The Republican Party, led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, has approved a platform that is extreme on issues important to the middle class, from Medicare to immigration to women’s health. The Republican platform embraces the Romney-Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system. The Romney campaign’s decision not to protect the mortgage interest deduction for middle class families in his party’s platform is further evidence of what independent economists have already shown – that Mitt Romney’s $5 trillion in tax cuts geared toward millionaires and billionaires can’t be paid for without raising taxes on the middle class. Over 30 million middle class families currently benefit from the mortgage interest deduction, and Romney has once again shown that his priority is more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, not those middle class homeowners. It includes the Akin amendment, which bans abortion even in the cases of rape or incest. Top Romney surrogate and head of the platform committee, Governor Bob McDonnell, “applauded” the move to limit a woman’s right to make decisions in her own health care, and included a “salute” to states that have adopted mandatory ultrasound laws in the platform. Romney adviser and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach included extreme anti-immigration provisions that he says are supported by the Romney campaign. And the Platform Committee rejected an amendment to recognize civil unions, further solidifying Romney’s commitment to enshrining discrimination in our Constitution.
The Los Angeles Times reported this week that the Republican Party platform “was written at the direction of the Romney’s campaign.” It is no surprise then that it reflects the views of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and is extreme on every issue.