Jan 04, 2011
Meet the Republican Congress…
68 Republican Freshmen want to Repeal the Health Insurance Reform Law. If Republican Freshman have their way, Americans will go back to a system where insurance companies can discriminate against people who become sick or have preexisting conditions.
58 Republican Freshmen Pledged to Defend Tax Breaks for Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas. At least 58 Republican Freshman signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s special interest pledge. ATR has stated that all candidates who sign their pledge are required to oppose any net increase in taxes, including any effort to crackdown on outsourcing tax breaks.
34 Republican Freshmen want to Privatize Social Security. At least 34 Republican Freshman have expressed support for partial or complete privatization of Social Security either in their own proposals, by backing Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America or through other conservative plans.
31 Republican Freshmen Don’t Believe in Climate Change. At least 31 Republican Freshman have expressed doubt in the reality of global warming and the detrimental impact of human factors on the environment.
27 Republican Freshmen Support the Fair Tax. At least 27 Republican Freshman support the enactment of the Fair Tax which would institute a 23% national sales tax which would apply to almost everything we buy – including food, gas and medicine.
18 Republican Freshmen Oppose Privately Funded Stem Cell Research. At least 18 Republican Freshman want to ban embryonic stem cell research – even if it is privately funded.
15 Republican Freshmen want to Abolish the Department of Education. At least 15 Republican Freshman have said they would abolish, disband or cut funding for the U.S. Department of Education which accounts for a substantial percentage of the education budget in most states. Without this aid, the burden on local property taxpayers could increase.
5 Republican Freshmen want to Repeal the 17th Amendment. At least 5 Republican Freshman have said they would abolish the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for the direct election of U.S. Senators. If these new Congressional members have their way, state legislatures would have control over choosing the Senators for their state, rather than average voters.
3 Republican Freshmen are Birthers. At least 3 Republican Freshman have expressed doubt in President Obama’s citizenship.