Mark my word, if and when these preachers get a hold of the party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. The government won't work without it. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them." Those were the all too prescient words of Barry Goldwater before he passed away in 1998.
If one takes a look beyond the etch-a-sketch Mitt Romney to his pick for vice president and the Republican platform, one can easily see just how alarmingly prescient his concerns were.
Romney has all but handed over the job of intellectual leader of the Republican party to Paul Ryan, who, like his hero Ayn Rand, views the government as the enemy not the solution. Unfortunately, this puerile vision has become the operating philosophy of the Republican party. The sad part is that Ryan's basic philosophy on how government works has been tried and proved a failure. His budget calls for drastic cuts in taxes for the rich by eliminating taxes on capital gains. The result would be that millionaires like Romney would have a tax rate of less than 1 percent. This is supply side economics, the theory that cutting taxes produces jobs. Reagan tried it in 1980 resulting in a huge hole in the deficit that forced him to enact the largest proportional tax increases in American history. It didn't work for George W. Bush either. By contrast, Clinton raised taxes and we had the largest sustained economic boom in the nation's history.
On social issues, he is in complete agreement with the religious right by voting to defund Planed Parenthood, and co-sponsoring a fetal personhood amendment that would outlaw all abortions and most forms of contraceptives.
Ryan's Medicare proposal shows his utter lack of compassion for the elderly by forcing them to make difficult market choices in the most complicated, opaque markets around. His Medicaid proposal would eviscerate long-term care for the poor.
This from Joe Klein, writing in Time, "These policies are a revision to a more brutal, less humane state of nature. It is an 'idea' whose time has gone."
Gene Rigelon, Front Royal