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What Do Republicans Want"? June 17, 2010

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Now that the primaries are over and the focus will gradually shift to the November mid-term elections, it is time to insist that Republicans come clean about their agenda.

We know they want to cut spending, cut taxes, and reduce the size of government. But what exactly does that mean? What government service do they want to discard? Which taxes should be cut and by how much? Where specifically is the waste, fraud and abuse they talk about? Now of course I imagine there is some waste, fraud and abuse in government. But where is it in a sufficient amount that its elimination would reduce the deficit?

I can’t think of a single Republican politician who has a specific answer to these questions; instead we get platitudes and silliness such as House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s  “YouCut” gimmick.

We hear from the prognosticators that Republicans will make large gains in the House and Senate in November. Will they make these gains without anybody saying a word about what they actually want to accomplish in office. Or have modern elections been reduced to a head count of angry children whining because “my life’s not better yet”.

 book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com

Track Record January 11, 2010

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Most Republicans were opposed to the stimulus package signed by Obama last year and, according to some polls, the public also has its doubts. But the people who measure such things agree that it prevented a deeper recession and has contributed to growth.

The American Enterprise Institute is a conservative outfit but even they grant that the stimulus package was effective. Via Jon Chait:

The real economy … responded to the massive stimulus but remained heavily dependent on it. In the United States, growth during the second half of 2009 probably averaged about 3 percent. Absent temporary fiscal stimulus and inventory rebuilding, which taken together added about 4 percentage points to U.S. growth, the economy would have contracted at about a 1 percent annual rate during the second half of 2009.

As Steve Benen noted last week:

The GOP said the stimulus package would fail to create jobs. We now know the Republicans were wrong.

The GOP said the recovery efforts would fail to generate economic growth. We now know the Republicans were wrong.

The GOP said the stimulus “failed.” We now know the Republicans were wrong.

The GOP said the government should cancel unspent recovery funds. We now know the Republicans were wrong.

The GOP said tax cuts are more effective at stimulating the economy than government spending. We now know the Republicans were wrong.

Had Republicans been in the majority a year ago, the results for the United States and the global economy likely would have been devastating. That GOP officials and their allies continue to pretend otherwise serves as a reminder of just how little role reality can play in our discourse.

book-section-book-cover2                        Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com

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