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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:57 AM

The Five Craziest Policies in Texas Republicans’ 2012 Platform

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/10007-the-five-craziest-policies-in-texas-republicans’-2012-platform

The Republican Party of Texas released its 2012 platform this month, outlining its policies on taxation, education, and a host of other issues related to the economy. Texas Republicans, according to the platform, support eliminating the minimum wage and the prevailing wage, doing away with the Department of Education and Department of Energy, and "reducing taxpayer funding to all levels of education" — but those aren't even the most damaging positions.

Here's a look at the five most outrageous beliefs Texas Republicans hold:

1) The party opposes almost all forms of taxation: The Texas GOP supports "repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment," which instituted a national income tax, and instead favors a wildly regressive national sales tax that would hit low- and middle-income Americans hardest. It also favors making the Bush tax cuts permanent and repealing the capital gains tax and the estate tax, the latter of which it claims is "immoral and should be abolished forever." On the state level, it supports abolishing property and business taxes, and property taxes on inventory, and opposes efforts to institute a state income tax, an Internet sales tax, professional licensing fees, and taxes on real estate transactions. Instead, it supports "shifting the tax burden to a consumption-based tax."

2) It supports returning to the gold standard:

3) It supports privatizing Social Security:

4) It opposes multicultural education and "critical thinking":

5) It supports corporal punishment in schools:

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:05 AM

1. Sounds a lot like their national platform

It's going to be a long long campaign season.

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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:48 AM

2. Doesn't this platform also call for the repeal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965?

See http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002860952 .

Wouldn't that count as "craziest policy"?

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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:51 AM

3. The Texas GOP needs to take a field trip to Somalia

They've implemented many planks of their platform.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:30 PM

4. How about witch trials? Where are the witch trials?

 


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