A century ago, the US economy and government was in the grip of what were called Robber Barons. People so wealthy and powerful that they formed business monopolies, chose political leaders by themselves, decided what laws would be passed and considered everyone else but themselves "losers". Working people were poverty-stricken, there was no "Middle Class". You were either rich or broke.
People had few legal rights to complain. Courts were
packed by judges appointed by the rich to defend their overbearing
methods. Does that term "losers" ring a bell when you listen to a Trump
speech? It should. Trump wants to return to those years.
Republican party is to blame for this. They have denigrated the value of
government for years. They refused to admit that government for the
People is a good thing. They desired that political success go only to
the rich and powerful, so that they could get more than any human could
possibly need to thrive in the world.
party has yelled for several decades that all we need to succeed is to
have no government regulation. That outsiders "know best". That
inexperience in world affairs is somehow "purer" than experience.
Basically, that ignorance is better than knowledge. Now they have their
purfect candidte for an upcoming humiliation of that view. Trump will be crushed, and they might lose both
the Senate and the House. And later, the Supreme Court, as vacancies
will be filled in the next 8 years.
The Republicans hate government so bad that they slashed the budget of
the IRS, whose only function is to collect taxes and make sure we all
pay what we owe. They call it "starving the beast".
But the IRS is merely the agency that collects taxes declared by Congress. The audit function doesn't bother most of us. What they look for is very rich people who aren't paying their fair share. They aren't after those of us earning $30,000-100,000. They are after those multi-millionaires and billionaires who are paying nothing in taxes by gaming the system with secret accounts overseas or claiming massive business losses through indirect multiple company tricks.
We WANT more IRS agents to find those cheaters and get the Government revenue for schools, military support, VA hospitals, and roads and bridges! What we don't want is the Donald Trumps of the world to get richer by cheating on their taxes.
More IRS agents don't threaten me or you. They threaten the most wealthy who have been cheating us all. We should SUPPORT more IRS funding for auditors.
The government does a lot of good things. Defense, education, infrastructure, personal rights, helping poor States, assuring honest elections, managing the general economy, protecting the right to religious freedom, the whole Bill Of Rights...
That takes some money. Not much in exchange for the common good. In some countries, it is more; in some it is less. I think we are doing pretty well where we are.
The Republicans want to lessen Government to enfeeblement; Democrats want to expand it in some few directions. That's general human progress.
Let's consider insurance. The theory of insurance is that the larger the group, the less risk there is to any member of the insurance group. Doesn't it therefore make sense to increase the insurance pool? YOUR medical costs go up everytime an uninsured person needs medical care. So shouldn't we increase the number of insured people? Fewer uninsured people mean lower costs for the rest of us.
Now let's say that the roads are failing in your area. And in other areas. And will fail in the future in other areas. Isn't it a better idea to all get together and share the expenses gradually overall instead of all at once locally?
Isn't that what helping your neighbors now so that they can help you tomorrow is all about? Government is merely the organized method of sharing todays costs with your neighbor tomorrow. What you need to accept is that your neighbor might be several States away.
We understand that when some community many States away suffers a natural disaster. A hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado. We help them then. That's what government is. Society agreeing to hel each other in bad times...
And the Republicans fight against THAT!