Still Think Both Parties Are The Same?on August 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Here’s a preview of the GOP’s OFFICIAL platform for 2012 via Think Progress:
NO ABORTION IN CASES OF RAPE OR INCEST. The proposal for a “human life amendment” passed without a hitch — and without any exceptions for rape or incest. The committee didn’t stop there; they also adopted language that would ban drugs that end pregnancy after conception, which could potentially include Plan B, the “morning after pill.”
This will make every miscarriage a potential crime. Women will be treated like birthing chambers with no rights. Want to go to work? Sorry, that might endanger the fetus. Need chemotherapy? Sorry, that might endanger the fetus. Were you raped? Too bad, God wants you to have that baby!
SALUTE TO MANDATORY ULTRASOUNDS. The GOP officially praises states’ “informed consent” laws that force women to undergo unnecessary procedures, require waiting periods and endure other measures meant to discourage them from getting an abortion. One such law receiving a “salute” was crafted by committee head McDonnell, who passed a notorious mandatory ultrasound requirement after he signed an unsuccessful bill to require an even more invasive transvaginal probe ultrasound during an abortion consultation.
Yes, it’s still legal, for now. In the meantime we will force doctors, by law, to lie to their patients, force women to undergo procedures for the express purpose of shaming them and do precisely what Republicans claim they hate: insert government between a patient and their doctor.
NO NEW TAXES, EXCEPT FOR WAR. The platform calls for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority to approve any tax increase, “with exceptions for only war and national emergencies.” It would also deliberately hobble future Congresses through a cap limiting all government spending to historical average percentage of GDP — “so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes.”
This would cripple the government. No tax loopholes would ever be closed, leaving the rich all the wiggle room they need to steal from us. Services for the poor and middle class would be cut year after year while tax cuts for the rich would be waiting the second it looked like the budget might balance. And raising taxes for a war the neo-cons want? Not a chance. It will be “emergency spending” or some such nonsense.
Yup, I can totally see the Democratic Party adopting these regressive measures. They’re just the same as Republicans after all! No difference! Unless you’re a woman, gay, poor, old, Hispanic, black, Muslim, not rich, etc.
Don’t bother voting in November. What possible difference could it make?