REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PLATFORM SURVEY, By Louise Annarino, July 31,2012

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2012 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PLATFORM SURVEY, By Louise Annarino, July 31, 2012

I just received a copy of the 2012 Republican platform survey in today’s mail.Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus sent it to me after “ compiling and modeling demographic information for the thousands of activists in our database, you were selected to represent voters in your area”. Wow, is there database off! Guess they never read my blog.

It offers some insight into what to expect of a Romney platform. They divided it into seven sections, not including demographic and contribution sections. Below is list of what to expect of Romney:

SECTION 1 – PRESIDENTIAL PERFORMANCE (phrased as disapprove Obama):

-strengthen border security

-reduce federal spending

-keep taxes low

-repeal Obamacare

-expand domestic exploration for oil and gas

-stimulate job creation in private sector

-rein in government employees’ unions

-demand free and open trade

SECTION 2 – ECONOMIC ISSUES(phrased as disapprove Obama):

-federal balanced budget amendment

-cut inflation (there is none at this time)

do not increase tax on the wealthy

N.B. no mention of JOBS, green economy,research and development, consumer protection,banking,investment or mortgage oversight.

 

SECTION 3 – ENTITLEMENT SPENDING:

-phased-in increase in retirement/eligibility age for Social Security Benefits, not affecting anyone currently over age 50.

-exempt retirees from property tax increases on their residences

-allow those under age 50 to put a portion of their Social Security withholdings into private accounts they control but cannot access without penalty until they retire?

N.B. No mention of agricultural subsidies,food stamps,medicaid,medicare,AFDC, education.

 

SECTION 4 – NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES (phrased as disapprove Obama):

-do more to counter Iran’s nuclear ambitions

-demand Pakistan reform its military and intelligence to receive military aid

-stopping illegal immigration a national priority

-stop treating other countries as America’s equals

-do more to ensure Chinese markets are open and fair to US imports

N.B. No mention of domestic nor international terrorism, war on drugs, gun control, cyber-hacking, military spending, transportation:rail,air,roads,bridges etc.

 

SECTION 5 – HEALTH CARE ISSUES:

immediate and total repeal of Obamacare and new health care taxes.

Three questions then imply: 1- media and government are hiding truth about Obamacare and must be forced to disclose informtion. 2 – Real intent of Obamacare is to pave way for single-payer healthcare. 3 – government run health care cannot provide quality care.

N.B.  No mention of medicare,medicaid,Hill-Burton emergency care,hospital safety-records,FDA, EPA.

 

SECTION 6 –  VALUE ISSUES:

-Supreme Court must overturn Roe v. Wade

-strong pro-life plank must be kept

-stop federal funds to organizations primarily performing abortions

school vouchers for public, private and parochial (religious) schools of their choice.

N.B. No mention of poverty,hunger,lack of health care,racism,sexism,homophobia,equal pay, national parks,internet access for all,maintaining postal services.

 

We can earn as much by what is offered as by what remains unsaid; what the Republican party values as well as what it discounts as unimportant. There is a difference between the parties, no matter how many times political commentators  use the phrase “BOTH PARTIES”. No, they are not the same.

 

I will send in my survey pronto. That’s Italian for “right away”. It may slightly skew their expected results. Bene!

 

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