Monday, June 11, 2012
Looking Towards the Kansas Primaries - The Outside the Mainstream Coalition
Now that the district argument has been settled and the filing deadline has past, primary season is again upon us in Kansas. With that comes the inevitable pieces in the KC Red Star lamenting conservative Republicans and lavishing praise upon their "mainstream coalition" moderate counterparts. I can almost hear Steve Rose banging away on his typewriter as I write this.
This time around I really find myself wondering what exactly is so "mainstream" about the views of moderate Republicans? Is it simply because they often take the liberal side of a debate that qualifies them as mainstream? I see n other explanation than the latter considering the views they espouse are anything but mainstream.
Consider these factors:
Abortion, the majority of Americans now identify themselves as pro-life. Not only that, but the percentage of Americans that consider themselves pro-choice is at an all time low. These changes in views are actually reflected in both parties, implying pro-life policies are truly bipartisan.
Voter ID, 70% of Americans support voter ID laws. Not only is support for voter ID laws the mainstream position, but the majority of Americans also feel that those who oppose the laws are trying to steal elections using illegal votes.
Illegal Immigration, when it comes to getting tough on illegal immigration, once again we see the majority of Americans taking the conservative view of getting tough on offenders, both the illegals themselves and the employers who hire them. The majority of Americans also favor tough border policies over comprehensive immigration reform.
In-State Tuition for Illegals, a whopping 81% of Americans oppose in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants. I'd imagine if you were to word the polling question as, "do you favor charging Americans and legal immigrants higher tuition rates than illegal immigrants," that 81 percentage figure would be closer to 100. But that hasn't stopped those so-called moderates in states like Kansas and Colorado from enacting such breaks in violation of federal law.
Taxes, once again we see the majority of Americans agreeing with the conservative position. According to Rasmussen, 51% of Americans favor extending the, "Bush tax cuts for the wealthy." Not only do they favor extending the Bush-era tax rates, but they actually favor lowering them by a margin of 3 to 1.
Budgets and Spending, when it it comes to deficits, Americans prefer cutting spending by a wide margin. In addition, 60% are very worried about current spending levels that mortgage their children's futures to pay for the government waste of today.
Gay Marriage, Americans' views again line up with the conservative position. Majority of Americans oppose gay marriage, but believe it should be left to the states to decide.
Healthcare, a super-majority of Americans oppose Obamacare. More over, Americans also oppose mandating religious organizations to cover the cost of birth control, a product which is already widely available and very inexpensive.
Energy, "drill baby, drill," is more than just a campaign slogan, it's the opinion of the majority of Americans. Sixty percent favor increasing offshore drilling. The majority also supports drilling in ANWR. Fifty-six percent favor building the Keystone pipeline, a project Obama killed even though it would create an estimated two hundred thousand new jobs.
Education, most Americans favor school voucher programs. School voucher programs are especially popular with minority communities.
I'm sure I could spend all day showing how the conservative positions are popular with the American people, but I think you get the idea. So I'll ask, what's so "mainstream" about the MainStream Coalition and their "moderate" Republicans?