If there were ever a clearer sign that the Republicans and Speaker Paul Ryan just don’t “get it” when it comes to every day Americans, the following tweet earlier on Saturday by Speaker Ryan proves it.
After receiving substantial push back on Twitter, Ryan subsequently deleted this tweet, but as with everything on the Internet, nothing ever really disappears.
So let’s see if we get this right Mr. Ryan. You pass a tax bill that puts millions of dollars into the pockets of the 1%, but a secretary at a public high school is supposed to be “pleasantly surprised” that her pay went up a whole, entire $1.50 a week. So now she can afford a membership at Costco. Big whoops. She would have to save that $1.50 for most of the year to pay for a Costco membership. In the meantime, she might squander it on buying a soda from the machine at school once a week. Or she could buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks, but only once a month.
My Social Security check, which did not increase one penny last year, went up a whole entire $35.00 a year in 2018 which works out to 67 cents a week. But apparently, in order to pay for your massive $1.3 trillion dollar tax cut, you’ve got your eyes on cutting so-called “entitlement” programs like Social Security. Silly me for not accruing a net worth of $7.8 million dollars by 2015. Instead, I paid Social Security taxes for nearly 40 years. Oh yeah, except for the jobs I had working on Capitol Hill. You guys and your staff members didn’t have to start paying into Social Security until 1984 and even then, people already working on the Hill had the option not to pay into the system. [Source: Social Security Administration] Nice work if you can get it.
Most Americans trust that the people we elect to Congress have our best interests at heart. It is now painfully obvious that Paul Ryan and his cronies only care about the wealthiest Americans, the ones who can pour millions of dollars into their campaign coffers. But if nothing else, the election of Donald Trump as President has caused a lot of people to sit up and start paying attention to the shenanigans that the GOP are up to in Washington.
But a word of warning to you Mr. Ryan and other Republicans up for re-election in 2018. We may not have the money to buy influence, but our votes count the same as the Koch Brothers and each member of the Mercer family. The 1% can’t outvote the 99%. And by the way, the massive crash in the stock market on Friday, the worst day since 2008, is going to hit the average person’s 401k retirement account as badly, if not worse, than the wealthy investors. We’re going to remember that too.
In the meantime, I just may send my whole entire extra $35.00 to your opponent Randy Bryce. Anything to wipe that smug expression off your face.