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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

There's no mystery about the Republican agenda. For at least the past 40 years, the G.O.P.'s central policy goal has been upward redistribution of income: lower taxes for the wealthy, big cuts in programs that help the poor and the middle class. We've seen that agenda at work in the policies of every Republican president from Reagan to Trump, every budget proposal from party stars like Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House. This policy agenda is, however, deeply unpopular. Only small minorities of voters favor tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations; even smaller minorities favor cuts in major social programs. So how does the G.O.P. stay politically competitive? The answer is that the party has mastered the tactics of bait and switch: pretending to stand for one thing, then doing something quite different in office.

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But if special elections in the Trump era are any indication, voters are wising up. Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate in a deep-red Pennsylvania congressional district that Trump won by almost 20 points, tried not one, not two, but three different bait-and-switch strategies. And on Tuesday he still seems to have suffered a hair-thin defeat.

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I'm not convinced yet that voters are as much wising up as they are expressing dissatisfaction with the current Republican Party.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-20 10:34 AM | Reply

When all is said and done, $1.50 a day is just a $1.50 a day. Even dull people can understand that one. It's not even enough money to buy that quart of awful beer Sen. Grassley (R) is worried the masses will squander any extra money on.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-03-20 11:05 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Claiming the new tax code is a "middle class tax cut" is like claiming a Caesar Salad is an Anchovy Salad.

It's in there...but barely.

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-03-20 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When all is said and done, $1.50 a day is just a $1.50 a day. Even dull people can understand that one.
#2 | POSTED BY ZED

You don't seem to have a problem with foreign factory workers only making $1.50/day to keep your cheap imports flowing.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-03-20 11:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Claiming the new tax code is a "middle class tax cut" is like claiming a Caesar Salad is an Anchovy Salad.
It's in there...but barely.

#3 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

Which is more what I was thinking.

It's not so much a bait and switch, but a focus on what little they're willing to give the 95% (a dominos pizza) while preventing discussion as much as possible on what they're giving the 5% (A five course meal with paired wines and a dessert buffet).

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2018-03-20 11:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4


The Republicans are going to continue running their campaigns to appeal to those who vote them into office, then forget about those folk and govern to appeal to their donors.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-20 11:39 AM | Reply

(A five course meal with paired wines and a dessert buffet).

With a Private Jet as their Happy Meal toy.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-03-20 09:50 PM | Reply

It's like my world, I work for a Union auto maker.

"Hey, unions suck, that's why things cost so much!"

When we're hiring.... "uh...hey man...do you think you can help me out?"

Me again, "uh, no, eat ---- and die, don't ask for a favor now, but keep voting against your own best interest!"

#8 | Posted by zelkova at 2018-03-20 10:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

You don't seem to have a problem with foreign factory workers only making $1.50/day to keep your cheap imports flowing.

#4 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2018-03-20 11:11 AM | REPLY |

The tax code has nothing to do with foreign workers income. Stay focused. We are talking about republicans pretending a temporary $1.50/week tax cut outweighs the benefit of all the programs that were cut to give corporations a PERMANENT, MUCH LARGER tax cut

#9 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-03-21 09:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

- The tax code has nothing to do with foreign workers income.

Sure it does. That's why corporations flocked to third world countries and set up sweat shops paying $1.50/day.

To not pay taxes OR wages, just so you can buy cheap plastic disposable crap. Hooray for progress.

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-03-21 10:26 AM | Reply

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#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-03-21 12:05 PM | Reply

When all is said and done, $1.50 a day is just a $1.50 a day. Even dull people can understand that one.
#2 | POSTED BY ZED
You don't seem to have a problem with foreign factory workers only making $1.50/day to keep your cheap imports flowing.
#4 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Can't we worry about both?
And shouldn't I worry about my countrymen first?

Seriously, you are pretty ridiculous.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-03-21 12:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Voters at large may be wising. Right wingers though remain as stupid and gullible as ever.

#13 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-03-21 01:58 PM | Reply

Republicans pander to the ignorant and legislate for the affluent.

#14 | Posted by Docman at 2018-03-21 02:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Correction:
People are wising up the the left whang media slanting and twisting every article to reflect their hate for our President.

#15 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-03-21 04:36 PM | Reply

Correction:
People are wising up the the left whang media slanting and twisting every article to reflect their hate for our President.

#15 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

That's not a correction. It's a fabrication.

I'm honestly jealous of the people who have never had to read one of your stupid posts.

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-03-21 04:50 PM | Reply

Well phester isn't wising up, that is no surprise.

#17 | Posted by bored at 2018-03-21 05:12 PM | Reply

[quote] Well phester isn't wising up, that is no surprise.

#17 | POSTED BY BORED [/quote"]

If that means I did not vote for madam Klithorn you are right.

#18 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-03-21 05:41 PM | Reply

#18; What is more likely? 95% of the media is part of a massive liberal conspiracy, or 5% of the media has idiots like you drinking the GOP koolaid?

#19 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-03-21 06:55 PM | Reply

#19 why bother asking?

Righties think their Dunning-Kruger is a virtue.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2018-03-22 12:20 AM | Reply

Voters are not wising up. The stupid people who voted for Trump will vote for him again. And yes, if you voted for Trump you are stupid.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2018-03-22 09:04 AM | Reply

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