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REPORT: The Republican Candidates’ Economic Agenda For The 1 Percent

 
 
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 This Tuesday, Iowans will officially kick off the process to nominate the Republican candidate for president.  A close examination of all of the GOP candidates’ records and policy positions reveals that Mitt Romney is not the only candidate who“represents the one percent.” All of the Republican candidates share at least one thing in common: an economic agenda that will benefit the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans at the expense of the other 99 percent.

Each and every Republican candidate has called for trillions of dollars in new tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and corporations — all while calling for ending Medicare as we know it and dramatic cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and countless other programs and services that Americans depend on each day.

All of the candidates would take us back to the Bush-era policies that increased income inequality, resulted in the worst job growth in decadesexploded the deficit and national debt, and ultimately crashed the economy.  Indeed, the policies proposed by the candidates would not only embrace this failed economic agenda, they would take it even further. 

 

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Supports new tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans

Bachmann: MicheleBachmann.com, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 6/11/2011

Gingrich: Newt.org, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 12/12/2011

Huntsman: ThinkProgress, 8/31/2011

Paul: Yahoo News, 12/21/2011

Perry: ThinkProgress, 12/10/2011New York Times, 10/25/2011

Romney: Center for American Progress Action Fund, 12/9/2011

Santorum: Quad City Times, 12/14/2011

Supports new tax cuts for corporations

Bachmann: ThinkProgress, 8/29/2011ThinkProgress, 6/11/2011MicheleBachmann.com, accessed 12/27/2011

Gingrich: Newt.org, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 7/14/2011

Huntsman: MarketPlace, 11/28/2011

Paul: Yahoo News, 12/21/2011

Perry: ThinkProgress, 8/17/2011;

Romney: Center for American Progress Action Fund, 12/9/2011ThinkProgress, 3/11/2011

Santorum: Quad City Times, 12/14/2011

Supports ending Medicare as we know it

Bachmann: House Roll Call Vote #277, 4/15/2011ThinkProgress, 2/8/2010Bloomberg News, 8/13/2011

Gingrich: New York Times, 7/20/1996ThinkProgress, 12/15/2011The Hill, 12/6/2011

Huntsman: ABC News, 5/20/2011

Paul: ThinkProgress, 5/15/2011MSNBC, 4/27/2011

Perry: RickPerry.org, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 10/26/2011

Romney: Washington Post, 12/8/2011ThinkProgress, 12/7/2011ThinkProgress, 11/7/2011

Santorum: ThinkProgress, 10/31/2011MSNBC First Read, 5/26/2011ThinkProgress, 4/15/2011

Supports cuts to Social Security

Bachmann: ThinkProgress, 2/8/2010Bloomberg News, 8/13/2011

Gingrich: ThinkProgress, 9/11/2010Fiscal Times, 12/8/2011

Huntsman: CNN, 9/16/2011ThinkProgress, 8/31/2011

Paul: RonPaul2012.com, accessed 12/27/2011MSNBC, 4/27/2011

Perry: RickPerry.org, accessed 12/27/2011

Romney: Center for American Progress Action Fund, 12/9/2011ThinkProgress, 9/8/2011MittRomney.com, accessed 12/27/2011

Santorum: ThinkProgress, 6/6/2011ThinkProgress, 6/9/2011Raw Story, 9/13/2011

Supports repealing Wall Street Reform Law (Dodd-Frank)

Bachmann: MicheleBachmann.com, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 9/13/2011

Gingrich: Newt.org, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 8/19/2011

Huntsman: Jon2012.com; accessed 12/272011ThinkProgress, 9/13/2011

Paul: RonPaul2012.com, accessed 12/27/2011

Perry: RickPerry.org, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 9/13/2011

Romney: MittRomney.com, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 7/6/2011ThinkProgress, 8/25/2011;

Santorum: RickSantorum.com, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 9/27/2011

Opposes “Buffett Rule” to make sure millionaires pay at least the same tax rate as middle class workers

Bachmann: Washington Times, 9/19/2011

Gingrich: Political Correction, 12/12/2011ThinkProgress, 12/15/2011

Huntsman: Fox News Channel Debate; 9/22/2011

Paul: Washington Times, 9/19/2011

Perry: ThinkProgress, 10/27/2011Houston Chronicle, 9/29/2011

Romney: ThinkProgress, 10/13/2011ThinkProgress, 10/20/2011Washington Times, 9/19/2011

Santorum: Boston Globe, 9/18/2011

Opposes ending tax breaks for Big Oil

Bachmann: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signerHouse Roll Call Vote #153, 3/1/2011

Gingrich: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signerThinkProgress, 5/16/2011

Paul: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signerHouse Roll Call Vote #153, 3/1/2011

Perry: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer. Perry’s plan wouldmerely eliminate energy subsidies as they come up for expiration — over a period as long as 20 years.  Most of the billions of dollars in annual tax subsidies for oil and gas companies — unlike those for clean energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner vehicles — are written permanently into the tax code (including some that have persisted for nearly a century). Eliminating these provisions would fall outside the scope of the Perry plan, as they would require an affirmative action to repeal and would thus violate the Grover Norquist ATR pledge.

Romney: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signerThinkProgress, 10/26/2011ThinkProgress, 5/2/2011

Santorum: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer

Opposes ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas

Bachmann: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer

Gingrich: Grover Norquist 

ThinkProgress / By Josh Dorner | Sourced from

Posted at January 2, 2012, 4:46am

 
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