Today’s L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Jonah Goldberg accurately describes some of the Republican Party’s problems, but he is deluding himself if he truly believes its main issue is that it isn’t doing a good job of persuading Americans.
The real problem for the Republican Party is the extreme ideological views of its core constituencies. The religious right believes God is on its side; economically conservative Republicans believe in failed policies of deregulation and trickle-down tax rules; climate-change deniers believe global warming is a hoax; the GOP money establishment maintains that giving money to politicians is free speech rather than legalized bribery; and the gun-rights wing is opposed to any sensible measures on firearms.
The problem is not that Republicans haven’t done a good job of persuading but rather that their views are unpersuasive.
Goldberg expresses his frustration that conservatism is not connecting with the masses. Could it be because many Americans rely on the basic government safety nets that the conservatives want to eliminate? And when the religious right hijacked the GOP, it turned off moderate conservatives.
Goldberg doesn’t address these issues, but they are a big part of the reason voters have turned away from the GOP. And until the party realizes that the demographic changes in this country don’t favor Republicans, it will continue to lose national elections.
Acclaimed author, Berkeley professor, and Clinton-era Secretary of Labor Robert Reich lays out the what, why and how of the Fiscal “Cliff”, the showdown in Congress that Republicans created to demand painful cuts in vital domestic programs in exchange for raising taxes on the top 2%. Learn the facts, and the best way out of this forced showdown.
Jobs come first. Prosperity, not austerity. Makes sense to me.
Oh, and it’s a fiscal crossroads, not a cliff. At worst, it’s a slope or a curb… or a hiccup. This is a self-created “crisis” that the GOP is trying to use in order to cut programs that are there for the health and welfare of American citizens who need assistance in order to, you know, live.
The first thing to know about the so-called “fiscal cliff” is that it’s not a cliff—it’s a choice. It’s a choice between making the 1% richer at the expense of everyone else, or lifting up 100% of Americans. It’s a choice between American prosperity and European austerity.
In this sharp new video, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich breaks down the fiscal choice in 2 minutes and 30 seconds—with pictures too. And he gives Democrats the inside scoop on how to fight and win this fiscal showdown for the middle class.
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