As we all know, the Republican Party of the United States claims to be the party of “family values”. So, I was wondering what, according to the GOP are these “family values”, and how this political party is supporting them. Here is the official statement from the GOP, link provided.
“The family is the bedrock of our nation. When American families flourish, so too does our country. Our Party’s economic and social policies, including tax reform, education, health care, and the sanctity of life, should always promote and strengthen that most sacred bond.” https://www.gop.com/issue/family-values/canonical/
My next question is how is the Republican Party supporting these family values? My answer is not too well. Let’s take this consecutively. As far as economic reform is concerned, the Republican party has worked overtime to decrease the economic power of the regular wage-earners. Minimum wage increases have been over-turned; many republican politicians have stated that they would like to get rid of any minimum wages and let corporations pay whatever wage they feel like; and corporate welfare has been running rampant while at the same time individual citizens who are on welfare and/or food stamps have been demonized.
As far as social policies, minorities, whether classified by ethnicity, race, or gender/sexual orientation have again been demonized, denied legal standing and/or been violently oppressed. There are cases where legal citizens have been picked up by ICE and detained, sometimes for months with no legal representation allowed. Other examples are the ability of business owners to deny service to those who don’t follow the owner’s beliefs; and corporations to deny employees access to certain types of health care.
As far as tax reform is concerned, the agenda that has just been introduced to Congress contains the biggest tax cuts of all to businesses, corporations and the richest 1% of people in the country. The rest of it still seems unclear. I’ve included links for you to look this up for yourself. However, while lowering taxes on corporations, businesses and the richest of the rich, this is going to increase our total debt by anywhere from 1 to 2 trillion dollars. That’s okay though, because of the fact that these tax reductions on the rich will “prime the pump” and create a “trickle-down effect from the rich to the poor”. Unfortunately, we are now deeply in debt because that did not work before.
How does the party of “family values” help regarding education? Well, we can just go ahead and say that they’re all for getting rid of public education (the bedrock of a democracy), and pushing public money into for-profit (charter) schools. These schools have been found to have various questionable practices from segregation to non-college educated “teachers” to not teaching science or higher-level mathematics. Here is a quick link for you on problems with these schools.
The health care issue is quite interesting. According to the “family values” quote above, the Republican Party claims to worry about health care for families. However, as the last few months have shown us, they “care” by trying to take away health care from as many families as they can. Just one example of that is the refusal to renew the CHIP program. Now, up to 12 million children will have no health insurance. I’ll leave this paragraph at this point, since my post is getting quite long.
As far as the sanctity of life is concerned, the family values party seems to believe that such sanctity ends at birth. Why would I say that? Well, as we have all become aware, through health care reform, the GOP has pushed for denying people who have almost any pre-existing condition off health insurance; along with taking welfare and food stamp programs away from the disabled and poor. Also, if we add in the effort to dismantle any form of minimum wage, there doesn’t seem to be a value for life after birth.
So, what are your views on this? Let me know in the comments below.