Republican Party More Dependent on Successful Economy Than Ever Before

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Republican Party More Dependent on Successful Economy Than Ever Before
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Republican Party More Dependent on Successful Economy Than Ever Before
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With the exception of Supreme Court nominees, nearly all of the high profile achievements of the Trump presidency have involved the economy. According to many of the pundits on TV, President Trump’s decision focus heavily on economic issues during the 2016 campaign is what won him the election. Since his election, the markets seem to be reacting positively to his presidency. The stock market, GDP, employment, and the housing market are all up since his election in November of 2016. When the president speaks about what he considers to be his greatest successes during his first two years in the White House, the majority of his comments are related to the economy. It’s not an accident. It’s the Republican Party’s most persuasive sales pitch to voters.

The inability of the Republicans to pass healthcare reform may not have been a devastating loss to their reelection hopes in November, but it was most certainly a sorely missed opportunity. In fact, it was so sorely missed that the fallout of the healthcare vote is still making headlines due to John McCain’s death earlier this week. While subjects like immigration and social issues may be popular with the president’s base, these topics aren’t likely to motivate moderate voters to show up to the polls and vote Republican.

The Republicans have achieved some bipartisan victories on issues such as VA reform, but again, these concerns alone are unlikely to drive voters out to the polls. The US fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq appears to be significantly more successful since Trump took office, but whatever credit the president may earn from voters for that achievement is unlikely to translate into votes for the GOP in the midterms. For Republicans, it’s all about the economy.

Critics of President Trump question his positive contributions to America’s current economic climate. According to these critics, the economic successes being experienced in the United States are the results of policies put in place by the Obama administration. While it may be popular with many on the left to credit Obama for the current state of the US economy, that argument appears to be having some difficulty gaining traction in the buildup to the midterms. Considering the dire warnings that were expressed by many on the left during the 2016 election about the potentially catastrophic effects of a Trump presidency on the economy, its unsurprising that voters seem to be crediting Trump and the GOP for the current success of the economy.

Bill Maher recognizes the perception among voters that President Trump is responsible for the strong economy, which is why he recently said on his HBO show that he hopes the US experiences another recession. Although his comments were widely panned from both the right and left, he did manage to find some support. However misguided in their expression, Maher and supporters of his statements seem well aware that Republicans appear to be garnering the credit for the country’s recent economic achievements.

It’s unlikely that the markets will drastically drop before the midterm elections in November. At this point, it’s pretty safe to expect the US economic climate to look pretty similar on election day as it does now. Although the Republicans aren’t presenting moderate voters with a long list of a variety of accomplishments, they might not need to. A strong economy might turn out to be more than enough for the Republicans to maintain control of the House and Senate following the midterm elections in November.

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