What I Voted For

by Natalie

I read it. The Republican Party Platform. All 50 pages. The idea was to have it nicely summarized and uploaded about a week ago to inform all of you who should care what it is in fact that you are voting for or against. I was going to read the Democratic platform as well, but then this massive storm hit New Jersey, we lost our internet, and I didn’t have a chance to download it. Shame shame shame.

Let me break it down for you…

The Republican party describes their goals as such:  “Trust the people. Limit government. Respect federalism. Guarantee opportunity, not outcomes. Adhere to the rule of law. Reaffirm that our rights come from God, are protected by government,  and that the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent of the governed.” And that’s just the preamble.

THE FACTS

  • What this Administration (Obama’s) has given us is 42 consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent, the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression (1)
  • Under the current Administration, we have the lowest rate of business startups in thirty years (2)
  • The Current Administration has added an additional $5.3 trillion to the national debt – now approximately $16 trillion (3)
  • In fiscal year 2011, spending reached $3.6 trillion, nearly a quarter of our gross domestic product, which when adjusted for inflation, is more than three times the peak level of spending in WWII (3)
  • Almost half of every dollar we spend is borrowed money (3)
  • Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security account for over 40 percent of total spending
  • The current Administration’s intervention in the housing market with the Federal Housing Administration hit taxpayers with a $200 billion bill to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (4)
  • The food stamp program now accounts for nearly 80 percent of the entire USDA budget (18)
  • Medicare has grown from more than 20 million enrolled in 1970 to more than 47 million enrolled today.
  • Medicaid counted almost 30 million enrollees in 199o, has about 54 million now, and under Obamacare would include an additional 11 million (21)
  • 80 percent of healthcare costs are related to lifestyle:  smoking, obesity, and substance abuse
  • After spending $7.2 billion, the current Administration has made no progress toward the goal of universal telecom coverage (internet access for those in the rural parts of the country) (24)
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – gives government control over one sixth of our economy, and is an attack on our Constitution by requiring that U.S. citizens purchase health insurance (32)
  • Since 1965, the federal government has spent $2 trillion on elementary and secondary education with no substantial improvement in academic achievement or high school graduation rates (35)
  • The U.S. spend an average of more than $10,000 per pupil per year in public schools, for a total of more than $550 billion. That represents more than 4 percent of GDP devoted to K-12 education in 2010 (35)
  • The United States is the only nuclear power not modernizing its nuclear stockpile (41)

WHAT THE REPUBLICANS PLAN TO DO

  • Introduce a Federal-State-Private partnership to invest in the nation’s infrastructure: roads, bridges, airports, ports, and water systems (1)
  • Reform the tax code by reducing the marginal tax rates by 20 percent across-the-board in a revenue nuetral manner
  • Extend the 2001 and 2003 tax relief packages – commonly known as the Bush tax cuts – pending reform of the tax code, to keep tax rates from rising on income, interest, dividends, and capital gains
  • Eliminate the taxes on interest, dividends, and capital gains altogether for lower and middle-income taxpayers
  • End the Death Tax and repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Reduction of the corporate tax rate to keep U.S. corporations competitive internationally (3)
  • Keep donations to religious organizations tax-deductible (4)
  • A cap limiting spending to the historical average percentage of GDP so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes (4)
  • An annual audit of the Federal Reserve (4)
  • Investigate possible ways to set a fixed value for the dollar (4)
  •  Allow private ventures to provide passenger service to the northeast corridor (6)
  • Until China abides by the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement, the United States government will end procurement of Chinese goods and services (6)
  • Implement a policy of strategic immigration, by granting more work visas to holders of advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math from other nations (7)
  • Enforce the recent decision by the Supreme Court barring the use of union dues for political purposes without the consent of the worker (8)
  • A Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  • Adherence to the Tenth Amendment, which states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people (11).
  • Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will bring Canadian and American oil to U.S. refineries (16)
  • Create a pathway toward a market-based approach for renewable energy sources (16)
  • While retaining the option of traditional Medicare in competition with private plans, we call for a transition to a premium-support model for Medicare, with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee’s choice (22)
  • We call for the private sector to take over airport screening wherever feasible and look toward the development of security systems that can replace the personal violation of frisking (25)
  • We insist upon enforcement at the workplace through verification systems so that jobs can be available to all legal workers (26)
  • State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked. The pending Department of Justice lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah must be dismissed immediately (26)
  • The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built (26)
  • The federal government’s entire system of public assistance should be reformed to ensure that it promotes work (31)
  • We support legislation that will correct the current law provision which defines a “Highly Qualified Teacher” merely by his or her credentials, not results in the classroom (36)
  • A Republican Commander in Chief will protect religious independence of military chaplains and will not tolerate attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from military facilities (43)

IDEALISMS

  • [Taxes] proper role in a free society should be to fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution, such as national security, and the care of those who cannot care for themselves (2).
  • We condemn the current Administration’s continued assaults on State governments in matters ranging from voter ID laws to immigration, from healthcare programs to land use decisions (11)
  • We oppose any scheme to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College (11)
  • The apportionment of representatives among the States should be according to the number of citizens (12)
  • We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and of our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage (12)
  • There should be no regulation of political speech on the Internet (12)
  • We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the ill-considered Clinton gun ban (13)
  • The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage (14)
  • We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (14).
  • The Republican Party is committed to domestic energy independence (15)
  • In healthcare, as in any other sector of the economy, genuine competition is the best guarantee of better care at lower cost (22)
  • The age eligibility for Medicare must be made more realistic in terms of today’s longer life span (22)
  • We support English as the nation’s official language (26)
  • Republicans believe that economic self-sufficiency is the ultimate answer to the challenges confronting Indian country…Our approach is to empower American Indians, through tribal self-determination and self-governance policies, to develop their greatest assets, human resources and the rich natural resources on their land, without undue federal interference (27)
  • We oppose Statehood for the District of Columbia
  • We must sustain our preeminence in space, launching more science missions, guaranteeing unfettered access, and maintaining a source of high-value American jobs (28)
  • We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state if they freely so determine (29)
  • We support the prohibition of gambling over the Internet (32)
  • The Internet cannot become a safe haven for predators while respecting First Amendment rights (32)
  • We oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, which endanger especially those on the margins of society (32)
  • We support legislation to cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, thereby relieving conscientious providers of burdens that are not rightly theirs and addressing a serious cause of escalating medical bills (33)
  • We support the ability of all organizations to provide, purchase, or enroll in healthcare coverage consistent with their religious, moral or ethical convictions without discrimination or penalty (34)
  • Hold teachers and administrators responsible for student performance (35)
  • We call on State officials to ensure that our public colleges and universities be places of learning and the exchange of ideas, not zones of intellectual intolerance favoring the Left (37)
  • We support mandatory prison sentencing for gang crimes, violent or sexual offenses against children, repeat drug dealers, rape, robbery and murder (37)
  • Courts should have the option of imposing the death penalty in capital murder cases (37)
  • Prisons should do more than punish; they should attempt to rehabilitate and institute proven prisoner reentry systems to reduce recidivism and future victimization (38)
  • A healthy American economy is what under-writes and sustains American power (39)
  • With the possibility that a terrorist group could gain control of a nuclear weapon, it is folly to abandon a missile shield for the country (41)
  • We will accept no arms control agreement that limits our right to self-defense (42)
  • Combat readiness requires that we reserve troops for truly necessary operations by not overextending them around the world (43)
  • We are committed to ending homelessness for our veterans. One key is to assist their reentry into the job market as soon as possible after military service ends (44)
  • We oppose any diplomatic efforts that could result in giving the United Nations unprecedented control over the Internet (45)
  • The Republican Party does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (45)
  • We support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state with secure, defensible borders; and we envision two democratic states – Israel with Jerusalem as its capital and Palestine – living in peace and security (49)

WHO KNEW

  • Engineering surveys report crumbling drinking water systems, aging dams, and overwhelmed wastewater infrastructure (5)
  • The public has to subsidize every Amtrak ticket nearly $50 (6)
  • There is no cost-effective substitute for coal or for the hundreds of thousands of jobs that go with it as the nation’s largest source of electricity generation (15)
  • Our dependence on foreign imports of fertilizer could threaten our food supply, and we support the development of domestic production of fertilizer (17)
  • For many individuals collecting benefits from multiple categorical programs, efforts to work or earn more actually result in less money in their pocket through the resulting loss of benefits (31)
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