Pope Francis sent out a powerful tweet that surely included members of Congress. Political commentator David Brooks wrote in The New York Times column that the GOP was “rotting.” The president has been actively campaigning for an accused pedophile, Roy Moore, who is running for Alabama’s next senator in a special election. That vote would be integral for passing the Trump transfer of wealth from the middle- and lower-income bracket.
The Holy Father tweeted “the worship of money…offends human dignity:”
‘We must fight corruption with determination. It is an evil based on the worship of money and it offends human dignity.’
The so-called “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” before Congress only cuts taxes for millionaires, billionaires, and international corporations afloat in money. One woman following the Pope’s tweet responded:
‘Sounds like the Pope has joined the resistance. Seriously.’
It does sounds that way, but it is also possible that the essence of the Resistance is following Pope Francis.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa recently made this offensive comment, as The Washington Post reported:
‘I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing. As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.’
Voters living paycheck-to-paycheck might disagree. It is difficult to impossible to invest on a salary of $15,000, $25,000, or $40,000. The expenses of rent, car payments/maintenance/repairs, food, health insurance, and utilities eat up all of those paychecks. Plus in the U.S., a full eight percent of the population is underemployed.
The House representatives earn $174,000 a year, all insurance, and full salary upon retirement. The Senators have the same good deal, except they make $193, 400 per year. Most of them come from wealth, because a person without money cannot win an election. The national median income is $49,445. Most members of Congress cannot even relate to people trying to exist on that amount — or less.
Republican and Democrats are different in one substantial way. The Democratic Party stands for supporting the forgotten man/woman. Republicans have a totally different perspective. They genuinely believe that their own actions got them their wealth. They also believe that if people are not wealthy, it is due to some faults of their own, but poverty is not a character flaw.
The Trump Tax bill punishes the typical American voter in a myriad of ways. For example servers, who work extremely hard for their money, earn tips. The bill would take those tips and let the employer use them any way he or she sees fit. He could share them with everyone working for him. He could expand the dining space. He could even add on to the existing bar, restaurant, or hotel.
The Trump tax bill is the platform on which Republicans plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. After the GOP gives away the nation’s tax money, they will scream that the country cannot afford these benefits any longer. Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said he had dreamed of taking away these vital programs since his college days, CNBC reported:
‘So Medicaid, sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate, we’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg. … I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time. We’re on the cusp of doing something we’ve long believed in.’
Twitter followers had a few powerful things to say about Pope Francis’ words of wisdom. Here are some of our favorites below:
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