Okay maybe it should be titled: “GOP Plan for AmeriKKKa”, after Trump’s supporters of the Alt-Right movement, but that aside let’s look at what the Grand Old Party (GOP) has been working on.

Not that it happens anymore, but the New Mexico state party Platform from about 1998 was very extremist and downright scary to the average American (can’t find it in my files). You use to go to a state party website and read the most bigoted, anti-union and misogynist stuff (on “Family Issues:” “women and children belong in the home and should be shielded from outside influences.”—It was talking more like slavery than having an enlightened family life—without saying ‘a women’s place is in the home.’).  On Wikipedia you can read the following Platform from about 2002:

The Republican Party of New Mexico’s platform covers many issues that interest New Mexicans. The platform title is: “Protecting The American Dream.” It was adopted on March 16, 2002, amended on March 18 2006, and further amended on March 13, 2010.

The preface to the party’s platform summary is: “The Republican Party of New Mexico is a party of the people and for the people. We seek to be faithful to the best traditions of our national party, the party that ended slavery, granted homesteads, built land grant colleges, and moved control of government back into the hands of the people. We champion the worth and abilities of the individual and seek to protect the American Dream for all. We believe our God-given freedom is inseparable from our responsibility to serve our community, state and nation. In this, we draw inspiration from our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, who challenged us to ‘dare to do our duty as we understand it.'”

Economic freedom
The party supports government policies that limit involvement in the private sector. Furthermore, they argue that unions should only be a political tool with the consent of the paying member.

Crime/personal safety
The party argues that criminals should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. It supports the right to bear arms, as credited in the U.S. Constitution and New Mexico Constitution.

Private property
The Republican Party of New Mexico supports the protection of private property from state and local governments.

The party believes that parent involvement, local community involvement, and a right to choose is essential to improving education in New Mexico.

The party’s position on healthcare can be summarized as: “Fix it, don’t Federalize it!” [6] It supports any way the private sector can improve healthcare in New Mexico.

Equal rights
The Republican Party of New Mexico supports civil rights laws that ban any discrimination based on race, gender, handicap, religion, and or national origin.

Life issues
The party supports the protection of human life and opposes any state level funding of human embryo research and abortions.

Controlled substances
The party supports local law enforcement agencies to deal with drug problems. It opposes any legislation that would legalize any drug.

The party believes that any person who comes to New Mexico through legal means is welcomed. However, any person that comes to the state through illegal means should face the full prosecution of the law.

Election integrity
The party argues that a clean environment and sound economy can go together.

Family issues
The party supports a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Homeland security
The party argues that state and local law enforcement agencies work willingly with the federal law enforcement agencies across the border. They also support every legal method to detect and diffuse any terrorist plot on New Mexican and the United States soil.

So Today’s platforms are much more coded. Because they need to appeal to a broader base of low information voters, and to somehow seem “normal.”  A platform that the “average” American and especially the low information White voter could support.

But here is the latest tricks of the GOP:
“It’s not clear whether Trump’s first budget will include reforms to Social Security or Medicare, two major drivers of the federal deficit.”
“The changes they propose are dramatic.
The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.
The proposed cuts hew closely to a blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that has helped staff the Trump transition.
Many of the specific cuts were included in the 2017 budget adopted by the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), a caucus that represents a majority of House Republicans. The RSC budget plan would reduce federal spending by $8.6 trillion over the next decade.
Vought and Gray, who both worked for the Heritage Foundation, are laying the groundwork for the so-called skinny budget — a 175- to 200-page document that will spell out the main priorities of the incoming Trump administration, along with summary tables. That document is expected to come out within 45 days of Trump taking office.”

The GOP has been deemed to be the “Party of Big Business” since the 1870’s and has therefore catered to the rich.  The Republican plans have always been to lower wages of American workers, so that there is a large pool of underemployed workers that will take lower salaries just to have work. Other policies of union busting and weakening workplace safety have also been official platform issues. Offshoring has almost eliminated that need to say the graphic stuff against American workers anymore.

Can a tiger change it’s stripes?

So it is important to know who these guys are (GOP) and what they are up to: 2000 National platform: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=25849.

With utmost glee the Republican Freedom Caucus and Conservatives have been running around Washington, D.C. thinking that they know how to “drain the swamp” and they can kill Planned Parenthood, stop all regulations and reduce the deficit and budget.  But this is “governance” and it is not that easy—something that they have been out of power with since the Do-Nothing Congress attacked by Truman in 1948.