Congressman Paul Ryan, who is the same age as I am, announced a budget yesterday that essentially destroys the social safety net in the United States. He also wants to lower the highest tax rate to 25% assuring us that this continued massive transfer of wealth to the rich will make America "fiscally sound".
Paul Ryan and I grew up in in the same America.
Actually we grew up less than a hundred miles from each other and we both watched as whole industrial sectors of our economy up and left because of competition and government policy.
We watched as the Midwest, once one of the most stable and civic minded regions degraded into a series of empty small cities with faded industrial cores, (See Janesville, Buffalo, Rockford, Flint, Gary, Galesburg, Decatur, Newton, Kalamazoo, and many more). We both watched as America made a series of mistakes that lead us to where we are now; unfunded wars, massive subsidies for Sun Belt Growth while we neglected older places, Trade Policies that resulted in the destruction of America's industrial base.
Paul Ryan's solution is to finish off the societal infrastructure that made the America we grew up in possible. He wants to destroy the New Deal and the Great Society even though it was these two movements that made our lives possible. The goal here is to destroy Medicare, thus removing from every senior citizen who are presently under 55 any certainty in their retirement. He wants to gut Medicaid. This would mean that my 97 year old grandmother, who has spent all of her savings on a nursing home would be out on the street or better living with dementia with my parents who are in their 70's. He wants to also attach Social Security later so that their would be no safety net at all but what he wont do is raise taxes on the rich.
When I stood in Grant Park three years ago I did not think that we were voting to make Ayn Rand's America a reality-
President Obama what are you doing? What a disappointment you are. When are you going to fight for the America we wanted?