This article is from last December, but it's worth remembering. GOPers knew the #TaxScam would cause enormous deficits. They planned (and still plan) to dismantle Social Security and Medicare to pay for it. Problem is, SocSec and Medicare HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DEFICIT.
Both Social Security and Medicare are funded through dedicated taxes (your payroll taxes, otherwise known as FICA), and are NOT part of the general fund.
The only way to use SocSec and Medicare to pay for the #TaxScam is to STEAL *YOUR* HEALTHCARE AND RETIREMENT MONEY.
You have been paying into these special funds--which are NOT part of the general treasury, and contribute NOTHING to the deficit--you have been paying into these earmarked funds all your working life, under the promise that YOUR money would be there for you when you need it,
⚡️In 2014, 75% of Floridians voted OVERWHELMINGLY to pass Amendment 1, AKA the FL Water & Land Conservation Initiative, a state constitutional amendment to allot a projected $21 billion over the 20 years of the measure to buy & preserve land. They approved this:
▶️75% of the voters is 4.2 million people.
▶️When 75% of #Florida voters voted to approve Amendment 1 to the Florida Constitution, they approved "the largest land conservation measure ever approved in a single state."
ℹ️The exact amount of money is “projected” because—according to the amendment that was passed—it was to come from 33% of Florida’s existing excise tax. An Excise tax is a “documentary stamp tax” paid when real estate is sold, typically 70 cents per $100 paid for the property.
We have an illegitimate President. He conspired with his attorney to defraud the American People to silence witnesses at a crucial point in his campaign so that Voters would not have complete information with which to make their voting decision.
We're about to see the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice who would overturn Row v Wade, kill the Affordable Care Act. allow Republican gerrymandering, protect Trump from the Mueller probe, continue to gut civil rights, repeal same-sex marriage,
end environmental regulation, kill workers' rights, possibly rule Social Security and Medicare to be unconstitutional.
We can thank Susan Sarandon, Jill Stein, and the Talibern. Even today, they think they did the right thing in 2016.
But keep fighting. This is not over.
Pressure EVERY SINGLE SENATOR.
If we lose this fight, a fascist gets on the Court for decades.
We can recover from that--and we must--but let's try to win this.
I'm an aging, straight, white male with a good-paying job. I have good benefits from that job,
I support things like civil rights and voting rights and healthcare and women's rights, even though most of these things don't directly affect me.
If I only supported things that affect me, that would be selfish and inhumane,
I could say guys like me should support these things, because if the rights of others could be taken away, then my rights could be taken away too.
But that's not why I support these things.
I could say guys like me should support these things, because people we love could otherwise be hurt--the women in our lives, the people who aren't straight or white, the people who are less fortunate economically.
There was a time when it might have made sense to make a protest vote for a third-party candidate who didn't have a chance of getting elected, or to withhold your vote as an act of rebellion against the establishment.
That time is long gone.
I'm old enough to remember when Democrats and Republicans could both be sure the other party, while having radically different views on what the solutions to our national problems were, at least agreed on the shape of the basic problems. We at least shared some basic facts.
Though we disagreed on proper policy, we agreed that that United States needed to exist as a democratic republic. Its institutions of governance--the House, the Senate, the Executive, the Courts, regulatory agencies, and so on--served a purpose and needed to exist.
What did you do?
Did you take the punch in the #KennedyRetirement and call it a day?
Did you rage about it here or IRL?
That here is no right answer,
There is a WRONG answer.
If you had the luxury to turn of the internet and not feel the impact of yesterday, fortunate.
But if you can live in a regime targeting people who don’t get a break and go “I need a break..."
Are you okay with that?
I’’m not. #SCOTUS#KeepFamiliesTogether
What did you do last night?
I picked up dinner hearing Trumpers end zone dance over #SCOTUS.
And a million other things I disagree with.
I just wanted dinner.
I fully believe that our democracy hinges on flipping Congress blue, so I actively promote Democrats.
I carefully select which primary candidates to highlight based on character, expertise & other factors. But most important of all is fit for the district. Will they win?
Some on here take the position that we should boost the profiles of all Dem primary candidates equally. I do not. Because some won’t win. And we must win. /2
There is a danger in the nationalization of local races. Many of us in super blue urban centers view things through a very progressive lens. So when we look to races in rural Michigan, Texas or Virginia we may be drawn to super progressive candidates in those races. /3
I'm back on the #soapbox. And I'm going to be on it a long time talking up #CitizensUnited until it sinks into the brain of everyone here. If we want a HOPE of restoring the #integrity of our #elections it MUST be overturned. #DarkMoney is overriding our voices in the ballot box.