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Mon Apr 27, 2020, 03:22 PM

Will this crisis change the Republican Party? Don't bet on it.

When a crisis occurs, the common response from politicians is what economist Larry Summers once termed “now-more-than-everism.” Everyone says the solution lies in the policies they’ve favored all along, which are needed now more than ever.

Except some crises are less amenable to one side’s now-more-than-ever than others. While Democrats can comfortably say that the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis demand the kind of aggressive government action and strong safety net they always favor, Republicans are in a more complicated position. Which is why we’re seeing the first signs of a conflict that could roil their party after November, should Donald Trump lose his bid for reelection.

Not that most Republicans have had their minds changed by this crisis. They’ve gone along with a few trillion dollars in spending, but they’re hardly agreeing that we actually could use universal health coverage and automatic stabilizers that offer quick help to people in any economic downturn.

And they’ll be more than happy to begin deficit fearmongering as an excuse for austerity at the earliest opportunity — i.e., if there’s a Democrat in the White House to suffer the consequences. “As soon as the economy recovers, we are going to need significant deficit reforms,” one conservative economist told The Post. You may recall that even before the pandemic, Trump and Republicans had pushed the deficit past a trillion dollars, with only the most muted objections from conservatives. Should Trump be reelected, all those who claim to be deeply concerned about the debt will say that we really should do something about it — but not quite yet, not when cutting spending or raising taxes might be too damaging to a Republican president.

But what if Trump loses? How will the party understand what happened and where they should go?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/27/will-this-crisis-change-republican-party-dont-bet-it/

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Reply Will this crisis change the Republican Party? Don't bet on it. (Original post)
Zorro Apr 2020 OP
The River Apr 2020 #1
lagomorph777 Apr 2020 #3
katmondoo Apr 2020 #2
empedocles Apr 2020 #4
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2020 #5
Grins Apr 2020 #6
doc03 Apr 2020 #7
Midnight Writer Apr 2020 #8
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 2020 #9
hydrolastic Apr 2020 #10

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 03:33 PM

1. Change? No

Go extinct? Hopefully

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Response to The River (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 03:38 PM

3. Shrink the Greedy Old Pustules down small enough to drown in a bathtub.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 03:34 PM

2. We won't forget these years and what happened to America.

I hate the GOP today in a way I never did before.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 03:42 PM

4. Covid & the sinking economy might change the republicon party - and a lot of other things

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 04:09 PM

5. Greed Over People are glued to tRump even when they don't defend him, as now. . . . nt

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 04:33 PM

6. As soon as economy recovers?

“As soon as the economy recovers, we are going to need significant deficit reforms,” one conservative economist told The Post.

Recover heck. It’s not going to recover until virus is in check.

Once it is - yes deficit reforms - by raising taxes on the wealthy who have, since Reagan, benefitted so much over so many.

And admit at the top of your lungs, “Conservative economist”, cutting taxes do NOT increase revenues!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 04:48 PM

7. If they get wiped out this election you won't find one

that admitted they voted for Trump.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 06:19 PM

8. No.

Did the Watergate scandal change the GOP?

Did the Reagan-Bush corrupt Administration change the GOP?

Did the dirty wars of Bush 2 change the GOP?

The motto of the Republican Party is "Double Down".

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 07:55 PM

9. The republican party died November 2016.

What's left are parasitic opportunistic diseases, in expensive empty suits.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 11:54 PM

10. Nobody cares what happens to the Republican party

Or should care, burned into my mind are, kids in cages, militarized ICE, muffled Muller report, Impeachment hearing without removal... and many more scenes. I will never miss a voting day the next twenty or hopefully more years i have to live. Its time to let them go away they are doing all the damage to themselves. 200 days to go. Then it will be time again to rebuild just like we always do after a Republican president. This time i hope we don't succumb to the deficit hawk "bull" and the obstructionism that we dealt with in the seventies and eighties. Hydro

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