Truth or just hype for next years election?
As election time grows near, the major parties are reading their campaign slogans and are hard at work at the political game. One of the most interesting developments of the early race is the willingness of the GOP to review the great disparity that there is between those that earn millions and those that earn pennies. This issue is income inequality, which has been a pillar of Democratic campaigning for a very long time, has not been one that has found a place in Republican strategies.
Currently however, it’s not the liberals that take the plight of the poor as one of their issues. However, is this real, with multimillion dollar contributors being part of the wealthy 41 percent, it is very hard to take the new interest seriously.
On a very recent event held by the billionaire brothers Koch, three likely candidates for a republican nomination got together to discuss amongst other things, the issue of income inequality. Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio were in agreement that the unbalance in income is one of the most pressing issues today and that it would be of national interest to consider economic policies that would “Lift up a struggling middle class.”
Other candidate hopefuls have echoed senator Cruz’ sentiments. At an independent function ex Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blamed the president for the rich getting richer and the worsening of income inequality. Jeb Bush has also jumped on the bandwagon as he said that the last few years were very good for the top earners but that “…they’ve been a lost decade for the rest of America.”
Unfortunately history is not on the side of this new kind of brand for Republicans. There are a lot of examples that show senators doing exactly the opposite of what they say now. According to experts this new way of proselytizing by the GOP is not supported by their past agreement with initiatives that did not benefit the poor or even the middle class.
For example, Rubio’s new tax reform plan that was suppose to help families by increasing child tax credit does not really apply for lower income families that make too little and therefore will not receive any benefit from the increase. It is also well known that Romney, during his 2012 campaign called for a tax plan that would benefit the top 5 percent of Americans. He has also been against the expansion of the earned income tax credit and child tax credit policies that would benefit poor families.
Another way in which Republicans say one thing and do another is when they take on the Affordable Care act. As it is very well known, the great old party has been against Obamacare from the beginning. Recently they even try to get the act repealed for the 50 plus time. Obamacare, with all of its shortcomings has actually been one of the most successful policies that have had an impact on low income families in recent years.
It is a bit early to say what will actually be the platform that Republicans will have for next year’s presidential race. The public however is still very skeptical about the GOP’s change of heart regarding income inequality.