You know, I love this piece, except for one thing. It’s a bit dated–it’s a lovely chronicle of what we’ve lost and what we’re in the process of losing.
6:35 a.m. Like 17 million other Americans, you have asthma. But as you get out of bed you notice that you are breathing freely this morning. This is thanks in part to government clean air laws that reduce the air pollution that would otherwise greatly worsen your condition.
But Ted Cruz (republican of course) would rather you didn’t have clean air!
Ted Cruz’ war on your clean air
6:45 a.m. You sit down to breakfast with your family. You are having eggs â€“ a food that brings with it the possibility of salmonella poisoning, a serious food-borne illness affecting tens of thousands of Americans every year. But the chance of you getting sick from these eggs has now been greatly reduced by a recently passed series of strict federal rules that apply to egg producers.
However, Republicans are relentless in trying to create pandemics of food poisoning. This is just one sample:
House Republicans vote to cut funds to implement food safety rule
And since they started hacking away at the FDA, food-borne illnesses have begun reaching rather disastrous levels.
Gotta ask why the GOP want us all to die. Seriously.
This is pretty obvious:
Look at all the red states above the national average!
7:00 a.m. You go into your newly renovated bathroom â€“ one of a number of amenities that you enjoy in your house. But the fact that you can legally own your own house is something made possible by government. Think about this: â€œownershipâ€ and â€œprivate propertyâ€ are not things that exist in nature. These are legal constructs: things created by laws that are passed and enforced by government. You couldnâ€™t even buy your home without a system of commercial laws concerning contracts and a government that ensures that sales contracts are enforced. So the fact that you live in your own home is, in part, a benefit of government and the rule of law.
Well, it was, anyway. Before deregulation allowed banks to buy mortgage companies. Before banks were allowed to evade land-recording rules with MERS. Before we stopped enforcing laws against document fraud, and began turning a blind eye to foreclosure fraud. Now.. not so much.
And on and on and on. Conservatives are destroying our lives, our homes, our incomes, everything that makes living in America worthwhile. Isn’t it time we stopped voting for them?