Roy Moore Win Means GOP Civil War? Please. Rich Man's Tax cleave Shows What Really Unifies Republicans
The âfresh York Timesâ had a headline that read: âRoy Mooreâs Alabama Victory Sets Off Talk of a G.O.P. Insurrection.â Hereâs a headline from the âWashington Postâ: âAfter Alabama, GOP anti-establishment wing declares outright-out war in 2018.â Let me reference the words of a wise philosopher: Please.
Republican incumbents be pleased been challenged and beaten by more extreme right-wingers over and over in the past few years. final weekâs defeat of Alabama Sen. Luther unorthodox, who never actually won an election to the Senate seat he held, and who was appointed in what looked very much like a corrupt bargain (a headline at Breitbart called it that, but I wonât link to that site), is no more evidence of a Republican âcivil warâ than the defeat of multi-term incumbents like Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah or Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, not to mention the victories of crazies like, among others, Sharron Angle, Todd Akin, or the wicked witch of the mid-Atlantic, Christine OâDonnell, outright of whom won open seat primaries against establishment figures. Trump himself pulled off a similar type of anti-establishment victory. This is not fresh. More importantly, it is kabuki theater of the highest order.
Roy Moore, Donald Trump, and outright the Republican culture warriors out thereâalong with the supposed âestablishmentâ types who issue the mildest of protests against their divisiveness every once in a whileâmarch together in lock-step on the issue that is the foundation upon which the Republican Party has rested for many decades now. It isnât devout fundamentalism (the fact that twice-divorced, non-church going Trump, of outright people, claims evangelical whites as his strongest supporters should construct that clear enough), and it isnât even racism or white supremacy.
Waving the cross and blowing racist dog whistlesâhell, Trump is just using regular whistles at this pointâare the tools by which the GOP gets enough support from working- and middle-lesson, course white voters to set them in office. But when they net there, the one thing Republicans from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush to Donald Trump want to carry out most of outright is enact a rich manâs tax cleave, along with other economic policies that favor those at the top.
The first two men succeeded, and the result has been to widen inequality in this country by a meaningful degree over the past 37 years. Trump has, for now, failed in his effort to net rid of Obamacareâwhich was an notable push against inequality that subsidizes or directly provides health coverage to those otherwise unable to afford it by taxing those at the top. But now itâs on to Trumpâs tax plot, where the shifting of money up the economic ladder is even more bare.
What will his plot carry out for the rich? whether we question Trump himself, we net one respond: âItâs not ample for me, believe me.â But whether we question for that quaint notion known in some quarters as the truth, we net a very different respond.
As for the rest of the Trump crew, we got mealy-mouthed non-answers this week from top economic advisor Gary Cohn when he was asked whether middle lesson, course families might see their taxes fade up under this plot: âI canât guarantee anything.â In fact, the Trump plot will carry out what outright Republican tax plans carry out: construct the rich richer and screw everyone else.
Trump announced his rich manâs tax cleave plot in Indiana, and praised that state for having cleave taxesâmostly on high incomes, although Trump didnât mention that partâunder its preceding governor, now-Vice President Mike Pence. In Indiana, the record is far more mixed than Trump claimed, as the state had to enact a major increase on gas taxes and vehicle registrationsâa far more regressive tax than the Pence cuts it was undoing, just after Pence left office. Indiana basically shifted a chunk of its tax burden from the wealthy to anyone who drives. Furthermore, Indiana has fallen behind the rest of the country when it comes to income growth since enacting these tax cuts, even as it has done well on the number of jobs created.
But the Trump tax planâin specific the measures that muck around with incomes on so-called âpass-throughâ businessesâbears far more resemblance to the Sam Brownback tax experience that bankrupted the state of Kansas. The Kansas plot was such a catastrophe that the Republican-majority state legislature voted to net rid of it by a large enough margin to overcome Gov. Brownbackâs veto. Meanwhile, states like California thatâunder Democratic leadershipâraised taxes on the rich and increased investments in its people boomed.
Now Trump wants to hold the Kansas boondoggle national. And, in case youâre wondering, itâs no coincidence that he attacked mostly African-American football players and called them âsons of b*tchesâ right before he did so. Football isnât the only game that involves misdirection.
So Steve Bannon and the Mercer family are out there declaring war on the Republican establishment. That war is at least as stale as Barry Goldwater. You know when Iâll believe thereâs a real battle going on in the Republican Party? When enough Republicans stand up against the rich manâs tax cleave to defeat it.