WASHINGTON, May 2, 2017 – Surprise! Congressional Republican leaders have become former President Obama’s most stalwart allies. His health care monstrosity is safe and well-funded. And, according to the bean-counters at the Washington Times, the new Republican budget, which is some 1,665 pages thick, “spends $700 million per page.”
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the GOP’s $1.7 trillion budget “clearly reflects our [Democratic Party] values.”
For years, conservatives argued America was a one-party state. That party, until recently, was the Democratic Party.
Now, Washington has a Republican president, a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a newly confirmed constitutional originalist in the form of Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court; reestablishing that institution’s one-vote conservative majority.
So, where’s all the “conservatism”?
After all, authors Ed Kilgore, James Vega and J.P. Green, writing in The Democratic Strategist (which calls itself “a journal of public opinion and political strategy”), write:
“The GOP is not engaged in a struggle between moderates and extremists. The entire Republican Party has been infiltrated and transformed by advocates of an extremist political philosophy who now hold it captive.”
And a few days before the 2016 presidential election, New York Times columnist and arch-liberal Paul Krugman told his readers:
“Republicans decided long ago that anything went in the effort to delegitimize and destroy Democrats. Those of us old enough to remember the 1990s also remember the endless series of accusations hurled against the Clintons… When Mrs. Clinton famously spoke of a ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ out to undermine her husband’s presidency, she wasn’t being hyperbolic; she was simply describing the obvious reality.”
In another column, Krugman insisted GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan’s style of “conservatism wants to privatize and generally dismantle the social safety net, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get there.”
For nearly a decade, Republican Party leaders have been telling Americans they have a political and economic vision for the country that is in stark contrast to their hard-left-leaning Democratic colleagues.
It was understood that vision was decidedly conservative.
Today, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer says top House Republican Paul Ryan’s omnibus spending bill is in keeping with the Democratic Party’s “clearly laid out principles.”
It seems the “vast right-wing conspiracy” was just another product of fake news.
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