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OpinionCan Republicans fix their woman problem? Only if they change practically everything.

18:30  07 december  2018
18:30  07 december  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

House Republicans set up end-of-year tax policy showdown

House Republicans set up end-of-year tax policy showdown Republicans in the House of Representatives will seek to rush through a new bill with their end-of-year tax priorities, introduced just Monday night, before the end of the week. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The speedy timeline, if met, will set up last-minute negotiations in the Senate over major tax provisions in the twilight of the current 115th Congress and the Republican majority in the House.

Only if they change practically everything .: House Republicans set up end-of-year tax policy showdown Republicans in the House of Repre 115th Congress and the Republican majority in the House. The nice thing about the hamburger problem is that Democrats can fix it without moving

Only if they change practically everything . If Republicans stick to their current script, policies and president, it’s hard to see how they win back women The good news for Democrats is there's no sign the GOP plans to make any substantive changes that could turn this "year of the Democratic woman "

Can Republicans fix their woman problem? Only if they change practically everything.© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and other Senate Republican leaders, Washington, D.C., Nov. 14, 2018.

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What do women want? The political answer to Freud's famous question, judging by the midterm Republican wipeout, can be summed up in a word: Democrats.

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So it’s nearly unanimous: basically the only Republican in the country who felt that the CNBC He’s moving in response to inevitable pressure from the top campaigns on this front to fix things in the In addition to Trump and Carson, most of the rest of the field is interested in changing things up – the

“Most Republicans still do not regard climate change as a hoax,” said Whit Ayres, a Republican strategist who worked for Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. “But the entire climate change debate has now been caught up in the broader polarization of American politics.”

The good news for Republicans is they now have women leading their national party and their Senate campaign committee, and Rep. Liz Cheney will soon be the No. 3 Republican in the House.

The good news for Democrats is there's no sign the GOP plans to make any substantive changes that could turn this "year of the Democratic woman" into some future year for women of both parties.

"We are doing great work for women,” Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, the new chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said recently on CNN. “We need to do a better job at communicating why we are the choice for women and encouraging women to run for elected office.”

These were the right words after a midterm election that produced a record gender gap and dramatically shrank the ranks of Republican women in Congress. But Ernst then went on to say that “of course, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is better for our families. We see more of them keeping that income in their own pockets. We see a lot of deregulation and companies that are able to expand and provide opportunities for women.”

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The Republican members of the committee demonstrated their ignorance on two issues repeatedly over the day’s duration. That’s not how knowledge works: You’re supposed to adapt your theories when you get new data, and that change is value neutral.

Both Democrats and Republicans had decades to change that dynamic, and neither of them did. What is unknown is a nation in which the political establishment agrees to pursue these policies even if they are hated by the political donor class, and in which the media establishment treats these policies

If she and other Republicans stick to this script and these policies, not to mention to this president, it’s hard to envision female voters finding much to like. On almost every issue of the day, most women have different views and priorities than conservatives and Donald Trump.

Republican priorities don't appeal to women

Unpacking that one CNN appearance by Ernst is instructive. First of all, exit polls last month show that most Republicans don't consider it important for women to run for office. Two-thirds of Democrats said it was important, compared with only one-third of Republicans.

In perhaps a self-fulfilling prophesy, Republicans elected very few women. Next year they'll drop from 23 women in the House to 13. Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith managed to keep her seat in last week's runoff despite a campaign riddled with racial gaffes, but that still leaves the GOP with just seven women senators — less than half the Democrats' 17.

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Normally, you'd want to fix problems before passing a law, not after. WASHINGTON ― Republicans wrote their massive tax legislation in such a rush that even before Republicans have repeatedly adjusted major provisions of their legislation over the past several weeks.

Ernst's focus on tax cuts, deregulation and private-sector opportunities does not seem helpful. The benefits of the tax-cut law, the GOP's major accomplishment, did not trickle down to many voters. In October, for instance, nearly two-thirds in a Gallup poll said they had not seen an increase in take-home pay, and half said the cuts had not helped them financially.

As for businesses expanding and providing opportunities for women, one study found that the nation's 1,000 largest public companies reduced employment after the tax cuts passed. The corporate gains from the law have largely benefited shareholders through rising buybacks and dividends, The New York Times reported. They're expected to be up 28 percent this year over 2017, compared with 0.5 percent growth in wages over 2017.

cent of women named taxes as their top election issue. But 14 percent chose gun policy, 24 percent chose health care and, perhaps because the poll was taken at the time family separations were in the news, 29 percent chose immigration. Most women disagree with Trump, the GOP or both on those issues.

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A majority of Republicans in almost every congressional district support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, even when they don’t believe those emissions are causing climate change . “By showing me a solution that fits with my values, I’ve got a way to accept the existence of the problem .”

Normally, you'd want to fix problems before passing a law, not after. Republicans have repeatedly adjusted major provisions of their legislation over the past several weeks. Technical corrections to major legislation are indeed common, but usually they aim to fix errors that lawmakers discover after

There's no ignoring the Trump drag, of course. In that same poll, 43 percent of women said their vote would be meant to express opposition to Trump (only 22 percent said it would be a show of support). Women do not like his behavior, his character or his policies.

In July, two-thirds of women disapproved of Trump's immigration policies. On Election Day, 55 percent of women said Trump’s immigration policies were too tough. As for trade, half of women judged Trump’s policies bad for their personal finances and even more, 56 percent, said they are bad for the economy.

Then there's Trump's treatment of women who accuse men of sexual misconduct. After the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle centered on Christine Blasey Ford's testimony that he had sexually assaulted her in high school, Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee and said it was a scary time for men. But in a poll later that month, only 36 percent of women said the #MeToo movement had gone too far.

Republican challenges go beyond Trump

This type of behavior won't be in the spotlight, one hopes, when Trump is no longer president. Likewise, his views on immigration and trade depart from traditional Republican positions and could fade with time. But what about the policies Republicans have been pushing for decades, many of them since Ronald Reagan was commander in chief?

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But the GOP’s problem with women began well before Trump became its presumptive nominee. For years the Republican Party has been relentlessly pushing policies aimed at The GOP has also been a massive roadblock to women achieving greater economic security for themselves and their families.

And only 24 Republican women actually won House seats in this very promising year," she wrote in a paper for the Scholars Strategy Network. Day dismissed the idea that controversies over sexist comments at the state level created a tension in the party as it looks to change its demographic appeal.

After the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on cultural issues and author of the decision legalizing gay marriage, only a quarter of women (but 68 percent of Republicans) said they wanted a more conservative Supreme Court. Seven in 10 women support stricter gun laws (more than twice the share of GOP). More than half (54 percent) worry about global warming and think human activity causes it (most Republicans say it's exaggerated). Six in 10 women say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while six in 10 Republicans say the opposite. And in a poll last month, health care was the issue that mattered most to 28 percent of women but only 14 percent of Republicans.

These are disconnects that will not go away with Trump. They will not be fixed by having a few women in high party positions. They will not be fixed if, as defeated Utah Rep. Mia Love put it, Republicans "actually let people know that we care.” They will be fixed if and when Republicans recognize that better communicating without better ideas is no change at all.

Jill Lawrence is the commentary editor of USA TODAY and author of "The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock." Follow her on Twitter: @JillDLawrence

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