Republican Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) delivered a Stepford wife like performance as she unsuccessfully sold the Republican agenda of racism and tax cuts for the wealthy in the GOP response to President Obama’s State Of The Union.
In one breath, Nikki Haley proclaimed herself the child of immigrants. In the next breath, Haley said that the country must crack down on immigration. Haley said, “We cannot continue to allow immigrants to come here illegally. And in this age of terrorism, we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined. We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.”
Haley brought back the same old Republican b.s. that if they win back the White House, their tax cuts for the wealthy will help working Americans, “If we held the White House, taxes would be lower for working families, and we’d put the brakes on runaway spending and debt…We would make international agreements that were celebrated in Israel and protested in Iran, not the other way around. And rather than just thanking our brave men and women in uniform, we would actually strengthen our military, so both our friends and our enemies would know that America seeks peace, but when we fight wars we win them.”
It was the same old trick that Republicans try to pull every four years. The GOP never stops trying to dress up their racist, anti-woman, pro-billionaire agenda with a new face. This time the Republican Party trotted out an American-Indian woman to try to fool voters into believing that they were not being sold the same old bill of goods.
Haley’s performance in the Republican response was professional. Her delivery was solid. She fared better than Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio, but Republicans still don’t get it. The problem is the messenger. The problem remains the message.
Voters aren’t going to buy tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and discriminatory policies from anybody. The Stepford governor failed just like all of the other puppets failed before her.
Republicans can’t hide that it’s Donald Trump, not Nikki Haley who speaks for the real Republican Party.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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