To The Herald-Whig:
The passage of the tax-cut bill will be something for which to remember the Republicans. The editorial board of the Washington Post wrote on Dec. 20 that passing this bill was a win for "the wealthy, the entitled and the irresponsible," "wealthy heirs and corporations that look like the Trump organization," "the discredited theory of trickle-down economics," "know-nothing anti-intellectualism," "corrosive partisanship" and for "fiscal irresponsibility." The board noted that "cleaning up this mess will take years."
In the board game Monopoly, to win you must own everything, then have others pay you rent. We have become the renters, and the owners are winning the game. This is wealth inequality, and this is profoundly changing our country and who we are. If we don't act, we will lose our democracy for a plutocracy, where the country is run by the wealthy elite.
This appears to be the Republican vision for America, not to grow prosperity for all of us but to divide this country's wealth among themselves. To tilt the rules to give them a greater advantage than they already have. To believe that being rich means you're always right and more righteous than everyone else.
But living in this country is not a board game. We should not be divided into winners and losers. This economy doesn't have to function as a zero-sum game where if someone wins someone must also lose.
The answer is fairness and compassion. Altruism is a human trait. Religions are built on it. Our government should reflect our best features as human beings, not our worst.