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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Friday, July 19, 2024


It’s The Economy, Joe!


The Oklahoma Policy Institute writes, “the odds are stacked against today’s potential homebuyers due to skyrocketing home prices, stagnant wages for low-income workers, [and] rising costs for child care for families.”

So, could the Oklahoma delegation in Washington tell me again why they are against the childcare provisions in the Build Back Better bill? If you can provide relief to parents so they can reenter the work force, why wouldn’t you do that?

Also, why don’t you support an increase in the minimum wage so two-full-time jobs can pay the bills?

Don’t tell me you’re worried about the deficit. You’ve already proved you are hypocrites on that point when you voted to give the wealthiest Americans a tax break. At the same time you played a trick on working people, calling it a gift, when you allowed for the provision that reduced withholding taxes they’d have to pay later.

If passed as proposed, Build Back Better won’t add to the national deficit, and taxes won’t go up for those making under $400,000 per year. It is paid for by asking those who have been getting a free ride to pay their fair share.

So, please be honest. You are against Build Back Better because are you are protecting the tax breaks of the donor class, and you don’t want any legislation to pass that will help the president’s party, your constituents be damned.

And it isn’t just Republicans standing in the way of rebuilding the economy. If Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin could prove to me that the majority of his West Virginia constituents don’t want clean energy jobs and prefer to keep working in the mines, I might have some sympathy for his position.

Economic help is being held up by a man whose income is tied to coal and a party who believes in tax cuts for people who don’t need them, a party who can’t tell the difference between an expense and an investment.

Funding for education and healthcare are investments. An economy cannot flourish without qualified, healthy labor. Labor and consumers are the foundation that holds up the economic walls. If you don’t build a strong foundation, the house will fall.

Too many people have bought into the lies that Ayn Rand posited, that the nation’s wealth belongs to the people who have the ideas and build the industries. In fact, it is the opposite that’s true. Without people doing the work, there is no economy, and that’s a fact, Sens. Manchin and Inhofe and Lankford.

The American people are waiting for you to act on this truth.