Consistent with the steady rightward march of today’s Republican Party, the 2012 Platform that the GOP finalized yesterday is a document filled with reactionary ideas and policy proposals. Conservative activists have responded gleefully to the platform. For example, as the New York Times reported:
Several prominent conservatives and conservative groups praised the new platform. FreedomWorks, an advocacy group associated with the Tea Party movement, applauded the Republican Party for adopting much of what it called “the Tea Party’s ‘Freedom Platform.’ ” Phyllis Schlafly, a longtime conservative icon, wrote in The Washington Times that this year’s Republican platform “may be the best one ever adopted.”
The important question for voters, who polls show are more interested in the GOP’s platform than they are in Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech, is whether Multiple Choice Mitt would seek to implement the reactionary ideas included in the 2012 GOP Platform or at least not try to stop them if a Republican-control Congress were to pass them. As such, we have reviewed the Platform and have the following questions for Romney about that document, which we hope that the media will ask and voters will demand answers to:
* Does Romney support the Platform’s call to eliminate the estate tax, which applies only to the estates of billionaires and millionaires and is the fairest and most meritocratic tax of all
* Does Romney agree with the Platform that the approval of marriage equality “is an assault on the foundations of our society, challenging the institution which, for thousands of years in virtually every civilization, has been entrusted with the rearing of children and the transmission of cultural values”?
* Does Romney support the Platform’s call for a Constitutional amendment that would ban marriage equality by “defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman”?
* Does Romney support the Platforms’ call for ending Medicare as a “defined-benefit entitlement model” that provides guaranteed and universal health insurance coverage to America’s seniors, and for replacing it with a “defined contribution model” that would leave seniors with only inadequate vouchers to try to purchase insurance in the private insurance industry market?
* Does Romney agree with the Platform that last year’s budget sequestration legislation that requires reductions in military spending starting next year is a “disaster for national security, imperiling the safety of our servicemen and women, accelerating the decline of our nation’s defense industrial base, and resulting in the layoff of more than 1 million skilled workers”? If so, why did Romney select a running mate, Paul Ryan, who voted for those military spending sequestration cuts?
* Does Romney share the Platform’s opposition to the DISCLOSE Act, which would require disclosure of the identity of major donors to super PACs?
* Does Romney share the Platform’s desire to return to the system where the federal government subsidized private banks for providing student loans? In 2010, President Obama and Congressional Democrats saved $68 billion over 10 years by ending those subsidies and having the federal government originate the student loans itself.
* Does Romney agree with the Platform that “family planning” programs for teens should be replaced “with abstinence education which teaches abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior, despite strong evidence that abstinence-only programs do not work?
* Does Romney agree with the Platform’s opposition to legislation that limits the capacity of gun clips or magazines or restores the assault weapon ban?
* Does Romney share the Platform’s support for “a human life amendment to the Constitution and [ ] legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children,” without any mention of exceptions to a ban on abortion in cases of rape, incest, or where the health of the mother is in danger?
* Does Romney agree with the Platform’s opposition to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, which holds promise for finding cures to various diseases?
* Does Romney agree with the Platform’s call for a study of returning to a “fixed value for the dollar,” i.e. the gold standard, which would be economically disastrous.
* Does Romney support the idea that “in any restructuring of federal taxation . . . any value added tax or national sales tax must be tied to the simultaneous repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment, which established the federal income tax”?
The Republican’s 2012 Platform is a document filled with reactionary positions on both social and economic issues. It is beyond time for Multiple Choice Mitt to come clean and publicly commit to whether he supports such reactionary positions, or whether he will oppose them.
If you want to make sure that Romney is never in a position to try to implement the reactionary ideas in the GOP’s 2012 Platform, please write a letter to your local newspaper editor, and sign up to volunteer for President Obama’s re-election campaign.