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    What The Republican Elite Doesn't Understand About Donald Trump

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    What The Republican Elite Doesn’t Understand About Donald Trump, In One Ridiculous Tweet

    by Judd Legum Aug 29, 2015 8:39pm

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    Elite Republicans have long assumed that Donald Trump’s support would fizzle quickly. But Trump has dominated the polls for more than a month and appears to be gaining momentum.

    If you want to understand why elite Republicans don’t understand his appeal, this tweet has the answer.

    kristol

    Kristol is the editor of the Weekly Standard, which published an article on July 18 entitled “Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up.” At the time the article was published, Trump was tied for the lead in the national polls with Jeb Bush. He currently leads by 13 points.

    The assumption in Kristol’s tweet is that Republican voters want cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Most Republican politicans act this way. Major cuts to Medicare and Social Security have been included in Republican budgets, drafted by Paul Ryan. The “serious” Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio — all support cuts. It is also a policy favored Republican donors.

    But it is not a policy supported by Republican voters.

    A Pew poll conducted in 2013 found that just 21% of Republicans favored cuts in Medicare. A higher percentage (24%) favored an increase in Medicare spending. The findings for Social Security were even more dramatic. Just 17% of Republicans favored Social Security spending cuts while 35% favored an increase.

    Even among very conservative voters, support for entitlement spending is high. A 2014 Pew poll found that among “consistently conservative” Americans, 59% wanted to maintain current Social Security benefits. Only 38% favored reductions.

    Support for any kind of reduction in Social Security benefit is not much higher among very conservative people (38%) than liberals (32%), according to the Pew poll.

    Trump clearly understands that. Bill Kristol and Republican elites do not.

    Part of Trump’s appeal comes from showmanship, bombast and a willingness to appeal to the darker elements of the Republican electorate. But Trump also benefits from actually supporting policies favored by rank-and-file Republican voters.

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/20...-donald-trump/
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    Something else most Republican Elites don't know is that Social Security and Medicare programs were approved by Republicans in Congress with more than 80% approval, and only by about 60% by Democrats.

    Republicans have always supported this retirement program for our workers. Hell, we may have even come up with the idea.

    In any event, Republicans have always supported big programs that benefit our people and that pay for themselves. When we talk about limited government, we're not talking about not doing big things for our nation and people. We're talking about limited government in our personal lives and not involving itself in areas where it has no right or place to go. Providing a national retirement system for our workers when there wasn't one is not one of those areas, and until there's a better rock solid idea, then Republicans will always support the existing program. We want it run right, and overall, it's a program that's run very well. We need of course to get the fraud out, we need to get the illegal aliens out of it, and we need to pass the FairTax to robustly fund it.

    Otherwise, leave it alone. Do not raise age limits for benefits. Do not cut benefits. Cut foreign aid and Medicaid being handed out to countries who don't need it and illegal aliens who aren't entitled to it.

    Trump's on the mark. When he supports the FairTax .... he'll be unbeatable and win all 50 states.
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