A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Tuesday found that 70 percent of those surveyed say the GOP is out of touch with “the concerns of most people in the United States today,” while 23 percent say that the party is in touch. At the same time, numerous polls show that Americans are turning toward cultural liberalism, but remain skeptical of big government.
So if the Republican party, associated with social conservatism and small government are "out of touch," what exactly would "in touch" look like? A dozen House lawmakers and Sen. Mike Lee (R) of Utah – backed by swarms of activists affiliated with the group FreedomWorks – are offering up a package of about a dozen proposals on that they're calling The New Fair Deal.
The New Fair Deal is a reform agenda consisting of about a dozen bills promoting four pillars: end corporate handouts, tax fairly, stop overspending, and empower individuals. It includes a flat tax system, cuts in subsidies, as well as a conservative alternative to Obamacare. Eleven House Republicans are attached as writers to the agenda, and FreedomWorks encourages supporters to call their Congressman to become a cosponsor.
On 'Real News' Wednesday the panel discussed this new legislative agenda and what it means to be "out of touch" politically.