The price of divisiveness

To the Editor:

Who profits from divisiveness?

Keeping Americans divided so we don’t demand good governance.

We could all have excellent health care and save the nation enough money to amortize the national debt; but we don’t. We could have pollution-free energy powering our homes and cars; but we don’t. Instead we are pitted against each other, inflamed over things like illegal immigration that represents one-third of 1 percent of our population.

We have undermined the sources of answers for our society.

The truth and lies are indistinguishable.

Likewise, we have destroyed the competition of ideas in favor of mind-numbing opinion. We have even been persuaded to distrust America’s renowned scientific community.

Is it really Democrats against Republicans? Nearly all Americans want excellent affordable healthcare, education, childcare, living wage jobs and a durable infrastructure. Congress isn’t voting on that agenda. Instead Congress supports the agenda of the wealthy, who are claiming the money that should be spent on our society.

The 1 percent has bought our media, politicians and democracy.

For 35 years we have been encouraged to believe high wages and taxes were hurting our economy; so we cut the taxes of the wealthy from 60 percent to less than 15 percent after gimmicks, a huge transfer of wealth financed largely by our national debt.

Many major corporations pay no taxes. Labor unions were scapegoated. Ordinary citizen’s wages stopped growing with the economy. Instead those potential wages profited the 1 percent.

Our society is starved of income, faced with an unnecessarily expensive economy and low wages. We feel too broke to maintain a decent society, while blaming others — the perfect circle back to divisiveness.

By resisting decent lives for “others,” we create a barrier for all Americans.

Divisiveness keeps us from rediscovering each other, treating each other with decency and reclaiming our democracy.

Robert Carabas