February 14, 2019

IT'S ACTUALLY THE GIPPER'S FAULT:

Republicans can hate the 'Green New Deal' or they can compete with it (Eddie Scarry, February 08, 2019, Washington Examiner)

Ronald Reagan is dead. Along with him, the version of conservative politics that says, "Cut taxes, let freedom ring, and everything else is up to you."

An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll last year found that about 60 percent of Americans agreed with the statement, "Government should do more to solve problems and help meet the needs of people."

The average person has no idea how to go about helping "meet the needs of people," but they know the answer they don't want to hear is, "The government just screws everything up so you're better off figuring that one out on your own."

Conservative Republicans for too long have framed elections as a choice between getting free stuff from Democrats or getting a smaller government from the GOP, a position that seems to suggest there is no alternative to "bad government" or "no government." Is there a "halfway decent government" option?

The current healthcare system is a sham, constructed in a way that allows both hospitals and insurance companies to bilk their patients. For all its problems and unpopularity, Obamacare attempted to expand healthcare access. The Republican attempt to fix the law, such as it was, was to give little bits of money to people so they might have enough to buy their own insurance. Which one of those sounds better to you? [...]

The "Green New Deal" is a bad idea. But it's an idea, nonetheless. And the country has shown it's willing to try new things if it might make lives better.

Republicans should learn that quickly, or lose.

One of the biggest problems with the anti-government argument is that we've been rather well-governed since 1981.  Look no further than the way W and Ben Bernanke saved us from Great Recession or even Depression and it becomes awfully hard to coherently argue against effective governance.

And a GOP Green Plan virtually writes itself: replace income taxes with consumption taxes, particularly punitive ones on gas, coal, etc..

Posted by at February 14, 2019 4:01 AM

  

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