terça-feira, novembro 02, 2010

Eleições nos EUA: propostas inacreditáveis, por André Scherer

As eleições nos EUA são bastante importantes para o governo Obama. Na oposição republicana, destaca-se a novidade dos candidatos Tea Party, ultra-conservadores, que defendem a volta aos valores do século XIX... Misturando misticismo religioso a um conservadorismo rígido, eles querem fazer os EUA retornar aos tempos da colonização e aos "Pais Fundadores".

Amostras do que pensam os representantes do Tea Party:

Many Americans who end up voting for Tea Party-backed Republicans because they are worried about the state of the economy or size of the deficit will be shocked to find the kind of gridlock that will be caused if and when candidates get elected to office who have pledged not to support anything they don't find in their 19th-century view of the Constitution.

A few of the many races to watch:

  • Mike Lee, U.S. Senate Candidate from Utah: Lee, virtually guaranteed a win in this heavily Republican state, will bring to the Senate a remarkably reactionary view of the Constitution and the U.S. government's role in society. He has denounced as "domestic enemies" those who disagree with his radically limited view of the (divinely inspired) Constitution. He would abolish the federal departments of Energy and Education, dismantle the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and phase out Social Security. He says earmarks are unconstitutional. Lee could be one of a number of new senators who take the GOP's already unprecedented campaign of partisan obstruction to a damaging new level.
  • Joe Miller, U.S. Senate candidate from Alaska: Miller says the Department of Education should be eliminated because it's not in the Constitution. Also violating the Constitution, in Miller's mind, was health-care reform and legislation to extend jobless benefits to out-of-work Americans. He says he would phase out Social Security and Medicare.
  • Ken Buck, U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado: Buck calls for the elimination of the federal Department of Energy and Department of Education, the privatization of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the elimination of student loans. He says he "doesn't know" whether Social Security is constitutional, but calls it a "horrible policy" and says the federal government should not be running health care or retirement programs.
  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate candidate from Florida: Rubio calls "statism" the "fastest-growing religion in America."
  • Rand Paul, U.S. Senate candidate from Kentucky: Paul has suggested that Congress should not be making mine safety rules. He says Medicare is socialized medicine. He wants to eliminate the Departments of Education and Agriculture, do away with the Federal Reserve, and abolish the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • David Hamer, U.S. House candidate from California's 11th Congressional District: Hamer, who calls public schools "socialism in education," wants to abolish public schools entirely and return education to "the way things worked through the first century of American nationhood," when an awful lot of people had no access to educational opportunities.

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