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Subject:  Re: Cashing In On A Massacre Date:  1/5/2013  9:42 AM
Author:  MadCapitalist Number:  664329 of 756680

A sense of urgency we never got from Fast & Furious or Benghazi. I wonder why? Never let a massacre go to waste.
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That is simply because Republicans and Conservatives in particular do not understand that actually governing in today's America means that you have to win the game as well as try to have better policy.

They have gone for the low hanging fruit of better policies than the Dems. Then they back off on winning the games required to implement those better policies.


I disagree. Republicans blew it by having horrible policies. The Bush tax cuts and Bush's wars were such huge talking points because spending increased under Bush and we started running large deficits. If we had contained spending, it would not have been nearly as big an issue. And don't get me started on the Medicare prescription benefit.

Republicans under Bush should have taken the opportunity to continue to decrease spending as a percentage of GDP, and then we should have run surpluses even after the so-called tax cuts. They could have been the party of fiscal responsibility, but they blew it.

Also, we should have been out of Iraq and Afghanistan after only a few years. We should have trained them to defend themselves as quickly as possible and then gotten the heck out of there. Instead, these wars continue to hurt Republicans more than a decade later.

Republicans need to re-brand themselves and need to stick to the new brand. From an economic policy standpoint, they have to be adamant about low marginal tax rates, low spending, low regulation, and a strong dollar. They have to stop this Keynesian nonsense. The low spending has to come first, starting *now*. It is extremely difficult to sell low tax rates when you are spending like crazy and running massive deficits.

Will Republicans do it? Not a chance in hell. They don't have a backbone. They don't have the courage to do what's right because they know that it will be politically difficult in the short run because it will take time to restore the trust that has been lost. Until Republicans clarify their principles and then act consistently with those principles, they will just continue to flounder.
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