Saturday, October 29, 2011

Haven't We Heard This Before?

Newly released is a 7-point agenda, though #5 certainly appears as though it should go with #3 or #7, though it seems the candidate believes it applies to #4. (It's kind of hanging out there.) Consider:

1. Stop overspending immediately. We are now overspending by 4 billion dollars a day.

2. Balance the budget.

If this is not done, then we will experience a total collapse of our economy and way of life.

3. Reduce military spending.

All military on foreign soil should be brought back immediately and all future involvement of military on foreign soil should not be engaged until our country has become economically strong again. The security of our nation must be reexamined and our military spending must be cut by several billion dollars.

4. Deport all illegals. We must immediately begin the deportation of the 20 million illegal aliens living in our country. This would be an operation similar to what Eisenhower did to provide jobs for the soldiers who were coming home after the war.

5. Also saving us 400 billion dollars per year.

6. Reduce corporate taxes. Our corporate taxes are the highest in the world. Corporate taxes must be reduced immediately in order to encourage people to start new business and existing corporations to expand, thus producing the jobs that are needed.

7. Reduce bureaucracy. We must reexamine the bureaucracy of our government and businessses. We are dying and drowning in bureaucracy, rules and regulations. Companies must be held accountable for the consumer's protection, but the over-control and overkill that we have is destroying our companies.

That is the agenda of Dr. Terry Jones, the virulently anti-gay pastor of the Christian (sort of), independent, Westboro Baptist Church, who has announced he is running for President of the U.S., though of Hades he might have been ideal.

Meanwhile, there has been no word whether the campaign of the libertarian conservative, Dr. Ron Paul, intends to sue Jones for plagiarism. Paul never would publicly burn a Koran and probably has nothing but contempt for individuals who would picket a funeral service for a gay member of the Armed Forces. And guilt by association is regrettable. Still, it is reassuring that this face of evil has not released a program of liberal principles, except arguably #3, which is more isolationist and libertarian than liberal.

Reduction of military spending is, obviously, not part of the Repub agenda. But the other five provisions (cutting government spending, balancing the budget, a hard-line on illegal immigration, reducing corporate taxes, slashing government regulation and public employees) all are part of the modern GOP playbook. That means nothing, of course; but if the demon from Florida had released proposals in most ways not mimicking Repub talking points, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Ingraham, and so many others would be having a field day.

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