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Development of Non-Toxic 2016 GOP Agenda Continues Apace


By SCOTT GALUPO July 30, 2014, 6:39 AM


The release of Rep. Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty “discussion draft” last week marks another milestone in a long, painstaking, and necessary project: the development of a non-toxic policy agenda on which the next Republican presidential nominee can run.


Zooming out, we see Republicans, like Tiktaalik, slowly transitioning out of the primordial soup of supply-side dogma. There was Rep. Dave Camp’scomprehensive tax reform proposal. It’s revenue neutral and maintains progressivity. Relatedly, Ryan takes care to insist his own proposal is “not a tax cut.” It’s true the conservative movement didn’t exactly leap for joy at Camp’s proposal—and there’s a myriad of reasons to doubt that the GOP could ever muster the courage to eliminate as many loopholes and deductions as it would take to reconcile the math of the Ryan budget.


But the larger point is this: a net tax reduction for the rich is now a radioactive position on the mainstream right. Scissors-32x32.png


The Room to Grow agenda represents the seedbed of ideas that might eventually become an appealing campaign platform.Scissors-32x32.png

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