If someone told you that the Republican Party supports making the federal income tax unconstitutional, you may not believe him. But the Republican Party rocks some wild ideas nowadays.
In honor of that extremism, we decided to compile some of the most radical proposals pushed in the Republican Party's official 2012 platform, which was released on Tuesday. For fun, we also included some extreme proposals that are not in the official platform. Can you spot the fake ones?
Try to pick out the real GOP proposals amongst the fakes below. Then let us know how well you do in the comments.
Eliminating Federal Income Taxes?
Does the GOP platform propose repealing the 16th Amendment, which allows the government to collect federal income taxes?
From the GOP platform: "In any restructuring of federal taxation, to guard against hypertaxation of the American people, any value added tax or national sales tax must be tied to the simultaneous repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment, which established the federal income tax."
Eliminating The Federal Reserve?
Does the GOP platform propose eliminating the Federal Reserve, citing what Republicans consider overly high inflation?
The GOP platform still calls for an annual audit of the Federal Reserve's activities. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/End-Fed-Ron-Paul/dp/0446549193" target="_hplink">Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.)</a> has been a longtime proponent of dismantling the Federal Reserve, and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/us/politics/ron-paul-passing-torch-to-a-libertarian-legion.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">his influence within the Republican Party</a> has grown over the past several years.
Making It Harder To Raise Taxes?
Does the GOP platform propose enacting a constitutional amendment requiring a congressional super-majority for any tax increase, with exceptions only for war and national emergencies?
From the GOP platform: "We call for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority for any tax increase, with exceptions for only war and national emergencies."
Bringing Back The Gold Standard?
Does the GOP platform propose establishing a commission exploring a return to the gold standard?
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/paul-krugman-gold-standard_n_1832767.html" target="_hplink">Most economists</a> <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/why-the-gold-standard-is-the-worlds-worst-economic-idea-in-2-charts/261552/" target="_hplink">agree</a> that bringing back the gold standard would be a disaster for the economy. But here's the GOP platform: "President Reagan, shortly after his inauguration, established a commission to consider the feasibility of a metallic basis for U.S. currency. The commission advised against such a move. Now, three decades later, as we face the task of cleaning up the wreckage of the current Administration's policies, we propose a similar commission to investigate possible ways to set a fixed value for the dollar."
Letting Banks Regulate Themselves?
Does the GOP platform propose disbanding the United States' financial regulatory agencies and requiring banks to regulate themselves?
However, <a href="http://www.mittromney.com/issues/regulation" target="_hplink">Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act</a> of 2010 if elected president. Dodd-Frank reformed financial regulation in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
Celebrating Small Businesses?
Does the GOP platform call for establishing Small Business Day as a federal holiday?
Nonetheless, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/29/you-didnt-build-that_n_1839866.html" target="_hplink">the Republican Party made "We Built It"</a> the official theme of the first night of the Republican National Convention, as part of a campaign against a comment made by President Obama, taken out of context, that small business owners "didn't build that."
Making It Harder To Raise The Debt Ceiling?
Does the GOP platform propose enacting a constitutional amendment requiring a congressional super-majority for any debt-ceiling increase?
However, congressional Republicans <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/02/news/economy/debt_ceiling_senate_vote/index.htm" target="_hplink">refused to raise the debt ceiling until the last minute</a> last year in order to extract debt-reduction concessions from the Obama administration. Economists say that these concessions, or the "fiscal cliff," <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/22/news/economy/fiscal-cliff/index.html" target="_hplink">may very well cause a recession</a> if enacted at the end of this year.
Giving Corporations More Rights?
Does the GOP platform propose enacting a constitutional amendment ensuring that corporations are given equal protection under the law?
However, the Supreme Court recognizes corporations as "people," and to that end <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/21/supreme-court-rolls-back_n_431227.html" target="_hplink">allows corporations</a> to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections through super PACs.
Eliminating Federal Agencies?
Does the GOP platform propose reviewing whether federal agencies' jobs could be done better by states?
From the GOP platform: "We support the review and examination of all federal agencies to eliminate wasteful spending, operational inefficiencies, or abuse of power to determine whether they are performing functions that are better performed by the States."
Capping Government Spending?
Does the GOP platform propose setting a limit to the amount of money that the government can spend?
From the GOP platform: "We call for a Constitutional amendment [...] imposing a cap limiting spending to the historical average percentage of GDP so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes."
Ending Medicare As We Know It?
Does the GOP platform propose voucherizing Medicare for Americans under age 55?
From the GOP platform: "While retaining the option of traditional Medicare in competition with private plans, we call for a transition to a premium-support model for Medicare, with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee's choice."
Leaving Medicaid To The States?
Does the GOP platform propose leaving Medicaid spending up to the states?
From the GOP platform: "Republican Governors and State legislatures are ready to do the hard work of modernizing Medicaid for the twenty-first century. We propose to let them do all that and more by block-granting the program to the States, providing the States with the flexibility to design programs that meet the needs of their low income citizens."
Making It Harder To Vote?
Does the GOP platform propose requiring each voter registrant to produce a photo ID, a birth certificate, a Social Security card and a reference letter from an employer?
Nonetheless, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/republican-voter-suppression-early-voting_n_1766172.html" target="_hplink">the Republican Party has been enacting voter ID laws that make it harder to vote</a> in a number of states, The Huffington Post's Dan Froomkin reports.
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