Texas Republican Party Seeks Ban on Critical Thinking, Other Stuff

It seems more like a headline from the satirical newspaper The Onion, but the Republican Party of Texas recently published its party platform, a report that – among other things – calls for a ban on teaching critical thinking skillsin Texas schools because of its “focus on behavior modification” that has “the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.” That’s just one of the many startling positions adopted by the state’s Republican Party at its recent convention in Fort Worth.

Among the usual calls for constitutional amendments declaring life begins at fertilization, outlawing gay everything, and granting all citizens who own firearms the ability to “legally exercise their God-given right to carry that firearm,” this year’s platform has a few other gems of government policy positions worth mentioning:

  • An opposition to all forms of taxation, including all taxes on corporations and especially the “immoral” estate tax, instead calling for a highly regressive consumption tax that would shift virtually all of the state’s financial burdens onto the shoulders of the poor and middle class.
  • Repealing the minimum wage so Texas workers can earn even less at a time when corporate profits are at an all time high as a percentage of GDP and wages are at an all-time low. Texas leads the nation in the percentage of its workforce earning minimum wage at nearly 10% and almost 300,000 of those workers already earn less than the Federal Minimum Wage.

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