Remember back in May when Republican candidate Steve Stivers attempted to walk back his response on a 9/12 Tea Party group’s questionnaire that asked if Steve Stivers would support repealing the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that allows for the direct election of the Senate by the people? (If not, click on the link.)
Well, what about the rest of that questionnaire?
Of all the bills that are pending in Congress, which one did Stivers think was the most important one to note he would have supported? Something that wasn’t even a bill, but the Stupak Amendment to the health care reform bill to ban constitutionally protected and lawful abortions from being covered by “government-run” health care plans.
Of course, how important could even that amendment be, given that Stivers goes on and says that he opposed the bill it was included? Nice to know that Stiver’s fantasy Congressional career has as his crowning moment getting an amendment into a bill he then would vote against anyways.
How is Steve Stivers going to reduce the budget deficit? “Reducing entitlements” Hear that seniors? (Why isn’t this in a Kilroy ad already?)
Stivers then goes all Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, And Christine O’Donnell on the very next page:
“[Y]ou could eliminate the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, and others.”
What others? Well, by the standards Stivers sets out you could also eliminate the Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Administration, Commerce, the Federal Reserve, the SEC, FEC, FCC, NASA, FDA, CDC….
But wait, there’s more…
The idiot believes in trickle down economics. He says that the BEST way to increase federal revenues is a permanent income tax rate reduction.
Anyone remember why the Bush tax cuts are set to expire? Because the GOP couldn’t pass them permanently using reconciliation because it was projected to increase the deficit so they could only last ten years. And what happened? Our deficit grew specifically because revenues did not increase to pay for those tax cuts.
This makes Steve Stivers dumber than Bush and the last Republican Congressional majority on fiscal policy.
Even when he’s pandering, Stivers can’t be consistent. On one hand, he says that government assistance for the poor should be temporary emergency assistance that only fills the gap that charities and churches can’t fill. On the other, he says that “charity is no part of the legislative duty of government.”
Wonder what Stivers would say to people who needed extended unemployment benefits in this economy?
He wants to repeal the 16th Amendment and replace a progressive income tax system with a regressive “flat tax” that would increase the tax burden on the working poor and the middle class while giving the top income earners… a massive tax break.
He supports eliminating the automatic withholding of taxes. Imagine how the federal government could function if they had to wait every April 15th to get paid.
He’s undecided whether waterboarding was torture but supports the Bush Administrations use of it and other “enhanced interrogation” techniques against so-called enemy combatants.
He opposes any mandate to federal funding that goes to local government or education systems… mandates like, I presume, a recipient may be subject to federal review on how the money was actually spent?
Steve Stivers has told this 9/12 group that he’s no nuttier than Sharon Angle or Rand Paul.
Still don’t think voting in this election matters?