Joe Leaves Republican Party?
More bad news for the GOP as apparently Joe the Plumber has announced that he's no longer a Republican. He's outraged by out of control GOP spending over the last eight years. Well, maybe he just found out about that after appearing with conservative pundits and candidates during the election. If questionable spending is pissing him off, I can't see him going over to the democrats either. Where's Joe going? Ron Paul, I guess.
Latest polls only have 20% of respondants admitting to being Republican. That's a lot of ship jumpers there. Limbaugh continues to hamstring the GOP brand name too. When Arlan Specter switched parties, Limbaugh encouraged him to take McCain with him.
The GOP has proposed an alternative to Obama's 2010 budget. I suggest you check it out. It was released (no joke) on April 1st this year. It's not only a disaster, it's radical as hell, making Bush's tax cuts permanent while adding about $3 trillion in new tax cuts skewed toward the rich. It would replace almost all the stimulus including tax cuts for workers as well as spending on schools, infrastructure and clean energy with a capital gainstax holiday for investors. Oh, and it would shrink the budget by replacing Medicare with vouchers, turning Medicaid into block grants, means-testing Social Security and freezing everything else except defense and veterans' spending for five years, putting programs for food safety, financial regulation, flu vaccines and every other sacred government cow on the potential chopping block. Sure, desparate times call for desparate measures, but how come cutting capital gains is the GOP solution to everything?
I was expecting Rebuplicans to rally in the 2010 elections and take back a lot of their congressional seats (especially in the South). But at this point, I don't really see it happening.