3 Proposals That Prove the GOP Hasn’t Budged

We’ve been here before. After what can only be described as a disastrous 2012 election for the GOP in national races Republican leaders are rebranding, trying to convinces women and minority voters that, contrary to its voting record, the Republican party is not just out to protect white guys. And just like previous rebrandings, there’s no reason to believe a word of it.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was tasked with communicating the vision of the new-and-improved GOP. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t anything new and improved about it.

So what are the major policy initiatives unveiled by Republicans to lure back the women and voters of color who have largely abandoned them? On the surface some of them actually sound pretty good. Progressive, even. Take Cantor’s proposal to help working mothers. The Republicans propose allowing hourly employees to convert overtime into future comp-time or flex-time. What hourly worker wouldn’t want the opportunity to work overtime one month and use it as time off the next month without worrying about losing pay? Cantor sells this proposal as a way to respond to the struggle of balancing the demands of work and home yet he and his colleagues in the House have consistently blocked advancements in equal pay as well as ensuring that all workers have access to paid sick and family leave.

The same is true of Republican proposals to reform public education. Cantor and his friends in the right propose directing federal aid to students directly and not schools, an idea that sounds great until it matches up with the GOP budget which calls for $2.7 billion in cuts to spending for disadvantaged students and with no plan for oversight to ensure those dollars are spent on quality education. Much like their plan for higher education which heavily subsidizes for-profit educational businesses at the expense of disadvantaged students by eliminating Pell Grants, the GOP proposal for public school chooses profits over quality and accountability which sounds a lot more like the GOP we’ve all come to know.

But nowhere is the fact that this is nothing more than Compassionate Conservatism 2.0 more apparent than Republican proposals on immigration reform. In 2010 House Republicans, led largely by Cantor, voted against the DREAM Act while his buddies in the Senate did the same. That vote, along with the constant demonizing of “illegals” cost Republicans dearly with Latino voters in 2012. In response, Republicans have backtracked — a little — calling for an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those brought to this country as children. Cantor offered nothing other than a promise that he’s working in “good faith” to address this issue. And with immigrant visas at the heart of the “objection” to renewing the Violence Against Women Act, Cantor telling voters to “trust” Republicans on this issue is almost as disingenuous as Cantor telling voters to trust Republicans on abortion.

As tempting as it is to laugh off this rebranding, we can’t risk it. Republicans have every reason to fight hard to regain footing in 2014, and with an open White House in 2016, they will do whatever it takes to win, and this rebranding is the first step in that direction.


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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

The Republicans in the Senate are working with Democrats to fix our immigration problems.

Maria B.
Maria B5 years ago

@ Cletus W.
Btw. I think you must be a very angry and frustrated person... according to your foul language.
Sorry, for not answering the same way, but I don't go so low!!

Maria B.
Maria B5 years ago

@ Cletus W. ; Don't shoot the messenger!

If you would have read my previous post, you would have known WHY I posted this... because like I said then, there are bad apples on both sides of the aisle and that was only one example how horrible and bad some ideas and statements from the left are ... and that people could slam the democrats just the same like you all slam the republicans all the time.
Just an example and and also the answer to David Y., like you could surely read.

What I don't understand, I posted this terrible statement from Krugman about the death panel and that is how "we" do it! ... and insteadt of you being outraged about such a statement -- what could become reallity -- (it has being ignored so far), you are annoyed that I posted it?? And all you have to say is, that it has nothing to do with this article? I guess, you don't like it and don't want to hear it... but it is still a fact!!! If you like it or not. And it is despicable and outrages!!!
If a republican would have made such statement ... we would never hear the end of it how stupid and evil they are!
You understand WHAT this means : a "death panel" ? Nice idea from the left. Older people will be very frighten by it.

Cletus W.
Cletus W.5 years ago

Maria B. and Sharon R. -- READ the STORY!!!

Then tell us, just how are the cherry-picked sins you bring up concerning [D]s relevant to the STORY??!!

You [R]s always substitute unabashed uberpartisan DEFLECTION for cogent, ontopic analysis in almost any discussion you participate in. There must be something intellectually dulling in that stale milk you are ingesting as you suckle at the teats of the rightwing underbelly.

Gene Jacobson
Gene J5 years ago

"Cantor offered nothing other than a promise that he’s working in “good faith” to address this issue. And with immigrant visas at the heart of the “objection” to renewing the Violence Against Women Act, Cantor telling voters to “trust” Republicans on this issue is almost as disingenuous as Cantor telling voters to trust Republicans on abortion."

Anytime a republican opens his/her mouth and the word comes out? You can be pretty darn sure that is exactly what is NOT going to happen. There are no people in the country better at doublespeak than republicans and republican "think tanks" (the very phrase is an oxymoron). They all talk in code. What they really mean is the exact opposite of what they say. They've perfected the technique over the past 30 years or so, so well that I actually think some of them believe themselves to be "reformers" what with the wonderful way they've reformed the American economy so that the 1% get richer and everyone else doesn't. All the while making us pedestrian thinkers feel bad for not doing more the downtrodden victims of middle class warfare against the wealthy for no reason other than that we are jealous. No merit to any argument that presupposes an equitable distribution of wealth is a good thing.

Maria B.
Maria B5 years ago

It is the 1. link I was refering to !

(the 2. link is just this thread again)

Maria B.
Maria B5 years ago

@ David Y.
It seems, you must not have read or ignored (?) my 2. post where I gave an example ...

I post it again, but I think, it will not get a lot of attention here.... unfortunately!
But it is the truth and a very scary truth :

Paul Krugman is a liberal and I am sure, that lots of liberals will find it scary what he said a few days ago. It was despicable and shocking, but I don't see a lot of outrage from the liberals.

He said : "'Death Panels and Sales Taxes is How We Do This'"

This doesn't sound good, does it?


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Neil A.
Neil A5 years ago

The repugs will be very unlikely to change their ugly greedy spots.

David H.
David H.5 years ago

When Republican presidential hopeful. Abe Lincoln, was on the campaign trail in 1860 his opponent in a debate accused him of being two-faced to which he, not as famously as it should be, replied, "If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?" The good-looking one is not an option for these Republicans, both their faces are ugly.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

"The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." — Albert Einstein