An X-Hooker Looks at Republican Economic Policy, Reaganomics and Trumponomics (my word)

MY OPINIONS ARE JUST THAT–OPINIONS, NOT NECESSARILY FACTS

When I was a kid the president of the United States was Ronald Reagan. As I remember things, there was something called trickle down economics. And I’m just giving you what I remember, I’m not looking up actual facts because I want you to get it as I experienced it. Trickle down economics meant that tax cuts and other such benefits would go to the rich and eventually the rest of us would get the benefits “trickling down” to us. It wasn’t “flooding down” economics. We got to have a taste of goodness but not a whole meal. The idea was that you do stuff, like cut capital gains taxes, for the wealthy people bc their wellness shores up society’s fiscal soundness. Forget society’s we’ll bring, the rich make the rules and they made rules to benefit themselves. I guess to the victors go the spoils. And yes, I wish I was victorious. I admit, I am jealous. But my focus is not the policy as much as the language of the economics. What is interesting now is that with President Trump there is no such pretense that doing things for the rich will benefit the rest of us. It’s just doing things for the rich. There’s no talk of any wealth trickling down. I do hear a lot about present day wealth being concentrated in the hands of the very few, more so than at any other time including the middle ages. When you think about it, the term trickle down is pretty offensive. like we’re lucky if we just happen to feel a sprinkle. The language of “Reaganomics” evinced the divisions between classes. The 1980’s are hailed as a time of great prosperity. I believe the upper class was happy that the right people, their people, were prosperous. But now, I am worried that we don’t even rate a trickle. Evidently we are ineligible for economic left overs or hand-me-downs (my terminology). We, the other 99%, were not the principle beneficiaries of tax cuts in the ’80’s. We were an afterthought. But now, we aren’t even a thought. I am not an economist. I do not know the validity of the theory that supporting the people who hold most of the wealth best supports society. But I think it is interesting that us poor people don’t even get a mention anymore. No one is talking about us, or to us. The silence fills me with foreboding.

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If it turns out I am wildly off base I can take comfort in the stats that show few readers care about my political views. Most people will want to read my upcoming post: “Lesbian Lovers–Not!”

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