The mid-terms are one year away. Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for the fight. Republicans are smugly believing they will keep control of the House. That could be a fairly safe bet since gerrymandering of districts has eliminated any real possibility of Democratic challenges in many areas of the country.
Republicans are also hoping to take over the Senate. They are beginning to believe that because of the troubled rollout of the ACA, they have a sure bet going. They even point to President Obama’s popularity in the polls slipping. They seem to forget that their numbers are not even half as good as the Presidents. But, that never stopped a good lie before.
Even though there is a year to go, it is not too early to start pounding on key issues to the voters. Rather than getting wrapped up in the rollout troubles, Democrats should be talking about everything the Republicans seem to be for and against.
Here are some talking points I believe the Dems should start hammering away at right now. They must keep hammering away at them for the next year to ensure they remain fresh in voters minds.
What does the Republican Party “favor”? Basically, only one thing: Reducing taxes for the wealthy and corporations.
What are Republicans against?
They are against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act even though it is THEIR plan. That is right, the Heritage Foundation came up with this health care coverage plan in the 1990s to offset the Clinton’s plan of a single payer system. In other words, Medicare for everyone. They loved it so much, Mitt Romney enacted in Massachusetts. The now head of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint called it a wonderful plan that should be implemented nation-wide. But, since President Obama was the one who got it passed, it is now a “socialist” plot to have the government take over our health care.
They are against Medicare. They want to voucherize Medicare. That means simply giving seniors a voucher so they can go to the open market to purchase insurance. Of course for this to work their way, the ACA has to be repealed. They conveniently forget that many seniors in this country have “pre-existing conditions”. Meaning that they would be uninsurable especially if the ACA was repealed. They have made no mention of any law that would “require” insurance companies to cover them at reasonable rates. So, if they did get coverage, their rates would be far greater than the voucher the government would give them to pay for it.
They are against Medicaid. The Republicans have been hammering away at Medicaid as another example of “freebies” for the “lazy takers” of the country.
They are against civil rights. They are the ones who have been hammering away at the Civil Rights Act. They are the ones who keep trying to take away a woman’s right to choose. They are the primary opponents of same-sex marriage. They are the ones passing voter restriction laws in state after state. They keep saying they “are just trying to protect the sanctity of the vote”. They always leave out one word that really makes their point “white” as in: “we are simply trying to protect the sanctity of the white vote.” Their motto: “If you can’t beat the opposition, cheat!”
They are against livable wages. They refuse to raise the minimum wage. They believe that someone who lacks “basic skills” shouldn’t even be paid the current minimum wage. As a matter of fact, they would like nothing more than to repeal the minimum wage laws.
They are against veterans. They continuously voted against Jobs for Veterans Act. They continuously vote to reduce the VAs budget.
They are against public education. They want to voucherize education and close down public schools. They keep cutting education budgets and would prefer that the Department of Education went away.
They are against clean air and water. They are against food safety. They are against workplace safety. They are against the right to unionize. That is why they want to shut down the EPA, FDA, OSHA, and Department of Labor.
They are against jobs for the middle class. They refuse to even vote on an Infrastructure Bill that would create millions of well-paying middle class jobs for years to come.
They are against the poor. By the way, they are against the “white poor” just as much as “minority poor”. They want to slash Food Stamps and Welfare. As several Republican lawmakers have quoted from the old testament on the House floor, “if you don’t work, you don’t eat”. That is their Christian philosophy that they want to impose on America. Even though most of Americans on Food Stamps DO work full-time at minimum wage!
They are against women equality. They voted against the Equal Pay for Equal Work bills. They voted against the Violence Against Women Act. The keep introducing legislation to eliminate abortion rights. They want to pass legislation banning contraception. They have the firm belief that the woman’s place is in the kitchen and won’t stop until they get them out of the workplace and back in the kitchen.
They are against Immigration Reform. Their idea of Immigration Reform is to build an electrified fence on the border with Mexico and to deport anyone who cannot prove they came here legally. Of course, they are less stringent on “White European” immigration. White Europeans are not “them”!
They are against the Separation of Church and State. Oh, they want the government out of churches, but they are all in favor of imposing their religious beliefs on everyone else. The best way to keep the government out of churches is to have the churches run the government. Problem is, they aren’t very specific as to “which” church should be in charge. Right now they are leaning to Evangelical Christianity. Maybe they are looking for another “Crusade” against the Moors.
They are against the Judicial Branch of government. They don’t think the courts have any right to rule on their versions of what is law and what is not. Oh, they will use the courts to try to overturn things like the ACA and Abortion Rights, but that is about all. That can be the only reason they keep holding up nominations to the D.C. Court of Appeals. as well as other vital appointments. They don’t even give reasons for their refusal to vote on the matter. They simply want the court to have each member simply retire or die and let it go the way of the dodo bird. How can you impose a proper Christian Dictatorship with those pesky courts ruling against you?
In essence, the Republican Party which claims to support the Constitution of the United States are against these Amendments: First, Ninth, Fourteenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-Fourth, Twenty-Sixth. I’m glad the rest of the country doesn’t support the Constitution like these Republicans.
No, it is not too early to start letting the voting public know exactly for what the Republican Party stands. The list is so long, it will take a year just to get the word out. It is time for the Democrats to start taking the offensive in the mid-terms. Let the Republicans try to defend their record, or better yet, their lack of a record during the last five years. Mr. Boehner stated once “don’t judge us by what we passed, judge us by what we have repealed”. Okay, they didn’t pass anything. They didn’t repeal anything. But, they did try to repeal only the laws dealing with basic human rights and dignity. Make sure the people understand that!!!