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Enter the GOP, 2016: Not Laughing

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"Paychecks should not be wasted on poorly run government programs" (unless it's for the F-35 program or ships the Navy cannot use effectively);

"The military must be strong and prepared to defend our shores" (without defining what "protect our shores" means, precisely, how much that would cost, and where the money would come from);

"Culture should respect and protect life" (seemingly to define "life" as existing before birth but not after it);

"Children should never be left in failing schools" (without defining "failing schools" or proposing what to do to fix them other than crushing the teachers' unions);

"Veterans should have the best care and opportunities in the world" (unless that would require at least the restoration of funds to the VA that consecutive Repub. Congresses have cut out of their budgets as demands for service have increased)

"Social programs should help lift people out of poverty" (except when they are members of the very useful -- for the capitalist class -- permanent army of the unemployed);

and "America should be energy independent" (except when it comes to solar, wind, and other renewable sources of energy).

My-oh-my, what a target the Repubs. give us. It is redolent with the smell of oh-so-easy political pickings. But ah, is there a Democrat out there who can pick at those pickings and who has the nerve to do so? Aye. There's the rub. Where is Thomas Cromwell when we need him?

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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a "Trusted Author," he is a Senior Editor, (more...)
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