Inflation Reduction Act Exemplifies Need for Competent Political Parties

Political Parties
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I don’t dislike political parties. I abhor them. Anywhere in the world where political parties exist, there is a war within the government to obtain power. Ideally, political parties would be composed of men and women who have different, sometimes opposite, ideas and represent people from both sides of the subject. Laws would be created through honest deliberation and compromise. However, nothing close to that exists in Washington today.

Today “politician” has become a four-letter word and is hated by nearly every citizen, and they deserve it; they have earned it.

Our Founding Fathers created a system of governance labeled “A Democratic Republic,” with a “check and balance system.” Believe it or not, most Americans cannot name the three branches of government or their purpose and have no concept of what ‘check and balance’ means.

I’m not going to explain it entirely here. If you are really interested in the details, look it up on your computer. It’s extremely important that all Americans understand what is supposed to happen in Washington. However, I will tell you that what our Founding Fathers created has failed and failed miserably. Our government is broken and cannot be repaired as it exists today.

The vast majority of Americans have zero representation in Washington in the 21st century. Those on the right side of the aisle are owned by the plutocracy they created. They are told how to vote by the leaders of corporations, who are composed of 724 billionaires and 22.3 million millionaires. And they obey. Millions of dollars are placed into their campaigns and other “perks” Our legislators are paid $174,000 per year, but after two terms, nearly all of them become millionaires.

Political Parties
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About 35 years ago, I told my younger clients about entering college that if wealth is your only goal, get into politics or become a televangelist. These are the only ways I knew anyone could become very wealthy.

Democrats are not without blame. Their proposals are worthy, but their resolve is lacking. They lack the courage and determination to fight for the American people. Personal priorities prevent complete loyalty to those they claim to represent.

The best example I can often is the current battle that exists inside the Capitol Building this Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

Yesterday the “The Inflation Reduction Act” moved forward to a final vote on the floor of the Senate today. The vote was 51-50, with Vice-President Kamala Harris the deciding vote. Not a single “Republican” voted in favor of the American people.

Reports from inside the Capitol tell us that Republicans continue to block the bill or portions of it. Democrats or backing down and allowing these right-wing millionaires to reduce part of the funding, all of which is necessary to save the economy of the working class.

I trust no one. Only Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren continue to fight for what is right. Most Democrats are more concerned with winning elections than doing the right thing.

Our government needs a complete “redo.” It is dysfunctional and, in my humble opinion, irreparable. From the way we hold elections to term limits for all three branches of our government, only a completely new system will save our country’s future.

Our nation’s motto, “e Pluribus Unum,” no longer applies. We are forever a divided nation thanks to the orange buffoon and his fascist MAGA party. America’s new motto is “profit before people.” Until our nation’s people become priority number one, the quality of life for the majority will continue to decline as income inequality remains a growing problem.

Written by James Turnage, Novelist


Axios: Democrats quash Bernie Sanders effort to revive child tax credit; by Julia Shapero
The Hill: ‘Come on, Bernie’: Democrats clash on Senate floor over Sanders proposal; by Aris Folley and Mychael Schnell

Featured and Top Image Courtesy of Pam’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License
Inset Image Courtesy of Fr Lawrence Lew, O. P.’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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