My mom used to say this when I was a kid. It’s an old-fashioned term and I never knew what it meant until much later. A term that survived from the Middle Ages, it describes buying one thing and getting another. You think you’re getting pork but what you’re really getting may be dog. Paying good money for something you thought was one thing but getting something entirely different. In other words, you get conned.
These adages stay around so long because they are true. This one has particular relevance today. Many people voted for Donald Trump because he made big promises—better deals, more jobs, lower taxes, better wages, great healthcare, fixing roads and airports, draining the swamp, kicking out the Wall Street billionaires and on and on. It sounded great – almost too good to be true. And it was.
What Trump has delivered instead is a pig in a poke. He has put in jeopardy what has really made America great in the first place—our first-rate economy, our role as a world leader, our national security, our educational system, our values.
He has delivered NO jobs that were not already in the works in 2016. Wages are NOT rising but inflation will increase prices. He has jeopardized markets for American farmers and others by attacking NAFTA. There are no new highway, rail or airline projects being planned. In fact, with the trillion dollar deficits that the new GOP tax bill will bring, there will never be any money for these projects.
He has tried, and may succeed, in dismantling the present healthcare system and replacing it with nothing but higher premiums and no healthcare at all for millions of Americans.
With a fox in the hen house approach, he has appointed millionaire Wall Street bankers to regulate the very organizations that brought us the 2008 financial crisis.
He has helped the stock market go sky-high with the promise of lower corporate taxes and no regulations. Has that helped the average American? YES for those who have stocks and IRAs. NO for those depending on a living wage or fixed income to survive, with rising prices and less help from the government.
The GOP tax bill puts more, more, more money in the pockets of the very wealthy and does very little for the middle and working classes. The bill gives a little tax relief but cuts programs for healthcare, meals on wheels, school lunches, education, veteran benefits and so many more programs that help regular Americans.
And the biggest Trump lie of all—we will “never touch Social Security.” Hah! GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP Senator Marco Rubio have already admitted that, with the need to reduce the trillions in deficits created by the GOP tax bill, Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block for 2018!
How do you like that pig in a poke you voted for now?
Editor’s Note: this has been reposted with the author’s permission, and originally appeared in the December 14th edition of the Central Virginian, and is only available on line to paying subscribers, or here.