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Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:05 PM

It's time to defund the Republican Party

In yesterday‘s rant, I laid out all the reasons why Democrats should put at the top of their priority list “defunding the Republican Party.“ Here’s a little background, and how to do it.

Back in 1981, the Republican Party decided to defund the Democratic Party. While the Republican party had principally been funded by rich people and big business since the 1920s, the Democrats were largely reliant on the labor unions.

So Ronald Reagan, as part of his “Reagan Revolution,“ figured the best way to destroy the Democratic Party was to destroy America’s unions. His first shot was to destroy Patco, the air traffic controller‘s union, and he did it in less than a week in August, 1981.

He, with Republicans in Congress and conservatives on the Supreme Court than embarked on an eight-year campaign to eliminate unions from the American landscape, thus wiping out the Democratic Party’s ability to win elections.

It worked, and by 1992 American union membership, and their ability to fund elections, had collapsed so severely that Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party had to take money from giant corporations and billionaires to prevail in that election year.

Reagan’s plan not only kneecapped the Democratic Party for the next 40 years, but also changed the party at its core, turning it from LBJ’s Great Society Party into Bill Clinton’s corporate-friendly DLC/New Democrat Party, now in bed with big banks, insurance companies, etc.

If Democrats want to defund the Republican party, which may force it to start focusing on the needs of regular people rather than just billionaires and corporations, there are a few obvious steps they should pursue. They include:

End Red State welfare. Kentucky gets $2.41 for every dollar they send to Washington DC. Most other Red States are similarly “taker“ states, so let’s fight for a law limiting states to no more than $1.50 for every dollar they sent to DC in tax revenues. Call it Welfare Reform!


End corporate welfare that gets recycled to GOP politicians. This includes $600 billion a year to fossil fuel companies, and over $1 trillion a year we give to big Pharma, insurance companies (like subsidies for the “Medicare Advantage” scam), and “Big Ag“ support.


End corporate monopolies. Break up giant corporations and make America safe again for small businesses while rejuvenating local economies. From airlines to tech to banking and retail, giant monopolies rip off working class Americans and use some of that money to fund the GOP.


Bring back Eisenhower‘s 91% top tax rate. America’s strongest economy was 1950 to 1980, with a top tax rate of 91% to 74%. We built highways, schools, hospitals, and put men on the moon. Reagan cut that to 25%, and the billionaires it produced now pour money into the GOP.


Follow Europe’s example and impose a 1% tax on great fortunes. Average Americans pay a wealth tax every year: the property tax on their largest store of wealth, their homes. Billionaires should pay a similar annual tax on their money bins.


End campaign contributions from corporations, end SuperPACs and limit billionaires’ ability to skew our politics. We did this in the 1970s after the Nixon bribery scandals, but the Supreme Court blew it up. There are multiple ways around that, and the Democratic Party should make this job one.


These simple “Contract with America“ steps, along with restoring the ability of American workers to unionize, will not only revive the Democratic Party, but also restore America to economic greatness and give us a far more honest political system.

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Reply It's time to defund the Republican Party (Original post)
thomhartmann Dec 2020 OP
hlthe2b Dec 2020 #1
dlk Dec 2020 #2
SCantiGOP Dec 2020 #3
Rural_Progressive Dec 2020 #7
LiberalArkie Dec 2020 #11
NCjack Dec 2020 #4
AllyCat Dec 2020 #31
NCjack Dec 2020 #32
bucolic_frolic Dec 2020 #5
KS Toronado Dec 2020 #6
cp Dec 2020 #8
TheRickles Dec 2020 #9
rickyhall Dec 2020 #10
Jay25 Dec 2020 #12
mwooldri Dec 2020 #13
BobTheSubgenius Dec 2020 #14
BobTheSubgenius Dec 2020 #16
erronis Dec 2020 #24
calimary Dec 2020 #15
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ffr Dec 2020 #18
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questionseverything Dec 2020 #29
AllyCat Dec 2020 #30
colsohlibgal Dec 2020 #33
BlueWavePsych Dec 2020 #34

Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:14 PM

1. That we ever allowed Reagan to be so lionized- despite his absolute destruction of truth, his racism

and dissolution of the societal contract-- will haunt us for many more generations and undoubtedly led to Trump.

The Showtime 4-part documentary on Reagan is worth watching--especially for those who no longer remember or never knew the history of that time.

But, yes, one can't effectively correct these issues without knowing how they came about.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:27 PM

2. Too many Americans have forgotten how Reagan wrecked the economy

He was a truly awful president. His propaganda that government is the problem blithely ignored he was the leader of the government! It was the beginning of America’s descent into irrational propaganda being widely disseminated and swallowed. And here we are today!

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:28 PM

3. Most if these make sense except for #1

It is the usual “Let’s punish innocent people for living in Red States” bullshit.
Are you really proposing to cut off Medicaid to poor children in West Virginia, or VA Hospital access to someone because they live in Nebraska?
This is the most anti-democratic concept I can imagine, and that word can be spelled with a capital or a small D.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:17 PM

7. Tough love, tough love

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:32 PM

11. The reason for the Red State welfare is that the Red states have such low property taxes and low

income taxes (if any) that they have to have the fed money. If they treated the wealthy in their states like everyone else, they really would not be in their position.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:40 PM

4. Red State Welfare -- only reduced? No! Let's end it by only letting Federal

funds to flow into a state be limited by the amount that they paid in as Federal taxes.

I know this sound brutal. But, if we don't do it, the residents of Kentucky and other Red states will just sit around doing nothing, becoming more lazy each day.

Also, Red state Federal politicians should have their salaries reduced prorata according to the percentage of their state's Fed tax paid.

That would reduce Moscow Mitch's salary more than 50%. That would increase the pride they would have in not picking the pockets of Blue state tax payers.

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Response to NCjack (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 09:55 AM

31. Not the citizens. Their leaders will become more lazy and crooked

I do not buy into the conservative idea of not giving people money because “they will become lazy”.

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Response to AllyCat (Reply #31)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 11:29 AM

32. I do not like labelling people as lazy, but that is the style Red senators use

on desperate DEM cities.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:09 PM

5. Yup, we have a war on broad grounds to fight

If our party leaders are unable to realize what to do, let's get down to electing some more progressive thinkers

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:16 PM

6. Lots of good ideas except "End Red State welfare."

Believe if implemented it would backfire, GOP would be screaming racism towards repugs.
Plus we could be giving them a campaign talking point.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:18 PM

8. Excellent!

Thank you.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:22 PM

9. If only....

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:32 PM

10. Stop subsidizing fossil fuel.

Price of gas will go up, but maybe that's the only to way break with the big polluters and make electric cars & fast trains more palatable.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:35 PM

12. Sounds good.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:42 PM

13. Personally I'd like to see the Retrumplican Party receive...

...some sort of terrorist designation. IMO it seems to be run by Trump something more like a Mafia outfit than a political party.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:53 PM

14. I would wholeheartedly back such a program.

I guess I actually am, as opposed to "would." Just the concomitant redistribution of wealth would make a huge difference, let alone the long term effects.

Just one quibble, though. So many people hearken back to the golden times of 1950 to 1980, or whenever you stop counting. The post WW2 world had never even been glimpsed before, let alone existed.

Almost HALF of all goods manufactured in the world were made in the US. The vast majority of privately-owned telephones and automobiles were owned by the American public.

America ramped up production to an astonishing degree in WW2, and made a mind-boggling number of airplanes, tanks, ships and the like. Turning that capability to non-military uses was completely unprecedented.

Europe, from the Spanish border to the east edge of Poland was in various stages of destruction - Britain's Empire unravelled, France, the lowland countries and Italy were heavily damaged, and Germany was all but flattened.

Russia turned its attention not to competing economically with the US, but securing buffer territories to blunt aggression from the West. If you look at Russia's history, it's not hard to see why they did that.

The US had no real competition to speak of for several years after the war, and things were so lop-sided and desperate that American leaders felt compelled to mitigate the suffering of the people, and help level the field at a national level to hopefully forestall another Fascist rise, or a big swing to the left.

These are conditions that will hopefully never be duplicated, or even approached.

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:58 PM

16. I neglected to even mention Japan.

It was in more or less the same condition as Germany, and its situation postwar only bolsters the above, so I won't go into it.

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:56 PM

24. Thanks for that analysis. I also think the Marshall Plan and assistance to other countries

was what made the US so great - and so feared by the USSR (later known as Putinstan.)

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 02:57 PM

15. Frankly, ANY move to roll back something Reagan put in place

He was the most dangerous president we’d ever had - until trump.

Salesmanship was his thing. And MAN OH MAN could he sell it - whatever that “it” happened to be. It usually boiled down to comforting the already-comfortable (tax cuts!!!) and reducing/limiting help for those who really needed it (program cuts).

He was the slickest, oiliest SOB who ever came down the pike. Sometimes I felt like I was the only person around who distrusted him and saw him as an evil force that nobody else thought it was important to reckon with. So much of America was caught under his spell. Totally enthralled with him. He made me want to run in the other direction.

His schtick was different from the donald’s. But it was just as deceptive and manipulative. He did it with this “aw shucks/kindly old harmless Uncle Dutch” pretense. Made you drop your guard and become totally disarmed - and vulnerable to his “charms.” trump goes about it differently. Where reagan would massage and pleasantly soothe you, donald tries to dominate by any means necessary. Reagan used the proverbial feather. donald prefers a proverbial sledgehammer or battering ram.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:27 PM

17. Here, here!

I support all of this, and it's about time!

End the one-per-centers' corporate socialism immediately.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:33 PM

18. Republicans in general. Get money out of their hands.

They keep their money to themselves and those like them though.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:37 PM

19. standing ready to vote my ass off for this panoply, and rain some truth upon the power

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:40 PM

20. TH is a glimmer of light in the darkness..

as Trump and Fartman ooze their evil..

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:40 PM

21. These are all good policy positions. I also very much advocate a new

Fairness Doctrine.

And, as to ending Red State welfare, that needs to come with some deep canvassing to explain why it is happening.

Very sound. Thank you Thomas.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:40 PM

22. What are these "multiple ways around" Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United, etc.?

I'd love to know how we can prevent corporations from buying elections. I just don't know how you'd do it after the Supreme Court decisions that have ensconced it as "speech".

(I agree with everything on your list, except choking expenditures to red states.)

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:46 PM

23. One other thought - if we force corporations to

modify their charters to hold workers, consumers and the environment equal to shareholder earnings - more of a stakeholder approach rather than shareholder primacy, we'd be MUCH better off.

Among the myriad of good things that would come from that would be fewer corporate donations to anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-consumer safety politicians.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 06:13 PM

25. I like the way you laid that out, Thomhartmann. Now we need to get a "think tank" together to

figure out which steps we can take, one at a time, to get us there.

First, we need to take over the Senate.
Second, we need a whole bunch of new Supreme Court Justices.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 08:30 PM

26. K&R

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 09:24 PM

27. I'm seeing a lot of posts agreeing with these ideas with the exception of punishing the red states..

How about we punish their elected officials instead.

If your state gets $2.41 for every $1.00 they send Washington, then the federal congress-people and senators that were in office when that happened, should lose 41.5% of their salary & office funding for the next year.

Recalculate every year, making sure the people and politicians understand why this is happening.

It isn't the fault of the citizens in their states, it IS the fault of the fools they elect. Make those fools pay for what they are causing.



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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 09:49 PM

28. I'd love to see these things happen.

But I don't see how we can with nearly half of the country bamboozled in to believing that Dems are evil.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 01:02 AM

29. I don't think 74-91 percent is fair

Taxes going up some on 1percenters is appropriate but the rates mentioned are too much

Love his spirit and direction though

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 09:45 AM

30. This is perfect Thom!

I remember Patco and had just learned about labor unions in social studies. My step dad was in a union and was terrified what this would do to our family’s income. I am still in a union and we struggle under Walker’s Act 10 to even stay afloat even though we very much NEED a union to protect ourselves and our patients.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 12:25 PM

33. Agree 100%

He’s right totally. The right wing was ecstatic when Eisenhower was elected. They figured he would lower the top marginal tax rates after 20 years of FDR and Truman.

He did the opposite. He actually raised it a bit. One thing it enabled was the Freeway system we all use now.

For those thinking 70-90% tax rates are too much.....I think many of those think it applies to all a rich person or Corporation’s money. It doesn’t that rate is progressive and the top rates only kick in after after a ridiculous amount of Income.

It all worked well till Reagan. The damage that ex actor did is mammoth. His doing away with the Fairness Doctrine begat Limbaugh , Fox News, OSN etc.

He also severely lowered that top tax rate by way more than half by the time he left.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 02:04 PM

34. Yes, the world will be a better place.

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