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Speaking of Roy Moore, the man Republicans are trying to elect to the United States Senate in Alabama, he was asked recently at a campaign event when America was last “great” (a riff on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan). Moore revealingly answered: “I think it was great at the time when families were united. Even though we had slavery, they cared for one another.” This is the man Republicans want representing Alabama in the Senate. In 2017. “America was last great before the Civil War, even with the slavery!” now there’s a slogan Republicans should really consider getting behind for next year’s midterm elections!

Of course, not all Republicans are quite that willing to commit political suicide. This week, an anti Trump conservative group led by Evan McMullin spent $500,000 to run canada goose outlet vancouver two ads which essentially tell conservative Republican voters in Alabama that the best thing they could do at this point is stay home and not vote (the ads don’t endorse any candidate, while ripping into Moore). The first of these ads features a staunch Republican voter saying Moore “makes Republicans and us Christians look bad.” The second is even more to the point, showing photos of young women while describing the allegations against Moore before asking: “What if she was your little girl? Your daughter? Your sister? What if she was 16 years old, or 15, or 14?” These are conservative ads being run against a Republican Senate candidate, mind you.

When interviewed, McMullin says he “believes that the character of our elected leaders has great influence over the character of our nation. We must oppose candidates that fail even the most basic ethical standards and reject the idea that temporary political advantage justifies abandoning our values. Senate. The credible allegations against him, his history as a judge, and his many discriminatory statements demonstrate that he does not respect the dignity and safety of young girls, has no commitment to the rule of law, and no respect for religious liberty.”

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He’s right, and if Moore wins on Tuesday, the problem is not going to go away for Republicans, it is going to intensify.

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This is all pretty depressing, we realize, so we thought we’d end the subject of sex and politics on a lighter note: The Washington Post celebrated its 140th birthday this week, and admitted to a funny typo it ran a century ago, about Woodrow Wilson: “The President gave himself up for the time being to entering canada goose outlet his fiancee.” They quickly corrected this (to “entertaining,” of course) and then “scrambled to recall papers already on the stands.”

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And, in an incredible fit of political malpractice (even more stunning than Grassley’s idiocy), Paul Ryan announced before the tax bill has even been finalized that now that Republicans have blown a $1.5 trillion hole in the budget, it is time to slash spending for the poor and the elderly because of the big, bad deficit, of course. The chutzpah is just stunning.

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Historically speaking, after comparing this tax plan to all other tax reform in the past 50 years, the only conclusion to be canada goose outlet store montreal drawn is: “It’s probably the most regressive tax cut in the past 50 years, but there’s not enough data to speak with absolute confidence. The Bush tax cuts were pretty regressive too. That said, it is hard to find a tax plan that has done less for the middle class.”.

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