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Republicans missing points

Published 9:29am Friday, March 1, 2013

Every party loses a presidential election now and then, so claiming the demise of the Republican Party because they lost the White House to President Obama is just not a claim of substance.

But the Republican Party is in jeopardy of relegating itself to a minority party for generations if its current leaders do not soon grasp that opposing the public on virtually every current issue cannot be a path forward to electoral success.

All arguments are not equal, and all claims are not factual, which in the current political debate makes many of the Republican positions on issues untenable.

As sequestration arrives, the poison pill of bad governing, the Republican strategy is to let it happen, even though the spending reductions are so poorly designed that they will have significant negative impact upon the still fragile economy. And if intentionally torpedoing the economy is not bad enough Republicans now deny the very origin of sequestration.

The idea was originally proposed by President Obama as a path out of fiscal gridlock during the recently manufactured debt ceiling crisis (courtesy of our Republican friends). He advanced creating a solution so bitter, an outcome so undesirable, that compromise would be forced upon even the most reluctant members of congress.

The idea quickly gained the support of Mitch McConnell who said it was “a crucial step on the road to fiscal sanity,” and of House Speaker John Boehner who gained a majority of Republican House votes to pass sequestration.

Then Republicans promptly, from then until now, refused any compromise whatsoever and even re-imagined that the whole idea of sequestration and compromise was solely Obama’s, forgetting their own statements and votes in favor of sequestration.

And now, facing the reality of this economy damaging law, Republicans still refuse to compromise on revenue and spending cuts in a balanced approach.

Recently Speaker Boehner wrote a column in The Wall Street Journal in which he claims Americans want spending cuts, not taxes.

But Speaker Boehner has the facts wrong,

Americans, according to a new Pew Research poll out this week, by a majority of 76 percent want the deficit addressed by a combination of both spending cuts and tax increases. Only 19 percent of Americans want spending cuts only, hardly offering the Speaker even modest support of his misappraisal.

Sequestration is not the only issue Republicans find themselves out of tune with Americans according to the Pew Poll. On Immigration, 50 percent support the Presidents’ position of a path to citizenship, while 33 percent support the Republican argument to do nothing until the border is 100 percent foolproof.

On climate change, a topic Republicans either deny exists or claim no solution can matter, 47 percent agree with the President that we need to actively respond to climate, and 26 percent agree with the Republican position.

Responsible gun control, by universal background check and smaller ammo clips, as advanced by the president, is supported by 45 percent of Americans. The Republican position of doing nothing with gun control has the support of 39 percent.

On gay marriage a very slim majority of Americans now favor permitting same sex couples to marry, Republicans disagree and now hold a minority viewpoint.

On issue after issue the Republican positions are not representative of the views of a majority of Americans. Given the serious problems Republicans already face in electoral demographics, siding against a majority of Americans on many issues cannot be a path to future electoral victory.

Should sequestration occur, according to the Pew poll, 49 percent of Americans will hold Republicans responsible for the damage done to the economy, only 31 percent would blame the president and Democrats.

The public would be right, all arguments are not equal, all claims are not factual.

 

Jim Crawford is a retired educator and political enthusiast living here in the Tri-State.

 

  • keta

    You’re hallucinating. The president offered a deficit reduction deal that was balanced, with spending cuts AND getting rid of tax breaks for the highest income earners. Boehner said no deal, no increases in taxes paid by those upper-income earners, none, zero, forget it. They didn’t “offer” anything of the kind, just more of the same. Protecting the wealthy and corporate America at any cost. FYI, exactly 22% of Americans are willing to identify themselves as republicans now. Everybody else knows who the dummies are, LOL.

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  • mikehaney

    keta– The wealthiest people in the country and their shelters, loopholes and subsidies are the issue.
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    And the republicans offered just that to the Dummy.
    Doesn’t fly anymore.

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  • keta

    should just go along with the dumber 51 percent
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    Not helpful, mikehaney. Accusing the president of hanging around “the rich and well connected” while repubs risk all the gains we’ve made to protect their tax breaks is silly. “All the rest of us” isn’t the issue. The wealthiest people in the country and their shelters, loopholes and subsidies are the issue.

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  • mikehaney

    While all this has been going on, in 2010 the Office of Management and Budget determined that $47.9 billion was spent on fraudulent or improper payments in Medicare and the problem still hasn’t been fixed, though the cost is now up to $62 billion. There’s been $2.7 billion in fraud and mismanagement of the food-stamp program. And on, and on, and on.

    And the President of the United States can only talk about tax breaks for the “rich and well-connected” while spending most of his time hanging out with the “rich and well-connected.” The rest of the time is spent campaigning to get higher taxes on all the rest of us.
    Canada free press
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    So the 49 percenters(repubs) should just go along with the dumber 51 percent(dems)?

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  • keta

    Sequestration occurred because republicans are willing to carpet-bomb the economy in exchange for another manufactured crisis. Their hope is that the remainder of the Obama presidency consists of nothing more than a series of crises scary enough to freak everybody out. What short memories they have…that behavior doesn’t win converts, it just loses elections.

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  • mickakers

    Jim Crawford; The Democratic Party looses it’s moral fiber and creditability by advocating the killing of the unborn, the most helpless members of our society, and same sex marriage. The popular or majority opinion does not denote right. I find pause for thought in the comment “I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear sighted view of important issues.”

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  • mikehaney

    The report said people are getting dumber — at least I think that’s what it said, but the big words kept throwing me off.”

    “Ah, yes, you speak of a recent study by Stanford University researcher and geneticist Dr. Gerald Crabtree. He believes human beings are undergoing intellectual decline.”

    “We are?”

    “Writing about the study in the Natural Society Newsletter, Mike Barrett says that, according to Crabtree, our cognitive abilities are the result of ‘the combined effort of thousands of genes.’ If a mutation were to happen to anyone, it could damage intelligence — and Crabtree thinks such mutations have occurred.”

    “Which reminds me: Honey Boo Boo is on tonight.”

    “Says Crabtree: ‘I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues.’”

    Tom Purcell
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    Should sequestration occur, according to the Pew poll, 49 percent of Americans will hold Republicans responsible for the damage done to the economy, only 31 percent would blame the president and Democrats. –Jim Crawford

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