What if Trump’s Social Security and Medicare stand was never that big a deal to begin with
This post is by Unknown from West Coast Stat Views (on Observational Epidemiology and more)
[Note: David Weakliem recently looked at the actual data on this going back to the eighties. Check out his analysis here.]
As alluded to recently, Joseph and I have been having an argument about political strategy. I contended that the Democrats should be focusing on three issues where the GOP had staked out especially unpopular positions: reproductive rights, the insurrection; and Social Security and Medicare. Joseph countered that, largely because of Trump's public commitment not to cut these programs. The GOP was, in a sense inoculated against these attacks.
For the record, my co-blogger Joseph is possibly the smartest person I know. What's more, he cited a number of other very smart people who were in general agreement including Josh Marshall who is probably our sharpest political analyst. I get very nervous when I find myself disagreeing with either, let alone both. And the Democratic establishment was clearly on board (more on that later in the post).
I wasn't exactly persuaded but I had enough doubts about my position that I decided back-burner the topic and focus on other things. Then I saw this:
If data and common sense point to Republican vulnerability on the (Read more...)