If you are considering replacing President Obama with any of the Republicans now running (or thinking of running) for their nomination, then think about what most or all of them would like to do for you and our country: no regulations; no tax increases (preferably no Federal taxes); no Federal Reserve; no Environmental Protection Agency; no Department of Education; no respect for science or scientists; no abortions; no civil rights for labor, gays, minorities, or women; no separation of church-state; no Social Security; no Medicare; no Medicaid; no unemployment insurance; no retraining funds; and no federal aid to education, research, or health care. And if states are further starved of federal funds, there would be further reductions in police forces, fire departments, public education, road maintenance, courts, and other vital services.
Would you like to live in such a country?
The current leading Republican candidate is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He has been open to Texas seceding from the United States. He believes Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme,” and he is not convinced that Social Security and Medicare are constitutional. He doesn’t accept overwhelming scientific evidence of global warming. He supports teaching “intelligent design” to children in public schools. He is anti-abortion, and anti-gay marriage. He opposes the federal income tax (which provides 45% of government revenue). He described the 1913 passage of the 16th and 17th Amendments as “a great milestone on the road to serfdom.” The New York Times (8/25) claims that he wants to make government “inconsequential,” even though “he has made government very consequential – for his political career.” And there is a great deal more about Gov. Perry that is just as scary or worse.
So again I ask, would you want to live in a country in which Rick Perry is the President?