Gosh, thanks so much

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

This is a thank-you note, of sorts, to “The Base” and to the Repub­li­can mem­bers of both houses of Con­gress. Thank you for the fear most Amer­i­cans who re­mem­ber the Cold War are feel­ing now. Thanks from your par­ents who are likely to lose their Medi­care when they most need it. (Sorry about the can­cer, Pop.) Thanks from grandma who fears the loss of the So­cial Se­cu­rity check on which she de­pends. (Cat food is an ex­cel­lent source of pro­tein, MeeMaw.) Thanks from the mil­lion­aire tax-cut ben­e­fi­cia­ries. (How about a beach house in Saint-Tropez, Hon?)

Thanks from mil­lions of in­no­cent DACA kids whose lives will be hang­ing in the wind. Thanks from the U.S. tax­pay­ers who will be foot­ing the bill for an ut­terly use­less wall. (Wait; wasn’t Mex­ico sup­posed to pay for this?) Thanks from peo­ple with men­tal ill­nesses and se­ri­ous dis­abil­i­ties whose Medicaid may dis­ap­pear, ren­der­ing their lives un­bear­able. Thanks from the cor­po­rate ex­ecs and donors for po­lit­i­cal fa­vors and ob­scene bonus checks. Thanks from the wildlife who’ll dis­ap­pear when we open up huge ar­eas to min­eral ex­trac­tion and sell off big chunks of our na­tional park land to Fizzy Cola. Thanks from our al­lies who mourn be­cause a real pres­i­dent is gone.

But most of all, thank you from Planet Earth. (Hey, she had a good run.)

For those of you who sup­ported you-know-who, look up the word “com­plicit” in a dic­tionary and think about it. Re­ally think about it. Sorry, guys, but you own this one.

LINDA A. FAR­RELL

Bella Vista

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