Friday January 19, 2018
Mark Twain said politicians and diapers need to be changed often, and for the same reason. But voters must overcome both gerrymandering and voter suppression.
Priorities USA studies showed that the president won Wisconsin by 22,748 votes, but more than 200,000 registered voters lacked their newly required state ID. Despite incessant repetitions of baseless claims of voter fraud swallowed by the gullible, suppression is the real problem, not fraud.
Gerrymandering has Berks County represented by four Republicans, all of whom voted for Sen. Pat Toomey's tax bill that created a windfall for the wealthy. I suspect Rep. Ryan Costello did so because he expects a primary challenge and feared voting against it would lead wealthy donors to support a Republican rival. Congress sends soldiers to die for America, but too often our cowardly congressmen sell their souls for fear of losing an election.
According to U.S. News & World Report, Bank of America analysts say corporations are already sitting on trillions of dollars and forecast that most of their tax savings will go to enriching shareholders with stock buybacks, not job creation or wage increases. Roughly 80 percent of the 2004 tax cuts went to stock buybacks, but the gullible are certain that this time the money will surely trickle down.
It's time to change our politicians.
It's time to change our political leaders