Reality check on Republican “conservatism.”

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 @ 12:09 pm | Clueless Conservatives

Andrew Sullivan has been standing still while Republicans race to be as extreme right as bloody possible:

Income tax rates are now lower than they were under Ronald Reagan and far lower than they were under Eisenhower. And yet it has become a Norquistian non-negotiable that no taxes can be raised at all on anyone, let alone the beneficiaries of the last thirty years – and those who differ must be “leftists” – even when the US is facing debt of historic and dangerous proportions. Someone advocating what Eisenhower was perfectly comfortable with would be regarded by the Republican right today as a communist. And yet, of course, Eisenhower was emphatically not a Communist, whatever the John Birch society believed. In retrospect, he might even be seen as the most successful small-c conservative of the 20th century. (This was indeed Paul Johnson’s take in Modern Times.)

Similarly, those who view Obama as some kind of radical have to come to terms with what Glenn Greenwald spells out here:

Since Obama was inaugurated, the Dow Jones has increased more than 50% — from 8,000 to more than 12,000; the wealthiest recieved a massive tax cut; the top marginal tax rate was three times less than during the Eisenhower years and substantially lower than during the Reagan years; income and wealth inequality are so vast and rising that it is easily at Third World levels; meanwhile, “the share of U.S. taxes paid by corporations has fallen from 30 percent of federal revenue in the 1950s to 6.6 percent in 2009.”

Do they have to come to terms with it? Republicans apparently don’t think so, and the corporate press isn’t likely to force them to, so who will? Voters, likely, yet whatever yahoo the Republicans finally settle for in 2012 is still going to get a minimum of 55 million votes. That’s simply too many for a bankrupt party that doesn’t deserve 10 million votes (a rough guess at the actual number of people whose interests they serve). Crazy irresponsibility just doesn’t deserve that much success, even in failure.

-hw

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