I recently had a series of conversations with one of the younger generation about health insurance. He and his family have a good insurance plan, which in addition to covering the usual things a young family has, also covers his diabetes medication. He got it through the insurance exchange, and it’s affordable for him. The reason I mention this, is that he assumed this was “normal,” and he takes it for granted. Which I pointed out to him was anything but.
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Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories and opinion columns from various conservative writers complaining about the “obstruction” in Congress by Democrats, long screeds about the inability of the President to get anything done because of the distraction of the special prosecutor’s investigation, and following hearings in the House. More recently, a number of the same writers touting the “exoneration” of the President by the investigation, and bemoaning the “death of democracy.” Leaving aside that the report did not exonerate President Trump, which was very clearly stated by the special prosecutor, the other complaints just show me that conservatives have absolutely no memory.
If there’s been one common feature between the left and the right over the past decade, it’s that they all have an idea for what they want to see changed about the government. The specifics of those ideas depend on the particular ideological slant, but they all have a complaint with the way things are and “how it should be.” I’ve seen calls to abolish or restructure the Senate, change to a parliamentary system, changing birthright citizenship, gun ownership, balancing the budget, along with calls for a third party. Most of them come down to “we think we’re not getting our way,” and that a new form will get them that. It’s nothing new.
There was a recent report by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation that only 40% of Americans could pass a citizenship test. That’s the test we give to all people who are applying for citizenship, but not to those who were born here. That’s actually a slight improvement from previous results. I wish I could say I was surprised by that, but I’m not. In various internet forums and in person, I’ve run into a sizable number of people who have little clue about how government works and the history of this country. That would be disturbing enough in and of itself, but what is truly terrifying is the number of people who should know better, up to and including the President, who don’t.
One of the long-time dreams of Republicans was to overhaul the tax code. They finally got their chance to do so in 2017, and rushed it through Congress. It cut the tax rate for businesses and they made a big show of how much more people would get in their paychecks, now that all those terrible tax dollars the “Tax and Spend” Democrats were wasting. Even though various economists, tax experts, and, of course, Democrats, were pointing out that the cuts for businesses weren’t needed, and that the economy didn’t need stimulus, it didn’t matter. They rushed it through, and tried desperately to run on it in the 2018 election, to avoid being tied to an increasingly unpopular President.