Thursday, October 04, 2007

Commie Pinkos

I mean Republicans:

WASHINGTON -- By a nearly two-to-one margin, Republican voters believe free trade is bad for the U.S. economy, a shift in opinion that mirrors Democratic views and suggests trade deals could face high hurdles under a new president.

The sign of broadening resistance to globalization came in a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News Poll that showed a fraying of Republican Party orthodoxy on the economy. While 60% of respondents said they want the next president and Congress to continue cutting taxes, 32% said it's time for some tax increases on the wealthiest Americans to reduce the budget deficit and pay for health care.

Six in 10 Republicans in the poll agreed with a statement that free trade has been bad for the U.S. and said they would agree with a Republican candidate who favored tougher regulations to limit foreign imports. That represents a challenge for Republican candidates who generally echo Mr. Bush's calls for continued trade expansion, and reflects a substantial shift in sentiment from eight years ago.

What the hell is wrong with these pinkos? One in three Repubs want to RAISE taxes on the wealthy? Nearly two in three Repubs hate free trade?

Geez, must suck to be a Repub candidate pledged to free trade and more tax breaks for the wealthy when even some Repubs think those policies are crazy.

It's good to hear that so many Republicans haven't drunk the neo-con Koolaid.
It is indeed a strange world. Mind you, from the outside looking in, the US has a very selective version of free trade.
I think the real issue for you is the ability for corporations to freely screw the citizens - oh and the rest of the planet.
That's where the Ron Paul juggernaut is coming in, abi - think about Paul raising $5 million - half of what Giuliani raised and 5 times what Huckabee raised!

Cartledge, I think you have EXACTLY defined what free trade means for the Republican leadership. I heard Ron Christie, a former Bush admin official, defending free trade on CNBC yesterday and the basic gist was - multi-nationals should be all-powerful, only the investment class matters, what is good for the financials is good for America.

Scary stuff.

I wouldn't mind seeing the Ron Pauls of the party take back some control over policy. I may not agree w/ a lot of what Paul believes (although on the war, on monetary policy, on free trade, I am right there with him), but at least he says what he means and really means it. Remember when they used to tell us Bushie was a straight-shooter? Ha!
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