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Liberal Dems poised for landslide victories over Trump Republicans in 2018

The Trump Republicans, who are increasingly viewed by voters as the party of the rich, ended 2017 by losing landslide elections in November and suffering a debacle of a defeat in the Alabama Senate race in December.

As 2018 begins, Democrats are poised to win back control of the House and possibly regain control of the Senate.

On fundamental issues that motivate voters, the Trump Republicans include the entire upper strata of Republican leadership in the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. There is barely a dime’s worth of difference between the policies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE, Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Scrap the Third Communique with China, keep the Six Assurances to Taiwan US must encourage world action to end genocide in Burma MORE, Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Mellman: When questions don’t mean what they say CNN's Toobin: It's Trump's ‘nature’ to not believe accusations of sexual assault MORE of Alabama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJuan Williams: Trump’s policies on race are more important than his rhetoric It’s Mitch McConnell’s Washington – and we’re just living in it Trump makes new overtures to Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Paul Ryan to campaign for 25 vulnerable House Republicans GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters MORE (R-Wis.).

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The great political consequence of 2017 is that the top Republican leaders in America have all become Trump Republicans.

 

They all support policies that are radically class-biased in favor of the rich, from tax cuts that favor the most wealthy individuals and most profitable corporations to ill-fated and incompetent attempts to repeal ObamaCare that will reduce the number of insured Americans by many millions of people and raise insurance premiums for even more Americans who will vote in 2018 and 2020.

The Trump Republican healthcare proposals and the Trump Republican tax bill were hugely unpopular with the American people, yet they were supported by all Republican leaders and most Republican members of the House and Senate who will be viewed by voters in 2018 and 2020 elections as Trump Republicans.

Remember when candidate Trump castigated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page files defamation lawsuit against DNC Dems fear party is headed to gutter from Avenatti’s sledgehammer approach Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE for being in the pocket of Goldman Sachs, and mocked Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump attacks ‘Crazy Bernie’ Sanders over Medicare plans Overnight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Overnight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports MORE (I-Vt.) for being “crazy”?

It turns out that Trump is the champion of the special interests of big banks and the wealthiest Americans, making Clinton look like a populist and making Sanders look like Franklin Roosevelt by comparison.

On the subject of being crazy, it turns out that Sanders was the voice of reason, vision and common sense on economics, while the GOP chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDemocrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist Trump to send Pompeo to meet Saudi king Trump defends 0B US arms sale to Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Tenn.), worries that it is Trump who could trigger World War III.

To demonstrate how far the Trump Republicans have gone to become the party of the rich and how easy it will be for Democrats to run against them in 2018 and 2020, consider two simple proposals that Democrats could promote with strong support from a significant majority of voters.

First, Democrats could call for repealing the Trump Republican tax cuts that benefited the most wealthy individuals, repealing all tax increases that Trump Republicans would impose on any middle-class citizen and repealing unjust tax loopholes that benefit our largest corporations that are continued by Trump Republicans.

Democrats could propose using the revenue achieved by repealing these large, unjust tax cuts for wealthy Americans who do not need them to finance huge tax cuts for every middle-class voter, and they could expand aid to lift the lives of the poor.

Second, Democrats could propose creating a public option for health care that would guarantee every American the choice of high-quality insurance at much lower premiums than the Trump Republicans are ensuring with their disastrous policies.

The proposals offered by Clinton during the 2016 campaign look positively populist, on these and other issues, compared to what the Trump Republicans are doing to America during their one-party rule in the presidency and Congress.

The proposals offered by Sanders during the 2016 campaign are positively revolutionary, in the sense that Thomas Jefferson was revolutionary in 1776, compared to the Gilded-Age policies from Trump Republicans in the White House and Congress that lift the lives of the few at the top and offer little good and much harm to the rest of the nation.

2016 was a battle between Sanders and Trump over who was the true populist fighting for working men and women and the poor. The visionary progressivism offered by Sanders in 2016 is reminiscent of the great programs that led FDR to landslide victories and is destined to someday become the law of the land.

2017 was the year Trump’s populism was proven to be phony and the Sanders vision was proven more true, more right, more honest and far more popular with voters. 

2018 is shaping up as the year that Sanders believers, Clinton supporters and all Democrats are poised to win a wave election and end the one-party Republican rule in Washington.

2020 could well be the year that brings the next great Democratic president who, alongside a Democratic House and Senate, will show the world again why America is a great nation — which will be more true than ever in the post-Trump years.

Brent Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.