The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts has claimed several times that he embodies the values of new Republicans. With no track record to identify these “new” ideas, I have relied on news accounts to help me better understand the values of new Republicans.
Here are some of the values I have discovered:
New Republicans discount the realities of climate change by debunking the very real losses of ice mass at the poles and reported rises in sea level around the world.
New Republicans believe that deep cuts in the federal budget will foster an era of unprecedented economic growth in America.
New Republicans have called numerous hearings about waste, fraud and abuse, but they do not call hearings to create jobs for the middle class.
New Republicans believe that cutting income taxes for the richest Americans and replacing them with regressive sales taxes will solve the budget problems faced by many states.
New Republicans believe that providing affordable health care to our neediest citizens is a waste of taxpayer’s money.
New Republicans believe that women should not have access to birth control.
New Republicans believe that the Violence Against Women Act and Equal Pay For Equal Work laws are not needed.
New Republicans believe that having assault weapons with high-capacity magazines on our cities’ streets is acceptable.
New Republicans believe that raising the bar on education standards for our public schools is not needed.
New Republicans believe that social security should be privatized and that benefits should be reduced.
New Republicans believe that improved health care for children and continued support for Head Start programs are not necessary.
Are these the values that Massachusetts citizens want from a new member of the U.S. Senate? The answer is a big no.
John F. Zipeto
14 Canterbury St.