Kansas Gov. Brownback and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal identify the strategy and tactics.
President Barack Obama won reelection in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped the GOP from blocking the President’s social agenda at every turn. In turn, Democrats have largely blocked the GOP war on women at the federal level, and just this past week a federal judge ruled that day-after pills must be made available over the counter.
Gov. Sam Brownback, a former US Senator from Kansas, gave the GOP weekly address this week, and he identified how the GOP intends to carry out its misogynistic and brazen assault on abortion rights and the overall social agenda.
If they can’t do it at the federal level, they’ll roll back the rights at the state level.
“A week ago nearly a third of the world’s population celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. New life. Well, we need new life in our nation and economy.
“Washington is broke. Big spending programs are running out of money and change is coming. The ideas on how to fix the federal government are now percolating in the states, 30 of which are led by Republican governors.
“You see, you don’t change America by changing Washington—you change America by changing the states. And that’s exactly what Republican governors are doing across the country—taking a different approach to grow their states’ economies and fix their governments with ideas that work.
“They involve a more focused government that costs less. A taxing structure that encourages growth. An education system that produces measurable results. And a renewed focus on the incredible dignity of each and every person, no matter who they are.
“Now, take my state, Kansas, as an example.
Kansas is “leading” the way on this front with laws that are intended to outlaw abortion and cause a fight all the way to the Supreme Court in the hope of overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
That’s the ultimate goal here. It isn’t just to make it prohibitively difficult, expensive, and flat-out illegal, to obtain an abortion in Kansas. It’s to get the courts to uphold the Kansas law so that the Supreme Court will have to take the case.
Mind you, the Kansas law essentially chases IVF doctors and practices out of the state because the disposal of any embryos that the biological donors do not want would meet the definition of “unborn child” for purposes of the law.
(2) “Unborn children” or “unborn child” shall include all unborn children or the offspring of human beings from the moment of fertilization until birth at every stage of biological development.
There are also the tax and other consequences of defining a child from a zygote onwards, but Kansas legislators and Gov. Brownback have no interest in sussing them out.
The goal is outlawing abortion and imposing their rigid views on everyone else.
At the same time, the Republicans in Kansas and across the country have been replete with ideas to shift economic burdens on to those who are least able to afford them, while giving substantial and massive tax breaks to everyone else.
Consider Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate the state corporate and personal income tax. To do so, all while keeping the budget revenue neutral, would require substantial increases on the state sales and use tax, excise taxes (like on tobacco) and his proposal has even caught the ire of state businesses, who understand that a broad tax base with multiple revenue fronts (corporate/personal/sales/excise taxes) results in a more stable tax base than one that consolidates the taxes under one form. It would result in a massive tax break for the wealthy, while imposing significant harm to everyone else.
Jindal’s attempted to salvage his plan despite cratering popularity by suggesting that there would be a rebate for low-income residents.