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With 44 days until the American presidential election, the same old issues that never change are once again at the forefront of political debate in the United States.
Gun control, the separation of church and state, and the minimum wage are being bandied around – with one side of politics arguing nothing should change, and the other major party arguing that it’s important to look like they might possibly interested in maybe changing things.
These same old issues join a few new contenders, namely the argument over whether or not a virus that has killed over 200,000 people is actually real, or how it might be a little bit unethical to elect a supreme court judge into a job for life just a couple weeks before the entire White House administration could very be completely restructured.
However, one issue that is receiving absolutely no air time is the idea that it is considered a radical left wing delusion to expect that every citizen of the country is entitled to not dying in medical poverty.
This follows a new report by the New York Times which reveals that President Donald Trump has paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years.
The same report says that Trump, the first president in history to refuse to disclose his tax filings, paid only $750 in taxes in 2016 when he was elected, and in his first year in the White House – which is roughly the same amount of money that the average American is expected to pay to treat themselves for a common flu.
With some healthcare providers charging close to 1000 dollars for a simple doctor’s appointment, the American people have for a long time grown more and more conditioned to a system where there is a free market approach to simply treating medical problems.
However, any push to bring about basic universal healthcare like we have in Australian, has been immediately written off as full blown communism – as it is every single time someone brings it up.
The Betoota Advocate hit the streets of Omaha, Nebraska to see if anything has changed in the way people view a system where rich people can be expected to give nothing back to a society that seems structured to benefit them the most.
“Health care? Sorry. This isn’t Russia” says one Trump supporter, Deborah, seemingly oblivious to how close her own President actually is with Russia.
“Problem with communism, is that you run out of other peoples money” says her husband, a proud American named Chet, who treats his worsening shoulder pain from a high school football injury with fentanyl opiates that he buys at the local Walmart.
“Where’s the money gonna come from? huh?” asks another middle American voter who is sick of paying taxes on his income that sits just above the poverty line, but also seems quite content with the idea of his billionaire President paying even less tax than he does.
“Sorry snowflakes. You can take your radical left wing ideas like free healthcare and the assurance that someone working two jobs should not live in poverty, back to Shanghai with all the other Russians!”