Tag Archives: Republican Party

Trump's axe turns from health to taxes

Source: Our Future
by Libero Della Piana

"Fresh off their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Congressional Republicans are aglow with the hope of passing sweeping tax cuts. It’s as if Trump has cast himself as the villain in a cheap horror film. In this B movie, he flails around with an axe, trying to hack unsuspecting victims in their sleep. First the GOP turned on Medicaid and Medicare, seeking to push millions of children and the poor off health coverage. Now, after being thwarted from that goal by massive public pressure, they hope to carve out rich rewards for their billionaire friends and benefactors. Their aim is poor, and thus far they’ve failed to land a blow. But don’t be fooled: an axe can be deadly." (09/28/17)


Albert Jay Nock on a program to restore liberty

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

"Adrift like a boat in stormy seas with a broken rudder and a useless compass, the Republicans get buffeted around by the daily political waves between the infantile tweets of an intellectually ignorant president and the power-lusting accusations and sound bites of Democrats hoping to regain control for their own plunder-privileging ways in the Capital Building. Alas, this is nothing new. Watching the Republicans act just as cowardly and aimlessly in the 1930s, the great libertarian social critic and political analyst, Albert Jay Nock, lamented this situation in an article about, 'What the Republicans Won't Do,' which appeared in the January 1938 issue of the 'American Mercury.' But Nock also wistfully explained what he wished a Republican Party of principle would do, if they ever came into power in Washington, and actually implemented an agenda meant to restore liberty in America — in spite of the fact that Nock was the very opposite of a political activist." (09/28/17)


Trump pitches massive tax cuts, seeking win

Source: The Hill

"President Trump and congressional Republicans rolled out a sweeping tax overhaul proposal on Wednesday that won immediate praise from conservatives, uniting a party that had been divided over how to repeal ObamaCare. Business groups and the far-right House Freedom Caucus both backed the GOP blueprint to slash business taxes and trim the number of individual tax rates as Republicans looked to quickly move on from another failure to repeal the health care law. Trump and his congressional allies are salivating for a major legislative win after a year filled with losses and disappointments, most of them related to a failed effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Their new hope is tax reform, which on the surface at least offers plenty for Republicans to agree upon." (09/27/17)


New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum

Source: The Hill

"A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month. Supporters do not appear to have the 51 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states. … A significant factor giving the measure new momentum is a fast-approaching Sept. 30 deadline. At the end of the month, Republicans will not be able to use rules known as 'budget reconciliation' to bypass a Democratic filibuster [sic] in the Senate. If the measure can be filibustered [sic], it has no chances of passing the Senate." (09/18/17)


Is Trump destroying the GOP?

Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

"Many politicos thought that President Donald Trump would be more open and inclusive once most Republicans backed their presidential nominee. Clearly, Trump’s actions during his first year in office have shown little willingness to drift from his message or his base. He has successfully trumpeted his presidency and election win as a mandate to implement populist priorities and has been tone deaf to dissenting voices outside his cabal of loyalists. Perhaps Trump believes that the rest of the GOP will see the error of their ways and fall in line behind him. More likely, he will continue to divide the GOP as he and his supporters consciously shake the party from any moorings in principled conservatism. This does not bode well for the Republican Party." (09/15/17)


What have Republicans said about Dreamers?

Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

"Republicans are conflicted about Dreamers, the young immigrants who were brought here unlawfully as children. On the one hand, they oppose protections that they believe were enacted unconstitutionally without Congress, like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On the other hand, Republicans favor the policy of protecting Dreamers itself. In fact, a recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found three of four Trump voters support legal status for Dreamers. However, Republicans continue to debate about what the specifics of any proposal should look like." (08/30/17)


Just how bad are the Republicans in Congress?

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

"The last time the Republicans had absolute control of the government was during the presidency of George W. Bush when they had a majority in the House and Senate for over four years. And what did they do when they were in charge? They almost doubled the federal budget and the national debt, created the monstrous Department of Homeland Security, greatly expanded the Department of Education, passed the Patriot Act, let the government begin spying on Americans, started two senseless wars, and instituted the Republican version of Obamacare (the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act). Democrats could not have done any worse. But things are different now. Really?" (08/22/17)


White House warns "potentially ambitious" Republicans about 2020

Source: The Hill

"The White House on Saturday sent a warning to any Republicans potentially looking to challenge President Trump in 2020. 'The president is as strong as he's ever been in Iowa, and every potentially ambitious Republican knows that,' White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told The New York Times for a story about possible Republicans eyeing 2020. The newspaper reported on speculation that several top Republicans could be looking to challenge Trump, who has yet to achieve a major legislative accomplishment and is grappling with the ongoing probe into ties between his presidential campaign and Russia." (08/05/17)


WV: State's top gangster switches factional affiliation

Source: ABC News

"Democratic Governor of West Virginia Jim Justice announced he is switching to the Republican Party at President Donald Trump’s rally in his state on Thursday evening. 'Today, I tell you as West Virginians, I can't help you anymore being a Democrat governor,' said Justice. 'So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican.' Earlier in the day, Trump teased a 'big announcement' at the event in Huntington, West Virginia. Thursday night, he praised the 6-foot-7-inch governor he nicknamed 'Big Jim' for 'show[ing] the country our agenda rises above left or right.' News of Justice's plans, which were first reported by The New York Times, surprised Republicans and Democrats alike in West Virginia." (08/03/17)


Now it's time for tax cuts — and Republicans are more divided than ever

Source: The Intercept
by David Dayen

"When presidents fail, it creates a snowball effect. George W. Bush couldn’t privatize Social Security and his legislative agenda never recovered. Bill Clinton’s abandonment of health care reform led it to tackle small-ball measures. Both were punished by voters for their failures in the next midterm, losing control of Congress and the ability to get anything else done. Voters don’t like losers. That’s bad news for House Republicans. Fresh off the (probable) failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they are pivoting to tax cuts. But along the way, for procedural reasons, they need to pass a budget." (07/21/17)