Politics and the Republican agenda
The Republican premise:
POLITICS, n. A strife of interests
masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for
private advantage. (The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce)
The Republican agenda:
- Business is the means to success, and business takes precedence over all else.
- Individuals control their own destinies.
- If an individual is not successful, it's because he is lazy.
- Individuals must be free to pursue their own desires, so that they can succeed without "artificial" impediment.
- "Law and Order" - to enforce conformity to conservative values by quelling dissent, protest, and debate.
- Protect the conservative way of life from outsiders.
In the context of the current (GWB) government:
- Reduce government. - Government places artificial impediments on a person's ability to succeed.
- Increase the military - In the "guns vs butter" debate, Republicans come down on the side of guns - "defend the (conservative) way of life".
- Increase the police - Crime is detrimental to business; crack down. Reduce police controls so they can "do their job".
- Reduce regulation. - Regulations restrict business and a person's ability to succeed.
- Reduce programs. - Individuals control their own destiny, so "domestic" programs are unnecessary.
- Reduce taxes. - Taxes take away from an individuals progress toward success.
- Don't tax the rich. - The harder one works to become successful, the more one should be rewarded.
- Allow individuals to succeed or fail on their own merits. (If he doesn't succeed, it's his own fault.)
- Minimize welfare - ("If an individual can't support himself, it's only his own fault.")
- Cut taxes and increase the deficit. Mandatory payment of future interest on the debt will take money away from programs in order to pay the interest.
This will force a reduction in the discretionary programs spending - reducing government further.