Tried and Untrue

British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation Thursday after six turbulent weeks in office, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.

Washington Post/October 20, 2022

Within hours of the announcement two Washington Post columnists added their two cents. The first was conservative and Trump apologist Henry Olsen in a piece titled, “Liz Truss’ Resignation Is a Warning for Republicans.” And what was that warning?

Failing to prepare public opinion for her proposals meant there was no widespread support for them in any segment of British society.

Henry Olsen/October 20, 2022

As Shakespeare might say, “Ah, there’s the rub!” Not that deep tax cuts for the rich under the guise of trickle-down economics has never been the growth engine Arthur Laffer and his lemmings claimed. Truss’ sin was not spending enough time and energy spinning the web of BS needed to once again con the middle class to vote against their own self interests.

The counter-argument by former Republican and never-Trumper Jennifer Rubin immediately cleared the air. In a piece titled, “Republicans’ Inflation Plan: Tax Cuts That’d Make Liz Truss Blush,” Rubin warns a GOP Congress has already promised Truss-like policies including extending key provision’s of the Trump tax cuts.

This should end any talk that the election is a choice between addressing inflation or protecting democracy. In reality, it’s about whether Republicans will be granted power to make inflation worse and to threaten democracy.

At a moment when Republicans are hollering about fiscal irresponsibility, it is bewildering that they are doubling down on the same tax cuts.

Jennifer Rubin, October 20, 2022

Once again the United States and its neighbor across the pond affirm Churchill’s variation of the George Bernard Shaw adage, “Americans and the British are one people separated by a common language.” Today’s events in London suggest, however, our English counterparts no longer have a common belief in “voodoo economics.” It took Tories and Laborites just 44 days to tell the powers that be, “You cannot fool us again.”

Americans of all political persuasions have 26 days to send the same message to the leadership of the political party formerly known as the Republicans. If not, Brits and Yankees may again be united under a common form of government. Except one will have a constitutional monarchy in which the “crown” is only head of state. The other will have a monarchy in which the “crown” is both head of state and autocrat-in-chief.

Inflation is temporary. Gas prices will always fluctuate. In contrast, democracy, once gone, is lost for generations if not forever. More tax cuts and trickle down economics is the epitomy of Einstein’s definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

There remain only two questions. How long will it take for American voters to have British-like buyer’s remorse? And will it be too late?

For what it’s worth.

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