Presidential candidate’s stances on trade, entitlements raise questions about party’s identity
For decades, the Republican Party bolted its economic platform to limited government, lower taxes and an abiding faith in free trade.
Donald Trump has thrown much of that aside, deepening the party’s appeal to a subset of voters while raising questions about the GOP’s long-term identity.
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The presidential nominee threatens to undo trade deals and slap tariffs on U.S. companies that expand overseas. He promises to protect popular entitlement programs, rebuking party leaders who want to curb spending. He backs immigration and infrastructure policies that would expand the government’s reach.
“The pillars of the Republican economic agenda have completely collapsed into dust,” said James Pethokoukis, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. “They’re gone, at least for this election.”Read the rest of this WSJ op-ed HERE.
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