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Henry Olsen: The Latest Republican Budget Is a Revival of Paul Ryan-ism

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Public opinion has shifted.

The Republican electorate has dramatically changed.

Republican politicians and Conservatism, Inc. have not changed.

Washington Post:

“There has been a lot of talk recently about the Republican Party searching for a post-Trump ideological future. The annual alternative budget released Wednesday by the 152-member House Republican Study Committee shows how difficult it will be for the party to square its old, entitlement-cutting mind-set with its newer, populist faction.

The document is essentially an update of former House speaker Paul Ryan’s 2008 “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a libertarian-inspired vision of what the federal government would do if taxes were never raised. The Republican Study Committee sets out to balance the federal budget through spending cuts alone and keep it balanced well into the future. The result is a dramatic reduction in what the federal government does across the board. …

Trade is another fault line between the old orthodoxy and the new GOP voter. The RSC budget declares that “free trade is how we put America first.” But the EPPC-YouGov poll found that 60 percent of Trump voters believe free trade costs American jobs, including 68 percent of Obama-Trump voters. The 2017 study also found substantial anti-trade sentiment among Trump voters, especially among the blue-collar American Preservationists.

Today’s party is united by cultural issues and divided by economic ones, with the party’s new working-class voters particularly likely to dissent from old, libertarian-tinged orthodoxy. That’s a political fact that free-market Republicans need to come to terms with if they want to help build a working-class-friendly GOP. …”

In a nutshell, this is what you find on this website.

We’re angry with Joe Biden and the Democrats, optimistic about Republican voters, intrigued by all this talk about a “working class Republican Party” but also deeply skeptical of Republican politicians based on past experience. Congress is full of geriatrics who are throwbacks to the 1980s.


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