So what this all boils down to is that Republicans' primary objective to kill government supported services is more important than the well-being and economic security of the citizens of their state, no matter have badly the services might be needed or how much they would contribute to job creation.
We must begin to clearly articulate the root causes of problems, the motives behind those that cause the problems, and make them crystal clear to the voters if we are to ever have any chance of reclaiming the American Dream for our children and grandchildren. We "grey beards" were fortunate to have experienced the period of greatest American prosperity, from the 1940s through the mid-1970s when the American Dream was a reality.
Conservatives' ideological "one solution fits all problems" twin objectives of (1) forced austerity government budgets coupled with (2) corporate tax breaks and deregulation to force privatization of public services have repeatedly been proven to fail. Their only result from this ideology is the sucking of wealth from the middle class into the atmospheric reaches of the ultra-wealthy.
Taking another try at using the Medicaid Expansion issue as a "teachable moment," I wrote a guest editorial that was published by the Helena IR last Monday.