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February 7, 2013

Cantor Works to Rebrand the GOP

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cantor-capitolSo I’m gone for a few days, and when I get back the GOP has turned into a kinder and gentler rendition. Really!? “Over the next two years, the House (Republican) majority will pursue an agenda based on a shared vision of creating the conditions for health, happiness and prosperity for more Americans and their families,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute.

For this speech, he must have saved money in not hiring a speech-writer. Instead he copied his words from President Obama’s Kansas speech in 2011.

Fair Shot at Success

President Obama: “Well, it starts by making sure that everyone in America gets a fair shot at success. The truth is we’ll never be able to compete with other countries when it comes to who’s best at letting their businesses pay the lowest wages, who’s best at busting unions, who’s best at letting companies pollute as much as they want.”

Cantor: “Our goal – to ensure every American has a fair shot at earning their success and achieving their dreams. In America, we do have higher expectations for our nation. Since our founding, we believed we could be the best hope to mankind. That hope led generations of immigrants to risk everything, to endure a tough journey to our shores, looking for a better future.”

Innovation

President Obama: “The world is shifting to an innovation economy and nobody does innovation better than America. Nobody does it better. No one has better colleges. Nobody has better universities. Nobody has a greater diversity of talent and ingenuity. No one’s workers or entrepreneurs are more driven or more daring.”

Cantor: “A good education leads to more innovation. Throughout our history, American colleges and universities have served as the crucible for the world’s innovation. They are a big part of why the United States remains the destination for the world’s best and brightest. Investment in education leads to innovation, which leads to more opportunity and jobs for all.”

Skills and Training

President Obama: “We should be giving people the chance to get new skills and training at community colleges so they can learn how to make wind turbines and semiconductors and high-powered batteries.”

Cantor: “As job markets are changing, more skills training and education are needed. Federal jobs training programs ought to make it easier for Americans who are out of work or who are changing careers to get the skills they need.”

The difference between the two speeches? The president followed up his statements with examples; Cantor did not. This is what they intend:

School Funding: “Students, including those without a lot of money or those with special needs, would be able to access the best available school, not just the failing school they are assigned to.” The House GOP budget calls for a $2.7 billion cut in spending for disadvantaged students.

Higher Education: “Over the course of this Congress, we will also work to reform our student aid process to give students a financial incentive to finish their studies sooner. We will encourage entrepreneurship in higher education, including for-profit schools.” The House GOP budget eliminates Pell Grants for more than one million students while for-profit corporate schools take huge amounts of taxpayer money that leave students burdened with debt and facing bleak job prospects.

Working Mothers: “Federal laws dating back to the 1930s make it harder for parents who hold hourly jobs to balance the demands of work and home. An hourly employee cannot convert previous overtime into future comp-time or flex-time…Imagine if we simply chose to give all employees and employers this option. A working mom could work overtime this month and use it as time off next month without having to worry about whether she’ll be able to take home enough money to pay the rent.” Because of the GOP, the U.S. is the only developed country with no paid sick leave policy and one of just three without required paid maternity leave.

Tax Reform: “Loopholes and gimmicks benefitting those who’ve come to know how to work the system in Washington, are no more defensible than the path of wasteful and irresponsible spending we’ve been on for decades. Working families should come first. Everyone agrees a fairer, simpler tax code would give us all more time.” The House GOP refuses to close loopholes and deductions for the wealthy and corporations that allow them to pay less tax than the middle class.

Immigration: “It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home…. I’m pleased that many of my colleagues in both chambers of Congress on both sides of the aisle have begun work in good faith to address these issues.” In 2010, Cantor and 160 other Republicans voted against the Dream Act, a measure that “would offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who attend college or serve in the military.”

Obamacare: “The new medical device tax in ObamaCare makes it harder for researchers to develop these innovative devices in the U.S…. ObamaCare has unnecessarily raised the costs of our health care.“ The GOP refuses to place a tax on the medical device industry–which will benefit from health care reform—to fund coverage expansion, without undermining innovation.

Medicare: “We should begin by ending the arbitrary division between Part A, the hospital program, and Part B, the doctor services. We can create reasonable and predictable levels of out-of-pocket expenses without forcing seniors to rely on Medigap plans….” The president has included these efficiency reforms in his budgets, but the GOP wants to change President Obama has included many of these efficiency reforms in his budgets transform Medicare into a voucher or premium-support program, making seniors pay far more than they do now.

Medicaid: “We can provide states more flexibility with respect to Medicaid that will allow them to provide better care for low-income families in a way that ultimately lowers costs…. And we must make it faster and simpler for states to gain approval of federal waivers to modify their Medicaid programs.” The Democrats support this flexibility, but the GOP, including Cantor, voted to slash federal funding for Medicaid by 1/3 and shift some of the burden of Medicaid’s growing costs to the states, forcing states to reduce enrollment by more than 14 million people, or almost 20 percent—even if they are were able to slow the growth in health care costs substantially.

Charles Schumer, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, said, “If House Republicans can adapt their agenda to match Leader Cantor’s words, this Congress could surprise people with how productive it can be.” We’ll keep checking on the GOP votes. They may have noticed these polls: A Washington Post-ABC News/Washington poll last month found that 67 percent of Americans say that Republicans are doing “too little” to work with Obama. Republicans in Congress have an approval rating of 24 percent, compared to a 37 percent rating for Democrats. Obama’s approval recently hit a four-year high of 60 percent.

It appears that the GOP private retreat at a former Southern plantation brought out a new approach toward getting Republican votes from minorities (like those whose ancestors were slaves in the South), women, and anyone making less than the top 2 percent. GOP directions: Smile, say positive things, and keep the policies continuing the damage during the past few decades.

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