This discussion belongs no where near a Roy Moore thread, so I took the liberty of moving it here. That (Rubio) would be a small positive thing in an overall disaster. The sad thing is I view the GOP as the primary threat controlling both houses of Congress, so my knee jerk response is to say people stop voting for these people! That said, we as a country need to get our fiscal house in order period. We need to stop running credit card wars. My understanding this is the first time in our history where taxes were not raised to finance a war. W did not do it because of the insistence of his party that they don’t raise taxes. What they do do, since Reagan is pile on debt while dishonestly wearing their fooled you, I’m a fiscal conservative cloak. ...and their base bought it and continues to buy it. I will apply this to any party in charge. For the Republicans, it is a fundamental failure in honesty, about their true ideology. Apparantly staying in power has become more important than paying our bills. The second problem is liberal vs conservative priorities. Conservatives/GOP are corporatists, are wealth centric, to a point of handing millionaires welfare while letting our infrastructure fall down around us. As you referenced, look at this tax bill, Republican arms are having to be being twisted to make sure child tax credit remain because average/poor kids just don’t stack up on their priority list as compared to corporate and the 1%’s interests. Conservatives view corporations and the wealthy as sources of wealth that makes their world go around, and grease the wheels for them. The idea is eventually a few crumbs will fall off the plate for everyone else to fight over. It’s called Supply side economics or trickle down. It’s been tried before and did not benefit average people, but it was a windfall for the wealthy as it will be again. ———————The Middle—————— Liberals/Democrats are more focused on a level playing field, opportunity, and a healthier society with without the divergence in wealth between the 1%, the shrinking middle class, and the growing poor. They want to raise taxes transferring some amount of wealth from the haves to the have-nots. So you can see the middle (illustrated above) where we will see compromise if any happens. I won’t hold my breath. The real threat to the GOP world will be when a tipping point in wealth divergence occurs, resulting in a mob showing up on the mansion’s doorstep with ropes and pitchforks. Then it will be too late. Another threat on the horizon which will rock our fiscal world is automation.