The Republican party is the caricature of the Republican Party

Short and sweet take from Ezra.  And, sadly, true, of course:

Marc Thiessen, the George W. Bush speechwriter who now writes a column for the Washington Post op-ed page, is aghast at the Senate GOP’s health care bill. “Paying for a massive tax cut for the wealthy with cuts to health care for the most vulnerable Americans is morally reprehensible,” he says.

“If Republicans want to confirm every liberal caricature of conservatism in a single piece of legislation, they could do no better than vote on the GOP bill in its current form.”

But at what point do we admit that this isn’t the liberal caricature of conservatism? It’s just … conservatism… [emphases mine]

Republicans, in other words, have repeatedly broken their promises and defied public opinion in order to release health care bills that cut spending on the poorest Americans to fund massive tax cuts for the richest Americans. (The Tax Policy Center estimates that 44.6 percent of the Senate bill’s tax cuts go to households making more than $875,000.)

If they would simply stop doing that, their health care problems would vanish: They could craft a bill that would rebuild the health care system around more conservative principles and do so without triggering massive coverage losses. But at some point, we need to take them at their word: This is what they believe, and they are willing to risk everything — their reputations, their congressional majorities, and Donald Trump’s presidency — to get it done…

Like Thiessen, I want to see a better, more decent conservatism drive the Republican Party. I don’t want to believe that this is the bottom line of GOP policy thinking. But this is clearly the bottom line of GOP policy thinking.

Yep.  As Chait as demonstrated time and time again, the single-unifying, sine qua non, ideology for Congressional Republicans is quite literally, tax cuts for rich people.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to The Republican party is the caricature of the Republican Party

  1. rgbact says:

    Ever higher taxes on rich people isn’t the way to reform anything, whether its healthcare or college costs or military costs. It just encourages more waste.

    • Steve Greene says:

      You are right. But smart investing– e.g., infrastructure, technology, public health– of tax dollars (a bunch of which comes from rich people)– sure has.

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