Monday, May 28, 2018

Republicans run against their own parties "broken system," "non-stop crisis factory" and "ongoing cycle of spending."

Republican like familiarity, so despite political swings in power, they keep using the same outdated cliches.

1. How many times have you heard Scott Walker rip "Madison" for always telling the rest of Wisconsin what to do and how to live? Yet "Madison's" state house is now controlled by Republicans, and Walker is still making that same argument.

2. Why are Walker and his band of plundering Republican pirates warning voters not to return to times of high unemployment and huge state deficits under the Democrats, when in fact it was the Republican Great Recession that trashed our state economy, not the Democrats?

And finally...
3. Why are Republican candidates still pretending to run against an overspending dysfunctional government, when in fact, they're the ones in control?

Take 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Bryan Steil's trashing of the GOP Congress. He says the whole system is broken? I like the honesty.

I edited his crazy quilt of cliched comments to highlight the lunacy. Example 1 (gun control): "Let's enforce the rules on the books now." Wow, he's taken gun control back the very first stall tactics.  Example 2: That old "I'm from the private sector." Example 3: "The system is broken." Example 4: "We have a non-stop crisis factory." Example 5: "We have an ongoing cycle of spending..." WKOW's Capitol City Sunday

Meanwhile, the Democrats...want to fund their own agenda that promises to make American life better, taking their cue from Republican spending:
Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut last year, following it up with a $1.3 trillion spending plan this year. But while their party has long nurtured an image as fiscal watchdogs, they have barely talked about spending on the campaign trail.

“Democrats have put ourselves at a longtime, strategic disadvantage,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). “We have to pay for progressive priorities, and they borrow money for theirs. After the tax cut, there’s almost no enthusiasm for worrying about how to pay for new proposals.”

“Members of both parties have recently moved to dreaming big dreams without figuring out how to pay for it,” said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.).

Spelling out the cost as part of a policy rollout was a trap. While Clinton designed spending plans that could be paid for, adding nothing to the deficit, Trump proposed huge tax cuts and vast spending while also promising to wipe out the national debt within eight years. “We fronted the idea that everything would be paid for, that everything added up, and I don’t think we got any credit for it.”
Two can play the repeal game: What makes more sense, giving more money to those who have it or wiping out college debt and reducing the cost of a college education from now on? 
Trump showed just how out of touch with reality he is by tantruming over Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introducing a bill to repeal his tax cuts for the wealthy and use the funds to erase $1.4 trillion in student loan debt.

Rep. Polis said of his bill, “The Republican tax plan was all about special interests cashing in at the expense of everyone else. My plan shows what a difference we can make for middle-class Americans for even less cost. So many people go to school, get a job, and work hard but still struggle to get ahead because they are weighted down by student loans. It’s time to help them get out from the mountain of debt they are under. The good news is – if we repeal the Republicans’ sweetheart deals for corporations, we can cancel out all student loan debt, make college more affordable for future students, and still have money left over to reduce our deficit.”

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