Daily Clips: May 28th, 2015

The Rise of Social Liberalism and GOP Resistance
The New York Times – Charles Blow.

As I noted earlier this week, Americans are shifting to the left on key moral issues. Unfortunately, this change will likely add to the amount of people who obnoxiously call themselves “socially liberal, but fiscally conservative.” Thankfully, it will also add, as the Gallup report pointed out, to greater acceptance of 1) gays and lesbians, 2) having babies outside of marriage and 3) premarital sex. A small price to pay, I suppose.

What’s more, America’s shift to the left puts Republicans in a tricky situation. Once again, they won’t be able to “lose the primary to win the general” election – as Jeb Bush perfectly said. Their base is simply not socially liberal enough. As Blow states,

Take Iowa, for instance, whose February caucuses will be the first contests of the 2016 presidential cycle. As the Public Religion Research Institute pointed out earlier this month:

“Iowa Republicans are notably more socially conservative than Republicans nationally. Compared to Republicans overall, Iowa Republicans are more likely to oppose legalizing same-sex marriage (64 percent vs. 58 percent, respectively), and are more likely to say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases (68 percent vs. 58 percent, respectively).

And that’s a serious problem. Because,

This [primary] process has not been kind or general-election-friendly for the Republican candidates in the last couple of cycles. [And] there is no indication that most Republicans — either candidates or voters — have drawn the necessary lessons from [past] defeats.

Ted Cruz, who voted against Hurricane Sandy aid, calls for federal relief following floods: The Texas Senator’s position is clear, ‘big brother’ disaster relief is only necessary when it benefits his state. The man is a parochial chump. I mean, really, it takes a certain type of statesman to turn their back on vulnerable Americans simply because they do not reside within their state’s borders.

Additional fun factoid: No state received more federal relief than Texas in 2011 and 2012.

Pending sales of US homes increases: Pending home resales went up to 3.4 percent, the highest level in nine years the National Association of Realtors reported today. Because pending sales are considered a leading indicator, this may be a signal of the economy coming out of its weak first quarter growth (as was the case last year) and returning to strong growth in the spring and summer months.

Dems get behind plan for debt-free college: 20 Senate Democrats now support a measure for debt-free college. An easy way to eliminate debt is to make university tuition-free, but the resolution does not go that far (only a socialist would ever dare to promote such a crazy policy proposal). Instead, the resolution is annoyingly vague and deals in

“broad strokes rather than granular details. It calls upon the federal government to provide more support to states…It also backs increased financial aid for students…as well as efforts to bend the cost curve of college education downward.”

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.