Shameless hypocrisy and the cult of fantasy

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Well you do have to hand it to the republicans. If you are going to tell a lie or con someone, better to go for the big con. And so we have their tax plan, that will give billionaires a massive tax cut, yet put up the taxes on middle income Americans (after a brief interlude of 4 years). At the same time it will blow a massive hole in the US government budget, causing the deficit to skyrocket.

dfe79bd2-d709-11e7-bbec-65aecb903036-1536x1048 A pair of liberals (Jeff Sessions and some chicken little called Paul Ryan) spread fake news about the dangers of deficit spending

Exactly how much higher the US deficit will rise to is unclear, some say $1 trillion another report estimates $1.7 trillion (against a current deficit of $440 billion, so a doubling or quadrupling of the deficit). Suffice to say this makes a mockery of the GOP mantra

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4 Responses to Shameless hypocrisy and the cult of fantasy

  1. neilrieck says:

    Where are the TEA party politicians in this situation? THEY were the people who always strove for balanced budgets etc. Was the whole TEA party thing just a scheme to provide cover for people who wanted to criticize an African-American president?

    • daryan12 says:

      I suspect they are laughing themselves silly at the dummies they conned into voting for them.

      The Tea party was clearly manufactured by GOP lobbyists.

      • the loud american says:

        It’s mostly a “rinse/repeat” routine to wash away the image of failed GOP leaders. The tea party (neocons in tricorn hats) to wash away the stain of Bush, the Trump ‘movement’ to wash away the stain Ted Cruz and the govt. shutdown/sequester. I would say that both the tea party and Trumpism have a good deal of genuine grassroots following. It’s too bad that the ideas that had the grassroots appeal never really got much conversation- for the tea party a real discussion about the size and role of the government that I could at least respect (instead of attrition-undermining federal programs and then turning around and saying “see, government sux”); or a serious incorporation of some market skepticism into the GOP (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/24/understanding-pew-research-centers-political-typology/). The extent of the deficit mentality is that it’s the reason the tax bill had its weird structure- with middle/low-bracket cuts that expire after several years. It’s too bad senate rules require that, and the rule probably isn’t going away with GOP control because they treasure the strategic advantage it gives them- enforces austerity to some extent- should any future democratic president actually have the guts to try some serious stimulus policy. Without it, Trump could have passed his silly upper-bracket tax cut without hurting the poor/middle-class down the road or searching for other ways to “pay for” it. Such a policy might even stimulate the economy a bit while it does all the other stupid stuff (e.g encourages another private debt bubble as the corporate windfall is funneled into short-term financial speculation tactics (e.g buybacks) instead of investment since the bill did so little to increase middle/lower-bracket spending power).

        Daryan, What I’m really curious about is where you think the Trump stuff puts us down the road. You mentioned that America basically committed itself to the “hard way” for an energy transition; and I do suspect that the 2020s will feature a combination of un-deniable climate events and the shale ‘boom’ drying up in America. I do know that many states/cities are currently trying to commit to energy/climate policies regardless of who’s president & LCOE of renewables is very competitive in some areas now. I guess the question is whether that will be enough to keep us decently on track going into the future.

  2. the loud american says:

    To elaborate on the “rinse/repeat” idea: Again with pointing out the grassroots aspect of things, I’d like people to observe that the GOP at least pretends to give itself a makeover every few years. It’s not just ‘conservatives being conservatives’ or something. One of the key things of the primary in 2016 was the well deserved humiliation of Ted Cruz and the largely unfair humiliation of Jeb Bush by Trump. I think Trump simply saw them as easy targets, but in a broader sense that served as a kind of ritual of rejecting both the dubya and tea party legacies- and that’s quite effective because although some conservative movement elites might love Cruz, most of the base probably despises him. On the other side, the democrats sometimes seem to be dedicated to keeping the Clintons (and more importantly, Clintonism) in power until the end of time, as if nothing has changed. To Hillary’s credit, a lot of her domestic proposals were a decent departure from the Bill legacy. But she didn’t talk about them much. Now with the GOP back in power, the establishment democrats will probably come to the “reasonable” interpretation that “america is just too conservative” for any left-wing politics after all the republicans won (ignoring the much-more-plausible interpretation that if America really was that conservative, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio would be president & VP instead of humiliated nobodies). Such an interpretation will not only lead to them underestimating their potential power, it will lead to them (largely) missing the obvious opportunity for how to go after Trump:

    The current GOP arrangement is to feed off Trump’s charisma while he lets them (e.g Paul Ryan) run the domestic policy. The implication is that if Paul Ryan’s (or Ted Cruz, Mitch McConell, etc.) face was on the package, the people wouldn’t be buying it. Polling evidence is that even with the Trump sticker on it, people aren’t buying the tax policy. The democratic establishment technique for “resistance” has been to pit much of the mainstream media against Trump and act righteously outraged over all of the contrived culture-war tweet-battles Trump et al. keep coming up with. That’s not just ineffective, it can sometimes even help the GOP. A better approach would be to directly go after the GOP “rinse/repeat” routine and reveal it for what it is: “look America, you thought you were getting something different in 2010 but it was really neocons in tricorn hats. You thought you were defending economic interests in 2016 but it was really neocons in MAGA caps”. Point out that Paul Ryan is running domestic policy (the mainstream media sometimes falls for Ryan’s pseudo-intellectual act, but I don’t think the public does). Ask whatever happened to the infrastructure plan, and the NAFTA renegotiation, and the promise not to cut social security or medicare? That might work. What won’t work: changing nothing and nominating Chelsea Clinton in 2020.

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