Democrats are making a terrible mistake fighting the Republican tax cuts by saying they add to the deficit, that they will “blow a hole in the budget,” etc.
Why are Democrats saying this? They are using the “increase deficits” line because they think they can appeal to a few “deficit hawk” Republicans who spent the Obama years complaining about government sending and “deficits.”
It is a mistake for Democrats to think they can “get Republican votes” by mouthing Republican deficit-fear rhetoric without understanding the strategy behind their rhetoric.
Strategy: Republicans Create Deficits, Stoke Deficit Fear, Then Campaign Against Government Spending
Here’s the thing. There are no real Republican “deficit hawks.” Republicans stoke deficit fear, and then say they are opposed to budget deficits. But they always, always increase deficits. On purpose. There’s a reason.
“16 women have come forward to report being sexually harassed or assaulted by Donald Trump. Seeing their stories together is incredibly powerful, and damning. It’s time to hold him to account.”
Left: Carbon in atmosphere.
Right: Overall temperature trend.
Capitalism by definition is a system (‘ism’) designed of by and for ‘capital’ (people with money).
People with surplus money make the decisions about where to apply our economy’s resources and then reap the benefits of the investment. For themselves.
We the People are largely prohibited (privatization) from deciding where to apply resources and are charged for use of those resources.
Private roads. Private railroads. Private health care. Private energy sources. Private communication sources. Private financial resources. etc…
Russian interference is associated with using anti-Islam propaganda and other divisive wedges to promote Trump.
The US and several countries are now ruled openly or behind the scenes by an elite of billionaire / corporate / princeling / oligarchical / kleptocrats sometimes in alliance and other times in conflict…
I’d love to see our country restore (or maybe you could say just get to in the first place) our ideal of representative constitutional democracy under rule of law, in which we all get to vote (on paper ballots), and where have reason to vote for candidates who have good, honest proposals that tell us how they would make our lives better, and who we can trust to do that and not make corrupt deals that involve enriching themselves in office or later.
I don’t know how we get there from here.
I don’t think anyone can point to any particular reason “why she lost.” I think it was ALL the reasons, and it shows why we have to be on top of ALL of them.
Voter suppression, coherent message telling voters how their lives will be better, authenticity so they know you mean it, listening to and appealing to all components and regions of the traditional Dem coalition, outreach to new voters, keeping the other side from rigging things like voting machines and voter registration lists and illegal donations and activities and interference like Russia and Comey, and then delivering for your constituencies in order to help the constituencies AND the next candidate who runs. (Thanks, Obama.)
When you look at the record the Clinton campaign and Obama admin and Democratic party apparatus failed on all of those counts and still got more votes. Imagine the landslide if they’d actually been on top of all of that.
No help for Puerto Rico? No science at the EPA? The State Department dismantled?
The destruction is the POINT.
Trump sent the following email this week:
TIME Magazine thinks this is an ATTACK against me?
“How Trump’s cabinet is dismantling government as we know it.”
Good! The federal government is a broken, lobbyist-infested cesspool of corruption that abuses its power, cooks deals for crooked politicians, and despises hardworking Americans.
America didn’t vote for the same old thing. You voted for a wrecking ball to obliterate the status quo and rebuild a new government OF, FOR, and BY the PEOPLE!
But the swamp is revolting! That’s why it is so important now more than ever for you to accept your 2017 Sustaining Membership BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
The Fake News Media will do anything to try to rip apart the strong bonds of our movement. But they will never succeed — because we are fighting to save our country, and that’s a fight we will NEVER surrender.
I hope to see your name on our next list of 2017 Sustaining Members before midnight.
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President Trump Signature Headshot
Donald J. Trump
President of The United States
He brags that he is a “wrecking ball.”
2010’s post Reagan Revolution Home To Roost — In Charts was very popular. But I’d like to add one more chart.
From Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart, by David Leonhardt:
This Republican Farmer from Kansas is Calling for #NotOnePenny
Please visit “Not One Penny in Tax Cuts for Millionaires, Billionaires, and Wealthy Corporations.”