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Roll Call: “Australia’s election upset looks an awful lot like Trump”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the surprise election results in Australia:

What all these voters, who upended the political status quo and defied expectations in recent elections, share is a strong and sincere belief that elites, and only elites, in their societies control their government and its agenda. And they believe these elites neither respect their views nor care about their problems.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Trump should say less on trade. The stock markets will thank him”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston in today’s Roll Call on trade talks and the stock market:

Transparency is generally a good idea when it comes to governing, but there is always an ebb and flow to most intergovernmental talks, ups and downs when negotiating the details of a complicated deal, whether it’s national security or economic security. The president’s constant tweets, at times in conflict with his own economic advisers’ statements, only rattle the markets and the public at large.

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Roll Call: “Trump’s economy is booming, and Democrats can’t handle it”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes for Roll Call today:

Though they try to maintain the false narrative, the one that worked so well for them in the 2018 elections — that the Republican tax cuts only benefited the rich — the strong economy increasingly undermines their central argument.

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Roll Call: “Trump’s unlikely new best friends wear blue”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on opposition research in today’s political environment:

It’s a sad commentary on the state of politics today that so many campaigns believe that what they have to say about their opponent has more value than what they have to say about their own candidates’ ideas and proposals.

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Roll Call: “Gleeful Democrats pulled off the perfect tax scam”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes for Wednesday’s Roll Call about the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

There’s been a lot of disinformation floated from the presidential field. What seems to rarely enter the tax cut debate, however, is a little reality, whether it’s about the bill’s impact on the economy over the past two years, or this week, Democrats’ complaints about the size of people’s 2018 federal income tax refunds.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Democrats may win their base with Trump — but lose independents”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes about the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates’ attempts to set themselves apart from each other, despite their similarities in issue positions.

As the Democratic field continues to grow, the ability of candidates to set themselves apart becomes increasingly difficult, especially when their positions on issues are so similar. So, instead, they’ve chosen to ramp up the anti-Trump rhetoric, becoming more and more shrill as they move further and further to the left.

Full article here.

Roll Call: “2020 Democrats go silent after Senate’s Green New Deal debacle”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes about the recent vote on the Green New Deal in today’s Roll Call:

This is clearly a ridiculous proposal and perhaps Ms. Ocasio-Cortez can learn a lesson from her Green New Deal launch. There is more to legislating than naïve ideas and a lot of wishful thinking, even with a big megaphone.

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Roll Call: “As Russia fog lifts for Trump, will Democrats finally see reality?”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the conclusion of the Mueller investigation:

But last week was a good one for Trump for another reason. The conclusion of the Mueller report means Democrats, both congressional and presidential candidates, are finally going to have to acknowledge that they didn’t lose the 2016 election because of Russian interference.

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Roll Call: “This isn’t Nancy Pelosi’s first impeachment rodeo”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes about the potential consequences for Democrats of focusing on impeachment, comparing it to Republicans’ pursuit of impeachment in 1998, in Wednesday’s Roll Call:

I suppose some cynics out there might question the speaker’s sincerity, wondering if her anti-impeachment stance is more political posturing than definitive pronouncement. But Nancy Pelosi has been to this rodeo before. She watched Republicans struggle to find an impeachment strategy that voters would understand and accept, and my guess is that she doesn’t want to end up in the same unenviable position.

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Roll Call: “The Capitalism vs. Socialism Debate: Bring It On”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes for Roll Call on the political implications of the current debate between capitalism and socialism:

So maybe this is exactly the debate we need, as more and more Democrats seem to believe that it’s time for America to move even further left toward an economic system that will inevitably change the very character and future of this nation, and not for the better. Socialism is slowly making a comeback, a cultural shift that should concern political and business leaders of both parties.

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