Today I’m posting something written by a longtime friend of mine. She’s a senior citizen and a flaming liberal. We go to church together, so that right there just goes to show you there are at least two flaming liberal church-goers in this small Southern town.
My friend wrote this to point out how the Republican pursuit of “small government” affects senior citizens. And she throws a jab at Trump, too, so yay to my friend.
Y’all Shiny Butter fans, enjoy!
Small government’s gonna cost you, seniors!
Small government: Cutbacks in government expenses so taxpayers pay less.
Just keep in mind this means senior citizens will pay more for medical expenses.
For example, my husband was recently in the hospital for a series of symptoms that I thought indicated a stroke. We entered the emergency room at 4 p.m, my husband was admitted at about 9 p.m. for observation, and he left the hospital the next morning at 9 a.m.
Skipping the hospital jello is not gonna save you much.
He never even had any dinner or breakfast, but the bill was $5800 for a 24-hour stay.
Luckily, because we have Medicare and Medi-gap, we paid only a few hundred of that. But not everyone is so lucky.
Sorry you bothered to plan ahead!
Social security is crucial in supporting our income. Even though my husband has a pension—something few younger people have today—and we are fortunate to have some investment income, the one of us who outlives the other will likely have to sell the house and rent something quite modest to afford expenses even in low-cost North Carolina.
And at any point, if one of us has an operation costing tens of thousands of dollars, the income from selling the house would rapidly evaporate, leaving nothing for our children to inherit.
But as a taxpayer, hurrah, our taxes will go down and government will be smaller!
And North Carolina adds a special touch.
“Small government” is a firm Republican principle, and with small government as their goal, the current North Carolina legislature in charge of adjusting and voting on the budget has made great strides in relieving us taxpayers of what they consider “entitlements.”
Since it is impossible to increase funding for Medicare in North Carolina because of a “permanent” cap on Medicare spending in NC, then as the number of seniors grows, the benefits will actually have to be reduced to stay within the cap.
Service with a smirk.
However, the removal of funds from these social services/”entitlements” is largely taken up with tax breaks for the wealthy, as has happened in North Carolina. Our total budget didn’t go down; it was just readjusted in favor of the wealthy members of our community, and in favor of corporations in the form of tax breaks.
By hook or by crook, we’ll balance that budget!
In North Carolina we must, by law, balance the budget. So the folks in charge of both the State House and the legislature (Republicans), have taken away 80% of the funds for text books, funds for 8,000 teacher’s aids, millions of dollars from education at all levels, and have removed the earned-income tax credit from a million single mothers with children.
(Better these single moms should get two jobs if they don’t have enough money, than get any incentive of any kind from the government. That’s against Republican principles. And if these busy moms already have two part-time jobs? Well then, get a third and don’t be so lazy!)
Just in time to fix everything, Trump for President.
Trump as President would likely do even more damage than this nationally—we can hardly wait. Vote for Trump, our hero!
Trouble is, we don’t know how he will do all that he boasts because he doesn’t give us details. But he means well, and of course we can trust him…
Seniors, it looks like you’re all out of luck.
But we do know that the Republicans in the House of Representatives now have a huge majority, and in the Senate they have a modest majority, so the Republicans have the votes to do quite a lot of government reducing…
So Republicans are in luck!
But seniors, not so much, so sorry guys.
Better luck next time, I guess… if you live long enough for a “next time.”
Shiny friends, high-five to my friend for blazing the progressive trail for us!