Saw this first noted at the Motley Cow. Think Progress detailed the five most regressive policies of the Texan 2012 Republican Platform. Here's just two of them...
Think Progress Excerpt:
The party opposes almost all forms of taxation: The Texas GOP supports “repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment,” which instituted a national income tax, and instead favors a wildly regressive national sales tax that would hit low- and middle-income Americans hardest. It also favors making the Bush tax cuts permanent and repealing the capital gains tax and the estate tax, the latter of which it claims is “immoral and should be abolished forever.” On the state level, it supports abolishing property and business taxes, and property taxes on inventory, and opposes efforts to institute a state income tax, an Internet sales tax, professional licensing fees, and taxes on real estate transactions. Instead, it supports “shifting the tax burden to a consumption-based tax.”
Not to mention what an income blind consumption based tax will do for demand - like kill it. But they want to kill demand because you'll be willing to work for literally pennies an hour just to survive when they also kill the minimum wage. Just sweethearts all around.
They're starting right where they left off in 1859. They want their confederacy back and you know something? We can laugh about it for the moment but they're winning the messaging battle right now. Put it this way. When we say "We The People," we mean a government of the people, by the people and for the people. When they say "We The People" they mean "no government." Corporations are people.
Think Progress Excerpt:
It opposes multicultural education and “critical thinking”: “We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive,” the platform says, adding that it supports teaching “common American identity and loyalty instead of political correctness that nurtures alienation among racial and ethnic groups.” In Arizona, where Republicans banned multicultural programs, students in those programs actually out-performed their peers. Texas Republicans also believe “controversial theories” such evolution and climate change — which aren’t controversial at all — “should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced.” There’s more: the GOP also opposes the teaching of “critical thinking skills” because they “focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”
These neanderthals want to keep people segregated and divided - they think it's more peaceful that way. They want to challenge science - but not beliefs or authority? Well, not THEIR beliefs or authority anyways - only yours. Who needs Anders Behring Breivik when we have Scott Walker, Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson?