Jason Chaffetz , the Republican U.S. representative for Utah’s 3rd congressional district, when asked about health care and the inability of many Americans to afford it said “Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions for themselves.”
This line of reasoning follows the same tired argument that the reason people are poor is because of their inability to prioritize what is important over what is frivolous. In past years, it was all about fancy sneakers. Then it switched to flat screen TV sets and now, iPhones.
We are told that people are poor and unable to afford basic necessities because they have the wrong priorities.
I would argue that people are poor and unable to receive basic necessities because we have the wrong priorities and by we, I mean the American people, our government, our tax codes, our budgets.
We have a president who is advocating spending billions more on our military, but cutting health care, education, the arts. We have a president who has taken advantage of our tax laws to amass a fortune that provides him with private jets and penthouse suites adorned with gold plated fixtures in the toilets, all while many of our nation’s citizens live in poverty.
We spend billions of sports stadiums, prisons, and soon, massive security walls while we continue to cut budgets aimed at helping veterans, our elderly, and our least fortunate.
The only other nations that come to mind with this behavior are Russia, North Korea, and their ilk, ruled by powerful wealthy individuals for the benefit of same.
Mr Chaffetz , maybe rather than passing that new tax loophole for those wealthy citizens you just love and give away billions of dollars, maybe you should invest it in their our nation, united indivisible, with justice for all.