Tag: GOP

Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, senior writer Michael Warren and deputy online editor Jim Swift discuss gun control efforts in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, whether or not the Senate’s open-ended immigration debate will yield any results, the White House’s security clearance problem, and Mitt Romney and the future of the Senate GOP caucus.


Pitfalls, Stupidity, and Danger – Kurt Schlichter on 2018


Kurt SchlichterAs we conclude a year where the news never stopped breaking, we are happy to welcome back Kurt Schlichter, one of the most prolific writers today. As a columnist at Townhall.com his articles are a must read, as well as his fast-paced books which can be found on Amazon.com. Kurt is the author of the novels Conservative InsurgencyIndian Country and People’s Republic.

Col. Schlichter (Twitter: @KurtSchlichter) was personally recruited by Andrew Breitbart to write conservative commentary. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, and a former stand-up comic. Kurt is often seen on Fox News, CNN, and other media.


GOP Shouldn’t Expect Tax Cuts to Pay for Themselves


There are various economic models used to estimate how changes in tax policy will affect economic growth and budget deficits. They contain lots of variables and lots of assumptions. (Of course, don’t mistake the map for the territory and all that.)

But it’s pretty tough to find a legit model that suggests tax cuts pay for themselves. That usually doesn’t happen. The Reagan tax cuts didn’t pay for themselves. The Bush tax cuts didn’t pay for themselves. And the Trump tax cuts almost surely won’t pay for themselves. In other words, they are overall revenue reducing even if they boost economic growth somewhat. Doesn’t necessarily mean tax cuts are bad, just that they need to be judged in the broader fiscal context. The Reagan tax cuts, for instance, took place when the debt-GDP ratio was 25%. Now it’s three times that.


How Will We Know If the GOP’s Supply-Side Experiment Works?


It looks almost certain the GOP tax bill will pass Congress, to be then signed by President Trump. So here’s a question or two or three: How will we judge whether it worked? What are the expectations? What will be the standards?

Now, generally, Republican politicians and pundits have been more optimistic than most mainstream economists about the growth impact. For instance, the IGM Forum Economic Experts Panel found that only one out of 42 economists surveyed agreed with this statement: “If the US enacts a tax bill similar to those currently moving through the House and Senate — and assuming no other changes in tax or spending policy — US GDP will be substantially higher a decade from now than under the status quo.”


Bill interviews RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel about the GOP’s once-in-a-lifetime chance to get major tax reform passed. Next, Steve Moore breaks down the nitty-gritty details of the House and Senate tax reform plans and how they can come to an agreement. Afterward, Bill shares his thoughts on tax reform and the latest developments regarding Roy Moore. Then, Bill welcomes Brian Kennedy of the American Strategy Group back to the show to dissect and analyze Pres. Trump’s visit to Asia and explain how the U.S. should approach its relationship with China and its handling of North Korea.


Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, senior writer John McCormack joins host Eric Felten to talk about the GOP’s Roy Moore mess.

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For James and Other Homeless Conservatives


I just finished listening to the most recent Ricochet podcast, which was enjoyable as always, though I was cringing through the part where Peter Robinson explained how advocates for truth and integrity are not “useful,” while political power is. (That’s been a popular position throughout history, Peter, but there are some drawbacks.) That section was not what moved me to post, however.

I was moved by the final segment, where James Lileks meditates on how people with serious objections to Donald Trump should comport ourselves in this new era of politics. Republican politics continues descending into the realm of the crude and vicious. I was joking with a friend yesterday that the GOP could nominate a serial killer for office, and the first thing we’d hear would be, “Hey, he’s only killed 11 people. Do you know how many die at Planned Parenthood every day?”


It’s Tax Reform Time!


Yesterday, congressional Republicans unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The $1.51 trillion plan is intended to be the first major rewrite of the tax code in three decades. Republicans hope to get this to the President before Christmas.

House Ways and Means chair Kevin Brady thinks it should pass the House by Thanksgiving and it’s been designed to pass the Senate using the reconciliation process, which only requires 51 votes. And we’ve been assured that it has the “full support” of the President. (You know, until he publicly undercuts them.)


PoMoCon One: The GOP as Budding Oligarchy


Hello, folks, just in case you’re not fed up with hearing my political opinions, there’s a new venue for that! I’m bringing back the old PoMoCon brand, a term the late Peter Lawler so skillfully and humorously used to describe the properly Tocquevillian American conservative of the 21st century.

My friend Pete Spiliakos, another old PoMoCon hand, also a columnist over at First Things online and writer at NRO, is my first interlocutor. We talk about elite corruption in the GOP. Some thoughts you’ll encounter in our discussion:


PTO Displays Trump Tombstone for Elementary School Fundraiser


A Gloucester, MA parent teacher organization held a fundraiser at their elementary school — and one of the members decided to make an ugly political statement. An unnamed parent at West Parish Elementary School brought a Halloween-themed bean bag game decorated with tombstones. The one in the center bore the name Don Trump.

One annoyed parent took a photo of the display and sent it to Massachusetts Republican Party committeewoman Amanda Orlando Kesterson, who shared it on Facebook.


This week on the Kristol Clear Podcast, editor at large William Kristol discusses the GOP’s tax reform plan, and whether it’ll fare better than GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.


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