Republicans tried out their billionaire tax cuts in Oklahoma and got destroyed in the next election


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It’s like there is this dawning realization that they’ve been voting against their own best interests…


That’s just not OK.


So ONLY four seats went to the Democrats? It means that the D:R ratio is now 13:35 instead of 9:39 in the Oklahoma Senate? Or did I misunderstand something?


Where the winds come sweepin’ down the plains.


Special elections.

The next general election may see substantive movement, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.


Virginia welcomes the great state of Oklahoma to the national Sanity Check!


Thanks for the clarification!


No there isn’t. People can’t stand being wrong, especially when they’re wrong.

Here’s a thought experiment: I’d like to ask a really important Republican, like Ryan or McConnel, how much taxation would be not enough taxation? How would you know? Would it be when the Federal deficit explodes? Would it be when the roads and bridges are crumbling? When schools can no longer keep their doors open?

And if you answer zero, how will you pay the troops?


and how will you drown them all in a bathtub.

The thing is the solution really is going back to any of the progressive tax regimes of the 50s 60s 70s
and it means you have to argue for more taxes- which may be a hard sell after decades of promises that tax cuts stimulate the economy.

They really need to point to the success of Dayton in Minnesota where the opposite worked.


I am looking for a quotation that is almost exactly this, and have been for some time. I thought it was Freud, or maybe Acton or Burke… something like “people are so devoted to the truth that they will go to any lengths to change the facts to suit what they believe” but that’s not it.

Since I can’t find it, I’m going to start quoting you instead ;).


Not the one you’re looking for, I assume, but a similar sentiment:

“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views… which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

(Doctor Who, “The Face of Evil”)


But do we all have to drop clear over that edge before we figure out that it’s a bad thing? (shakes head sadly)


But what about Kansas? They did the same thing but they doubled down and still hold the State Legislature. Maybe they need more munchkins living there, I hear they are notorious socialists.


Yes… yes we do, and I don’t say that with snark, I say that with a grave heart. It is sad and deeply disturbing.


No no! They realized that if the Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaire Class could keep more money, it would result in job creation and wealth trickling down on the rest of us.



Many a new day will dawn before they do.