SIO97: Lonnie Miller, Republican Candidate for TN Governor

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, during which you no doubt spent hours arguing with your conservative family members, I bring you a discussion with a Trump supporting Republican. Though undoubtedly a gigantic underdog, Lonnie Miller is making a grassroots effort to become Governor of Tennessee. We talk about how he decided to do that, and we have some cross-political dialogue and the electoral college, healthcare, and taxes.

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2 Replies to “SIO97: Lonnie Miller, Republican Candidate for TN Governor”

  1. Boy, that guy is drunk on Republican flavored Kool-Aid. There wasn’t a lot of disagreement because Lonnie doesn’t know what he thinks. He hates Hillary the Criminal (and probably, by extension, Obama) and he loves and has infinite faith in Trump, but when asked for particulars all you get is dust bunnies and dryer lint. Which is what the GOP’s come up with so far to replace the ACA. As above so below.

    Places like Tennessee and Alabama can afford to support Trump. Per-capita-wise there are probably very few people in places like that who have ever itemized their deductions. Practically all of the potentially deductible expenses they have fall within the standard deduction, which the Republican tax plan is planning to double. Trump’s base is covered. It’s what used to pass for a middle and/or working class that gets screwed—and that’s the whole point. When the corporate oligarchy gets done with us, nobody but themselves will make enough money for any expenses they might have to exceed the standard deduction.

    But not to worry, we progressives will hit the campaign trail in 2018 and 2020 with slogans like “Intersectionality Awareness or Bust!” guaranteeing that we will win the hearts and fire the imaginations of middle America (and other people who’ve never heard of net neutrality much less understand it).

    Somebody on “1A” on NPR said, “Drain the swamp in DC? The swamp has become a hot tub in which the Trump administration and the rest of the political establishment are luxuriating.”

    We no longer need to embrace the Void. We’re soaking in it.

  2. It is scary how he does not know how federal income tax would affect folks in his state. He obviously did not understand the impact of the proposed changes on graduate students, nor that there is a very large research university in Nashville, Vanderbilt University.

    I am just worried because my youngest starts grad school next fall, and they do not have the resources to pay those proposed taxes.

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