Category Archives: Republicans

Moore, Trump put local Republicans at severe risk

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times of Chester County, Dec 9th, 2017

As we head into the 2018 election season, we see that the two major political parties find themselves at crossroads, with one party seemingly finding its roots after years of wandering and pandering and another so lost, to as be unrecognizable from just a few years ago.

For Democrats, heading into 2018 with a wind at their back — and locally, the biggest series of wins in party history — it seems like a party that had been co-opted by corporate America has found its roots, grabbing back the mantle of populism (thanks to a giant assist from Republicans), blue-collar workers, the middle class, minorities and so on. Basically, everyone but rich white folks.

Democrats will likely continue excessive navel gazing — as is their wont — but seem to have found a foundation in embracing the old-time ethos of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson of lifting up and protecting the least of our citizens to build a stronger, fairer America. A new generation of leaders seems to be emerging — more and more quickly would be better – that better represents America.

They’re also backstopped by organized labor, which seems to be finally making a comeback after four decades of erosion (which, with some validity, they point to as the beginning of the assault on the middle class). Unions are again beginning to get toe holds in places where they had previously been shut out — and at the same time seem to be working to stem the tide of rank and file members voting for Republicans such as Donald Trump, such votes being a key factor in Trump winning Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in the 2016 elections.

They appear to be raising more money and looking to put more resources into the 2018 election cycle. We’ll see how effective that is, but it is worth watching.

Meanwhile, there’s the Republican Party.

Just a few years ago, the GOP stood for fiscal conservatism, social conservatism and family values.

Now? Not so much….

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Republican House Members Think a $450K Salary is Middle Class

By Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek, 12/3/17

That’s rich! Republicans suddenly believe that one percenters are barely struggling to be in the middle class, party officials revealed.

On Thursday, House Republicans issued a fact sheet about their new tax cut plan that referred to Americans earning $450,000 a year as “low- and middle-income” — even though that income level would put those taxpayers in the top 0.5 percent of all individual Americans.

The median household income in the United States is $59,039, after all….

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Can one man galvanize the conscience of his party? Is now “such a time”?

We’ll know there’s hope when local elected officials and candidates of that party start siding with Flake (and a few others) and denouncing the Trumps and Bannons who have been setting the tone and knocking down democratic procedure and traditional American values. Excerpts from “Full Transcript: Jeff Flake’s Speech on the Senate Floor,” New York Times, 10/24/17:

JEFF FLAKE, Senator from Arizona: At a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than by our own values and principles, let me begin by noting the somewhat obvious point that these offices that we hold are not ours indefinitely. We are not here simply to mark time. Sustained incumbency is certainly not the point of seeking office and there are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles. Now is such a time….

Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified.

And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit and weakness. It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, ‘Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up?’ What are we going to say…

Read the full text at New York Times. See also “Jeff Flake, a Fierce Trump Critic, Will Not Seek Re-election for Senate,” New York Times, 10/24/17, which also evokes denunciations of Trump from president George W. Bush and Senators John McCain and Bob Corker.