Washington D.C.- Reversing a Whitehouse tradition of inviting poor and homeless people to share a Thanksgiving feast, George and Laura Bush held a dinner, Thursday, to which only wealthy campaign contributors were invited. "We didn't want any of those dirty, stinky people to come here," Laura Bush said. "Let them eat cake!" she added, with a smirk of condescension.
This year, the wealthy dinner guests are giving their thanks, that the Republican-controlled Congress is preparing to vote for another $70 billion tax cut for the rich. To make this possible ---just 1 week before Thanksgiving---on November 18, 2005, the House voted to cut $50 billion from Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, child support enforcement and foster care programs.
This is expected to result in drastic cutbacks in inner city healthcare programs, with many health clinics serving the poor being closed down altogether.
The American Medical Association has estimated that 38% of doctors will not be taking new Medicare patients, starting next year.
Harvard professor of political science, Barnie Hampton, remarked, "This is another one of Karl Rove's ploys. Instead of engaging in overt gerrymandering, to redraw boundaries to favor the Republicans, they want to foster a trend of attrition among poor people, who tend to vote Democratic. By eliminating the clinics that help poor people, large numbers of them will die prematurely ...well, of course.....many of them die prematurely, already,....without comprehensive health insurance . But eliminating medical and foodstamp programs, will hasten their demise, tilting the vote count toward Republican candidates in those districts, helping Republicans to achieve their dream of a permanent majority in Congress."
The tradition of providing homeless people with a Thanksgiving feast, has been criticized, because it does nothing for their long-term well-being, but just gives well-to-do, do-gooders a smug feeling that they are helping keep these poor people from starving, only one day out of the year.
Republicans have argued, on the other hand, that giving a tax-break to the wealthy, provides them with a long-term improvement in their living standards. "We are thankful every day!" smiled Winthrop Walton, looking out at his new Mercedes in the parking lot. "Its been a good deal for me. I invested $2,000 in contributions to Bush's re-election campaign. Now my company expects to receive $500,000 in tax breaks every year. "
Economists agree that most of the money from Bush's last tax cut has been invested overseas, creating jobs in businesses that directly compete with Americans. Wealthy investors would have been foolish to invest this tax refund money in creating more jobs in the US, when they could get a greater return in other countries where the cost of labor is lower. The result of Bush's tax cut has been a dramatic increase in outsourcing, as American jobs are rapidly moving overseas, where the global economy is booming.
"Americans have had the rug pulled out from under them," said Barnie Hampton. "They've carted all the gold out of Fort Knox, with these tax cuts. People are losing their jobs and their benefits. Now they are starting to dismantle the healthcare system."