The Republican trick: pretend the country is broke

This is largely correct. In addition to the tax cuts, there are also wars to pay for, and mismanagement and corruption. As Frank Thomas says in his 2008 book “The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule,” Republicans don’t want government to work, so they intentionally mismanage and corrupt it.

In other words, perhaps the country IS broke, but it’s broke because Republicans and their corporate Democratic allies intentionally bankrupted it.

Can the message of the image be condensed into a sound bite or slogan that the voters will understand? “Social Security isn’t broke. They want to use its funds to pay for tax cuts for the rich.”