The big problem in the 2022 campaign is GOP cruelty to children – OpEd – Eurasia Review


Republican Party leaders lacked a platform in 2020.

Their leader in the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell (Rep. KY), currently tells reporters inquiring about the GOP agenda if Republicans regain a majority in Congress, “I’ll let you know when we get it back. “

Quite smug and arrogant.

But GOP actions speak louder than their words. In no Western democracy is there such a party that castigates the children of its own country so much. Without wasting time, the GOP begins at birth with opposition to adequate newborn and maternal care, opposition in GOP-controlled states seeking Medicaid coverage available to poor families, opposition to the universal health insurance for all children, an opposition to paid family leave, maternity leave and child care, opposition to the federal increase in the minimum wage now frozen at $7.25 an hour. All other Western democracies meet these basic necessities.

Republican Party leaders get to the bottom of their wickedness. Had they not, in 2017 under Trump, radically cut taxes on the wealthy (including Trump and McConnell’s family) and giant corporations, the tax revenues of the super-rich undertaxed by 1% would have paid vital services and protections for all Americans. , regardless of political labels.

Moreover, in 2011, the GOP in Congress deliberately kept the IRS budget so low year after year that the agency, according to its Trump-appointed IRS director, cannot raise about a trillion dollars in revenue. uncollected taxes per year! Democrats can rightly accuse the GOP on Capitol Hill of actively aiding and abetting massive tax evasion.

Madcap McConnell openly calls himself “the Grim Reaper”, “Gridlock’s Keeper”, and brazenly states that he wished he could have done more filibustering. Kentucky voters, wake up! The Reaper is also chasing you. Hundreds of thousands of your children (plus 58 million children nationwide) no longer receive the benefits of the $300 per month Child Tax Credit since January 2022 because Republicans in Congress blocked its extension.

The GOP knew that this benefit alone reduced overall child poverty by one-third! They might care less.

Every day, Democrats should expose such GOP child abuse.

The GOP, ignoring their human benefits, keeps saying that all of these programs increase the deficit. Yet by slashing taxes on the wealthy and corporations to a new minimum, and supporting hundreds of billions of dollars in annual corporate welfare – grants, handouts and bailouts – they are creating this harsh deprivation for our children. We know their exercise, year after year.

Historically and currently, the Republican Party has placed corporate greed above the needs of children. Even the greed that radically undermines parental oversight and directly markets unhealthy products like junk food and violent programs to children. Under Trump, callous Republicans have even pushed for more junk food in school lunch programs. (See: Susan Linn’s new book: Who raises the children? Big Tech, Big Business and the lives of children.)

This corporate GOP, this fossil fuel party, this enabler of the corporate assault on family interests, has blocked pro-family votes and pushed for corporate anti-family policies as a routine and predictable way to plague the US Congress.

Democrats have attacked Republican opponents piecemeal for family cruelty. But they did not lump the egregious assaults into a major, articulate daily campaign campaign for November. Such a unified compilation has a much greater impact. This platform would reach Republican parents who care about real conditions, not distracting ideologies and slogans, when it comes to protecting their families where they live, work and raise their children.

The challenge of this election was very well taken up last July by law professor Robert Fellmeth, director of the effective Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law ( ):

The children, of course, are our heritage. They are what we leave behind and what should be the guiding framework for this year’s campaigns. We appreciate our ancestors who risked everything for us in the 18th century. How will people 200 years from now see us? This is what all candidates should talk about. “We have the future of our children and our country at stake here.”

Not the GOP taking a lot of campaign money from profiteers like oil (Exxon/Mobil/Chevron Axis), gas and coal. Republican politicians are working overtime to block congressional policies directed at fossil fuel-driven climate disruption, including massive storms hitting their own GOP-controlled southern states. Talk about not worrying about the future of our children.

As children march and demonstrate for a faster transition to renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.), they repeatedly make this poignant appeal to adults: “We are children and you are not protecting us”.

To the Democratic candidates, I say, go on the offensive against the daily false rhetoric and anarchic behavior of the GOP. Make this final part of the November campaign a dynamic pledge to protect and nurture our children from corporate-related Republican Party trafficking. anxiety, dread and fear. (See for examples of how to counter the cruel GOP)


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