.@RepSeanMaloney made a lot of sense w/ @SRuhle today. Let’s say Republicans got the Senate back w/ no filibuster. What might they try to do?
- Permit unlimited assault weapons sales?
- Make all abortion illegal with no rape or incest exceptions?
- Cancel Americans’ healthcare?
Would they move to privatize Medicare and Social Security, which they’ve ruminated about for decades? Basically handing your retirement over to the same Wall Street casinos who tanked the economy in 2007-2008? Sorry grandma, your retirement account lost value. Your balance is $0.
Presumably they’d want to cut billionaire & corporate tax rates to zero or near zero and maybe pass a consumption tax to shift most or all of the tax burden to the middle class & the poor. The name of the game is: make the working scrubs pay; let the leisure class enjoy their $.
I mean that’s the core of the Beltway Republican agenda, no? The culture war stuff is just grist to keep the white working class base engaged and distracted by constant rage. That’s why people like Mitch and Lindsey suck up to Trump. He does the shiny rage keys stuff for them.
But here’s the problem. If Beltway Republicans actually tried to enact their presumed real agenda by passing bills like I’ve described through the House and the Senate, in the very next election — voter suppression or no voter suppression — they’d get run out of office on a rail.
The problem with Republican “ideas” such as they are is that they’re deeply unpopular. That’s why they have to use sneaky shite like voter suppression & minority rule tactics to enact them. When that agenda is described straight up, the vast majority of Americans are a “hell no.”
Ask yourself: why when Republicans had control of the entire congress did they not enact this stuff? Especially the one that keeps so much of their right wing Christian base in the party despite the grossness of men like Trump? Why didn’t they outright ban abortion?? Seriously.
Why are they tinkering around with it in the states and hoping the SCOTUS will do the dirty work for them?? Because they know they’d be punished by the electorate if they just went ahead and did what they claim they believe in. Republicans want their Gilead at a discount.
They did go about as far as they’ve ever gone to delete taxes on the rich and corporations in 2017 (and BTW they did it via reconciliation, Joe Manchin) and before that they passive-aggressively let the assault weapons ban die. But even with control, they couldn’t delete the ACA.
Republicans are increasingly hostile to democracy, not just because they can’t win the popular vote in presidential elections, but also because a freely voting, universally registered electorate in their states would punish them if they ever openly enacted their agenda.
And if true majority rule was allowed in this country, most people would vote for
- Gun reform
- Universal healthcare
- Wall Street reform
- Switching to green energy/away from climate-choking gas and coal
- Women’s bodily liberty
And all sorts of other stuff Republican despise.
Don’t take it from me, take it from this data: nymag.com/intelligencer/…
And this data: vox.com/policy-and-pol…
Meanwhile, the current Republican agenda is all culture wars, all the time. And there is a reason why: the stuff that the corporate overlords want done is deeply unpopular, which is why they feel the need to shrink the electorate to a bare minimum. nymag.com/intelligencer/…

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