Are Americans really that stupid?

Posted By on November 17, 2017

Donald Trump’s election campaign focused on the middle Americans, the working class people. Now he’s won, he’s sending a message to his election base with his new tax bill and it’s basically “f— you suckers!” If ever there was proof that the USA is the land of the ignorant, this has to be it!

The house tax bill has passed through the senate and is on it’s way to becoming law. It’s shrouded in smoke and mirrors but essentially it gives more tax breaks and a tax cut to the rich while raising taxes and reducing exemptions for the lower and middle income sections of the community – a classic case of the rich feathering their own nest.

Unfortunately it’s shrouded in conditions that provide exemptions for some families, which makes it complicated enough to hide the real slug on the bottom end of town. It will vary for some, just enough to tart it up for selling to the public. Also it doesn’t start to come in until 2019, ramping up to peak in 2021. The fact is, most families earning between $10,000 and $75,000 a year will see their taxes go up. As if that’s not enough, to make sure the tax cuts for the wealthy are funded, Trump’s party is removing the affordable health care bill, saving millions. A conservative estimate says 13 million people will have lost their health cover and the health insurers will increase their premiums by at least 10% in the first year.

If you don’t live in the USA, you probably don’t really care and like the rest of the world you probably think, “You voted for a TV personality, slum landlord, greedy, narcissist and got what you deserve – so suck it up Princess”

However, there’s a groundswell and I’m hearing subtle rumblings around the globe. More and more people are asking questions about the ever growing divide between the rich and poor. Last century rich people were respected and lauded for their entrepreneurship and philanthropic contributions to society. That was before the Global Financial Crisis that laid bare the wanton greed and absence of ethics in the top end of town. As a society, there is a growing trend towards social responsibility and anti corruption.

Is the tide turning? Already it’s surfaced in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe, the most powerful, corrupt and ruthless leader has been deposed. If Americans wake up and see Trump’s grab bag of goodies for the rich, for what it is – a further widening the rich-poor divide, we could see the birth of a new kind of capitalism – one with a conscience.

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