Originally posted November 9, 2018.
Is the Republican message working, Tucker Carlson, Fox News commentator, asks. Despite the tax bill passed through Congress, “Republican strategists seem to forget that a huge percentage of Americans do not even pay federal taxes.” According to the Tax Policy Center, a total of 79 million American households that filed tax returns paid no taxes in 2018.
By definition they don’t care very much about the cuts. For them and for many others, the economy isn’t measured in stock prices and GDP numbers. Their concerns are more tangible: What does gas cost? Can I afford to live in a safe neighborhood? Will I go bankrupt if I get sick? The party that effectively addresses these questions generally wins. Republicans tend to ignore these questions. That’s a big reason they just lost.
The Vanishing American Family?
Is the Republican Party the Conservative Party? Above all, Republicans are supposed to care about families. But look hard at the vanishing American family numbers. “They’re shocking,” Tucker reports.
They foretell an ominous future. A country without strong families is a weak country. It’s a volatile, chaotic place, susceptible to political demagoguery. It’s what America is becoming.
The message is sobering for conservatives. If America wants to stop the slide, it needs to support families.
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