Muftic: GOP makes Faustian bargain, sells its soul
You may have heard the term recently “a Faustian bargain.” It means when someone sells one’s soul to the Devil to get what they lust after. The GOP sold its soul for tax reform, setting precedents for years to come.
In Alabama’s Senate race, regardless if Judge Roy Moore wins or loses, Faust’s bargain lives on. With their support of Moore and their tax reform bill, Donald Trump, the Republican National committee and almost all of the GOP lost any credibility as the guardian of fiscal responsibility and with caring about the safety and credibility of women in the workplace.
Why Faust? The greatest work in German literature, Faust, a play in prose and poetry, was authored in the late 1700s and revised through the early 1800s by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He tackled a basic human dilemma, a conflicted man frustrated with failures in life making a choice between doing what he knows is moral or losing out on other personal goals after which he lusted. In Goethe’s play, Faust makes an arrangement with the devil: the devil will do everything that Faust wants while he is here on Earth, and in exchange Faust will serve the devil in Hell. Faust, with help of the Devil, pursued his seduction of his love, Margaret/Gretchen, who in turn killed her mother who opposed their affair. That tragedy is just for starters.
Faust’s themes have resonated in opera and drama and have become an icon for the kind of dilemma humans have faced in life and in politics.
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It is that kind of Faustian bargain that will haunt the GOP for years.
The Republican National Committee and Donald Trump reversed their prior opposition to Moore. The RNC put a million dollars into his campaign and lost any holy than thou moral authority in endorsing Judge Roy Moore in Alabama.
Moore had been credibly accused of sexual violation of teenagers. Even the GOP Senatorial leadership caved, pontificating that it was up to the good people of Alabama, but, playing both sides, they would have an elected/seated Moore face their ethics committee, of course while or after the tax “reform” bill votes. The exception: Colorado’s Sen. Cory Gardner, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who said the NRSC would never support Moore. Gardner voted for the Senate tax “reform” bill version. Most of the GOP still gave the public rationalization of the party’s continued support of Moore as his vote was needed on tax “reform.” The “reform” bill is highly unpopular, polling with 35 percent approval.
The GOP has forever weakened their ability to use debt and deficits as an argument against supporting or expanding the social safety nets. They have forever wounded their reputation as budget/deficit hawks by approving a tax “reform” that would add one trillion dollars to the national debt. Nearly all independent experts agreed, including Congress’s own experts.
Expect the GOP to make the deficit hawk argument again when the service on the debt eats up so much of the federal budget, they have no choice but to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and social security and force it to be privatized or cut benefits, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan’s goal all along. Democrats will then be able to throw back in the GOP’s face the GOP does not care about the debt so why should they?
For more, visit http://www.mufticforumblog.blogspot.com.
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