MID­DLE CLASS, TAKE HEED

Lexington Herald-Leader - - Opinion -

When Barack Obama was pres­i­dent, con­ser­va­tives spread the fake news that lib­er­als were wag­ing wars on the three Cs -- Chris­tian­ity, Christ­mas and Coal. This was based on lib­er­als de­fend­ing the rights of all cit­i­zens to be free of dis­crim­i­na­tion as re­quired by the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and also re­quir­ing that wealthy coal mag­nates give min­ers and the neigh­bors of the coal mines a safe, healthy en­vi­ron­ment to work and live in. Right-wing opin­ion mak­ers pushed this to cover up the real con­ser­va­tive agenda, the war on the mid­dle class.

In Ken­tucky, Gov. Matt Bevin is lead­ing the war. He wants to break the teach­ers’ union and have med­i­cal re­view pan­els so no vic­tim of a doc­tor’s neg­li­gence can ever get jus­tice. Con­ser­va­tives will agree be­cause they are not teach­ers and they have not been dis­abled by an in­com­pe­tent doc­tor.

Con­ser­va­tive politi­cians need to con­tinue giv­ing tax cuts to the rich to fund their neg­a­tive re-elec­tion cam­paigns. Once the con­ser­va­tive politi­cians push re­tired teach­ers and in­jured pa­tients out of the bot­tom of the mid­dle class, they will need more lib­eral “en­ti­tle­ments” to scape­goat. Your lib­eral mid­dle-class safety net could be cut next. – Kevin Kline Lex­ing­ton

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