Just forget its cuts to public welfare and simultaneous tax cuts for the wealthy. And drop that whole “47 percent” spiel, too, goshdarnit. Because today, the GOP cares about all you little people. Just ask Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently borrowed John Edwards’ “Two Americas” campaign slogan in a recent address.
And Crusader Cruz is joined by other party bigwigs, too, like Jeb Bush, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, and John Boehner, who’ve all lately spoken of income inequality and a restricted middle class.
But is this new sentiment legit, or are they just testing a new campaign trick for the ’16 season? MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki covered this topic of “Republicans embrace economic populism” on its March 14 broadcast.
The GOP’s previous anti-Dem argument of high unemployment has faded, noted E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post. The job market is up, and without any Republican Party assistance. That leaves them in search for yet another focal point. “(Republicans) have to start talking the other side’s talk,” Dionne said.
That’s where the GOP resorts back to same ol’, same ol’, though, Dionne says. They point out problems, but offer no solutions. Even GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson agrees somewhat, but while arguing that the middle class doesn’t favor either party.
Salon’s Joan Walsh points out another oxymoron in the GOP’s latest spiel, though, and that silences Anderson’s argument: the GOP is openly anti-union, well-exemplified by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recent “right to work” campaign, but economists attribute much of current wage stagnation to the decline in union membership. Adds Walsh:
“The idea that Barack Obama is being blamed for income inequality is ridiculous. The top one percent are keeping more of their income than they were under Ronald Reagan.”
Kornacki has hosted Up, airing on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. eastern, since April 2013.
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