As the GOP primary season has progressed, the issues have become less clear and comprehensible, largely due to the profusion of ads and other messaging by super-pacs, whose mission it is to ensure that the issues become obscured and inscrutable to the average voter, so that he/she can concentrate on what the candidates are wearing and how often they use words like “values,” “family,” and especially “America.” For those who would like to have a better understanding of the GOP’s position on the big issues, we offer here an explanation of several of the most frequently discussed and debated.
State’s rights: good for guns and immigration; bad for DOMA or reproductive rights — States’ rights are sacred, so each of the 50 states should decide for itself whether a person should be permitted to purchase a gun, carry it and/or shoot people with it; and who should be allowed to live and work in that state. But who can get married to whom and what a woman does with her own body are issues that demand a single national policy. That’s why most GOP candidates favor DOMA, and the GOP platform calls for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion.
Welfare: bad for people; good for corporations — As Mitt Romney has said, corporations are people. And his GOP brethren in Congress clearly believe that those “people” deserve all kinds of hand-outs and subsidies, including tax breaks like the one that enabled GE to get a $3 billion (with a “B”) rebate in 2009 – when it had profits of $14 billion (with another “B”). On the other hand, giving financial aid to unincorporated people like the poor, the disabled and the unemployed only encourages them to continue being poor, disabled and unemployed which, by the way, are conditions they chose.
Regulation: bad for private companies; good for public schools — Because private companies are job creators, they need to be free to do that voodoo that they do so well. But all public schools do is train candidates for the jobs that will be created, so they need to be told what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how their effectiveness will be defined, and by what standards the results will measured. The same rules obviously don’t apply to private schools — because they’re private.
Tax cuts: good for wealthy people; bad for the working class — Wealthy people need tax cuts because they own the companies and corporations that are the job creators. People in the working class may own a few shares in the same corporations through whatever they have left in their mutual funds or 401Ks, but they don’t need tax cuts because they don’t create jobs: they just either have jobs, or want jobs. In short, the 1% deserve all the breaks they can get. The rest of us just deserve to be broke.