GOP, The Guardians of Plutocracy — How the entire Republican Party has been bought by America’s oligarchs.

The oligarch agenda has always been straightforward: lower taxes and eliminate regulation.

Read: “A Republican tax plan built for plutocrats” in the Financial Times

Fifty years of Republicanism has brought us to this.

A pandemic so out of control, the world sees us as a slow-motion car crash they can’t look away from.

Since before Reagan, the Republican party has served the American oligarchy, that tiny sliver of the population that commands most of the country’s wealth.

Between the very rich and the corporate powerful — two groups that overlap to an obscene degree — this oligarchy has bought and paid for the entire party.

Myth #1 — They told us they’re the party of small government.

This was never anything but a cover story for cutting taxes and deregulating everything they could. The less regulation, the more their oligarchs could loot the system while ignoring the safety of both their workers and their consumers. Since government is supposed to keep them from doing that, of course they want smaller government. And they’ve gotten it. Wouldn’t a bigger government come in handy right now?

Myth #2 — They told us they’re the party of national security.

Defense of the nation was paramount and alliances were sacred. Right. How quickly did that myth evaporate? How quickly did they get used to the idea of selling NATO down the river? Of being played by Russia, China, the Saudis, even North Korea? Of Putin paying bounties on American soldiers? Trump gave the party a massive tax scam and more deregulation than they ever dreamed. In return, they gave Trump more than Putin ever dreamed.

Myth #3 — They told us they were the party of fiscal responsibility.

They convinced people — even the mainstream press — they were the stewards of sound economic policy, despite massive evidence that they’d tanked every economy they’d ever gotten their hands on. Every Republican president since Nixon has expanded the federal government, exploded the deficit, and left the economy weaker than when they started. Often by design. When it comes to managing a major depression like the one we’re now blundering into, economic incompetence gets old in a hurry. It’s a situation that screams out for Democrats.

Republicans are making it clearer than ever, not just that they have no intention of governing, but that they have no ability to do so.

The virus is thrilled. The rest of us, not so much.

by Andy Edelstein

A veteran copywriter/creative director with Clio and Effie on his shelf, Andy spent two decades among the “Mad Men” and yes, actually worked on Madison Avenue — the street, not the metaphor. Challenged to write a journal about life in the time of Covid-19, published as “Viral Ranting” Blog.

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