GOP dilemma: Good populists, bad populists

  • Article by: ROSS DOUTHAT , New York Times
  • Updated: September 23, 2013 - 7:57 PM

They’re the wing of budget brinkmanship, but also the party’s source of ideas.

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gandalf48Sep. 24, 13 8:41 AM

Brinkmanship is how you get a better deal in almost any negotiation. I believe the Obamacare fight is already over and the fight should be focused on the debt limit. At least the debt limit is related to reducing spending and I think the public can understand the basic concept of only spending as much as you bring in.

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luzhishenSep. 24, 13 9:40 AM

"Mike Lee, the junior senator from Utah,(offered) a tax-reform proposal that would actually help middle-class families rather than mostly cut taxes on the investor class. The Lee proposal is a particularly noteworthy breakthrough. Its centerpiece, a large expansion of the child tax credit," Let me guess - those huge families in Utah will benefit the most from this.

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dschachenmeyerSep. 24, 1310:44 AM

"Republicans must learn to compromise", says the same people who cheered when every Republican amendment to Obamacare was defeated on a straight party line vote and when the Obamacare was passed on a party line vote despite a majority of the public saying they disapproved of the bill. A majority of the public still disapproves of the bill and wants it repealed. While I don't agree with the push to defund as political tactic, it would be nice if the press would actually report that it is Republicans who are attempting to do something to enact the will of the people and it is the obstructionist Democrats who are blocking it.

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schristeSep. 24, 1312:27 PM

dschachenmeyer - you should think again, the Republican initiatives included in legislation passed by Congress are personal responsibility incentives; allows health insurance premiums to vary based on participation in proven employer wellness programs(Sources: H.R. 3468 Castle bill, H.R. 4038 Republican Substitute bill, H.R. 3400 Republican Study Committee bill, H.R. 3970 Kirk bill. Also included are advances in medical liability reform through grants to States: Provides grants to States to jump-start and evaluate promising medical liability reform ideas to put patient safety first, prevent medical errors, and reduce liability premiums (Sources: S. 1783 Enzi bill, H.R. 3400 Republican Study Committee bill, H.R. 4529 Ryan bill, S. 1099 Burr-Coburn, Ryan-Nunes bill. •Extends dependent coverage to age 26: Gives young adults new options. (Sources: H.R. 4038 Republican Substitute bill, H.R. 3970 Kirk bill. •Allows automatic enrollment by employers in health insurance: Allows employee to opt-out. (Sources: House Republican Substitute; H.R. 3400 Republican Study Committee bill, and on and on. So don't tell us that the Republicans did have a say in Obamacare.

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sek2undrstndSep. 24, 13 4:42 PM

schristie...Which is exactly why I find it depressing that my Grand Old Party continues to futilely repeal and defund Obamacare.

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luzhishenSep. 25, 13 8:50 AM

Schriste - the list included all sorts of poison pills, i.e. "libility reform" = less rights for victims of malpractice, etc., etc..

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