Anyone who doubts that the Republican Party is the party of the wealthy is out of touch with reality. For more than 20 years GOP politicians have joined with special interests to protect the bloated profits of the super rich. This has resulted in a growth in income inequality, and therefore increasing the number of American families living in poverty.
Republicans have voted against social programs intended to help impoverished Americans acquire the skills needed to secure better paying jobs in the 21st century. 52 percent of Americans working in the fast food industry could not survive without government assistance. Republicans refuse to increase the federal minimum wage and offer aid to these men and women, many of whom are single parents.
When American manufacturing companies were allowed to move their factories to foreign nations, and given tax credits to do so, tens of thousands of jobs were removed from American workers. These jobs were frequently held by less-educated men and women. These same citizens are now forced to work in low-paying jobs including the fast food industry. Our own government is guilty for an ever-increasing number of families living in poverty.
Republicans are now in complete control of Washington. They have chosen to ignore the more than 43 million men, women, and children who cannot exist without government assistance. There are no plans to reverse this situation from Trump or the leaders of the Republican Party. They are content with two Americas; the rich and the poor.
If you are a member of the working class, you have families in your neighborhood who are living in poverty. This is unforgivable in a nation which has the largest number of billionaires in the world with 585; in second place is China with 266. America has only 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but contains the wealthiest individuals in the world. Our nation also has 15.7 million millionaires. There is no excuse for allowing a single family to fall into poverty. America, under Republican control, has lost its compassion; its very soul.
With ten percent of Americans in control of 90 percent of our nation’s wealth, something is desperately wrong with our capitalistic system.
The stock market means nothing; the need to have safe housing, clothes to wear, and food to eat mean everything to 43 million Americans.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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