As most of you know, the Republican mantra is “lower taxes, less government.” But for whom? The past couple of years have revealed the Republican agenda as never before.
Take the Bush taxes cuts. Democrats want the tax cuts for millionaires to expire, which would save $700 billion over the next 10 years. But Republicans have made an extension of tax cuts for the wealthy their top priority. And Republicans are willing to filibuster an extension of unemployment benefits to get their way.
This past election cycle, Republicans and their phony Tea Party candidates ran as populists, claiming to represent all Americans. Yet Republican legislative votes tell another story.Just today, Republican Senators voted against a bill that would provide health care to 9/11 responders. They have consistently voted against extensions of unemployment benefits for those struggling in the recession created by Republican policies.Republicans fought against regulation of Wall Street. They fought against health care reform that would limit the obscene profits of large pharmaceutical companies and giant health insurance while providing health care access to more than 30 million working Americans. They fought against stricter regulation of oil companies following the Gulf oil spill, and even apologized to BP when the Administration held BP accountable.
Republicans have successfully fought to eliminate estate taxes on large inheritances. They have fought to lower capital gains taxes on investments. They have voted against closing tax loopholes on large corporations that ship jobs to other countries. They have fought against regulations against large corporations that create P.O. Box “headquarters” in other countries in order to avoid paying U.S. income taxes. They have promoted no-bid contracts for private contractors to take over military functions such as “security”, transportation and food preparation.
Republicans have reduced funding for public schools while increasing funding for private and parochial schools. They have made it easier for corporations to clear-cut our forests, for large mining operations to remove mountain tops, and for large electric generating companies to pollute our air and lakes. At the same, they have refused to support alternative energy that would create competition for Big Oil and Big Coal.
Republicans claim that all of these actions create jobs and reduce taxes – a theory that has been thoroughly disproven. So why do working class Americans continue to support the party that has so obviously sold its soul to large corporations and the wealthy?
You tell me.