Sunday, September 30, 2012

How Romney and the GOP Could Have Defeated Obama and the Democrats

Once again the Republican Party finds itself severely deficient in voter confidence. Frankly, most voters are terrified of the Republican Party because they fear its rabid neoconism, military worship, intolerant social conservatives and its fraudulent fiscal conservatism. Even the pundits recognize that something is radically wrong with the GOP.

Romney Needs a Game Changer
Charles Krauthammer: "His unwillingness to go big, to go for the larger argument, is simply astonishing. For six months, he's been matching Obama small ball for small ball... When you're behind, however, safe is fatal."
Go BIG? Krauthammer is a big government statist who vociferously and consistently defends US foreign policy even though it has bankrupted the nation.  The cost of US foreign policy is mindboggling (over $1 trilliion a year), especially in an election environment where Republicans are the clear underdogs as the voter base of the Republican Party continues to shrink.

It's probably too late for a Republican game change because, well, the Republican Party isn't interested in changing a damn thing. At least the creepy Democrats had the good sense to structure a campaign based on perceived change even if it was one big lie.

My crystal ball tells me that folks would have been willing to vote for REAL change if the Republicans offered it.  What is the kind of change that American voters could have believed in?  The simple truth is that folks really do want peace, liberty and prosperity.  Core issues that drastically impede peace, liberty and prosperity are:

1. Defense spending is bankrupting us and we need to kill the militarized empire before it kills America.

$1 Trillion for Defense

With over 1,000 military installations spread around the planet, here, America desperately need to massively shrink the money spent on foreign military bases and foreign wars.

A solution that would have won hearts and minds of the American people: We need a bipartisan committee to slash military spending by at least half. Military spending does not constitute legitimate national defense needs and we need to take the issue out of the closet and put it on the table for a real debate.

For a bankrupt nation swimming in unsustainable debt and an economy in the tank, this is nothing to be proud of:

Yes, America really does spend over 50% of all tax receipts on wars

Yet, Mitt Romney is campaigning on increasing military spending by trillions, here.

2.  We need to permanently end all corporate welfare and subsidies to all corporations because it's protectionist, fascist and breeds nothing by oligarchy.

3.  Abolish all corporate income taxes because it's double taxation, counter-production, anti-economic growth and with the US having one of the highest corporate taxes rates in the industrialized world, the US is no longer considered a friendly place to park capital and build a business.  Besides, many corporations are so big and powerful that they buy themselves tax breaks.

GE Filed 57,000-Page Tax Return, Paid No Taxes on $14 Billion in Profits

4. The Federal income tax or the 16th amendment must be abolished/repealed because it's nothing but a government tool of terror and tyranny.

Taxation is Theft and Tyranny. The Power to Tax is the Power to Plunder and Enslave

While I don't support the Fair Tax or a national sales tax, it's still a whole lot less intimidating and draconian than the income tax.  A national sales tax in place of the income tax would be a decent step in the right direction so long as the 16th was repealed.

5.  Entitlement reform should be a priority because:

Government Cash Handouts Now Top Tax Revenues
U.S. households are now getting more in cash handouts from the government than they are paying in taxes for the first time since the Great Depression.
Households received $2.3 trillion in some kind of government support in 2010. That includes expanded unemployment benefits, as well as payments for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and stimulus spending, among other things.
But that’s more than the $2.2 trillion households paid in taxes, an amount that has slumped largely due to the recession, according to an analysis by the Fiscal Times.
America simply cannot afford the entitlement burden, benefits must be cut, programs should be mean tested to achieve bare bones participation for the neediest and fraud must be addressed.

6.  The issue of the Federal Reserve and bankster bailouts MUST be addressed because bankster bailouts have plundered the nation.

Have You Heard About The 16 Trillion Dollar Bailout The Federal Reserve Handed To The Too Big To Fail Banks?

The ideal solution is to restore the value of the dollar by returning to the gold standard, as prescribed by the Constitution. The Federal Reserve is the biggest crime syndicate in all of human history because it was specifically designed to transfer wealth from the poor and middle class to the wealthy.

7. The massive federal regulatory state is an economy killing issue that Republicans refuse to address.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute does an annual study titled Ten Thousand Commandments, An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.  Astoundingly, the cost of federal regulations alone is a recipe for economic disaster, as reported by CEI. .

• Regulatory compliance costs dwarf corporate income taxes of $198 billion
• Regulatory costs tower over the estimated 2011 individual income taxes of $956 billion by 83 percent. • Regulatory costs of $1.752 trillion amount to 11.7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), estimated at $14.954 trillion in 2011.

Most of these regulations were dreamed up by bureaucrats seeking power and corporations seeking monopolies and protection from competition.

8. Ron Paul's budget was a blueprint for fiscal solvency as well as balancing the budget.  The GOP could have praised it and embraced it as a starting point.  Instead, the Republican Party condemned both Ron Paul and his exceptionally sane fiscal proposal to reign in federal spending.  His son, Sen. Rand Paul, laid out a plan to cut $500 billion in spending and was laughed at by Republicans.  Sen. Paul reduced his plan to $200 billion in cuts and was still laughed at by Republicans.

Neither Mitt Romney nor the Republican Party are addressing the fiscal issues.  Even Freedom Works, a conservative think tank, praised Rand Paul's budget proposal and criticized Paul Ryan's idiotic plan that doesn't even balance the budget until 2040.

Senator Rand Paul’s Budget Plan is Still the Best
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has released his new budget plan called The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal . His plan does contain some praiseworthy proposals such as cutting the corporate tax rate, repealing ObamaCare and ending forms of corporate welfare. However, it does not cut a single federal department and doesn’t balance the budget until 2040.

While the Ryan plan is certainly preferable to President Obama’s budget , it is not as bold as the budget plan introduced by Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Jim DeMint in the Senate. Rand Paul’s plan known as a Platform to Revitalize America would slash four federal departments and balance the budget within five years without raising taxes. Now, we’re talking.
Big problems required big ideas and big solutions. As always, the Republican Party continues to ignore the problems. For the Republicans, it's all about kicking the can down the road and spend, spend and spend.

When the GOP once again gets its ass kicked in a general election, they have nobody to blame but themselves.  If anything, the Republicans should have learned from the Democrats that Americans really do want change, REAL change.  

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