What Republicans Argue When They Have Nothing Left to Say

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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office, March 19, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Republicans are desperate. They can’t attack Obama on jobs because the jobs picture is improving.

Their attack on the Administration’s rule requiring insurers to cover contraception has backfired, raising hackles even among many Republican women.

Their attack on Obama for raising gas prices has elicited scorn from economists of all persuasions who know oil prices are set in global markets and that demand in the United States has actually fallen.

Their presidential ambitions are being trampled in a furious fraternal war among Republican candidates.

Their Tea Party wing wants to reopen the budget deal forged with Democrats after Republicans got bloodied by threatening to block an increase in the debt limit.

So what are Republicans to do now? What they always do when they have nothing else to say.

Call for a tax cut, of course.

It doesn’t matter that their new “tax reform” plan (leaked to the Wall Street Journal late Monday, to be released Tuesday morning) has as much chance of being enacted as Herman Cain has of being elected president.

robert reichIt doesn’t matter than the plan doesn’t detail how they plan to pay for the tax cuts. Or whether an even bigger whack would have to be taken out of Medicare than Paul Ryan’s original voucher plan – which would drowned many elderly under rising medical costs.

It doesn’t even matter that the plan would probably raise taxes on many lower-income Americans,

robert reichAll that matters is the headlines.

“House Republican Budget to Propose Lower Income Tax Rates,” says Bloomberg Businessweek. “Republican Budget Plan Seeks to Play Up Tax Reform,” says Reuters. “GOP’s Budget Targets Taxes,” blares the Wall Street Journal.

Presto. Republicans have gotten what they wanted on the basis of saying absolutely nothing.

Robert Reich
Robert Reich’s Blog 


  1. Walter Brownsword says

    Republicans are committing fratricide. More power to them. They are all actors who are merely proving that life is merely a stage upon which they strive to make their mark. In an way possible. Its full steam ahead; never mind allegations of hypocrisy.

  2. go99ers says

    Thank you, Robert Reich, for further enlightening us about the republicans. Even when they have absolutely nothing intelligent to say, they of course continue to babble.
    When repugs say they want a tax cut, it means that they want tax cuts for the billionaires. They don’t give a flying fig about tax cuts for the 99%, whom they really want to pay for what they imagine the “debt” problem to be. When they say they want to cut spending, they mean cut medicare, medicaid, and the social safety nets for what used to be a middle class, and the poor. They do not care if it means raising taxes on the economically challenged, which is most of us.
    When a republican’s lips are moving, it probably means he or she is lying about something.

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