Do Republicans Have Any Policy Ideas For The Middle Class?

A blog about business and economics.
Dec. 5 2012 12:37 PM

Do Republicans Have Any Policy Ideas For The Middle Class?

Jeff Zeleny took some time off from political reporters' focus on the fiscal cliff negotiations to write about Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio saying that "a greater emphasis should be placed on improving the lives of the middle class if Republicans hoped to expand their appeal and confront the nation’s changing demographics."

No new policy ideas from Ryan or Rubio are mentioned in the piece.

Advertisement

Meanwhile, most political reporters are still covering the fiscall cliff issue. The way that works is that the White House wants to cut middle class taxes relative to current law. House Democrats want to cut middle class taxes relative to current law. Senate Democrats already passed a bill that will cut middle class taxes relative to current law over the objections of Republican senators. But House Speaker John Boehner won't hold a vote on a bill to cut middle class taxes relative to current law. He'll only back a bill that cuts middle class taxes and the taxes of the top 2-3 percent relative to current law.

Note that it's not as if the Obama administration is asking House Republicans to help the middle class out with subsidized college tuition or health insurance or guaranteed retirement security. The proposal on the table here is to help the middle class out with lower income tax rates. But Republicans are opposed. It seems worth mentioning in coverage of the GOP debate over whether the party should focus more on improving the lives of the middle class.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.