Letter: Escaping from GOP orthodoxy

Quick! Someone call Jeff Kaufmann, GOP state chair. There’s been an escape from the Republican amnesiac asylum and home for the terminally hypocritical. You know, the place where you go when you don’t recall the economic and financial collapse of 2008 or the obstruction of the Republican Party as Obama and the Democrats worked to save us from a full-blown depression.

Recently, John McCain wandered off the reservation to cast a vote to stop a GOP health care disaster, Sen. Jeff Flake announced a new book which calls out the Trump administration for what it is and the latest blow was GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron Corbett’s attack of Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Corbett calls out Reynolds/Branstad for mismanaging the budget and for bad economic policy. Todd Dorman quoted Corbett as saying Branstad/Reynolds, “snookered the legislature, juiced revenue numbers and punted on tax reform.”

Reynolds will have to borrow $104 million from the rainy-day fund, twice as much as Culver did in the middle of the “Great Recession.”

Where was Corbett’s voice when Republicans cut commercial property taxes in 2013 and blew a huge hole in our budget, leading to underfunding education and mental health care? I can’t wait until next year when the GOP tells us how more tax cuts for the wealthy will solve all our problems. We’ve been waiting since 1980 for Reaganomics and “Trickle-Down” to kick in.

Larry Hodgden


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