Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bill Crawford: GOP fumbles to Chuck & Nancy

Despite Republican leaders’ wayward fall from debt frugality into tax cut frivolity, shifting teams now to Chuck and Nancy would be a fiscal calamity. "Chuck and Nancy" is a Trump euphemism for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Republicans deserve criticism for abandoning their long held top priority to reduce deficits and debt in order to pass deficit-busting tax cuts. But Chuck and Nancy have never made deficit and debt reduction a priority.

Certainly, Democrats think Republican tax gifts to big corporations and the wealthy will sweep them into power next year. But with Chuck and Nancy at the helm, that’s unlikely. Democrats’ pathway to victory requires a convincing appeal to the centrist Americans that Republicans have abandoned, i.e., a surge toward moderation. That’s not the political position New York and California Democrats like Chuck and Nancy espouse.

As one long-time Mississippi Democratic officeholder told me recently, “It seems that there are no people in Congress who put the country above party. The whole goal of both parties is power. Link that to campaign contributions. A pox on all their houses!”

He’s not alone.

“I have lost all hope of any real fiscal reform or responsible governance,” one of my more conservative, military retiree friends said. “I truly believe that our pols have realized that $20.2 trillion is not going to be paid back, or even paid down… ever! As the owner of the printing press of the world’s reserve currency, they have decided to optimize the climate for business or possibly a loftier goal of elevating the standard of living to the highest level possible (measured in big screen TV size) for the longest period possible.“

Hold on. It appears Republican leaders are now admitting economic growth won’t generate enough revenue to pay for their big tax cuts and talking tough about spending cuts. Their plan, however, may be the sort of miscalculation that actually puts Chuck and Nancy in the game.

“Let’s cut Social Security to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.” Sound like a smart strategy to you? That story is building.

“Florida Senator Marco Rubio admits that the Republican tax cut plan, which benefits corporations and the wealthy, will require cuts to Social Security and Medicare to pay for it,” reads a Newsweek story.

“Republicans are making no secret of their plans to go after these critical retirement programs,” says a Reuters story. “It is the flip side of their plan to expand the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion through tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Cutting spending by these programs might be used to offset some of the cuts.”

“We’re going to have to get back next year to entitlement reform,” added Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Everybody with common sense knows that Social Security and Medicare need to be modified and/or shored up. But in politics, timing and message are everything. Just hinting, if not outright saying they’re cutting Saying Social Security to pay for tax cuts fumbles the ball to Chuck and Nancy on the 10-yard line.

“Stupid, stupid, stupid,” as former Sen. Alan Simpson says.

Crawford is syndicated columnist from Meridian (


Anonymous said...

Who needs Democrats when you have these Republicans... all are a bunch of spineless whimps. They are the only ones conned by Chuck and nancy.

Anonymous said...

We still need the Democrats to be the moral compass for the country. Someone has to be willing to stand up for what’s right since the republicans long ago abondened that also.

Anonymous said...

Democrats being "the moral compass"? Oxymoron much?

Messick said...

1:27, what do you consider "what's right"?
In concrete, defined terms, please.

Anonymous said...

Yeah... bill Clinton... Jon Conyers screwing Bernie Debbie Walserman Schultz hillary taking money from will quigg the kkk leader. Maxine Watters should be locked up for her husband sitting on board of bank that received the bail out money... the list goes on and on.

Anonymous said...

I'm aghast that any half-way sane adult would refer to democrats as having a 'moral compass'. Flat-assed aghast!

Anonymous said...

Actually Maxine Watters is the most court politician out of anyone in either party combined. She lives in a 97% white district and represents one that is nearly all minority. She lives outside of that district in a $4.3 million dollar mansion. Paid for with bail out money. She's a lying old hag and I lived in California for 19 years.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me... I meant to write that Maxine Waters is the absolute most corrupt politician out of the entire bunch. Her husband did in fact sit on the board of a bank and he funneled taxpayer bailout money to that bank over 100 million in fact. Yet she can go on air acting so coy. Total hag and a fraud. Paying her daughter over $250,000 salary for a phoney position.

Anonymous said...

we are living in the decline of America...

Anonymous said...

Well, someone voted these people into office.
Someone wanted easy solutions to complex problems and didn't know or bother to find out enough about any issue to even ask candidates critical questions.
Someone wants to have a functioning, safe, healthy society for free.
Someone falls for slogans and quick fixes.
Someone never follows the money or asks who is paying for the BS we are given by both parties.
Someone is into villains and saviors of fictional proportion.
You want to blame THAT someone.
IF you will vote a party without regard to the intelligence or character or willingness to study and understand an issue by the person for whom you vote, you are the someone to blame. Forget McConnell OR Pelosi, it's YOU.

Anonymous said...

Someone wanted easy solutions to complex problems and didn't know or bother to find out enough about any issue to even ask candidates critical questions.

Mississippi Congressional Republicans duck critical questions. No matter how nicely and professional asked, they duck, evade and avoid. Gregg Harper is the absolute worst of the bunch.

Anonymous said...

the republicans have created a huge growth industry here in mississippi ...............its called state government

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