Some Issues in the 2012 Election
Eagle Forum – October 2012
Contrast in platforms on social issuesThe Democratic platform states: “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion [note: the Democrats no longer say "rare"], regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”
The Republican platform is very different: “We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortions or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage.”
For the first time, the Democrats’ platform strongly supports same-sex marriage. It states: “We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.”
The Republican platform, on the other hand, states: “Congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of States and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions. We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Amazing Vote at Democratic convention – God was intentionally omitted from the DNC platform, then erroneously put back inWhen the Democratic Party Platform came to the Convention floor for approval, it omitted the name of God (which had been in previous Democratic Party Platforms). A motion was made on the Convention floor to put God back into the Platform, a motion that required a two-thirds majority to pass. The chair called for a voice vote, and the Ayes and Nays sounded equal. The chairman looked baffled and called for a second vote. Again the Ayes and Nays sounded equal. Looking flustered, the chairman called for a third vote which again sounded equally divided, or even a bigger and louder No vote. The chairman then read a pre-scripted ruling from the teleprompter, which was obviously false. He ruled that the motion received a two-thirds affirmative vote and was adopted, and rapidly moved on to other Convention business. It’s important for all Americans to know that at least half of the Democratic National Convention delegates thus voted to ban “God” from their Party platform.
Obama sabotages welfare reformBefore 1996, there was nothing temporary about welfare. It was a permanent subsidy for a lifestyle that subsidized illegitimacy and avoidance of responsibility for individual behavior. Contrary to claims of those who opposed the new system, the dramatic success of the Republican welfare reform was due not to giving more flexibility to state governments, but was due to putting tough restrictions on spending the money by the states. In gutting the Republican welfare reform, Obama ignored the fact that the work requirement written into the TANF law is “mandatory.” He just went ahead and issued a waiver anyway, claiming it is OK under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. However, the TANF law states that waivers cannot be issued unless they are specifically listed in Section 1115. Welfare’s “work” requirement is not listed. Our nearly trillion-dollar-a-year 70-plus programs of cash and benefits handouts to people living below a designated poverty line are a fiscal issue caused largely by the social issues of marriage-absence and illegitimacy. Yet President Obama unilaterally and illegally increased this spending by gutting the work requirement for welfare recipients, which is our only real hope of reducing the fiscal cost.
Obama’s goal is to “spread the wealth” to produce more dependency on government.
Democrats have no plan to create jobsThe current unemployment figure is 8.1%. And 40.7% of those have been out of work for 27 weeks or more. Those numbers tell only a small part of Obama’s failure to deliver on his promises. The real unemployment figure is closer to 19% because the official count doesn’t include (a) the 8 million unemployed who have given up and stopped looking for a job, and (b) the people who have had to settle for part-time work, and (c) those who had to take lower-paid jobs well below their qualifications, and (d) the 11 million who are out of the workforce collecting Social Security disability checks. The plight of young Americans is even worse. For 18- to 29-year-olds, the unemployment rate is 12.7%. most recent college graduates cannot get jobs that require a college degree or justify the enormous debt they incur in order to attend college.
Social issues cost a lot of tax moneyAccording to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, entitlement payments in 1960 amounted to $24 billion (in current dollars), but by 2010 had climbed to $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services. In 1960, entitlement payments were well below a third of federal government expenditures, about the same proportion as in 1940. But now, entitlements amount to two-thirds of federal spending, with all other government functions reduced to one-third. These handouts are financed by borrowing from Communist China, leaving a colossal debt to hang around the necks of our children and grandchildren.
Bad facts about Obama’s prospectsOur future of constitutional government will be endangered if Obama has the opportunity to name the next two Supreme Court justices. He says prime qualifications for his judicial nominees will be (not devotion to the Constitution as written but) support for abortion rights and “empathy.”
Beware of the lame duck session