This article is part two of a three piece edition of articles explaining the philosophy of the current Republican Party. These articles were driven from three previous articles we published on how the GOP has declared war on America as we know it and how cowardly the GOP really is. (We have included the links to the articles that generated this series at the end.) The first article in this series "The Religious Right is the American Taliban" detailed the philosophy of the Religious Right in the Republican Party. This second article will go into the economic philosophy of the Tea Party which has taken over the agenda of the GOP. The third article in this series will deal with the small government philosophy of the current Republican Party.
In part one we stated the philosophy of the current Religious Right in the Republican Party is: America is exceptional because God has blessed this nation above all others because of our Christian beliefs and that our nation must adopt these principles as we see it within our government, schools, and society, as it is God's will that we do so. Within this philosophy this group believes they have the God given right and responsibility to enforce their beliefs on others, assure their belief system stands above all others, and they have been anointed to determine God's will in the only correct manner. In this article we proved how immoral it is to vote for any politician that would not publically denounce the Religious Right and refuse to accept any campaign contributions from them. In this article we will show how unethical it would be to vote for any Tea Party Candidate.
The economic philosophy of the Tea Part is that: The Federal Government must be starved of funds in order to restrict the size of government so that it does not have the ability to dictate to corporations or state governments in a way that would restrict them from operating according to the standards that they set themselves.
Although many people within the Tea Party hold these views from the perspective of being independent as they see their forefathers were, most in the Tea Party do not understand the underlying philosophy. We see this many times in signs and placards at Tea Party rallies such as one of my favorites that states: "Keep Your Government Hands Off My Medicare". As with so many things, many of the Tea Party members do not understand that if the funding for the things that they hold most dear were to be eliminated they would then be soley at the mercy of the unscrupulous who have set the agenda of the Tea Party and corporations.
Below we will explore a few of the concepts of the philosophy that the Tea Party actually stands for and how the impact of those policies are flawed and cannot even pass a simple examination of the ethics of this philosophy.
First let's look at how the Tea Party wishes to restrict the power of the Federal Government by restricting funds and what the impact of that philosophy really is currently and will be in the future if left unchecked. Grover Norquist and others have pushed the Tax Pledge for America for many years now that has become a battle cry of the Tea Party. There are only a few Republican politicians in the house and senate that have not been forced to sign this pledge in order to be elected to any office in the Republican Party. What exactly is this pledge, why was it developed, and what is the goal of the pledge. You will hear many in the Tea Party just saying that their taxes are high enough, that the government should restrain spending rather raising taxes, and that the money should go to the states instead of the Federal Government. Let's look at the two part philosophy of what this pledge really means. First, no one can or should argue that government does need to restrain spending and be good stewards of our money. At the same time, tax revenues fluctuate, population fluctuates, and the needs of nation fluctuate. The Tea Party philosophy is to lower tax rates and stating that never again can taxes be raised under any circumstances. When the nation then faces a war, natural disaster, or other things that impact the ability of the government to meet the established budget, the only alternative is to then cut more government spending (services such as Medicare, Social Security, Education, Environmental Protections, Arts and Sciences, Infrastructure, etc.) thus reducing the size of government. This philosophy leaves no room for the the Federal Government to do anything but shrink no matter the needs of the nation. As this policy over time will reduce the Federal Governments ability to protect it's citizens, control corporations, or provide for the common good, this philosophy is unethical and dangerous for the common good.
Make no mistake about it, the philosophy of the Tea Party is not to reduce your tax rate. The philosophy is to eliminate the ability of the Federal Government to restrict corporations, states, or the individual by eliminating funding for the government. Under the falacy of stating the goal is to reduce the tax rate, the Tea Party is:
a) Proposing that the tax rates on corporations and the rich be reduced to create jobs when in fact it is to starve the federal government.
b) Declaring the poor pay no tax. In reality, the poor pay a higher rate of tax than the rich by far. The poor pay sales tax, tax on gasoline, property tax, road taxes, and multiple other taxes that a much higher rate of tax by percentage of income than any other segment of our society. Although those in lower tax brackets may pay littel to no income tax, as a percentage of income they are still paying a much higer tax rate than any other segment of our society.
c) Allowing coprorations even further tax reductions only assures that corporations have the money to inflict their will further on our society, be less productive and innovative, be less accountable, keep profits flowing to the richest in our society, and choose to ignore what is good for us a society as the government would no longer be able to regulate them.
d) Assuring that corporations fill the void for providing (infrastructure, health insurance or Medicare, social security through private investments, education, prison systems, and everything else) so that we all must pay for these services to specific corporations. When unable to pay for these services the laws will be in favor of incarceration so that our labor will be cheap as we will be prisoners of the corporations. (You may think this is far fetched but it is happening in many states right now.) Look around at how many privately ran schools and prison now exist in the US and then think how they are being filled. Also think about if it would be in the best interest of these corporations to have people diverted from prison or to have good rehabilitation programs in place or if it would benefit them more to have people fail. Remember their goal for their stock holders is to make money.
To see how this is working in our society today we only need to look at the two unfunded wars started under the last Republican Administration. Although the Bush Administration sold us a bill of goods in a lot of ways we bought this argument and are responsible as a society since we backed them at the time. This then becomes our nations wars and we are responsible. Instead of paying for our mistakes the Tea Party would not allow tax increases to pay for them. Instead the Bush Administration actually lowered taxes during a time of war and now the Tea Party is using parliamentary tactics to not allow even a discussion of tax increases to pay for these. Instead they want to lower taxes more and force the government to cut taxes even furhter to weaken the Federal Governments ability to govern and regulate. All of this talk of unfair taxing of corporations and the rich is just smoke and mirrors to reduce the size and influence of the government and has nothing to do with what they profess.
Since the real goal of the Tea Party is to restrict government and leave the most vulnerable in our society less protected, this philosophy is unethical. For this reason we believe that no member of the Tea Party can receive one vote unless you in turn are willing to acknowledge that you too are unethical.
In these first two articles we have shown to vote for a party that supports the Religious Right is immoral and to vote for a party that supports the Tea Party is unethical. We will wrap up this series with the small government philosophy of the current Republican Party and tie all three of these philosophies together to show exactly how unjust this party has become.
If you would like to review the entire series of articles leading up to the final article we recommend the following links:
This is your America. Are you going to start looking at what is really going on here? Can you vote for the immoral and unethical? You have to make that call.