Senator Mike Lee in Iowa


“It’s the economy, stupid”–attributed to James Carville

In the the The Atlantic, Peter Beinhart writes:

If you look closely at the current crop of Republican candidates, you can see the beginnings of a similar (to the 2000 campaign) fracturing of the GOP message. Mike Huckabee looks determined to run on cultural decline. Jeb Bush and even Mitt Romney want to focus on using government to help the poor. Every potential candidate except Rand Paul will likely promise defense hikes and a more aggressive, militaristic foreign policy. And every potential GOP candidate, including Rand Paul, will likely unveil a big tax cut, probably unmatched by real reductions in spending. 

Even Tom Reed, in his statement on President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union message to Congress, didn’t mention debt or deficit even once.

Addressing the Iowa Freedom Summit, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) reportedly said the GOP needs to nominate a principled conservative, one who is “conservative every day and not just during the campaign.”

However, Lee also reportedly said he is concerned about an “opportunity deficit” that is “trapping poor families in poverty while rigging the system to benefit political and economic elites” while “squeezing America’s middle class.”

More and more Republicans, like Senator Lee, are recognizing the need to do something to help the many Americans struggling to join or stay in the middle class–Romney, Bush, Rubio, Cruz, Paul. But like Senator Lee, they face a dilemma–there is no way to promote economic justice while fastidiously promoting the interests of the wealthy. They are still trying to do that–at the Koch conference candidates continued to promise potential donors no tax increases for the wealthy. Republicans clearly need to abandon their long standing dogma–welfare for corporations and low taxes for the rich.

© William Hungerford – January 2015





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4 Responses to Senator Mike Lee in Iowa

  1. josephurban says:

    The GOP pried the racist southern Dems from the Democratic Party in the 1970s. The famous Nixon “southern strategy”. They added the fundamentalist nuts in the 1980s. So, they have been appealing to the radical right and the racists for many years. Now, the feces are coming home to roost. You can’t get the GOP nomination without acting like a bigot or the second coming of Christ. Then, you have to switch gears for the general election and act moderate. Didn’t work for McCain. Didn’t work for Mitt.
    They made their bed. Let them sleep with the fleas.


  2. whungerford says:

    Mitt Romney at least may have a plan–look carefully for cameras before going off message telling potential donors what they want to hear.


  3. Anne says:

    This is one of the reasons that John Edwards was such a disappointment: his was the only voice we had on poverty, and there has not been one to replace it since he left public life. You can bet that as quickly as this handful of hopefuls has “discovered” their passion for fixing the middle class, that interest will fizzle and die off again, probably right around the day after the election, whatever its outcome. The krewe mentioned in this article especially seem to have less the courage of their convictions than the winds of expedience puffing their sails, ill-concealed and clearly strategy-, and not policy-, driven.


  4. Deb Meeker says:

    Good for Senator Lee.
    Tom Reed, ever the witty strategist, continues to bitch about the US “can’t afford” most every social program that would assist his constituents; he mouths the tried and true escape hatch speech when pressed for real answers.” The Debt!” It seems Reed is not one of the more thoughtful Republicans that can smell the coffee, or the burnt tea.. Said three months ago in place of answering a specific question : ” [….] On top of that, we’ve always been concerned about the national debt. That’s one of the primary motivating factors that caused me to go to Washington to begin with. With $18 trillion worth of national debt, it is something that’s not sustainable.”


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