Republicans won in 2010 because they talked about fiscal issues. After decades of hearing the Republican mantra of cut taxes and cut spending, voters bought it again. It was fiscal this, tighten belts that, budget this, control spending that.
I just don’t understand how people bought it. Who is controlling the Republican Party? Corporate special interests, the Chamber of Commerce, and CEOs. The same people who wiped out our economy because of their own greed. Voters are so brainwashed by the corporate media that they don’t pay attention that Republicans in the 80s pushed our debt over a trillion dollars, and Republicans in the 2000s eliminated our budget surplus and pushed the debt over 10 trillion dollars.
So when a Republican says government needs to tighten its belt, voters say yeah, and ignore the history and hypocrisy in that statement. When a Republican candidate says we need to cut spending, without saying how, voters say yeah and ignore the fact that we cannot cut our way to greatness.
And while Republican politicians are demanding we tighten our belts and eliminate the deficit with spending cuts and tax cuts, corporate executives are licking their chops at the profits they can make now that their Chamber of Commerce funded politicians can fight for their “well-deserved” profits. While the middle class pays, loses services, and struggles to get by, Republican political funders can plan for how to invest the tax giveaways the Republican politicians want to give them.
Why do the poor and middle-class have to absorb the largest cuts to their schools, cities and counties, when the economic failures of our society and the causes of this budget deficit reside almost entirely in the actions of the richest and greediest Minnesotans and Americans who took advantage of our society to earn money they did not deserve. Shouldn’t the group that caused the problem pay more to solve it?
Why do Republican politicians think that a family making $50,000 and a family making $250,000 have the same challenges when it comes to what is cut? How will a cut in education lead to anything other than less quality? How will a cut in funding for road construction lead to anything other than more potholes and more costly repairs because of those potholes. How will another cut in funding of social services lead to anything other than more failure, more crime, more abuse, and more deaths. How will eliminating a chance at life do anything other than perpetuate generational poverty?
When FDR was elected in 1932, he was a hard core capitalist, but he saw the likelihood of class warfare on the horizon and made changes in his plans to work toward solving the causes of the nation’s problems. FDR is the reason we are not a quasi-socialist state like most European countries. So what will the Republicans do, push us to sharper class differences and to eventual class conflicts, or head the lessons of history and realize a slogan like “cut taxes-cut spending” can get you elected, but in the end it won’t create results the majority of voters are comfortable with. Keep in mind that half the families in the state make under $57,000. They will get almost no benefit from the Republican’s “cut taxes-cut spending” tax giveaway to the rich scheme, but they will feel those cuts much more.