The new Republican Ten Commandments, and my thoughts in bold.
(1) Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill
Opposition to fiscal policy that may well have avoided something similar to the real “great” depression, that was made worse by attempting to balance the budget during a downturn. But apparently support for the existing medicare, judging from points below any and every war that comes along. It doesn’t compute.
(2) Market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
No one is suggesting anything like the British National Health to my knowledge.
(3) Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
Cap and trade is a market based policy. “Drill baby drill” is not a market based policy. Neither are other policies that just boil down to if someone thinks they can make money at something we blithely allow it. Market based means: using policy to give private incentives to do what is in the overall public interest.
(4) Workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check
(5) Legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
I question the sincerity of support for legal immigration, especially with the word “assimiliation” added in here. Those who erupt about immigration I don’t think are concerned about legal or illegal really. What they want is fewer people they aren’t comfortable with.
(6) Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
Does this mean that only surges are supported? Is there a desire to be judicious in use of military force, and maintain civilian control of the military?
(7) Containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat
I think nuclear weapons for these power or other we don’t like may eventually be inevitable. I’m not sure any politician want to admit that.
(8) Retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
Is this really a major issue in affecting anyone’s life?
(9) Protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
Reality may be that either private insurance or a public option may ultimately not pay for every kind of healthcare that we can perform, if not afford.
(10) The right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership
Is this a real issue?