Portman sounds reasonably responsible and appears to make sense. That is, ... until you realize that no matter what Rob Portman says, the Republican Party vote as a block.
What the Republican leadership wants, is what you get from them. [They've voted "no" on everything President Obama wants]
This is the Republican Party platform:
- To put your social security in the hands of *** ... that's what Republicans mean when they say they want to privatize social security. We all know what happened on Wall Street in 2008 and the corruption that exists on Wall Street. The people who had their money invested in Wall Street in 2008, lost [depending on where they had their money invested] almost half their savings. It will take years to get just their original investment back.
- They want Medicare to either go away, or put Medicare in the hands of private insurance companies. You know, ... those companies who, until President Obama and a majority Democratic Congress said "no way", wanted to deny you coverage based on pre-existing conditions, denied you coverage, and had annual and lifetime limits (these insurance companies also make some personal information and medical information available to MIB [the Medical Information Bureau] members - who are other insurance companies).
- Republicans want to set the clock back on the "Americans with Disabilities Act", because, we believe, they don't want employers to have to shell out money to accommodate disabled (blind, other handicapped) people (even though many of these companies get federal subsidies and tax breaks to help accommodate the disabled) . BUT IT'S MORE THAN THAT ... THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT A BUSINESS HAS THE RIGHT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYBODY THEY DAMN WELL PLEASE.
They don't believe in a minimum wage (even though in 2008 they were pressured to support it) ... they don't want to even talk about a living wage. With this party, UP IS DOWN AND DOWN IS UP. They twist the facts, or out and out lie.
The CORPORATION'S INTERESTS always comes first with them. ALWAYS! And isn't it revealing that large corporations (such as News Corp who owns FOX news) are giving millions and millions of dollars to the Republican Party or running deceptive TV ads.
Even corporations in India (where many of your jobs have been outsourced) are giving thousands of dollars to the Republican Party.
The difference between conservatives and liberals lie in the underlying philosophy/ideology. Conservatives believe corporations should do whatever they want ... whether it helps the American worker or not. They feel corporations should not be penalized for looking outside the United States for cheap labor and exploiting another country's resources.
Progressive Democrats, (unlike the neoliberal or new Democrat) want to create jobs here in the United States, and they want to keep jobs here in the United States. Their philosophy/ideology is to put the American worker first, instead of the corporation.
Many of the poorest states in the country are held by Republicans. Are these people stupid or do they just have delusional thinking?
Look this country started losing jobs way before 2008, and started losing jobs in the millions starting in 2007 [under Republican leadership]. It will take some time to turn this country around. You decide ... do you want the corporations to rule, or the average American?
Reagan said he was against raising taxes; however, he raised taxes.
Most European (socialist) countries, and Australia, Israel, Canada (a socialist country) ... have universal health care.
The Republican Party (today) is much further right than Reagan (and Reagan was a moderate Republican).
Republicans support the "Military Industrial [Congressional] Complex"
***Matt Taibbi on Wall Street, etc.
"Rather than Investigating Foreclosure Fraud, House Republicans Vow to Investigate Loans to Poor People", October 18 2010
The socialism Ronald Reagan railed against .... read:
Why Germany Has It So Good -- and Why America Is Going Down the Drain
Financial Regulatory Reform July 21, 2010
Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act [only 4 Republicans voted for it in the U. S. Senate]
"AARP supported the passage of "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act" [July 2010]
A look at the Stimulus/ Outsource hoopla created by conservatives