Republicans and Trump

Where the Republicans and Trump fall down — they are climate change deniers which is kind of silly at this point; a tax cut for the very wealthy was unwise given the enormous size of the national debt, not to mention that the really rich have gotten a lot richer recently; most of the country wants reasonable constraints on owning military type weapons as well as uniform background checks; they really haven’t come up with a realistic alternative to Obamacare; they are spending enormous amounts on the military — is it too much?; and where is the national infrastructure program that everyone knows the country needs?

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Midterm Elections

Character assassination didn’t work for the Democrats. Will be interesting to see which party benefits in the midterms. The Dems think they are going to get many voters because of the Me Too reaction; but the Republicans see a strong revulsion to the character assassination. I think it might be a split decision — Dems take back the House but lose seats in the Senate. If the Republicans gain a big enough majority in the Senate, their replacement for Ginsberg would be a woman who is a Pro-Lifer in order to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Swing Vote

American politics has come down to two very dogmatic parties.  This is reflected also in the political map of the United States, where the two coasts and their cities are liberal, while the heartland is uniformly conservative.  The two countries within the United States couldn’t be any more different.

People say it is unfortunate that we don’t have more bipartisanship, but realistically we haven’t had any of that going all the way to the 60’s.  And right now the two parties couldn’t be more opposed to each other on a whole host of key issues: immigration, healthcare, welfare, climate change, gun control, taxes, abortion, tariffs, etc.  You name it, there’s just a clear black and white divide between the two parties, so that to hope for more bipartisanship, although it may sound like an attractive alternative, is merely pie in the sky thinking.

I would argue instead that, now, the block of voters who call themselves Independents are the key to the direction of the country.  They are the pivotal swing vote for either of the dogmatic parties to gain an advantage over the other party.  How the Independents vote from this point on will determine everything, so the two parties would be wise to  focus their attention on winning them over — that’s a winning strategy today, not the hope for more bipartisanship, which, perhaps sadly, is a thing of the past.

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