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Oct. 23, 2013

Political Futures

Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “As political scientist Larry Bartels recently observed, the public is 'more conservative than at any time since 1952.' That new progressive era liberals promised in 2008? It never happened. The public has grown more conservative during the Obama presidency. The catch: It's grown less Republican too. … Six months ago, most Tea Party leaders were eager to get rid of the medical device tax under Obamacare. But, in the recent budget battle, getting rid of it was suddenly an ideological betrayal and a sop to big business. A culture war is definitely raging on the right, and a civil war may follow, though I hope not. I'd hate to see the GOP establishment create an ideological rationale for being anti-Tea Party. It's better for conservatism if the GOP establishment is pulled toward the Tea Party, rather than repelled from it. Likewise, it's better if the Tea Party sees the GOP as a vehicle for its agenda rather than an obstruction.”

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4 Comments

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

"It's better if the Tea Party sees the GOP as a vehicle for its agenda rather than an obstruction."

The GOP establishment is better referred to as the French Wing of the GOP. Want proof, for 15 days all they did was wave the white flag. No wonder they are referred to as the God Owful Party.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

l hay in port orchard wa said:

We are a nation of differing opinions. We used to think it was essential to the full expression of our liberty. The "tea party" is in reality elected representation of a segment of society that differs in opinion with another segment. The very separate label serves by subtle effort to vilify this group who are elected to represent the views of their constituency. They are entitled to their views and should be respected. It is increasing clear that elected officials gave up representing all of the people (their job) in exchange for special privileged the benefits of the job. They argue policy and pay off the resultant disagreements with other peoples money. Slightly broken government model. It is increasingly evident that Democrats are willing to sacrifice principal for popularity and Republican are willing to sacrifice popularity for principle. The people will choose the model they prefer thus marking the moral path of this country. They all should check in with me before saying anything out loud.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

John Q Citizen in Colorado said:

A famous man once said "I did not leave the Democrat party, the Democrat Party left me" likewise I did not leave the Republican Party, the Party left me" The current Republican party is more in name than in belief, they have compromised their principals and values to the point that they are the Democrats of 20 years ago, the party that Ronald Reagan soundly defeated.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM

XCpt in the ether said:

Considering that any tax on business is passed on to the consumer it is a sad state of affairs when the Republicans don't want to eliminate a tax because they think it will be seen as being pro-big business.

If one of them had the potential to explain the impacts of taxes on industry to what is paid by the consumer we would be able to eliminate a large percentage of the taxes we pay and put a stop to the backwards mentality that industry needs to be taxed more.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM