H/T to kos for the framing
The Economy, War, and Social Conservatism.
These are the three cornerstones of Republicanism. These are the three things that they have pushed and traditionally won elections on. These are the three things that are now LOSING them the election. As I and others (most notably Greenwald) have pointed out, Republicanism had its once in a lifetime chance, and blew it. They have been exposed.
For the last decade they have essentially controlled American politics and the American government using these three cornerstones to appeal to voters. Once they achieved the power that they were willing to lie, cheat and steal elections for and were able to walk the talk….they just plain didn’t.
The Economy: Republicans got nearly everything they wanted from the government in regards to the economy. Deregulation, tax cuts on the wealthy and corporations, and the acceptance of highly questionable practices as normal. Under their leadership and policies….well just look around. The Republicans got everything they wanted and this IS the result of Republicans running their unfettered economy.
Next up, the myth of Republicans as “Fiscal Conservatives” and “Small Government:”
From Meteor Blades
National Debt When Jimmy Carter
…arrived at the White House:
Added during Carter’s four years: $337 billion.
Added during Ronald Reagan’s eight years: $1.6 trillion.
Added during George H. W. Bush’s four years: $1.6 trillion.
Added during Bill Clinton’s eight years: $1.5 trillion.
Added during George W. Bush’s seven years, nine months: $4.5 trillion.
Portion of the $9.5 trillion added to the national debt during the past 31 years and seven months that came during Republican presidencies: $7.7 trillion.
Percentage of that $7.7 trillion added during George W. Bush’s two terms: 58%.
Could somebody explain again what “fiscal conservative” means?
Given nearly unlimited power, The Republicans spend MORE than Democrats. But instead of giving the money back to The People in the form of social programs and infrastructure etc, they give it to their cronies. The Republicans used their power …to bankrupt America. Republicanism = Greed. The Republican economic theories have failed.