The funny thing about our “Freedom Caucus” conservative congressman, is that he is the POSTER CHILD FOR NEOLIBERALISM (as shown in video clip below).
(Neoliberalism is corporate-friendly free market ideology PRACTICED BY BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL LEADERS. It puts the interests of corporations and the wealthy above those of the rest of us and the planet. So, in the U.S., essentially 300,000 big donors are getting their needs served at the expense of the other 300 million of us and the earth. Wealthy donors and corporations buy influence in the legislature. That allows them to change policies and tilt the playing field so most of the marbles roll into the pockets of a few at the expense of the many.
In the U.S., it’s essentially created a rigged poker game where the super wealthy keep winning. It’s hard to say what will happen when the other 300,000,000 people at the table realize the game is rigged. It’s the job of neoliberal politicians to perform the mechanics of the rigging (via policy with lots of fine print). They’re also charged with keeping 300,000,000 of us from rebelling. They do that by promising that eventually all that wealth concentrating at the top will trickle down. So far, they’ve been successful. We’re waiting patiently and haven’t caught on.
Neoliberalism has been practiced in the U.S. and around the globe for more than 20 years and we are now dealing with the environmental and human devastation resulting from that shortsightedness. 50% of children in the U.S. live below or near the poverty line. 20 individuals now have as much wealth as the poorest 150 million Americans (half the nation). A study by the Atlantic found that 47% of Americans were economically insecure and couldn’t come up with $400 in an emergency. Good jobs have been shipped overseas so highly profitable corporations could get even richer. The environment is clearly being damaged at a rapid pace).
We unfortunately have an up close view of what neoliberalism looks like in practice. Congressman Perry, despite being a conservative, is a poster child for neoliberalism. He blames pollution on God (see Huffington Post), take big campaign donations from some of the worst corporate air polluters in the nation and ignores the resulting impact on the health of his local constituents. He also champions huge tax breaks for the wealthiest among us (paid for by reducing services for the most vulnerable). The “health care” bill he and his colleagues championed would have kicked over 20 million people off of health insurance in order to give an enormous tax break to the most wealthy families in America.
So strange that Perry claims to hate redistribution of wealth because, in that example, he helped champion one of the largest redistributions of wealth upward in the history of the country. Studies also showed that 20,000 people a year would have died due to that policy (due to losing their healthcare). That shows the cruel face of neoliberalism. Under corporate-friendly neoliberal ideology, the bottom line is all that matters. Human beings are a footnote.
Standard laissez faire neoliberal policy is to lower taxes for the rich and huge corporations and provide loopholes so that select group can avoid the paying of any taxes at all. (Remember highly profitable G.E. and other huge companies paying zero taxes? Recall Warren Buffet’s famous remark about his secretary paying higher taxes than he does?). Meanwhile, taxes on the wealthiest citizens are now HALF of what they were in 1950’s. (They used to pay 70% rate. . . back when we had strong public schools, built highways and bridges etc.).
That group of super rich (who are also the nation’s biggest donors to congress) are now claiming that they need more of a break when everyone else is hurting so much. They want a bill to give them a huge tax break and rewrite the tax code so the playing field is tilted even more in their favor. And our congressman will be right there to vote for that bill as soon as he has the chance. He talks a good game locally about being for the people. But when push comes to shove, he’s taking his marching orders from a higher power (not God, the Koch brothers).
NEOLIBERAL CONGRESSMAN SCOTT PERRY CAUGHT IN THE ACT ON VIDEO (and he makes a promise which he still has not honored):
Congressman Perry receives enormous donations from the Koch brothers each year. He also has received donations from a local factory that is documented to be one of the worst air polluters in the nation. The air in our community is among the worst 20 in the nation for small particulate pollution. We have high incidence of asthma and other breathing issues. Children and elderly people with respiratory problems literally gasp for air on somedays in our community.
But our congressman doesn’t say a word about it (despite the fact that it’s been brought up countless times). He is owned by corporations. When pressed, he questions the political motives of the American Lung Association (who did the major national study showing our situation and the situation of communities around the country). He says they might be doing “political science” instead of real science.
Here’s what neoliberalism looks like up close (fast forward to 50 seconds in)… Below is info on an important promise he makes in this video, a promise he has still not kept:
PS – In addition to disparaging the American Lung Association and going to bat for corporations instead of constituents, Congressman Perry made a pretty bold statement in the above video (taken on November 21, 2016). Because he was squirming in response to the surprise question in the friendly environment of the Pennsylvania State Manufacturer’s Association, he accidentally promised us something:
As he was responding to the question about the new American Lung Association report that gives York county a very poor grade on air quality, he indicated that he needed to look into this report. He then said, quote:
“If York county does really have that kind of poor air quality, then I think that there’s a role for the federal and the state government to determine what makes it so and, if necessary, take some action.”
It’s been more than 9 months since he made that promise. And we still haven’t heard a peep. THAT’S what neoliberalism is. Protecting corporations against human beings at all costs. Ignoring human beings if you must.
(For more information on Neoliberalism and how to beat it, please visit this link: “THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE POLICY YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF”