Friday, October 05, 2012

Mitt Romney's Real Agenda

Here is what to expect from a Romney presidency based on what the Republican House has already been doing.
From abortion rights and gun laws to tax giveaways and energy policy, it's far worse. Measures that have already sailed through the Republican House would roll back clean-air protections, gut both Medicare and Medicaid, lavish trillions in tax cuts on billionaires while raising taxes on the poor, and slash everything from college aid to veteran benefits. In fact, the tenets of Ryan Republicanism are so extreme that they even offend the pioneers of trickle-down economics. "Ryan takes out the ax and goes after programs for the poor – which is the last thing you ought to cut," says David Stockman, who served as Ronald Reagan's budget director. "It's ideology run amok."
The Republicans have put ideology before jobs.  They didn't even let Obama's jobs bill come up for a vote.  They have actually killed jobs by imposing the fiscal cliff in order to get a raise in the debt ceiling.  They passed a bill that would deny a lifesaving abortions to a dying women.  Rape victims would have to give birth to their rapist's baby.  Fuel economy standards would be reversed.  Higher mercury emissions would be allowed.  The ANWR would be drilled.  The Bush-era tax cuts would be extended and enhanced for the rich.  The estate tax would be eliminated.  We would either have much higher deficits or tax breaks enjoyed by the less affluent, like the mortgage interest deduction, would go away.  One million students would lose college tuition grants.  Food stamps would be cut for 1.8 million people.  Student lunches for 280,000 children would be cut out.  Health care for 300,000 poor children would be cut.  Obamacare would be repealed and health care costs for everyone will continue soar.

If this is the country you want, vote for Romney.  If you would rather not have that, vote for the other guy.

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