The same geniuses who sent me the signed photo of John McCain and Sarah Palin last fall are at it again; I received a 2009 Obama Agenda Survey in the mail from the Republican National Committee.Â The survey questions are like the survey questions on the Orange Juice Blog — there are no choices that match how you really feel.Â And, to top it off, it’s clear Republicans still hate Latinos.Â More on that in a second.
Steele asks that I complete the questionaire to gauge where I and my fellow grassroots Repulicans stand on critical issues facing our nation.Â “I want you to know that the Republican Party is not dead and we are not going away” (kind of like zombies, I know); Our ideals remain sound and our goals remain worthy.Â Steele assures us that Republicans have a “strong minority in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate and “We intend to use both to activelyÂ oppose and expose the truth about the Obama-Democrat agenda.” Note the slur of “Democrat” my friends, not “Democrats” or “Democratic Party.”Â I can only be surprised he didn’t call us socialists.Â
Here’s my favorite part:
“We believe that you and every one of the more than 60 million voters all across our country who did not vote for Barrack Obama deserve to have a voice in the way this country is governed.”
They already do: his name is Rush Limbaugh, the most feared name in the Republican Party.Â And like Steele or Karl Rove or the conserveratie in this nation cared to lend a similar voice to the 54 million people who did not vote for George W. Bush in 2004.Â Remember us?Â Yep, they didn’t give a crap.Â
More of Steele’s musings: Our media is ultra-biased towards the president. Guess Steele never watched Hannity and Colmes during the Bush years.
“We need to know where you stand on Barack Obama’s promise to raise taxes.”Â Really, most Americans got a federal tax cut this year.Â
“And how do you feel about Obama’s efforts to nationalize healthcare and have it run by bureaucrats in Washington DC?”Â I support a public option, but no one said anything about nationalizing healthcare in HR3200.
And then there’s the urgent pleaÂ for money.Â No thanks.Â But I might write a check or two to two local Republicans I like in non-partisan races (more on that later).
As for the survey questions themselves:
1. Do you agree with Barack Obama’s budget plan that wll lead to a $23.1 trillion deficit over the next ten years?
2. Do you believe the federal government has gone too far in bailing out failed banks, insurance companies, and the auto industry?
3.Â Do you support amnesty for illegal immigrants?
4. Should English be the official language of the United States?
5. Are you in favor of granting retroactive Social Security eligibility to illegal immigrants who gain US citizenship through an amensty program?
6. Are youÂ in favor of the expanded welfare benefits and unlimited Social Security eligibility (no time, education or work requirements) that Democrats in Congress are pushing to pass?
7. Do you believe that Barack Obama’s nominees for federal courts should be immediately and unquestionably approved for their lifetime appointments by the US Senate?
8.Â Do you believe that the best way to increase the quality and effectiveness of public education in the U.S. is to rapidly expand federal funding while eliminating performance standards and accountability?
9. Do you support the creation of a national health insurance plan that would be administered by bureaucrats in Washington, DC?
10. Do you believe that the quality and availability of healthcare will increase if the federal government dictates pricing to doctors and hospitals?
11. Are you confident that new medicines and medical treatments will continue to be developed if the federal government controls prescription drug prices and sets profit margins for research and phramaceutical companies?
12.Â Are you in favor of creating a government-funded “Citizen Volunteer Corps” that would pay young people to do the work now done by churches and charities, earning Corps Members the same pay and benefits given to military veterans?
13.Â Are you in favor of reinstituting the miltary draft as Democrats in Congress have proposed?
14.Â Do you believe that the federal government should allow the unionization of Department of Homeland Security employees who serve in positions critical to the safety and security of our nation?
15. Do you support Democrats drive to eliminate workers’ right to a private ballot when considering unionization of their place of employment?
So the three key themes here are:
The GOP hates deficit spending (except, of course, when Republicans do it).
The GOP hates bailouts (except the ones they pushed for under the Bush administration).
The GOP is anti-latino (for questions 3 through 6)
The GOP places the profits of doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and big phrama over your healthcare.
The GOP is anti-union.
The GOP thinks only Republican judges deserve unquestioned lifetime appointments, not liberals ones.
I’m sending my survey envelope back empty and letting the Republican Party pay the 44 cents it will cost some poor working soulÂ to open it.Â Keep those cards and letters coming.