The Frightful GOP 2012 Platform
By Ernest Stewart
Issues & Alibis – Printed by permission
In case you missed the Rethuglican convention, i.e., Nazi Con 2012 like I did, here's a brief synopsis
of their plans via their platform.
SMALL BUSINESS:The GOP pledges to reform the tax code to make it easier for businesses
to generate more capital and create more jobs.TAXES:
"We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs or
foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations."
It says a Republican administration would extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, pending reform
of the tax code. It says the party would strive to eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains altogether for
lower- and middle-income taxpayers. It also would work to repeal the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.
The party backs constitutional amendments to balance the federal budget and require a super majority
for any tax increases.MARRIAGE:
The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage.
It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.VOTER INTEGRITY:
"Voter fraud is a political poison," the platform says. It praises legislation to require photo identification
for voting and to prevent election fraud.GUN CONTROL:
The party says it opposes legislation intended to restrict Second Amendment rights by limiting the
capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the assault weapons ban passed during the Clinton presidency.ABORTION:
The party states that "the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be
infringed." It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate
abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.ENERGY:
The party is committed to domestic energy independence and an "all-of-the-above" energy policy, backing
the exploration and development of the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the construction
of the Keystone XL pipeline. It criticizes the Obama administration for picking winners and losers in the energy sector and
expresses support for new coal-fired plants that will be low-cost, environmentally responsible and efficient.
It adds: "We will end the EPA's war on coal and encourage the increased safe development in all regions
of the nation's coal resources." It calls on Congress to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations
"that will harm the nation's economy and threaten millions of jobs over the next quarter century."MEDICARE
The platform pledges to move both Medicare and Medicaid away from "the current unsustainable defined-benefit
entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model." It supports a Medicare transition to a premium-support
model with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee's choice. Age eligibility in Medicare must
be made more realistic in light of longer life spans.
Medicaid services for low income people would be transformed into a block grant program in which the
states would be given the flexibility to determine the best programs for their residents.IMMIGRATION:
The platform makes clear that "we oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating
the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it." It demands that the Justice Department halt lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama
and other states that have enacted tough measures against illegal immigrants. It says federal funding should be denied to
universities that provide in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants. It advocates making English the official national
It states that a Republican president on his first day in office would use his waiver authority to
halt progress in carrying out the health care act pushed through by President Barack Obama and that Republican victories in
November would guarantee that the act is never implemented. It proposes a Republican plan based on improving health care quality
and lowering costs and a system that promotes the free market and gives consumers more choice.EDUCATION:
Republicans support consumer choice, including home schooling, local innovations such as single-sex
classes, full-day school hours and year-round schools. It says Republicans renew their call for replacing family planning
programs for teens "with abstinence education which teaches abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard
The platform says Republicans are "the party of peace through strength" and support the concept of
American exceptionalism -"the conviction that our country holds a unique place and role in human history." It criticizes the
current administration for its weak positions toward such countries as North Korea, China and Iran and its reductions in military
spending. The Republican national military strategy "restores as a principal objective the deterrence using the full spectrum
of our military capabilities."
So if you want slavery at home and war with China, you might want to vote Rethuglican, otherwise don't!