It was midnight on Nov. 8, 2016. I was devastated — realizing that not only will Donald Trump be the next president, but Republicans will have full control of Congress. I did not fathom how to cope with such a fact. I feared that millions will get slashed by the Republicans’ actions. But many exclaimed that Democrats, like I, should give Republicans a chance, that in one year we will be positively surprised by their actions.
Well, a year’s passed, and it is outraging to witness the mass destruction Trump and Republicans are causing this country. Just to name a few: Trump has demoralized the press, sided with Neo-Nazis, and his Republican-led Congress has repeatedly made attempts to strip tens of millions from their health insurance. And now, to place the cherry on top, Trump has signed the GOP tax bill that hammers the country and middle-class individuals — all so the wealthiest of Americans obtain even more wealth. The bill will cause 13 million to lose healthcare, and raise the premiums of those who will maintain their coverage. It grants lower tax rates for the wealthiest 1 percent, corporations, and real-estate owners (like Trump himself) while raising them for the rest. About 80 percent of the bill’s benefits go to the top 1 percent.
To make matters worse, this bill will add nearly $1 trillion to the national debt by 2027 — even after taking its effect on the economy into account, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). The increasing debt will result in less money allocated toward programs such as social security and Medicare.
Do not be confused: Republicans know what’s happening; they are not oblivious to the bill’s awful flaws. Still, it seems all they care about is their rich donors. They will, and are, carrying out any action in order to benefit the people who finance their campaigns. Congressional Republicans are not working on behalf of more than 90 percent of Americans. Their only worries regard financing their reelection campaigns. What they do not fathom, however, is that on election day, someone who earns $50K a year is as powerful as a multi-billionaire.
In deep, deep red Alabama, for example, Democrats won a national race — Doug Jones secured a seat in the U.S. Senate. In Virginia, Democrats picked up at least 15 seats, possibly giving them control of the Virginia House. And in states such as Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Oklahoma, Democrats have also flipped numerous seats.
Newton’s law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” also applies in politics. So if Republicans have still not sensed the power of the Democratic resistance, they definitely will in November of 2018.