Last week's post focused on Senate Democrats and their double standards regarding support for so-called "sanctuary cities" and their disdain for "states rights", even though the title of the post spoke to politicians in general. This post addresses the double standards of the GOP, and shows them as no different in their ability to support one thing, and oppose something else. In some cases, they're even worse than the Democrats.
How many times have you heard someone in the GOP say that government needs to get out of the lives of people? Wasn't it Ronald Reagan himself who claimed that government wasn't the solution to a problem, but was, in fact, the problem?
From the mouthpieces in the GOP, government should leave people alone in most cases - except when it shouldn't. Especially in two instances; social issues and economics.
On the social side, the GOP is so willing to insert themselves into the daily lives of individuals, that they focus incessantly on trying to find ways to tell people through government intervention how they should live their lives. Look, I'm not personally in favor of someone in my family deciding to have an abortion, but I'm all in favor of THEM having the ability to make that choice based on their own personal beliefs, experiences and circumstances.
And I don't give a damn what two consenting ADULTS want to do in the privacy of their own homes and lives. If gays, bi-sexuals or straight people want to marry each other, then let's spread the misery around equally, I say! (just joking, honey) But no one has yet been able to make the case to me how ANY couple having the right to marry personally affects that conservative GOP-er in any way shape or form. What part of equality do some people NOT get?
And finally on the social side, let's address something near and dear to my heart; quality and end-of-life issues. I understand that without the ability for doctors to treat those with debilitating diseases right up until the end, that we may not get cures for those diseases. I really do. But on the other hand, I'm sure that there are many people out there willing to hang on to the bitter end of their lives, fighting until the last to draw a breath.
At this point, I'm not one of them.
First, I don't want to leave my family with mountains of medical bills that could jeopardize their financial stability for the rest of THEIR lives. And second, I'm not the kind of guy who is willing to be uncomfortable or in pain for months or years when I could be doing something useful or fun. Life is to be ENJOYED - not endured. If I've decided that I've lived a full enough life and it's time to leave the resources I'm taking up to another generation, what business is it of someone who (again) isn't affected one bit by my decision to end my days of suffering?
However, the GOP is equally at home in picking and choosing winners and losers on the economic side of the ledger as well.
How many businesses enjoy huge profits each year, while reaping the benefits of huge tax breaks built into our incomprehensible tax code which gives tax breaks for some, but not for all, depending on which Congressman or Senator gets their way? If I had my way, the only tax break any business would get is for each and every American citizen they employed in the United States - and nothing else. But the GOP's corporate masters game the system by rigging the tax code to benefit one company over another, based upon a certain type of industry. Again, what part of equality do some people NOT get?
Finally, there is one simple way for politicians to solve the majority of our illegal immigration-based economic problems, but they're afraid to anger their corporate masters in order to fix it. And it puts the onus on the people who are enabling the problem; the businesses who hire illegals to do the work for cheap.
Simply put, pass a law that fines (including up to time in jail), businessmen or women who hire illegal immigrants.
Yes, it's government action. But there can be no free market without safeguards that prohibit one company from enjoying a benefit that other companies cannot take advantage of. Government's role is to protect everyone equally, isn't it.? But think about the ramifications of this law. How many businesses are going to knowingly hire illegals if they face stiff fines or jail time? And if no jobs are available to illegals, how many are going to come here illegally knowing there isn't a prayer of finding work? The trickle down effects of reducing the number of people using our health and court systems, in addition to putting more American citizens to work at higher wages, would be astounding.
But you'll never hear anyone running for President on EITHER side advocating for this, because they can't address the cause - only the symptoms.
What do YOU think?
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