Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


20 New Republican Ideas

20 New Republican Ideas

By Angie Pratt

Every day some Republican or so-called independent stands up and says something to the effect that Democrats don't have any new ideas. What a load of horse manure. They must think that if they keep saying the same thing over and over again that we'll all believe it even though it isn't true. At the same time they strut around claiming that they are the party of news ideas.

Well … Let's talk about some of those Republican new ideas:

* Denying the existence of global warming against overwhelming scientific evidence.

* Lower fleet fuel efficiency today than 20 years ago.

* Starting wars based on lies and/or distortions (take your pick from imaginary WMDs to mushroom clouds.)

* Political operatives committing immoral, unethical and possibly criminal acts such as revealing ID of CIA agent.

* Outlandish tax cuts for the already rich.

* Budget deficit spending, the largest in history & growing.

* Unrelenting trade deficit that exports jobs & businesses.

* Teaching creationism with an 'unintelligent' design to gut science in public schools.

* Allowing big business to take over the media by willful consolidation & with blackmail treats.

* Giving tax breaks and credits to already rich oil companies.

* Cutting benefits & safety nets for the poor.

* Gutting the new deal.

* Cutting down & over harvesting government-owned & protected forests.

* Drilling in the Alaskan Refuge against public desires.

* Dismissing the Geneva Convention to the destruction of foreign faith in our motives.

* Building walls protecting government secrecy to stifle oversight.

* Holding bills from voting time limits to twist arms of the unwilling until desired vote assured.

* Drowning the future economy in billions of fake, manufactured money.

* Policy of unjustified low interest rates that made spenders instead of savers out of Americans.

* Claiming the judicial system should be threatened with bodily harm & put in its place.

And then there is, of course, trampling on civil rights.

Written by Angie Pratt (


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news