Below is a remarkable document. It's a memo circulated by Jan van Lohuizen, a highly respected Republican pollster, (he polled for George W. Bush in 2004), to various leading Republican operatives, candidates and insiders. It's on the fast-shifting poll data on marriage equality and gay rights in general, and how that should affect Republican policy and language. And the pollster's conclusion is clear: if the GOP keeps up its current rhetoric and positions on gays and lesbians, it is in danger of marginalizing itself to irrelevance or worse.Read the rest at The Daily Beast | The Dish
Read the bluntness of this. This is the GOP establishment talking to itself. And the Republican pollster who arguably knows more about the politics of the gay issue than anyone else (how else to explain the Ohio campaign of 2004?) is advising them in no uncertain terms that they need to evolve and fast, if they're not going to damage their brand for an entire generation:
Top GOP Pollster to GOP: Reverse On Gay Issues
by Andrew Sullivan
I was listening to David Brooks and E. J. Dionne on NPR while driving today, and Brooks was saying the same thing (he was actually out front among Republicans on this from the get-go). Moreover, he emphasized that he never saw a contentious political issue like this "evolve" so quickly.
Why is this important to economics, policy and MMT? It shows how fast change can come when generational change is driving it. Younger generations have vastly different views on social issues than older generations do. Get the young behind economic change and watch a wildfire.
The younger generations are particularly hard-pressed economically, and the GOP strategy to to gin up generational conflict by making younger people resentful of entitlements going to older people that younger people will have to "pay for." The message is to throw grandma and grandpa under the bus.
MMT has an answer for that, and it is not a Democratic message but a description of how the monetary system actually works and what this makes possible, while at the same time destroying the myths. Watch how fast it happens as they catch on.