Home / Articles / Commentary / National - Jim Hightower / Beware of the real gremlins
Print this Article
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 12:16 am

Beware of the real gremlins

Jim Hightower
PHOTO BY LARRY D. MOORE
Here come the real spine-chilling horrors of the season: office-seeking politicians of the extreme right demanding votes on Election Day. With devilish signals to their base, they promise to be more Trumpian than Trump, offering a Mephistophelian agenda ranging from the harsher treatment of the poor to the more plutocratic alchemy enthroning the rich over America’s workaday people.

Of course, the GOP can’t come right out and say they intend to gut the middle class, so their candidates and officials have been speaking in tongues about it. Here’s hoary senatorial scamp Mitch McConnell babbling that Republicans will “address the real drivers of debt by (adjusting) those programs to the demographics of America in the future.”

That means nothing to normal voters, but it’s music to the ears of the Koch brothers and all other corporate supremacists who are funding the GOP’s congressional candidates this season. Just a year ago McConnell, Trump & Company rammed into law a trillion-dollar tax giveaway for corporate elites, saying they didn’t care that it would wildly inflate the deficit. Now, though, they say all of that red ink is suddenly of grave concern to them. So, to stem the flow caused by their boondoggle for the rich, Republicans intend to cut off the Social Security and health care payments that middle-class and poor families rely on.

Check out a 72-page report issued right before Halloween by Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers. While the Council’s documents usually cast each of the president’s policies in the best light, they do so in sober, quasi-academic language focused on the incumbent’s policies. But the Council’s Halloween report reads like an endless Trump tweet.

In antiquated Joe McCarthy-style, the Trump advisers spew conspiracy theories about the proposals of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and other Democrats, frantically linking them with “Failed Socialist Policies” of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and other communist dictators. Bernie’s common-sense ideas of “Medicare-for-All” and free college education, for example, are hysterically decried as totalitarian designs from China and the USSR. Likewise, the report compares Warren’s true assertion that corporate giants are dodging their tax obligations to Lenin’s demonization and killing of yeoman farmers.

In this ludicrous, right-wing political screed – paid for by us taxpayers – the fraidy-cat Trump scaremongers toss in the supposedly spooky word “socialism” 144 times – an average of twice per page. Among the horrors the Trumpistas cite is that senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have stated that large corporations “exploit human misery and insecurity, and turn them into huge profits” and “giant corporations ... exploit workers just to boost their own profits.”

Excuse me, learned scholars, but all of that happens to be true, as the great majority of Americans know from experience. Trump’s economists also inform us that if the U.S. adopted Venezuelan policies – our economy would shrink by 40 percent. Well, perhaps, but here’s the thing: No one is proposing we do that.

What’s really spooky is that these know-nothing ideologues are actually advisers to a president of the United States. To boost the economy and help balance the budget, let’s eliminate them with our votes.

Calendar

  • Thu
    15
  • Fri
    16
  • Sat
    17
  • Sun
    18
  • Mon
    19
  • Tue
    20
  • Wed
    21
   

SPRINGFIELD EVENTS

PUB CRAWL

Sunday Nov. 18th