This is a continuation of my post from last Wednesday regarding the list of American Renewal achievements from the RNC. Here is the list from the RNC regarding the American Renewal goals stated. In this post I’m writing about the last five achievements, since I wrote about the first six in my post from last Wednesday.
CONSTITUTION – Our Constitution should be preserved, valued and honored.
ECONOMY – We need to start growing America’s economy instead of Washington’s economy so that hard-working Americans see better wages and more opportunity.
BUDGET- we need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, make government more efficient, and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt.
HEALTHCARE – We need to start over with real healthcare reform that puts patients and their doctors in charge, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington.
VETERANS – Our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude, and no veteran should have to wait in line for months or years just to see a doctor.
SECURITY – Keeping America safe and strong requires a strong military, growing the economy, energy independence, and secure borders.
EDUCATION – Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.
POVERTY – The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.
VALUES – Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work.
ENERGY – We should make America energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy, lowering prices, and creating jobs at home.
IMMIGRATION – We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy. https://www.gop.com/principles-for-american-renewal
The next achievement is that of Education. The RNC claims that every child should have access to a “great” education. Except when they shouldn’t. The Republicans have voted to cut the budget for education at every turn. They also don’t believe that students should get loans for higher education. There is also the issue that “charter schools” are for profit; they educated far fewer students than public schools for more money, etc. Here is a link regarding these and more problems with charter schools. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/20/a-dozen-problems-with-charter-schools/ and http://democrats.budget.house.gov/fact-sheet/fact-sheet-republican-budget-cuts-education and http://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/2015/06/25/why-the-gops-education-funding-bill-gets-an-f
As far as poverty is concerned, the RNC claims that their goal is to lift people up out of poverty and put them to work. Again, look at their record. How do people get lifted up out of poverty when their wages are at or below poverty levels? As I stated earlier, there is also the issue of the Republicans continuing the tax breaks on corporations that ship American jobs overseas. http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/republican-hypocrisy-on-the-minimum-wage/ and http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/15/republicans-dream-nation-wage-slaves-obama-overtime-pay-rules.html
The next achievement that I’d like to look at is values, which the RNC has stated as “Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work.” This definition is pretty vague, so I looked in other places for a more definite definitions of values. I found the following: “Our country should value family, life, and hard work. This is why we insist that public policy – from taxes to education, from health care to welfare – should be created to strengthen and support, not hurt, American families. Individuals and families should be able to maintain their independence from government, raise their children by their own values and build communities of self-reliant neighbors.” https://www.gop.com/issue/family-values/canonical/ Some of these same advocates for traditional family values also advocate: hate against certain groups, including but not limited to: LBGTQ+; persons of different ethnicity; persons of different religions; and persons of a different race. http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/02/18/southern-poverty-law-center-republican-party-is-now-a-hate-group-2/ Also, I would like to briefly bring up the point that in recent years the Republicans in Congress have been “caught” in affairs and scandals. http://reverbpress.com/politics/republican-family-values-politician-caught-in-sex-scandal-forced-rep-to-resign/ and then there is this http://occupydemocrats.com/2015/09/30/republican-anti-gay-family-values-hypocrite-caught-cheating-on-wife-in-sex-tape-scandal-steps-down/
That’s enough for the sex scandals. If we start to talk about other “values”, these would include: greater poverty (or below) wages; healthcare for all, including women’s health; good public education; clean air and water; shelter and food. These, again are values that the republicans have fought against. This article talks about these issues. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/philip-slater/the-real-meaning-of-famil_b_50006.html
Now we come to the issue of Energy. The RNC says that it wants to help America become energy independent and keep jobs here at home. Again this sounds like a valid and good goal. What does it mean, though? So far, the Republican candidates for President have said that we should use all sources of energy whether or not they are polluting. They are there and we should use them. Some of them oppose tax credits for solar and wind while at the same time are planning to continue the tax credits for oil, gas and coal. http://www.lcv.org/assets/docs/presidential-candidates-on-renewable.pdf Not only that, but the Republicans have repeatedly voted against any form of clean energy. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/11/17/amid-record-global-temperatures-congress-to-vote-to-stop-obamas-clean-power-plan/ As far as keeping jobs here at home, once again we have Republicans giving tax breaks to corporations who send jobs overseas. http://republicansexposed.org/republicans-support-tax-breaks-for-companies-sending-jobs-overseas/
Now, last but of course, not least, there is the goal of Immigration. This seems to be a hot-button issue in this election year. The stated position within the American Renewal document sounds fairly valid and sensible. “…an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy.” However when we take a closer look at the rhetoric coming from the Republicans we see a different side to the immigration issue. The Republican contenders for President have moved far to the right by vowing to deport millions of illegal immigrants, break-up families and deport children. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/18/donald-trump-pulls-republicans-further-right-on-im/?page=all Here you can read comprehensive statements by all the Presidential contenders regarding their stances on immigration. https://ballotpedia.org/2016_presidential_candidates_on_immigration While there has been a lot of verbiage regarding illegal immigration, at the same time there has been little in the way of policy on the subject. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-traphagan/the-gop-the-new-know-noth_b_9010454.html
So, American Renewal. What do you think? Where do you stand? While I personally feel that these are good goals, I don’t really feel that given the information that I’ve found from legitimate sources that the Republican Party has either delivered on them, or in most cases moved to achieve them. Let me know in the comments what your viewpoint is.