seas and local war lords?
Without affordable health care, people die. Without arts and meaningful employment, they often feel as though they might as well be dead. If the T***p administration and the Republican congress continue on their present course, we can probably expect America to become as great as today's Syria or Iraq. Is that what was meant?
AmericaThen one of the students with blue hair and a tongue studSays that America is for him a maximum-security prisonWhose walls are made of RadioShacks and Burger Kings, and MTV episodesWhere you can’t tell the show from the commercials,And as I consider how to express how full of shit I think he is,He says that even when he’s driving to the mall in his IsuzuTrooper with a gang of his friends, letting rap music pour over themLike a boiling Jacuzzi full of ballpeen hammers, even then he feelsBuried alive, captured and suffocated in the foldsOf the thick satin quilt of AmericaAnd I wonder if this is a legitimate category of pain,or whether he is just spin doctoring a better grade,And then I remember that when I stabbed my father in the dream last night,It was not blood but moneyThat gushed out of him, bright green hundred-dollar billsSpilling from his wounds, and—this is the weird part—,He gasped “Thank god—those Ben Franklins wereClogging up my heart—And so I perish happily,Freed from that which kept me from my liberty”—Which was when I knew it was a dream, since my dadWould never speak in rhymed couplets,And I look at the student with his acne and cell phone and phony ghetto clothesAnd I think, “I am asleep in America too,And I don’t know how to wake myself either,”And I remember what Marx said near the end of his life:“I was listening to the cries of the past,When I should have been listening to the cries of the future.”But how could he have imagined 100 channels of 24-hour cableOr what kind of nightmare it might beWhen each day you watch rivers of bright merchandise run past youAnd you are floating in your pleasure boat upon this riverEven while others are drowning underneath youAnd you see their faces twisting in the surface of the watersAnd yet it seems to be your own handWhich turns the volume higher?
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