We need to pay close attention to the news. News from newspapers writing how our Democracy is being attacked. If we lose our Democracy we probably will lose our social programs. Namely Social Security and Medicare. There are those out there who wish to disrupt our current form of government. Government passing laws granting us ways and means to pay with our own taxes needed social programs. Which could result in reducing or eliminating these necessary programs. Again, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food assistance, breakfast and lunches for school children, funding for public schools, free libraries, health clinics, etc. Instead there are those die-hard penny pinchers who want to shift such funds into privatized programs. Programs skimming off funds and sending those monies to shareholders and stock speculators. Greatly reducing benefits while creating a third party middle man.
They will try to convince you all of this is”Socialistic” and bad for our country. Even though for the past 200-years we have been living and benefiting from social programs. Programs paid for by our own taxes. Paying for such things as Police and fire protection. Maintaining and repairing streets and expressways, bridges, railroad beds, airports, the National Weather Service, FEMA, consumer protection, military and equipment, Coast Guard, Border patrol, water purification, sewers, street lighting, traffic signals, and the list is unlimited. All paid for by our taxes but everybody benefits.
So, it is your job to ask the right questions of our elected official. If all they are interested in is reducing taxes then ask them how we pay for the public programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public schools, roads and bridges. Programs vital to our American way of life. Public primary and secondary schools, community colleges, public colleges and Universities, public technical schools, and more. Once again paid by your taxes. Taxes vital to support all of the above and beyond. And the small minded will keep calling this Socialist or entitlement programs. Call it what you want but a major component in our lives paid for by our own tax contributions. What the very rich do not like is all are required to pay a fair share of taxes. Bothe Rich and the working poor. And it’s been that way for dozens of decades. Let’s keep it that way.