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Posted by on Mar 11, 2009 in Politics | 10 comments

2010 Republicans: A Moderate Republican Platform?

Jim McGrody, a blogger from Texas, has put together a possible platform for Republicans as they enter the 2010 midterms. It’s called simply, “2010 Republicans.” Here is what he says:

What does it mean to be a 2010 Republican? One often hears the expression, “Strong on defense, fiscally conservative and socially moderate”. Although this is the essence of the answer it does not go far enough to allow the shaping of public policy.

We do hear a lot about being fiscally conservative and socially moderate,” but that doesn’t say a whole lot. So, McGrody started putting together the bones of a plan. The platform is long, but you do need to read the whole thing. Here is a sampling on two topic, fiscal policy and social inclusion:

Fiscally Conservative

A “2010 Republican” believes that tax cuts stir growth and job creation. However, a “2010 Republican” is not necessarily opposed to new spending – provided that such spending is offset, when possible, with appropriate cuts of ineffective programs.

Earmarks should be controlled, if not eliminated. And, there must be transparency in the reporting of all spending. Finally, all spending programs must have a “sunset” date insuring that no program overstays its legislative purpose.

The budget should be balanced and if we forego a tax cut to help bring the budget into balance, so be it.

Fiscal and monetary policy should provide incentives for the private sector to invest in their businesses. Such investment will drive job growth and the economic engine of America.

Common sense regulatory policies are both appropriate and necessary.

Socially Inclusive

A “2010 Republican” believes that there should be no religious litmus test to be a member of the Party.

A “2010 Republican” believes that abortion is a difficult issue and he/she may or may not be pro-life. However, public policy should be so directed as to make abortion rare and a deeply-informed decision. Adoption alternatives should be aggressively developed and funded.

A “2010 Republican” believes that federal funds should not be used for abortions and supports legislation that restricts such use.

A “2010 Republican” believes that end-of-live decisions are a matter between the patient, his or her family and his or her doctor.

A “2010 Republican” believes that social policy should be based on broadly based moral positions and not personally-held religious beliefs.

Rigorous personal integrity and personal responsibility are critical to the successful implementation of social policy.

“2010 Republicans” believe that marriage is, indeed, a sacred institution and should be protected. Given the biological imperative of a marriage between one man and one woman, such marriages should be supported with appropriate legislation and tax policy. However, recognizing the pluralistic nature of American society, civil unions should be recognized.

Equal opportunity must be the rule of law. A “2010 Republican” believes that all men are created equal but that equal ‘outcomes’ must not be socially engineered.

Again, read the whole thing.

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  • Don Quijote

    Fiscally Conservative

    A “2010 Republican” believes that all personal debt should be paid and that indentured servitude stir growth and job creation.

    A “2010 Republican” believes that war creates jobs and improves the economy and that someplace there must be some defenseless third world rat that needs to be remade into a “democracy”.

    Socially Conservative

    Equal opportunity must be the rule of law. A “2010 Republican” believes that all white men of wealth are created equal but that equal ‘outcomes’ must not be socially engineered.

    A “2010 Republican” believes that all should learn their place in the social order, women should be barefoot, pregnant in the kitchen, negroes, mexicans and white trash should be in the field working for their betters, Asians should be seen but not heard and homosexuals should be in the closet.

  • Skaredykatt

    Fiscally Conservative Democrat.

    Believes that money is simply printed to fix everything.

    Believes that spending the country into bankruptcy is okay as long as its funding the murder of fetus’s but not to kill terrorist who are blowing people up by the truck loads.

    Believes that no one is a bad person, they just dont have enough printed money to spend.

    Believes that Just saying NO only applies to work.

    Believes that Life is precious and that they should spend it drunk and doped up.

    Believes that all those big businesses that create jobs are evil empires who want you to do something really stupid like “Earn your paycheck.”

    Believes that equal opportunity only applies to the poor and that the rich should be punished for finding a way to succeed.

    A new democrat believes that there is no God and that is why they must fund stem cell research in order to prolong their life here on the planet further eroding our tax dollars and making our life more miserable by having to fund their drug addiction, booze addiction with health care and welfare.

    Difference between a New Republican and a New Democrat? New Republicans want to be old Democrats and New Democrats want to kill god and their conscience so they can print more money to spend on stuff to prolong their miserable lives so they can put off the risk of actually meeting God when they die.

  • Wow. Very moderate responses here. Nice job.

    /end snark

    Saw this last night and am glad you shared the link, Dennis. I think Jim McGrody has done a good job of articulating a number of positions that the GOP needs to seriously address if it’s going to return to viability. There are items with which I agreed strongly (and some with which I didn’t, of course).

    But his post has kicked off a good discussion as well. Interesting how he’s come under attack almost immediately as just another RINO, or a Dem Lite. Clear evidence of the ongoing schism.

    Hopefully the discussion of specific positions on these sticky issues will spread more widely, though. There’s a great deal of ground there that many moderates would find workable.

  • Leonidas

    I could agree with most of the platform in the article. I do have one exception:

    “2010 Republicans” believe that marriage is, indeed, a sacred institution and should be protected. Given the biological imperative of a marriage between one man and one woman, such marriages should be supported with appropriate legislation and tax policy. However, recognizing the pluralistic nature of American society, civil unions should be recognized.”

    Disagree with the appropriate legislation and tax policy bit. I see no reason to treat married people differently from those in civil unions, or those who are single. There should be only one filing status for all Americans, and giving any tax breaks or penalties because they choose to engage in a religious ceremony or civil bond should not make them required or enttled to pay taxes at a different rate from other Americans.

  • superdestroyer

    Since the Repubicans are irrelevant, it does not matter what they believe or how they believe it. I wonder what a moderate Repubican believes about immigration since unlimited immigration has made conservatives irrelevant? I wonder what a moderate Repubican believes about deficit spending since the last eight years were lead by moderate Republicans who added $5 trillion to the national debt.? What does a moderate Republican say about maintaining open borders and unlimited immigration while having new security rules at airports, universities, industrial facilities? What does a moderate Republlican say about the dismal state of public education?

  • Don Quijote

    Polimom,

    A) This is a website on the internet, expecting moderation is a bit much…

    B) Where were all those moderates when George W Bush was using the constitution to wipe his ass, when George W Bush lied us into a pointless war in the Middle East?

  • “…expecting moderation is a bit much…”

    Yes, I know. OTOH, noticing when people are outrageously over the top on a moderate site (because that is, in fact, what the site name suggests…) kind of comes with the territory too.

    Superdestroyer — interestingly enough, several of your questions are answered at the link.

    • Don Quijote

      You still haven’t told me where all those moderates that keep popping out of the wood works where between 2000 and 2008.

  • CStanley

    Kudos, Polimom. 😉

  • Jim_Satterfield

    The platform is at least one I can respect for the most part. As such, I expect that those who follow it will not have any significant power in the Republican party until 2016 at the earliest.

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