The rise of the ‘Drawbridge Republicans’

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    The rise of the ‘Drawbridge Republicans’

    As Republicans head toward next week’s convention something extraordinary has come into view now that their ticket is complete.

    Mitt Romney came from wealth and went on to build his own quarter-of-a-billion dollarfortune. Paul Ryan, who has never worked a day in the private sector (outside a few months in the family firm) reports a net worth of as much as $7 million, thanks to trusts and inheritances from his and his wife’s family.

    Wealthy political candidates are nothing new, of course. But we’ve never had two wealthy candidates on a national ticket whose top priority is to reduce already low taxes on the well-to-do while raising taxes on everyone else — even as they propose to slash programs that serve the poor, or that (like college aid) create chances for the lowly born to rise.

    Call them the Drawbridge Republicans. As the moniker implies, these are wealthy Republicans who have no qualms about pulling up the drawbridge behind them. Such sentiments used to be reserved for the political fringe. The most prominent example was Steve Forbes, whose twin obsessions during his vanity presidential runs in 1996 and 2000 — marginal tax rates and inflation — were precisely what you’d expect from an heir in a cocoon.

    (In case you were wondering, Ronald Reagan wasn’t a Drawbridge because he entered office when marginal rates, at 70 percent, were truly damaging to the economy. But as GOP business leaders now tell me privately, the Clinton-era top rate of 39.6 percent, let alone today’s 35 percent, are hardly a barrier to work or investment).

    Most rich Republicans who champion regressive tax plans find it necessary to at least pretend they’re doing something to help average folks. John McCain, who’s lived large for decades thanks to his wife’s inheritance, famously had trouble keeping track of how many homes he owned — but McCain also tried bravely to create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. George W. Bush campaigned as a “compassionate conservative,” and touted education initiatives that made this claim plausible.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/matt-miller-the-rise-of-the-drawbridge-republicans/2012/08/20/d426c7f8-eb16-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_story.html?hpid=z2

     
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    Re: The rise of the ‘Drawbridge Republicans’

    A drawbridge? An antiquated notion, from the antiquated Party of Government. 
    Holed up behind the drawbridge and their castle, the old class warriors defend the indefensible: the current absurd tax code... 
     
    "top priority is to reduce already low taxes on the well-to-do while raising taxes on everyone else "

    Any attempt to simplify or flatten the tax code is met with the above, the usual Democratic demagoguery...the lamebrain class warfare card...
     
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    Re: The rise of the ‘Drawbridge Republicans’

    If the storm heading for Tampa strengthens into a hurricane before slamming Tampa, will that mean God hates Republicans?  If the Hurricane strikes, can we expect Pat Robertson to get on his TV show and tell everyone it's God punishing the Republican party for nominating liars and hate mongers?

     
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    Re: The rise of the ‘Drawbridge Republicans’

    That would be classic !!!! The party of Satans' blasphemers, possessor's of all 7 deadly sins and heretics destroyed by the wrath of God. Wash Satans' demons cast out to  sea by the hand of God for using his name in vain, would be true prophecy.

     
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