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As a Republican i wouldnt say the party is in dissaray, i would say it's toast. The last election has shed some serious light on the matter for me. There are now more takers than givers. The GOP can march a woman, a minority, it doesn't matter unless your offerring free stuff the GOP isnt going to win. We couldnt win with words in 2012 it will take actions like a total economic collapse to get back in power.
The goptp still doesnt get it. The real leadership of the goptp is the koch brothers, Karl Rove, Rush, Hannity all millionaires telling the gotp followers higher taxes for millionaires are bad. The dfl party is working for the 98 percent of the country. If the goptp still is trying to deliver for the 2 percenters on the back of the 98 percenters, they will not have a prayer in any election.
The article is incomplete without reference to the Tea Party caucus in the US House, which is, last I heard, led by Minnesota's 6th District congressperson. This chair was also the only one of the Republican presidential candidates to actually win an election in November. The topic of future GOP leadership cannot be broached without mention of Michele Bachmann.
formergop, its not so much the GOP'S issue with raising taxes on the upper 2 % theres never any cuts to go along with that. The tax on the upper 2 % brings in 80 billion, were running 1.3 trillion a year deficits a year. Massive cuts to foodstamps, welfare, unemployment benefits and a thousand other tubby Government agencys would have to go along with tax increases.
theagonybho: "formergop, its not so much the GOP'S issue with raising taxes on the upper 2 % theres never any cuts to go along with that..." Obama's offered $10 in cuts for each $1 in revenue increases. The GOP turned him down because they wouldn't raise taxes on their masters. $880 billion is nothing to sneeze, if you can get the Republicans to tell Grover to take a hike! But they don't want to budge. The public is not going to be happy with more stonewalling from the right.
The real problem for the dying GOP is that its core message is repugnant to the vast majority of Americans. Its obsessively nostalgic for the "way things were" before America granted respect and rights to women, minorities, gays, etc. This election was a clear mandate that the majority wants to move forward, not backward, and that human rights take precedence over capitalistic greed. Plutocracy lost this election, not Mitt Romney.
The reason more people are on food stamps, welfare and other economic assistance is because money means so much to a few that they will do anything to get it. Example Bernie Madoff, Wall Street and the housing market bubble. There was so much corruption, but no one cared. Because they were making money like never before. When it finally couldn't support all the thievery that was going on businesses went down leaving people out in the streets. Greed caused this recession, now we have to clean it up. It. Making money is great, as long as it is earned honestly.
theagonygop,. $880 billion is nothing to sneeze at, your right but thats in 10 years, we can make 10 times that if everyone kicks in thats why i say lets go off the cliff. Time for the entire country to join in the bill paying and combine that with massive cuts and the healing can begin.
Policies of the GOP caused the last major recession and much of the slow growth due to obstruction in the House. If you drove from northern MN to the Iowa border you say hundreds of Romney signs on rural homes that were in poor shape. Economi8c reality does't jell with some of these people as they sit home and collect social security and medicare---there are more poor people than wealthy but many of the poor Republicans are not educated or are in thrall of the NRA or Catholic Church.
The poorest states in the Union are the red states .It's utterly baffling that they still vote Republican. Likewise, the states that are refusing to create exchange ACA pools for the uninsured are just those states with the highest percentage of uninsured! Blue states receive far less back from the government than red states.
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