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vanden Heuval: Ike’s GOP Would Have No Tolerance for ‘Stupid’ Faction That Prevails Today

In her Washington Post column, “The Appalling GOP,” Katrina vanden Heuval, editor of The Nation, has unearthed a quote from President Eisenhower, which says a lot about the sorry state of the modern Republican Party:

Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things … their number is negligible, and they are stupid.

Sound like anyone you know? As vanden Heuval adds:

Eisenhower was a conservative and frugal president who insisted on balancing the budget. He put a lid on Pentagon spending. He defended Social Security and labor laws, while building the interstate highways and funding the national education defense act. He was re-elected in a landslide.
Now it looks like the “stupid” wing of the Republican Party has taken over. Our nation suffers as a result. And Republicans are likely to pay the price for that.

And may that price be a Democratic landslide in 2014.

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