Since election time is nearly here, I thought that I’d give some information regarding the Republican Party Platform today. At first I thought that I’d give you some bullet points, but when I realized that the platform is 66 pages long, I simply despaired even attempting that task. For one thing, I simply don’t have the time to slog through such a read while taking notes. I did attempt to do this, however to tell you the truth, I couldn’t keep going. The actual first article on the list of promises was the repeal of the 16th Amendment. That’s the one where we all (well those of us who aren’t insanely rich), pay the Federal Tax. After I read that, I thought, well, if they don’t collect taxes how is there even going to be a government?
So, I thought, well the rest of this is completely moot anyway. If you don’t have any money, you can’t pay to even heat Congress, so the rest of this has simply got to be “pie-in-the-sky”, since how many of our elected officials will continue to go to a job where the government will not be paying them, since it has no money, not to mention that they will have no way to enforce anything else. Notwithstanding this fact, another nugget of the platform is that the U.S. will only enter into trade agreements where the U.S. gets privileged business positions. Again, I don’t know how many foreign nations would agree to any trade agreements that would put them into a subordinate position. Another promise is to repeal Dodd-Frank. This is in order to ensure that there will be little to no oversight of financial institutions. Dodd Frank had been passed to keep in check the practices that caused the 2008 crash.
The platform document goes on and on, promising to repeal one thing and another. Some nuggets include repeal of “Obamacare”, leaving approximately 20 million citizens without health insurance with no policy in place to find them any. Another includes no federal money for public transit, claiming that the states can actually finance their own. Another policy promise is another “right to work” idea. Here are some links that illustrate how well that has worked in the states that are now considered “right to work” states. http://www.epi.org/publication/right-to-work-states-have-lower-wages/ ; http://www.nea.org/home/52880.htm
Again, the platform promises to protect marriage as being only between a woman and a man. No more same sex marriage – that will once again be illegal. There is also a promise to defend religion, (only the Judeo/Christian religion), allow the display of Christian paraphernalia on government property; and allow discrimination against anything that is deemed offensive to a person’s religion (again, only the Christian religion).
This is the last promise of the Republican platform that I will include in this post. This promise is that there will be the repeal of Roe v. Wade. This is also the promise that an abortion will be illegal for any reason; including rape, incest, and the mother’s own health.
Again, I urge you to read the 2016 Republican Platform for yourself. I agree that it’s a long read, but you can skip the rhetoric and just go right to the paragraphs that set out the actual agenda. The link below is the actual platform. Enjoy!
The link below is the NY Times editorial reaction to it.