Here we go enduring the 4-year rhetoric from the Mount Olympia of the presidential campaign trails. Already I’m hearing catch phrases that set my teeth on edge.
“Trickle down economics”
When I first heard this expression during the Reagan years, I was highly insulted by its implications. There is a fountain up in the rarefied atmosphere of the super-rich (the 1% maybe?) that is basking in a tsunami of wealth and power. The “trickle down” philosophy blatantly implies that in order to prevent the possibility of something like the French Revolution, let’s allow a little of that wealth (not the power) trickle down to the working class. “Trickle down” is better read as “stop the leaks.” It is really all about controlling the vast majority of the money and making sure it stays at the top. It’s about building multi-million dollar mansions while cutting aid to people who don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of rising above their stations in life in a “trickle.” Webster defines “trickle” as a: to issue or fall in drops b: to flow in a thin gentle stream. Thanks a lot for the generosity.
“The middle class”
Even in elementary school I was told about the “caste” system in countries such as India. It was wrong, I was told, because “all men are created equal.” Really? A family that owns their own modest home, manages to educate their children, and is able to retire on a pension that the elite financial wizards manage not to destroy with their greed—this family is called “middle class.” According to one theory at least, this “middle class” ranges from families that make just under $250,000 per year and those families who are just above being eligible for public assistance. That’s quite a spread for “second class citizens”!
There has never been a president with the single-handed power to pass such sweeping legislation. Congress passed it. Obama signed it. Considering the skyrocketing costs of health care in the medical field, why shouldn’t Americans all have access to health insurance? We go into spasms of pity when we see the oppressed in African countries without access to even the basics of health and nutrition care. But heaven forbid that we take care of the homeless or “lower class” children who go to bed hungry in the USA. And as for the “middle class” it’s next to impossible to afford medical insurance out of a “trickle down.”
“Rebuild the American economy”
This is such a popular topic these days, but I find it impossible to believe that politicians can actually do very much about it without some serious compromise and cooperation. Fat chance? Why would anyone want to deregulate financial institutions? My suspicion is that someone wants to go back and make it easier for the 1% to “trickle.”