Tax plan ben­e­fits very few

West Hawaii Today - - Opinion - Jan­ice Palma-Glennie is a res­i­dent of Kona.

Can you imag­ine read­ing a story to your keiki about a Robin Hood who steals from the poor to give to the rich? If you sup­port the lat­est Repub­li­can tax plan, you’re teach­ing your chil­dren that it’s OK to be what you’d call a heart­less crim­i­nal in any other sit­u­a­tion.

Wis­dom, com­pas­sion and in­tegrity are be­ing thrown out the win­dow by Trump and lock­step Repub­li­cans whose big­gest goal is to feather their nests and those of cam­paign donors. They’re get­ting away with it be­cause of cit­i­zens who con­tinue to blindly sup­port a com­pas­sion­less, oil- and gun-con­trolled Congress and a grop­ing, na­tion­al­is­tic, un­sta­ble pres­i­dent whose clos­est as­so­ciates, in­clud­ing his fam­ily, have col­luded with a for­eign gov­ern­ment to de­stroy our democ­racy.

Ge­orge H.W. Bush called it “Voodoo Eco­nom­ics,” but Repub­li­cans aren’t lis­ten­ing to voices once considered ra­tio­nally con­ser­va­tive. Their give­away of Amer­i­can re­sources and health to the ex­ces­sively rich and cast­ing aside of Amer­i­can val­ues has cap­ti­vated a cit­i­zenry brain-washed and mo­ti­vated by FOX-in­duced fear and mis­in­for­ma­tion rather than truth and com­pas­sion. Right-wing stal­warts — many who are no doubt good-hearted but with a clear lack of po­lit­i­cal dis­cern­ment — con­tinue to stri­dently sup­port lead­ers who are shred­ding time-tested mores and rules that pro­tect our peo­ple and the sta­bil­ity of our so­ci­ety. What’s most breath­tak­ing is that they be­lieve those lead­ers care about them when all they do is sweet-talk con­stituents and kow­tow to han­dlers mak­ing them dance for cam­paign cash.

Fact: Cut­ting taxes for the rich­est and ser­vices for the rest of us does not trans­late to lift­ing all boats. “Trickle down” eco­nom­ics is a mis­lead­ing name for an al­most uni­ver­sally dis­par­aged the­ory em­braced by those who ben­e­fit from the wish­ful think­ing of their po­lit­i­cal base. What the the­ory does (in re­al­ity — not re­al­ity TV) is al­low the rich­est peo­ple on Earth to buy pri­vate jets and spec homes in far-flung places where they’ll of­ten never live, in com­mu­ni­ties they can’t re­late to. Shoots, it al­lows them to buy whole neigh­bor­hoods. And it al­lows the filth­i­est rich to plun­der nat­u­ral re­sources in­clud­ing crit­i­cal, ir­re­place­able ecosys­tems and agri­cul­tural lands with even less fi­nan­cial risk — just so they can feather their ob­scenely abun­dant nests.

That’s not to say that many wealthy peo­ple aren’t gen­er­ous. Many are, and many don’t sup­port the tax cut plan passed by the 51 be­holden Repub­li­can sen­a­tors in a tax bill that will lit­er­ally kill some of their fel­low Amer­i­cans. But those self­ish, my­opic Repub­li­can lead­ers who were elected to pro­tect We the Peo­ple are, in re­al­ity, pro­tect­ing in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­ra­tions who have enough money to feed, ed­u­cate, and pro­vide de­cent med­i­cal care to ev­ery child in this coun­try with­out painful sac­ri­fice, but only if they’re moved to do so; and many never will un­less man­dated by Congress to pay their fair share of taxes.

The Repub­li­can tax plan has “some­thing for every­one” — more of ev­ery­thing for those who don’t need it and less of ev­ery­thing for those who do. That theft is af­fect­ing us all in­clud­ing cit­i­zens who naively be­lieve that they and their fam­i­lies can live safely and freely in a so­ci­ety that’s be­ing squeezed and di­vided by what peo­ple can, or can­not, af­ford.

What­ever your pol­i­tics, call those 51 sen­a­tors and the pres­i­dent. Tell them their tax cut plan is dan­ger­ous to you, your ohana and your coun­try.

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