Mar 18, 2013

Are House Republicans Listening?

Republican Leader Eric Cantor’s SuperPAC released polling yesterday warning Republicans not to focus exclusively on the deficit at the expense of the middle class.

Politico: “Poll warns Republicans of focus on deficit”

A new Republican National Committee report out today warns that the Republican Party is seen as the party of ‘stuffy old me.’

Politico:“RNC: Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch'”

Political expert Larry Sabato and others have identified the political problem this budget poses for House Republicans.

“Ryan must be doing this because he really believes in it,” said University of Virginia political expert Larry Sabato. “There’s certainly no political explanation for it that makes sense. His budget is a field day for Democrats.” [Post Crescent, 3/15/13]

Despite all this advice and evidence, House Republicans will vote this week for Ryan’s budget - which would end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and replace it with a voucher that costs seniors more. At the same time, they'll lower the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent – providing a $200,000 tax cut for millionaires and potentially raising taxes $2,000 on the middle class.

 


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