Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Republican Party just like the old one

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 6:10 AM

You say there was an election earlier in November?

From Talking Points Memo:

Having run and lost on their central anti-tax stance, and with an austerity bomb nearing detonation, Republicans are softening their tone on the issue. But what may appear to be a meaningful shift on taxes among GOP leaders is belied by the unchanged policy specifics within the rhetoric.

“For the purposes of forging a bipartisan agreement that begins to solve the problem, we’re willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in a post-election press conference.

That leaves the impression that Republicans are willing to raise revenue by limiting deductions and loopholes. Correct, but they’ve always been open to that — if and only if the new revenue is used to lower tax rates rather than reduce the deficit. Look closer and it’s apparent that that stance is still the same.

Tax increases for rich people are NOT part of the Republican plan. They'll be happy, however, to close "loopholes" that benefit the working poor and middle class.

On the other hand, this was moderately encouraging, though if there are any Republicans of this stripe in the modern Arkansas Republican Party they are WAY underground:

They are few, but they are vocal: the pro-same sex marriage, pro-choice, pro-tax Republican activists. For years, these groups have labored off the radar, trying to convince a party unwilling to listen that it needs to moderate on issues from social to fiscal. But after the Democrats’ decisive victories on Nov. 6, the Republican Underground says its finally time to go mainstream.

In the days since the election, TPM has talked with what one could call fringe Republican activists from across the issue spectrum. Like most in the GOP since the election returns that “shellshocked” the top of the ticket came in, they’re eager to see the Republican Party become more appealing to the national electorate. Unlike many Republican leaders, however, these activists say they actually know how to make the substantive changes to make that happen

.

The article names names of Republicans and interest groups working to moderate the party on discrimination against gays, abortion, taxes and more.

Tags: , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Jury set for Tim Howard murder retrial

    A jury of six men and six women was seated today for the trial of Tim Howard which is to begin Monday. In a subsequent pretrial hearing, for which the jury was not present, Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan denied the motion filed last week by Howard's attorney that had sought dismissal of the charges against Howard due to alleged prosecutor misconduct.
    • Apr 24, 2015
  • Entergy asks for 12 percent rate increase for residential customers

    Entergy Arkansas has proposed a $167 million electric rate increase that would hit residential customers with an increase of more than 12 percent in monthly bills.
    • Apr 24, 2015
  • More »

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2015 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation