The republicans are not going to just sit back and watch the currently predicted democratic Tsunami of wins turn into their new reality show, as is expected on the upcoming November 2018 elections.
The democrats do have slogans that will resonate with the public: Americans want both a booming economy and decency in our politics. The Senate’s Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer likes the script, While republicans are helping the wealthy and corporations; we are fighting for the middle class.
During the recent January 2018 shutdown, the republicans overplayed their hand. Republicans were caught on tape outright lying about certain points regarding the government shutdown to the American peoples, This lack of decency can be used in advertisements against them in the upcoming November 2018 elections.
Then there is the issue of republicans acting as a front for the Soviet Union. How else can one explain the saga of the Nunes memo which is really being executed like a Russian propaganda and disinformation marketing campaign designed to gaslight the American peoples?
There needs to be an education campaign as to how the “trickle down economics” tax cuts plans like the one passed in December 2017 contribute to the USA being rated #1 out of all the developed rich countries in income inequality.
The republican US House leader Paul Ryan lied about how the democrats with their shutdown were at fault for military members not getting paid. This talking point that has been shared by republicans during the Sunday TV news talking shows, belies the C-Span 2 video gone viral where the Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri offered the motion to continue to pay our military personnel on time as was done during the 2013 government shutdown but the US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shut her down faster than a speeding bullet. (See: Transcript: House Speaker Paul Ryan on “Face the Nation,” Jan. 21/ CBS News …)
On the same “Face the Nation CBS show, the House Speaker Paul Ryan compounded his original lie by stating, that the Democratic President Barack Obama delayed pay to the military during the previous 2013 government shut down. He knows better as he voted for the legislation that President Obama signed to make sure that our military men and women did not lose out on their pay.
Vice President Mike Pence in front of troops on the front line in the Middle East, complained about how the democrats were responsible for the them missing their pay. Instead of talking to the troops to lift their spirits and letting them know that America appreciates their service, the Vice President was using this time to share a pre-planned talking point. Little did he know that every military media outlet including the “Stars and Stripes” had been reporting a counter story.
Chris Wallace in his 1/21/18 FOX TV News show, in an interview with Mike Mulvaney pointed out the republicans” hypocrisy regarding their blaming of the government shutdown solely on democrats:
“The fact is, there are budgetary implications to DACA. I mean, if you’re going to deport 800,000 people, that’s going to cost money. You shut down the government in 2013, because you didn’t like ObamaCare. You wanted to shut down the government again in 2015 because you didn’t like Planned Parenthood.”
“They are willing to shut down the government because they want a solution to DACA. You can say, well, one thing is what’s in the bill, one thing is what’s not in the bill, the point is that both you then and them now are willing to shut down the government because they oppose or support a policy. Same issue.”
Why are republicans in the US Congress acting like an arm of the Russian Government? The GOP have done virtually nothing to prevent a repeat in 2018 of what happened in 2016 when Russia hacked into US computer systems tied to the US presidential elections, and then launched a full throttle campaign of disinformation and propaganda in the US designed to interfere with our elections.
The US Congress did successfully legislate a US division within the US State Department to counteract Russian propaganda which took forever to get funded but this department has yet to be staffed.
The US Congress did enact sanctions against Russia as a response to its 2016 interference in US elections but as of January 30, 2018, the president has yet to fully implement it.
As UNIAN reported on 1/26/18, “U.S. President Trump on August 2, 2017, signed a legal act to toughen sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, previously approved by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.”
“On January 12, 2018, the Department of the Treasury announced that a list of Russian oligarchs who could be sanctioned in future was in the pipeline. Meanwhile, the Russian newspaper Kommersant said that more than 50 oligarchs close to the Russian leaders were facing sanctions.” (Where’s this list and why the delay?)
Russian bots have been consistently backing the republican political maneuvers by inundating US social websites hashtags like #schumershutdown and #releasememo.
“The Alliance for Securing Democracy found that #SchumerShutdown had exploded among Russian influence networks. The security group tracked approximately 600 Twitter accounts believed to be operated by Russian-tied groups and found the shutdown hashtag had surpassed popular Russian bot hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, ” reported The Hill.
As per a 12/4/17 VOX report, “America’s rich have gotten richer for decades, while the middle class and poor have seen meager gains. ( Over decades) The top 1 percent have more than doubled their share of the nation’s income, from less than 10 percent to more than 20 percent.”
“Donald Trump said he was going to fix it — that he would represent the forgotten men and women, the people who had been left behind in this widening of income inequality.”
“But the tax overhaul his Republican Party passed through the Senate early Saturday morning would make America’s income inequality worse. Maybe a lot worse, economists say.”
Many supply-siders use the economic growth in the mid-1980s as an example to advocate for cutting tax rates further. But the rest of the story is that President Ronald Reagan had to raise taxes 11 times after the 1981 tax cuts during his presidency in order to be fiscally responsible.
On the other hand, President George Bush’s administration proposed and Congress enacted a set of supply-side-focused tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 that some have blamed for the Great Recession in 2008.
As per a 9/27/17 Politico report by Tyler Fisher, “The Congressional Research Service published a paper in 2012 that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth. Congressional Republicans protested the findings, and the service briefly withdrew the paper.”
The American peoples want to be treated with decency as well as being able to enjoy a decent economy. We don’t want to be constantly lied to by our president and the republican leaders in the US Congress. On January 31, 2018, we watched as the House Speaker Paul Ryan and two republicans from the House Intelligence Committee went on TV to look at the American peoples in the eye as they proceeded to lie to us without a second thought. They said specifically that the FBI Director Christopher Wray had reviewed the controversial Rep. Devin Nunes Anti-FBI memo and that he had not objected to it being made public.
In the face of these lies, the FBI Director felt compelled to issue a public statement, “The FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”