The Republican tax bill is more and more being revealed for what it is -- a bald-faced, trillion-dollar grab of money by the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of poor and middle-class working people, their children, grandchildren and God only knows for how many generations after to pay for.
The endless Middle East war fomented by those who live to create and savage enemies, perennially, has already accounted for $5.65 trillion of our national debt, spent off the books without an open discussion in Congress or by the people.
We, the people, are simply expected to worship at the bloody altar of war profiteers and now have the added possible insult of having to pay additional tribute to the unholy brigand whose tactics most resemble those of Genghis Khan.
Tax breaks for rich
It's clear who will benefit from the new tax plan in Washington: the rich. What we're hearing less about is who will pay the consequences -- and that's hardworking, low-income Americans.
This year we've already seen attempts to gut essential programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps).
So after giving away $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to millionaires, those same critical programs will likely wind up back on the chopping block.
With one in eight Americans below the poverty line, this is both bad public policy and just plain wrong. I am counting on our congressional delegation to reject efforts to gut basic assistance to pay for tax breaks for the rich.
Christmas time again!
I love the things that take place during the yuletide season.
One of my seasonal favorites features a crusty old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Ebenezer has just rejected a group of "do-gooders" who are attempting to raise money for the poor during the holy season. Scrooge inquires, "Are there no prisons? And the workhouses? The Treadmill and the Poor laws are in full vigor?"
These institutions were more than adequate in Scrooge's penny-pinching mind to tend to the impoverished during the season of giving.
Shades of Marley's ghost! The situation reminds us of the Republican conservatives of our day.
Scrooge sums up his Christmas beliefs with a grumbled, "Bah, humbug."
Bitter and moaning that the holiday is "a poor excuse to pick a man's pocket every December the 25th," he trudges through the cold to his lonely, gloomy suite of rooms.
He first encounters the specter of his dead partner Jacob Marley, who warns a trembling Ebenezer about forging chains of greed in the present life.
Ebenezer shakes off his fear and lapses into a deep sleep during which three apparitions visit him.
The Ghost of Christmas Past: He sees a happier person before money became his God.
The second spirit is the Ghost of Christmas Present when he views joyful people who don't have money but who have hearts filled with love.
Scrooge wakes a changed man, a liberal of whom it is said, "He knows how to keep Christmas."
John Nance Garner,