When given the choice between cuts to social programs that hurt the lower and middle classes, and tax increases on the upper class and large corporations that inconvenience the rich, Republicans choose to cut social programs. They choose to cut teachers’ salaries. They choose to cut support for the most needy among us, including children, the disabled, and the elderly. Clearly the GOP is putting the interests of the wealthy ahead of the vast majority of Americans.
Add to that Republican politicians like Michelle Bachmann who regularly lie to this country, inventing fictions like “Obama’s trip to India will cost taxpayers $200 million a day.”1 Far more of the GOP is lying to the public when they claim the money will “trickle down” from the millionaires and billionaires. Because it doesn’t. The rich are getting richer. And what I see is a pathetic, deceptive game that is ultimately tearing this country apart. Even John McCain has recognized the folly of his party in present fiscal negotiations, calling the actions of his fellow conservatives “deceiving” and “foolish.”2
This is not a conflict between the left and the right. This is a conflict between the top and the bottom. This is a conflict over money. And for whatever reason, it’s been largely the GOP that has sided with the rich. Surely there are plenty of conservative politicians out there with sane economic agendas. They’re just not the ones in congress.