Back to the future…
Posted November 12, 2015on:
Tuesday night’s debate defined a new term for me – helicopter child. It seemed as though Marco Rubio never allowed ten seconds to elapse without mentioning his Cuban parents. His ancestry hovers with drone-like precision over just about everything he says. His helicopter childishness also extends to his sugar daddy, billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the Macau casino magnate.
But Rubio has skills. He’s glib, well-rehearsed, well-trained in the ways of the media since that unfortunate hydration incident, and just ethnic enough without scaring the white folks to get to that magical, but illusive 40% Hispanic vote.
Unless he is kneecapped by the other immigrant hating Cuban/Canadian Ted Cruz, Rubio could be the nominee. Even if he isn’t, he previewed the Republican theme for 2016 – this election is about the future.
The future – a noun meaning things that are yet to come – things that have not yet happened – things that are unseen and surprising. Let’s take a quick look at how unsurprising the future looks to these Republicans.
The future economic plan of Republicans is to once again cut taxes on the rich and corporations, end all semblance of regulation, and sit back and watch the good times roll. Let’s see, that’s been tried again and again and it has worked exactly – NEVER.
The future of monetary regulation is to tie our currency to a gold standard once again. Now that’s a plan, abolish the Federal Reserve and empower Glenn Beck and the gold coin peddlers to set the world’s currency rates.
The future of energy regulation is no regulation and abolition of all green energy initiatives. As Rand Paul so eloquently stated, we should be burning more coal – a technology first utilized 3,000 years ago.
The future of reproductive rights is the abolition of Planned Parenthood and women’s health clinics wherever their sinning ways are condoned. The rosy future painted in the Republican world is one where lucky women have only marriage sanctioned sex, in the missionary position, with loving, providing husbands as if their lives depended on it – because without exceptions to abortion it does.
The future of the IRS is somewhere between Cruz’ postcard and the three pages of the Fiorina plan. These conservative cockle-warming ideas essentially move all revenue production – every last cent – to the backs of workers. The talk of a flat tax on business is nothing more than a politically palatable name for a value added tax on consumable goods, meaning, businesses will pay absolutely nothing.
The future of environmental regulation is repealing any action taken by Obama on clean water, clean air, or land management. While on the way to this Republican idyllic dystopian nightmare, we will be required to burn effigies of Richard Nixon – the President who first signed environmental legislation.
The future of our foreign policy is more action and less talking. In fact, there will be no foreign policy only a trillion dollars in military expenditures. When we create that military, everyone will love us or we will invade them, take their oil, disband their government, dismantle their social institutions, and install a new government to our liking. Wait, that sounds vaguely familiar.
The Republican future means repealing healthcare reform and consumer protection. That is a future where it will be easier to go bankrupt when you get sick without hampering the unsung heroes of the free market – debt collectors.
That’s a small sampling of the future according to those who aspire to be the Republican Presidential nominee. Here’s my hope – I hope the eventual nominee is articulate, tireless, and robust in his advocacy of this Republican inspired future. It will just make it all the easier for Hillary – just think of all the ads inspired by Back to the Future.
Enjoy your Thursday and take the conversation in any direction you might like.
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