Now that we are in the presidential election season you will hear alot more of the following from conservative media outlets, particularly talk radio, “President Obama will destroy our way of life, he is a Socialist, a Marxist who will take away your property rights, take way your liberties, take way your children’s liberties”! If so many people didn’t buy into this nonsense it would be humorous. Unfortunately, there is a segment of the right wing conservative Tea Party crowd aka “right wing-nuts” who actually believe the nonsense that’s fed to them by these conservative shock-jocks.
The reality is that if anyone is proposing to “take away” rights from the American people it would be the Republican Party. Here’s a sampling:
Republicans want to “take way” Social Security and privatize it. They want you to take your retirement savings and put it in private investment accounts that would of course be administered by Wall Streeters, who will reap handsome fees for managing them.They believe that even if you are poor you should be disciplined enough to take some money out of your paycheck and invest in the stock market and then stomach the ups and downs of market values to boot. How nice.
Republicans want to “take away“ Medicare.Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) wants you to fend for yourself when you reach your retirement years and pay part of your health insurance through a voucher system. The more healthcare costs rise the more you pay. They want to protect the insurance industry from the high medical bills of our elders. How compassionate.
Republicans want to “take away” minimum wage and overtime pay. This how Republicans plan to help the American working class, by letting big business pay them even less. If this along with the tax cuts for the rich doesn’t sum up the GOP as the party by and for the wealthy, what does?
Republicans want to “take away” your unemployment compensation. Their attitude is that most Americans are lazy so why reward it. Perhaps they figure if worst comes to worst you can always stand on a street corner hoping to get a days’ work as a day laborer.
Republicans want to “take away” a union member’s collective bargaining rights. Public employees and their unions have been the biggest target of Republicans since the mid-term elections. Despite the fact that public employees have given back wages and benefits to help balance state budgets while Wall Street bankers and CEOs got huge bonuses. The same CEO’s that they want to put you at the mercy of by taking away your civil right to collective bargaining.
Republicans want to “take away” funding for your kid’s public education. That’s right send your kids to private schools like Governor Chris Christie and pay for it out of your own pockets. Can’t afford it you say? There’s always home-schooling.
Republicans want to take away woman’s rights. The attack on women is particularly dispicable. They want to defund Planned Parenthood – no more funding for pregnancy counseling, screening tests for breast cancer, and all of the many non-abortion services that Planned Parenthood provides to women, particularly of lower income.
So unlike the outrageous claims heard on conservative talk radio, these are some of the true Republican “take aways” that will punish the poor, children, women, the unemployed, and the working- class if the Republican Party has their way and push through their agenda.