Senator Barrasso gave us his rendition of the “huge” benefits bestowed upon us by the passing of the tax bill in the March 18 CST. Now it’s time for him to tell us “the rest of the story.” About how the Republican Congress now has to try and recover some of the massive deficit caused by passing this bill. For instance, what they might quietly be working on to make cuts and changes to our most popular social programs like Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, National Public Broadcasting, National Park funding, family planning clinics, equal pay, affordable health care and the list goes on.
Once Wyoming’s seniors realize how their Medicare could change to something akin to an unaffordable private insurance program that fights paying their share, this age group might finally reconsider only voting for the candidate with a big R behind their name. As we all have to deal with higher medical costs due to defunding Medicaid; as our children face the prospect of higher health care costs via privatization and the profit motives behind it; as the age to qualify for Social Security benefits gets out of reasonable sight; as the access to our coveted public lands and national parks and monuments becomes less affordable (or sold off to private interests), as we all come to realize how important it is for our country to join the rest of the world and look at health care as a “right” rather than a privilege -- only then might Wyomingites realize that they have been voting against their own self interests.
The worker benefits from the deficit tax bill that our senator cites, such as a one time bonus that might help a family buy a new TV, pale in comparison to the multi-millions being given away to the rich, their big corporations, their stockholders and politicians they are beholden to. Please Senator Barasso, when you feed us what the party talking points are, go outside that box and sprinkle in some of the bad with the good; you'll be an even better senator for it.