Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 2:02 a.m.
There are two wars going on in America. The first war, the War on Poverty, recently had its 50th anniversary. The second war was a dream child crafted by Ronald Reagan 33 years ago.
Reagan’s war drastically cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans by reducing the top tax rate from 70 percent to 28 percent. Wow! Then the party began, and during the past 30 years, the rich got richer and the rest of the population is holding on for dear life.
The rich now have a sense of entitlement; a better-than-you attitude.
Republicans are obsessed almost to the point of being possessed in their attempt to castigate the poor, elderly and minorities through cuts to food stamps, restricting unemployment insurance, and cutting and/or privatizing Social Security and Medicare.
Republican bias and donor gifts block them from considering programs for jobs or professional retraining. Republicans believe a jobs program is cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations and using the same ol’ failed trickle-down theory.
Republicans will fight to the bitter end to ensure the wealthy and corporations don’t pay taxes relative to their earnings.
Republicans blame the lack of revenue to the Treasury on the poor and their entitlements instead of low and sometimes no taxes paid by the wealthy and donors. What a clever ruse to cover their pandering to the wealthy who provide them with unlimited donations.
So let’s think about the competing wars, the wealthy vs. the poor. Who wins this battle? Remember this in November 2014.