Letter: Chicken Little – today’s prophet!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 5:21PM
Chicken Little – today’s prophet!

To the editor,

We now know for sure. America has passed its tipping point. So fasten your belt for The Big Change.

Chicken’s warning has been confirmed by respected political observers – Tom Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. With the imminent enactment of the Republican tax bill two things are now certain. The complete control of our democracy by corporations and the super rich has been completed. In America’s future, Social Security and Medicare will be gutted. Transforming our beloved democracy into a Banana Republic! A place your children and grandchildren will want to leave if they can!

What has Chicken Little cried about?

The capture of the Supreme Court and the destruction of a government ‘of, by and for the people.’ A politicized Court legislating unlimited money in elections and washing its hands of correcting gross gerrymandering. The corruption of Congress and the legislative process – blocking a SCOTUS nomination for months in order to pack the Court, steamrolling tax “relief” to fund the corporate and super rich takeover of government. Destruction of the office of the presidency! Promoted and protected by the Republican Party. A clown used as a diversion by corporations and super rich as they scam us and destroy our democracy.

What say Mann and Ornstein?

The Republican Party is now rationalizing and enabling Mr. Trump’s autocratic, kleptocratic, dangerous and downright embarrassing behavior in hopes of salvaging key elements of its ideological agenda: cutting taxes for the wealthy . . . hobbling the regulatory regime, gutting core government functions and repealing Obamacare without any reasonable plan to replace it.

The tax bill will create a trillion dollar plus deficit which in turn will require cuts. The military? No! Medicare? Social Security? You bet!

Chicken Little’s sky has fallen!

Ron Cheney