Paul Krugman: The GOP’s Assault on Working Americans Is Just Beginning
"Who, exactly, was he talking about, and which programs are consuming these billions and billions and trillions?" Krugman wonders. "Was he talking about food stamps, most of whose beneficiaries are children, elderly or disabled? (And many of the rest are working hard, just not earning enough to get by.) Was he talking about the earned-income tax credit, which rewards only those who work?...The list goes on."
Hatch isn't the only Republican in the Senate openly antagonizing the working class. While defending his party's plutocratic tax bill last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) offered the following jewel: “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
This is how it starts. A manufactured budget crisis is looming, and it won't be long before Republicans target "big-ticket" items like Medicare and Social Security.
"Oh, they’ll find euphemisms to describe what they’re doing, talking solemnly about the need for 'entitlement reform' as an act of fiscal responsibility—while their huge budget-busting tax cut for the rich gets shoved down the memory hole," Krugman cautions. "But whatever words they use to cloak the reality of the situation, Republicans have given their donors what they wanted—and now they’re coming for your benefits."
Read Paul Krugman's column at the New York Times.
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