Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Is there a way to change things w/o misleading people?

When you want to change something, can you do it without subterfuge? I sometimes feel that is not the case - people become set in their ways and there is no way to get people to change without using the Pied-Piper-of-Hamelin approach.

It appears that is what the GOP is going for here.

I am at a complete loss to understand how a party of fiscal conservatives and national security hawks that has long courted older white voters is supporting a man suspected of spying for Russia and actively promoting an end to social security and entitlement spending that will kill its own vote bank.

The only way to reconcile this with the core of conservative ideas is to admit that the entire position is a feint.

The GOP is using the Trump agenda of radical change to fool older white voters into accepting massive cuts in entitlement spending.

Everyone accepts entitlement spending is unsustainable and there will be no way to support aging boomers through their retirements.

Boomers are quite rightly angry, they paid into social security and medicare all these years but they are not going to enjoy the benefits of that. But the boomers know they haven't paid enough into the entitlement system and that there is no productivity to support the long healthy retirements that the numerically smaller Great Generation came to enjoy.  Boomers also know it is too late to fix anything - there is no way to re-inflate the entitlement fund.

The GOP seems to be taking Boomer anger and funneling it towards other sections of the population. Once this anger has been controlled, the GOP will go ahead and implement steep cuts in medicare and social security.

It is foolish to believe that cutting Obamacare, Supplemental Medicaid & Welfare will not impact Medicare or Social security. Programs like that ensure that people do not become sick, they actually reduce the load on Medicare and Social Security by increasing their effective productivity of the aging population.

If you cut these ancillary programs, you basically cut the number of people who live long enough to claim Medicare. Once your illness reaches a point where the Medicare costs associated with it are too high, you are dead. Dead people don't claim Social Security.

Quite naturally the GOP behavior is reprehensible. It is criminal to exploit a human being's ignorance in a manner that leads to their death.

As the Democrats reach out to older voters and inform them of the GOP's actions, there will be indignation - but the GOP will simply say that was Donald Trump's agenda and after all - the same voters wanted Donald Trump.  This also works if it is proven that Donald Trump is a RIS agent - the GOP simply shrugs and says "Gee... but the voters loved him".

This allows the GOP to wash its hands off the entire affair - in the same way as center right German parties washed their hands off the whole "Hitler" issue.

I don't want to see history repeat itself.

There must be a better way to do this.

Is there any way to avoid misleading people like this?

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