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Wed Apr 18, 2018, 12:28 PM

Every bad idea the GOP has, it learned in the 80s

Ever since he unveiled it on the campaign trail, President Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” has prompted an obvious question: When exactly was this mythical period when America was last great?

At last we know the answer: the 1980s.

When it comes to aesthetics or general world outlook, the Greed Is Good decade was clearly Trump’s formative period.

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But Trump’s ’80s ethos is more than merely cosmetic. It affects his, and his party’s, most significant policies as well.

Take the GOP economic agenda, which has not been updated in (at least) 30 years.

Supply-siders still run the show, championing tax cuts as a growth elixir while conveniently ignoring their track record. All Trump and his cronies seem to remember is that there was this one time when Ronald Reagan cut taxes, and then … the economy grew.

They seem to have missed the role that monetary policy and the business cycle played in that mid-’80s growth spurt. Not to mention all the other changes in tax rates over the past century, in both directions, that reveal no discernible relationship between tax levels and long-term growth.

Hence the GOP’s big unfunded tax cut, on the promise we’ll grow our way out of the expense. And when that doesn’t happen, whom will Trump and Republicans blame for emptying the public purse?

Why, Reagan’s favorite villain: the welfare queen!

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http://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/rampell-every-bad-idea-the-gop-has-it-learned-in-the-80s/?utm_source=DAILY+HERALD&utm_campaign=9ae3a02b54-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d81d073bb4-9ae3a02b54-228635337

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2018, 12:29 PM

1. I remember the HORROR when Michelle implied she had been prouder at one point in the past

and the right went ballistic, now the right embraces a known KGB agent..

weird

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2018, 12:55 PM

2. review the Heritage Foundation white papers

no matter how chaotic the gop has been, heritage foundation positions are being incorporated right now from batshit crazy judges to the destruction of the government....

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 19, 2018, 09:27 AM

8. Yes, the Heritage Foundation is pure evil.

My right wing mother helped them organize their library when they were just starting out in the early 70s. She said they had all the FBI files on anti-war protestors that the FBI had been ordered to destroy.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2018, 12:56 PM

3. Same thing when they look to Paul Ryan as their idiot savant on fiscal policy.

This self proclaimed expert huckster has taken us to outrageous debt numbers where no man ever dared to go before, or any 5th grader who can add and subtract. Now that his work is done and he has screwed up the US economy for decades to come, he's just going to walk away free and clear... and much richer than when he started.

Normally, you'd have to pay out big bucks to get someone to do the kind of damage that Ryan and his fellow Republicans have gotten away with, or at least hold their first born as hostage until it was too late to fix his mess.

Hold on to your skivvies, folks, the worst is yet to come.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2018, 01:08 PM

4. The GOP is not interested in creating an economy for everyone.

But people still vote for these assholes because the libtards will take their hard earned money & give it to the minorities.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2018, 01:17 PM

5. Trump isn't saying anything today that Pat Buchanon and wasn't already saying 30 years ago

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2018, 03:20 PM

6. I can't see Nixon or Ford endorsing these programs or strategy.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2018, 09:24 AM

7. True, the Reagan administration pioneered many of the GOP's scams.

But Nixon might be the one who got the project started. Using race as a wedge issue, dirty tricks, anti-intellectualism, lying...

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2018, 09:50 AM

9. After contemplating the suggestion that "Every bad idea the GOP has, it learned in the 80s,"

I wondered if many of the GOP's worst ideas are actually hard core conservative ideas that go back centuries, if not millenia. The superiority of the wealthy, the laziness of the poor, the inferiority of women compared to men, belief in a wrathful and vengeful god, equating success with money and status, believing that good education should be reserved for the well-off, authoritarian government, a laissez faire economy, etc

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