That said- Beware complacency.
Those two words are so gigantic in this case, that they could be the whole article.
There’s a number of different factors at play in the political scene of America at this time. Some of them are in no way American, but most of them are.
One of the biggest is voter apathy.
Millennial readers, ask yourselves this: How many conversations have you had, with people our age about politics, in which you have heard somebody say: “Ah, all governments are fascist. There’s no difference between one or the other.” Or had a menu of talking points from Fox News or Infowars with them?
Many others act like they’re afraid to talk at all, either because they don’t know enough, or because they don’t care enough, or because people get so intense about it.
This is the state of things when a polarity this extreme and disparate exists between the people of the country.
People aren’t getting their information from the same places anymore. You can tell when you’ve been talking to someone deeply indoctrinated by Rush Limbaugh and the Breitbart band. You’ll immediately be confronted with a whole galaxy of half-truths, lies, and slanders.
Most of the time you won’t even know what they’re talking about, the stuff will be so out there. And by the time your smartphone has proved them wrong, they’ve already made fifty more specious claims. It becomes clear very quickly that they don’t have any interest in getting at the truth.
You can’t even talk to them anymore.
An understanding of this fundamental truth is where any realistic discussion of how to win the midterms must begin.
A great deal of time and money has been invested by those currently in power, seeing to it that those without it remain apathetic and confused regarding the process. Nor have they closed their wallets.
At a retreat this weekend, the group announced plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million in 2018- a 60 percent increase from its spending in 2016- to defend Trump administration policies that Charles and David Koch and their network overwhelmingly support- while distancing themselves from a man that is personally unfit to serve as president.
They want it both ways, and they figure with enough cash they can get it. Once the strategy gives them the power they are seeking, they figure it will all be worthwhile. If they can dominate and make a shell of the governmental apparatus, they can change things around all they like. Those changes will be catastrophic to every environment we live in.
We have to find a way to stop them and to do so we will need to surmount some difficult challenges.
Republican standing has improved recently. It’s going to take awhile for people to understand just how stupid those tax cuts were. It’s going to take a while before it hurts them.
CNBC’s John Harwood calls Trump’s tax reform a “remarkable paradox,” as middle America will not benefit as much as the coastal elites his base so loves to stick it to.
Howmuch explains that “Some taxpayers would definitely benefit from Trump’s tax reform — especially those at the higher end of the income scale. There are others, however, who would see their tax rates go up. Especially those on lower incomes.”
This is important, because the tax plan is the reason the GOP has been polling better recently. Their strategy going forward will be to beat that drum as hard as they can. It’s the only legislative accomplishment they’ve got.
Many of them are showing signs of indigestion of the conscience, as evidenced by the fact of so many of the GOP leaders in Congress retiring, but it’s a little late for that.
Another key factor to watch this year will be Russian interference in our elections.
“I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that,” he said.
“But,” he added, “I am confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election — that we’ll push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”
What a joke.
Later the same day as those comments were made, the Trump administration announced that it will not impose the new Russian sanctions. And the other Republicans are just as bad. All of them are complicit in the biggest treason of all time.
Aside from all that, there’s the usual electoral stuff to consider. The House, in which Democrats need a 24-seat pickup to win the majority, looks very favourable. And ever since the stunning victory of Alabama’s Doug Jones, a plausible path to control of the Senate has arisen.
If the Blue Wave is indeed going to sweep over this country in the midterm elections, we are going to have to work very hard, because nobody is going to do it for us. It can and will happen because we will be here to fight for it tooth and nail.
Going forward, the key is to find out which races are the most competitive, target them, and put our resources into fighting for them. We are actively asking our readers for help on this. Anything you’ve got that might be useful, please feel free to send it in. We’ve got a lot of work to do. And it is going to take us all.
On Wednesday, U.S. government experts had something good to say, for a change.
The economic recovery since the 2007-2009 recession is now in its eighth year and showing little signs of slowing down.
The recovery is primarily being powered by a tightening labour market. This has allowed for the maintenance of the strong performance that started during former President Barack Obama’s first term.
The growth rate we are seeing now is in line with the nation’s recovery and with President Obama’s targeted goal. However, unlike President Obama, Trump doesn’t understand that this will fluctuate. Economists generally see such a pace as unsustainable and expect growth to slow sometime in 2018. Trump sees it as proof that he’s making everything great, all the while plotting happily to destroy it.
The Senate Budget Committee advanced its bill Tuesday, sending it to the full chamber for a vote later this week.
Weighing in in favour of the bill was Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman Sachs. Unsurprisingly, he thinks the new tax plan is a great idea. Make your voices heard any way you can think up, folks.
Trump’s recklessness and slovenly manner of governing set fire to the foundations needed for sustained national economic growth. If the Trump administration continues to stoke fear, it may soon do exponential damage to the fundamental legal and cultural infrastructure that made America a great place to invest and do business.
Quinnipiac University released a new poll about this on Wednesday. Most Americans know to give credit to former President Obama for the current state of the U.S. economy than to Trump, although it should be fairly conceded Trump’s constant boasting has had some effect. Constantly assuming credit over his betters, he has convinced some people through sheer repetition that he can take credit for this somehow, and that’s where we come in.
Trump’s policies are going to lay waste the good work that President Obama spent eight years on.
Tax plans are confusing. They tend to be full of numbers and technical jargon. They give the gift of throbbing temples to most of us. But one thing, at least, is easy to grasp. It’s going to hurt the middle class terribly. This plan is legislative savagery at its worst.
As expected, the plan would help the wealthy at the direct expense of the middle class. It will actively hurt the poor. It is also known that foreign oligarch investors, including many from Russia, will be the beneficiaries.
The tax break improves for each income level, meaning that the people who need the most help get the least of it. The top 1 percent would get an 8.5 percent break.
“I think it will go down in history as one of the worst budgets Congress has ever passed.”
In full agreement are the more than 400 millionaires and billionaires who are reportedly asking Congress not to cut their taxes.
The group, which includes doctors, lawyers and chief executives, plans to send a letter to Congress and ask that their taxes not be cut under the GOP tax overhaul, The Washington Post reported.
Those of us with sense enough to stand against these cuts must speak out. Loudly, and now. If not, then Medicare, Medicaid and other safety net programs will be gutted and burned. All so that the GOP can pay out a tax cut to the ones who need it the least. We will fight this to the end, and we will bear witness.