Fiscal policy

Trump Has Exposed the GOP's Shallowness on Fiscal Restraint and Free Markets

He's made the party's economic agenda an extension of the culture wars.

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Parties need agendas. But President Trump has so thoroughly trashed his party's brand of free market loyalty, fiscal

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responsibility, and traditional values that one has to wonder: What will the Grand Old Party stand for after Trump departs from the White House?

My prediction: The GOP of the post-Trump future will intensify the culture wars against the liberal "enemy," and throw into the mix a regressive economic agenda that consists of nativist immigrant bashing and mercantilist America First-ism. Essentially, even without Trump, the GOP will fuel itself with Trumpism because it has nowhere else left to go.

It is comforting to think that Republicans, after Trump, would return to austerity and traditionalism. After all, conservatives tend to forget about their commitment to fiscal responsibility when they control all the levers of government — and then rediscover it as soon as a Democrat becomes president. This has no doubt been the pattern in the past, and it would be reassuring if it were to be again in the future.

But that gives the GOP too much credit. The party spent the last decade erecting bulwarks against conservative sellouts that grow government and spend taxpayers into the poorhouse. The Tea Party arose as a backlash to the profligacy of the Bush presidency and reached its zenith when the Obama presidency used trillions of dollars in stimulus spending to build bridges to nowhere – not to mention force Obamacare on an unwilling nation. Conservatives abolished earmarks, imposed budgetary sequesters, and insisted on the debt ceiling.

But they crumbled without resistance when Trump came along. Never before has a party fought so hard for something and then given it up so quickly. In one short year in office, President Trump has decimated conservatives' adherence to fiscal responsibility—without any audible protest from Republicans.

The two-year budget deal that he just signed exploded the sequester caps and threw in $300 billion more in defense programs that national security hawks wanted—and domestic programs that Democrats wanted, all without requiring any offsetting cuts. This is on top of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that Trump obtained last year. No one believes the fairy tale that these cuts will pay for themselves through economic growth.

Obama-era budget deficits will balloon from around $500 billion to about $1 trillion annually. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget projects that by 2027 the U.S. debt will touch 105 percent of the GDP, a level not seen since the end of World War II. Even presidents fighting wars and slaying recessions haven't racked up deficits this big.

And what did the brave budget hawks do through all this?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the red-blooded Tea Party patriot who had used the debt ceiling under Barack Obama to engineer a government shutdown, voted for Trump's budget deal. Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, a former member of the House Freedom Caucus who relentlessly attacked the profligacy of the left and the right during his time in Congress, pimped the Trump budget on Capitol Hill.

And then there was House Speaker Paul Ryan, Mr. Fiscal Responsibility himself. He has been an evangelist for reforming Medicare and Social Security lest the ginormous unfunded liabilities of these entitlement programs send America the way of Greece. But he too meekly bent his knee for Trump's spending extravaganza.

All of this goes far beyond the customary hypocrisy of politics. It is an epic self-repudiation that won't easily be reversed.

This means that the GOP agenda will face a vast emptiness. The only thing remaining to fill it will be Trump's brand of crass populism—as we are already seeing.

Conservatives are doubling down on their attacks on the excesses of liberal political correctness (many of which, lord knows, are real). But they are doing so not simply to restore space for freewheeling debate and discussion but to bandy their own version of patriotic correctness. They cheered Trump as he demanded that the NFL, a private entity, fire Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. And, after yammering about the wonders of free trade for about 40 years, they have been dumb and mute in the face of Trump's steel and alumninum tariffs that'll penalize our biggest trading partner, Canada, the most.

For better or worse, modern conservatism's defining ethos has been a protectiveness of American institutions—"standing athwart history yelling stop"—in the face of left-wing demands for social justice and radical reform. Yet ever more conservatives are swallowing the Flight 93 outlook that these institutions have become so irremediably corrupted by left-wing liberalism that the only way forward is by running them into the ground just like 9/11 passengers did to their hijacked plane. Hence, they stand by and watch—if not cheer—as Trump attacks the press as the enemy of the people and threatens to revoke the broadcasting licenses of networks whose coverage displeases him. Or openly castigates his own attorney general for recusing himself in the Russia investigation instead of loyally protecting him. Or goes after the FBI, formerly the cynosure of law-and-order conservatives, for focusing on Russia's election meddling rather than investigating his political opponents.

None of this is to suggest that Trump has no cause for complaint. But what's striking is that conservatives, of all people, have so little faith in the ability of America's impartial—if imperfect—institutions to ferret out some semblance of the truth and deliver some approximation of justice. Indeed, the healthy right-wing disgruntlement at an overweening bureaucracy and red tape has, under Trump, transmogrified into sinister conspiracy theories about a deep state controlled by liberals that is out to get American citizens. This is a new trope in the mainstream American political lexicon that didn't exist a year ago—and it isn't going away anytime soon.

But that is not the only aspect of Trumpism getting mainstreamed. So is xenophobia and protectionism. Conservatives' commitment to market competition and trade had tended to temper its parochial nationalism. Now, the entire conservative economic agenda is becoming an extension of its culture wars.

There is no better evidence of this than last week's Conservative Political Action Committee, a reliable barometer of grassroots sentiment. Two years ago, candidate Trump had to cancel his appearance at the gathering in the face of a planned walkout. This year Marion LePen, the leader of France's National Front, a rabidly nationalist party whose economic platform is to the left of Bernie Sanders and cultural platform to the right of alt-right leader Richard Spencer, was an honored guest. Her party is vehemently anti-trade and anti-immigration — and it favors universal government-run health care, forcing banks to lend money to small and mid-sized companies, and nationalizing roads.

But even as CPAC attendees rallied behind her ultra-nationalist message, they booed and hollered at Mona Charen, a highly respected conservative commentator. Indeed, Charen, who called out family values conservatives for ignoring Trump's serial-adultery and sexual predation allegations and inviting an ethno-statist like LePen, was escorted out by a security detail!

After such a rapid and complete implosion, conservatives won't be able to pivot back to their old principles. And who would believe them if they tried? Trump has beaten back his party's better angels and released its worst demons, which aren't likely to vanish anytime soon.

A version of this column originally appeared in The Week

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  1. Sorry, this isn’t “New at Reason”. I saw this article posted here a couple days ago.

      1. “Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia is a columnist at The Week and a Bloomberg View contributor.”

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  2. Trump’s culture war is only happening in Dalmia’s head.

    There are culture warriors out there, and they’re called SJWs or progressives. For them, there are no more important issues than BLM, radical feminism, immigration, issues around LGBTQI+, etc.

    The only culture war issue that Trump has really bumped up against in that SJW pantheon is immigration, but 1) That is issue isn’t even popular in the wider Democratic party (see the Democrats’ aborted shutdown attempt over DACA), and 2) That’s only seen as a culture war issue by SJWs. Most everyone else sees it as an economic issue.

    Trump isn’t fighting anything like a culture war. It’s all in your head.

    1. Not to mention the ongoing culture war of the last two weeks against the NRA and law abiding gun owners for the actions of a criminal psychopath and massive government failure to stop him.

      1. Well, I guess Trump is feeding into that, but that’s not the culture war Dalmia was talking about.

        1. She couldn’t make it past the second paragraph before saying, “a regressive economic agenda that consists of nativist immigrant bashing.” She throws flames onto the “culture war” and acts surprised there is a culture war going on.

          1. “Immigrants and illegals are the same thing because shut up” is totally helpful, though!

            Because those icky nativist Others have no concept of there being a difference, obviously.

            (I’m not even one of them, but FFS, I have a better idea of what they think and say and do than Dalmia seems to ever display.

            But displaying an understanding of the nuance between “immigrants” and “illegal immigrants” would mean having to either accept it or actually argue against its validity, and it looks like that just ain’t gonna happen.)

            1. “…the nuance between “immigrants” and “illegal immigrants”

              As it has been for ?? up to a few hundred years now, “legal immigrants” means my ancestors (and sometimes me myself and I) who came here, ’cause we’re good people, and we good people drew up the drawbridges over the moats (or tired very hard, to do so) right the day after we got here.

              “Illegal humans” are all those who would like to follow us! The Trumpster makes THAT very clear, by turning the screws down on LEGAL immigration, every chance that He gets!

              1. Damn Irish and their papacy! Letting in the Irish means letting in murderers and rapists. Gotta keep them out! We’ll blockade our harbors and make Ireland pay for it!

              2. Gosh, I didn’t know that there wasn’t any actual, you know, law involved.

                1. The “laws” of the Native Americans (I suppose in your mind) apparently didn’t matter, because they were mere oral legends and oral agreements between tribes, that their lands belonged to them. The European un-invited invaders dismissed the Native claims, ’cause they weren’t writein in that day’s highest-tech European pen and paper… OK, then…

                  When the Space Aliens come and grab YOUR property, and make it THEIRS, ’cause YOUR laws were NOT encoded in DiLithium Crystals… Do NOT come bitchin’ to me!! I won’t help defend “your” land, in that case…. ’cause of Cosmic Karma!

                  1. Do you have a real argument? Or do you just bleat and sputter……..because feelz!

    2. Sure. Must’ve just dreamt up that whole NFL thing that was mentioned in the article.

      1. Beyond a series of tweets, what was the “NFL thing”?

    3. 2) That’s only seen as a culture war issue by SJWs. Most everyone else sees it as an economic issue.

      You’re kidding, right? Only SJW’s see immigration as a culture war issue? So you’ve never seen the arguments from our resident nativist posters arguing to shut down immigration because they bring in an icky culture that will lead to the death of the Republic?

      1. I don’t see trolls as indicative of Americans generally.

        Illegal immigration doesn’t play well with average Americans, and it isn’t because they’re a bunch of racists.

        That illegal immigration plays particularly badly in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, western Pennsylvania, and other parts of the rust belt is telling.

      2. So you’ve never seen the arguments from our resident nativist posters arguing to shut down immigration because they bring in an icky culture that will lead to the death of the Republic?

        Can you explain what is so “nativist” about wanting a skill-based immigration system like Canada or Australia?

        I mean, heck, I’m an immigrant and I certainly don’t want my former compatriots to follow me in large numbers; if I didn’t loathe those people, I wouldn’t have emigrated.

        1. It isn’t racist. However, Open borders nuts don’t really have a good argument for their position so they have to attack opponents of illegal immigration in this manner.

          1. Open borders nuts Liberals in general don’t really have a good argument for their position any of their positions, so they have to attack opponents of illegal immigration anyone who disagrees with any part of their agenda in this manner by screaming “RACIST!”.

    4. Trump’s culture war is only happening in Dalmia’s head.

      Well, thank goodness, at least something is happening in Dalmia’s head; if it weren’t for her delusions, she’d have to be declared legally brain dead.

  3. According to Reason articles, Trump’s policy is so all-over-the-place that he doesn’t have principles. Now he’s fighting an alt-right culture war? Which is it?

    1. My money is on a moral vacuum. All in.

    2. Can’t you see it’s both?

      He has no principles, and that’s why he hates immigrants.

      Oh, and if you think congress has an enumerated power to set naturalization and immigration policy or that it’s appropriate for the American people to weigh in on immigration policy by way of their representatives in congress, then you’re an immigrant hater too!

    3. I’m not sure Reason has an editorial line on it, and the writers disagree.

      I mean, Hit-and-Run posts aren’t meant to be The Pure Voice Of The Ideal Position Of Reason Magazine, eh?

      (Equally, I’m not sure Reason has an editorial line on immigration, but we see less disagreement there, so it’s harder to tell.)

    4. Trump recites the Republican Party platform like he’s been rehearsing it for Broadway. Everything so far has come from that platform, hence Beauregard Magoo. Wait for the Coathanger Abortion Amendment… it’s been in the GO-Pee and Prohibition party platforms since 1976!

      1. Hank, do you realize every bit of what you just wrote is the exact same goddamn drivel you write in response to every article on every subject? Just moronic babbling, anti-christian baby killing bullshit, and idiotic puns on the name of the GOP.

        So predictably retarded, and unoriginal.

        1. Well, it’s so much easier than actual thought.

    5. “Trump’s policy is so all-over-the-place that he doesn’t have principles. Now he’s fighting an alt-right culture war? Which is it?”

      Both. The same way W. was simultaneously both a total retard and the most diabolical conservative genius ever. That’s how leftists argue.

  4. I wasn’t aware it needed exposing.

    On the other side, of course, what remains of the Democratic party’s supposed concerns about free speech? As soon as they got the idea that they might be the censors, that went by the wayside.

    Neither major party is particularly libertarian, and nobody who’s paying attention thought otherwise.

    1. Oh, they still believe in free speech.

      They just don’t think you should be free to say things that hurts other people’s feelings.

      If it hurts other people’s feelings, that isn’t free speech.

      Just like the Second Amendment doesn’t protect the right to indiscriminately shoot people, the First Amendment doesn’t protect the right to hurt people’s feelings.

      Now, somebody forward this comment to MSNBC. I’m ready for my own bullshit talk show.

      Hell, send it to Columbia University, and maybe they’ll give me a Pulitzer.

      1. “If it hurts other people’s feelings, that isn’t free speech.”

        Not everybody’s feelings. Hating white men is mandatory.

        Any rationalization they use is instantly tossed aside when it doesn’t further Leftist power. Their only consistent principle is Power.

    2. I agree. I don’t like how she keeps using conservative and Republican interchangeably though. Democrats did that with the term “liberal” which now has no meaning. National Review, a conservative magazine, is much different than the Republican party as it is currently constructed.

      1. The Republicans have destroyed the word “conservative”, just as the Democrats destroyed “liberal”. But whatever, “conservative” in the US doesn’t mean what most people in the world thinks it means. And “libertarian” is still a bad word to both sides. The only good libertarian in US politics is one who is really a conservative or a liberal, depending on the party.

  5. The culture war preceded Trump by generations and so did the small government when Paul Ryan gave Obama a budget bigger than Obama ever asked for, not to mention all the growth spurred on by every president ever.

  6. “Or openly castigates his own attorney general for recusing himself in the Russia investigation instead of loyally protecting him.”

    Uhmmm, National Review wrote an editorial about how Trump was wrong and they stand by Sessions decision to recuse himself. Pretty much everything you said is the opposite of what appears in conservative magazines like National Review, the founder of which said “standing athwart history yelling stop.”

    Stop the Orwellian game of mixing up the terms “Republican” and “conservative” or soon conservative will have no meaning just like “liberal” does not anymore.

    1. That and “don’t confuse the President with the GOP”.

      He’s still a party outsider and they still don’t really like him; they just have to deal with him, and his fans, to not get tossed out of office.

      (I mean, absolutely, NR is much more “principled [if not paleo] conservative” than “Republican party booster”, and “GOP” and “conservative” are not synonyms.

      But the real thing this seemed to miss is that Trump is both not really a Republican in any meaningful sense, and neither is he a “conservative” in any ideological sense.)

      1. That’s also a very good point.

      2. Astute points. Seems to me Trump is a party of one and could care less about the label on his supporters or foes. It drives most of the chattering class of all stripes absolutely bat shit crazy and they respond accordingly so Dalmia (who usually is pretty sharp when she sticks to economics and stays away from it’s wider implications i.e the kultur war) is just another rider on that train. If you had watched CNBC today you’d think a new Depression is just around the corner because TRUMP!!!!!

        The guy is in a town full of liars and scumbag profiteers yet this guy provokes the strongest reaction with his arrogant NYC guy schtick. He seems to eat the whole thing up so I doubt it’s going to change.

        1. I enjoy the anger he brings out. It’s usually from the most despicable people out there. Anything that causes a proggie or beltway insider agony is a good thing. They all deserve to suffer as much as possible for what they have done.

          1. Enjoying the opposition to Donald J. Trump, king of the half-educated, bigoted, disaffected, downscale goobers? I wouldn’t expect any other approach from a superstitious, backward, authoritarian conservative.

  7. I recall GOP stalwarts were not terribly behind the reforms being put forth by the new “whacko bird” tea party Congress members in the first place. They just went along with them out of fear of getting primaried. They have been chafing under those restrictions ever since as it constrains how they feel the political is supposed to be played.

    If there is a culture war here, part of it is in reaction to the duplicitous and heavy handed tactics of the social progressives who fired the first volleys

  8. If you just now are seeing the hollowness of Republican “ideals” then you have been tuned out for 2 decades plus.

    1. This^

      And judging by the usual whatabout partisan parrots here, a sizable number are still tuned out or brain dead.

    2. Two decades? The Comstock Laws banning speech, birth control, contraception, exposed ankles, mailing dope, disloyal writings… that was all passed in Panic Years 1872-3! The Occupied South was being Recosntructed and the Dems got sth like 2 electoral votes the when Grant became Sumptuary Religious Dictator. What did Lysander Spooner call him? “Commander of our hired murderers?”

      1. Fuck off.

  9. The GOP was never serious about spending when it had the power to be, though, even Before The Wicked Trump.

    And, yeah, “culture war”? Please. Not new, not especially “Trump”-y.

  10. “… transmogrified into sinister conspiracy theories about a deep state controlled by liberals that is out to get American citizens.”

    Is it really a conspiracy theory when it’s really a non-conspiracy conspiracy?

    The deep state is controlled by liberals, although they’re not really out to get American citizens. They’re just self-righteous, self-centered bureaucrats who think they are justified in crushing any voices that they dislike while sucking on the teats of those very same people.

    AKA they’re federal employees.

    1. Good link, thanks!
      The other big “non-conspiracy, conspiracy” that I have read of (not my own original thinking) kinda explains, WHY do liberals all favor big Government Almighty, to move all of our money around? WHY is big Government Almighty more compassionate than we, private givers, are? No, it is NOT a “smoke filled room” full of liberals?
      More concisely, WHY are the media and the edu-crookeracy full of liberals?
      THESE liberals especially, are those who succeeded in school? They wrote well, they spoke well. Teacher rewarded them with good grades. Year after year, they learned, “good grades go to those who write and speak well.”
      Then they get out of school, and see college drop-outs Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, etc., all make ten fuck-tons more money than they do. “THAT’S NOT FAIR!!!! US FART SMELLERS AND SMART FELLAS (who wrote and spoke SOOOO much better in school than YOU did!!!) should be making all the money, not YOU slobs”, they inwardly think. So they push “liberal” policies to “allocate” the funds, with a vengeance, for THEIR vengeance? Productive citizens need not apply, when it come to “allocating”.

  11. Enemies Of The People
    …This is the world progressives have made, and are making. In “Paper Heads,” a couple of those interviewed talked about how in periods of crackdown, many people kept their heads down and tried not to say anything controversial, ever, because they were terrified of losing their jobs. One man, a computer programmer, expressed shame over his own capitulation, but said he would have been out of work if he hadn’t.

    I suspect those Czechs and Slovaks would understand very well the mentality that got those two food service workers at NYU fired. We don’t even know if those fired workers were conservatives or not. All we know is that they were denounced by this middle-class black daughter of a Chicago administrative judge, and now they are jobless, with the scarlet letter of Racism staining their resum?s forever.

    That’s what it means to hold the commanding heights of the culture war: you have the power to annihilate someone’s career with the power of accusation. You think those workers and their families are going to be more sympathetic to the cause of racial justice now, given what was done to them?…

    1. All we know is that they were denounced by this middle-class black daughter of a Chicago administrative judge, and now they are jobless, with the scarlet letter of Racism staining their resum?s forever.

      This kind of crap is self-limiting because people like Nia Harris fail at life. And if NYU graduates too many people like her, NYU is going to fail as a university.

  12. “”The GOP and the Tea Party spent the Bush-Obama years erecting bulwarks against precisely the kind of spend thrift apostasy that Trump has engaged in.””

    THe Bush and Obama years? Sorry, DURING the Bush years the GOP wasn’t the least bit interested in fiscal conservatism. It wasn’t until the very end of the second bush administration, after the recession was already upon us, that some fiscally minded folk started the Tea Party movements (plural). And those movements were co-opted by the kulturwarriors within a couple of years.

    The GOP is somewhat okay on the fiscal conservative side, rhetorically at least, when they are out of power. They have sucked on it when they are in power ever since Reagan’s second administration. The mythical Contract with America didn’t survive five minutes past the point where it became inconvenient to actually halt spending growth.

    1. They get into a “we have to govern” mentality, that is, we need to pass a budget. That gives the more spendthrift members of the GOP more influence then if they are judy trying to block the Dems.

  13. “No fair! The Right isn’t supposed to fight back!”

  14. Shikha, the DemoGOP kleptocracy is gangs of lobbyists each publishing a 50-page platform. The Dems are stranded in 1990 trying to disable US defense capabilities for a Soviet that has already collapsed. Hence their war on power plants which the GOP platform promises to protect and defend. That, not the candidate, decided the election.
    The GOP still pushes the Coathanger Abortion Amendment the Prohibition Party wrote in 1976 in reaction to the LP birth control platform of 1972 becoming the Roe v. Wade decision a month after that one electoral vote was counted. The Republicans had no choice but to back Trump, else he might have become another Perot–or tried for the LP nomination! Don’t give them too much credit…

  15. I remember seeing a poll of tea party supporters several years ago. When asked what they thought should be cut from the US budget, they went for the old “waste, fraud, and abuse” line, and felt the big-ticket, bankrupt-inducing programs like Social Security and Medicare were off-limits. In other words, the biggest deficit hawk movement we have seen, wasn’t serious either.

    1. But SS & Medicare have their own dedicated revenue stream, so it makes sense to discuss them separately from “the US budget” that remains. And what’s wrong w the old waste, fraud, & abuse line? There’s a shitload of stuff people consider waste & abuse; why not take advantage of the broad consensus vs. it?

      1. Waste, fraud and abuse all have big lobbying firms in favor of them. Plus they give lots of contributions to political campaigns. It’s very difficult for politicians to cut out their cronies.

    2. and felt the big-ticket, bankrupt-inducing programs like Social Security and Medicare were off-limits

      That’s because progressives and Democrats have misrepresented these programs as being backed by a “trust fund”, instead of they pyramid scheme that they are.

  16. My prediction: The GOP of the post-Trump future will intensify the culture wars against the liberal “enemy,” and throw into the mix a regressive economic agenda that consists of nativist immigrant bashing and mercantilist America First-ism

    My prediction: Shikha Dalmia will continue lying through her teeth because she just can’t help herself.

    1. She’s got a losing argument. What else is she supposed to do?

  17. “For better or worse, modern conservatism’s defining ethos has been a protectiveness of American institutions?”standing athwart history yelling stop”?in the face of left-wing demands for social justice and radical reform.”

    The only thing you get for giving in to the demands of radicals is more demands. They are never satisfied. So I am for starting to kick people in the nuts and telling them to piss off.

    In any event, American institutions have been pretty successful over the years. I am fairly certain they have been copied by pretty much the entire world. So yes, I think there is a validity in stating that what we have is pretty good and does not need the radical changes proposed by communists and anarchists.

  18. The Republican Party has never stood for anything but partisan politics, same as the Dems. When the public stops asking politicians to give them something for nothing, and stops believing that the exercise of political power will make us better off, safer, healthier, etc., then the Dems and the Republicans can both be viewed with the disrespect which they both deserve.

    The pursuit of liberty requires the rejection of politics, no matter the label.

  19. After all, conservatives tend to forget about their commitment to fiscal responsibility when they control all the levers of government

    Yeah all five of the conservatives control the levers.

  20. Obama-era budget deficits will balloon from around $500 billion to about $1 trillion annually.

    19 trillion minus 10 trillion = 9 trillion. Divide by 8 years = 1.125 trillion/year.
    WTF does Dalmia get 500 billion?
    Should have not skipped third grade math class so often.

  21. Conservatives are doubling down on their attacks on the excesses of liberal political correctness (many of which, lord knows, are real).

    OK, I’m convinced that is pure progressivism. Can Reason recover from Dalmia’s globalism and progressivism?

    I like to answer my own questions. So, not the globalism side(open borders = globalism) but maybe partially the prog side.

  22. I think politics in the USA has become a team sport.

    Do the Vikings or the Packers have an underlying philosophy? No.

    Do people vehemently and occasionally violently defend their team? Yes they do.

    We have talk show hosts that comb the media looking for stupid things that the opposing party (team) said and then use it to ridicule them. It doesn’t lead to any great philosophical argument.

    When Trump is out of office, very little will change. Alan Page and Bud Grant are long gone from the sport, but the same team and team fervor is every bit as present.

    The saddest part about the whole thing is that the teams get ever richer at the expense of the spectators, but we spectators just keep on supporting them.

  23. Another shitty article by a shitty columnist.

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