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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The GOP Is Innumerate

Vox has a helpful breakdown of just how insane the GOP's numbers are on tax cuts and increased military spending.  Balanced budgets aren't the single most important things in the world, but blowing a massive hole in the center of America's finances and turning us into Greece on steroids is insane.  And yet, of course, the GOP's innumeracy is only matched by the political press and the American public at large.

Given what the Republicans propose, Sanders' proposals are down right realistic and fiscally responsible.  Still, I think that the fact that the GOP is about to nominate a guy whose budget will add another bankruptcy onto his career ledger argues persuasively that Clinton is again the safe option.

The 2016 election has the potential to further realign American politics and solidify the Obama coalition.  Trump scares minorities, but I think he also scares college educated suburbanites a bit, too.  Reasonable Republicans have had to excuse some pretty egregious policy choices and political stances from their party.  But can they excuse away something like the Trump tax plan?  Wouldn't the combination of his tax plan with GOP refusal to even hold hearings for Obama's SCOTUS nominee finally drive home the fact that maybe the best we can hope for from our president and our government is a basic level of competence?

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