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Reader’s View: Heed warning about GOP’s return to command – Reuters

With the election coming up, consider the promises made by a GOP member. Senator Rick Scott outlined the party’s goals on These quotes are his, followed by my comments.

“We will enact equal opportunity in education (choice of school).” In other words, give taxpayers’ money to the rich for private school tuition.

“We will make it a federal crime for any prosecutor, including the US Department of Justice, to pursue prosecutions based on political ideology.” Who decides when it’s political?

“Sell all non-essential government assets, buildings and land.” Fire sales for the rich?

“All federal laws expire in (five) years.” Goodbye, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Do you think the GOP would reauthorize these programs?

“We will prevent the federal government from using your tax money for advertising campaigns.” Goodbye, Smokey Bear. More military recruiting. Goodbye, Blue Angels and Thunderbirds.

“We will immediately reduce IRS funding and manpower by 50 percent.” This year, the IRS did not respond to 10% of taxpayer calls. Does downsizing improve this?

Others also hinted at what’s to come:

In July, GOP senators celebrated blocking a bill to provide medical care to veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and smoke. They also locked in a price cap on insulin.

Several GOP attorneys general have asked the Supreme Court whether the Constitution allows state legislatures to appoint electors to the Electoral College, ignoring the state’s popular vote.

The Supreme Court no longer seems to consider privacy a personal right. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that contraception, personal intimacy and same-sex marriage should be reconsidered. Oddly enough, he apparently doesn’t want to see Loving v. Virginia, regarding interracial marriage.

Senator Lindsey Graham warned that if the GOP takes over the House and Senate, “I can assure you we will have a vote” to ban abortion.

We have been warned.

Kenneth Arbogast

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