24 Policies That Republicans Supported BEFORE They Were Against Them

Author: June 8, 2013 2:00 pm
The things Republicans supported before they were against them prove they are hypocrites.

Since President Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, Republicans have reversed their stances on many different policies and beliefs. Here are 24 of them.

Once upon a time, Republicans supported health care mandates, the Dream Act, gun control, public education, civil rights, child labor laws and 18 other perfectly reasonable policies and laws. And then, President Barack Obama got elected.

Here’s what Republicans supported back in the day.

1. Health Care Mandates) Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by Democrats, Republicans widely supported the idea of an individual health care insurance mandate, Newt Gingrich being perhaps the chief supporter. Republicans have always preached about how people need to take responsibility for themselves, and now that a law exists that makes people take responsibility, the GOP is rejecting it simply on the grounds that President Barack Obama and the Democrats passed it.

2. The Nuclear START Treaty) Republicans shamelessly filibustered the ratification of the Obama START Treaty for quite a long period of time and criticized it tremendously and continue to try and find ways to circumvent the treaty today. What Republicans conveniently forget is that Ronald Reagan, the man that Republicans worship like a God, negotiated the very first START Treaty which was signed by yet another Republican, George H. W. Bush in 1991. That treaty expired in 2009 so President Obama negotiated a new one to continue the Reagan legacy. But since President Obama negotiated this treaty, the GOP retreated from Reagan’s policy faster than the decade it took to create the START Treaty in the first place.

3. Dream Act) Immigration reform has been touted by the GOP for decades now. Reagan granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the 1980’s. Most recently, Republicans worked on immigration reform under the Bush Administration and failed. President Bush and Senator John McCain both supported immigration reform and were willing to cross the aisle to work with Democrats, most notably Edward Kennedy. All of that work and bipartisanship ceased after the 2008 Election. Staunchly opposed to President Obama and anything his administration supports, Republicans turned their backs on immigration reform in favor of militarizing the border and laws that violate the civil rights of Hispanics. Obama’s Dream Act would do much that Reagan would approve of, but Republicans refuse hear anything of it.

4. TARP) Republicans supported TARP when they helped pass it in response to the economic collapse in 2008. President Bush even signed the legislation into law. But since it’s been up to the guiding hands of President Obama to deal with TARP, Republicans have since revoked their support and have been highly critical even as they take credit for it when presenting stimulus checks to their local constituents. The fact is, TARP is successful because President Obama oversaw it and Republicans hate that fact.

5. Bail Out of Auto Industry) Republicans once supported this too but abandoned it once President Obama called for it. The auto industry is a vital manufacturing sector that supports millions of American jobs and Republicans WANTED the industry to fail simply because President Obama wanted us to bail them out. If it had failed, Republicans would have blamed President Obama for not supporting the American auto industry. The bail out has been a resounding success with most of the money plus interest paid back to the taxpayers. Mitt Romney has since tried to take credit for the idea because it has been so successful.

6. Israel Going Back To Pre-1967 Borders) Many Presidents have suggested this, even George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. But once President Obama repeated it, Republicans immediately denounced the President and threw their support to Israel’s President. This action by Republicans is totally unprecedented. It is reprehensible for American politicians to support a foreign leader more than the American President. Imagine if the Republican Party had overtly supported Hitler over FDR during World War Two. The only reason Republicans are rejecting President Obama’s plan is because they cannot bring themselves to endorse any idea he suggests, even if it is a Republican one.

7. Gun Control) Republicans overwhelmingly reject any and all gun control measures today. Which is very strange considering Ronald Reagan himself supported the Brady Handgun Act. But, it’s still true. Republicans did indeed support gun control measures in the past. It’s different now. Today’s intolerant, prejudiced, and extremist Republican Party is only against gun control now because they believe there needs to be a war against liberals and minority groups. It’s all about fear and war.

8. Public Education) Even the Founding Fathers believed in education for all. Every Republican President in United States history has been supportive of the public education system in this country. Ronald Reagan campaigned on axing the Department of Education but not only did he NOT eliminate it, he amped up its budget. It is only now that President Obama seeks to improve the education system that Republicans are against public education. When President Bush sought to improve public education, Republicans were on board but now that Obama is President, Republicans have decided that all public schools are evil liberal institutions that must be destroyed.

9. Infrastructure Spending) Republicans have always believed in strong infrastructure, until now. Republicans used the power of the federal government to build the railroads in the 1860’s and 1870’s, the Panama Canal in the beginning of the 20th century, and the interstate highway system in the 1950’s. Yet when President Obama called for new infrastructure spending to improve America’s crumbling roads and bridges and to improve our rail lines, Republicans immediately reversed their long-held belief in a strong American infrastructure. Why? Because they hate President Obama and oppose everything he believes in, even if it was once a part of the Republican platform.

10. Child Labor Laws) This one is surprising. Republicans were the ones that championed child labor laws in the first place. Starting in 1852, in the once Republican state of Massachusetts, child labor laws have been fought for by both parties. The only opponent of child labor laws has traditionally been big business. Republicans tried to pass a Constitutional amendment in 1924 and it didn’t succeed. It wasn’t until Democrats passed the Fair Labor Standards Act that child labor laws became federal law. Republicans oppose child labor laws now because of their deep ties with corporations. The goal of the corporate world is to find cheap labor and because President Obama is against huge corporations, Republicans must stand with the corporations, even if that means killing child labor laws.

11. Civil Rights) Republicans were once the champions of civil rights as well. They ended slavery and adopted the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. They splintered over the Civil Rights Act in 1964, although it was a Republican led Supreme Court that ruled in the Brown v Board of Education case, and have become more and more opposed to civil rights ever since. President Obama has called for increased civil rights and because of that, Republicans now oppose civil rights for everyone except Christian white males.

12. Environmental Protection) Originally championed by Theodore Roosevelt, Republicans used to support efforts to protect the environment. Over the last century, however, that support has reversed. Republicans even once supported the environment in the 1970’s when Nixon created the EPA, but no longer. Republicans are now in complete support of the irresponsibility of the oil and coal industry and want to open the entire American coastline and even federally protected lands to drilling and mining.
Republicans even used to support cap-and-trade. The first George Bush signed legislation in 1990 that implemented the cap-and-trade system and many Republicans still do support cap-and-trade. But because President Obama supports it, most Republicans are now against it.

13. Deficit Spending) This one is big. The GOP has employed deficit spending since the Reagan years and abused it during the Bush administration to pass the conservative agenda and to fund wars. Reagan doubled the national debt and George W. Bush proceeded to double it again. But because Democrats controlled the White House and the Congress from 2008 to 2010, Republicans completely reversed their stance on deficit spending and still oppose deficit spending solely on the grounds that a Republican isn’t President. If a Republican were President right now, you can bet the farm that they would abuse deficit spending once again to slam the destructive anti-middle class, anti-poor, anti-women, and anti-America agenda through Congress with no thought about fiscal responsibility whatsoever.

14. Federal Reserve) The Federal Reserve is now a target for most Republicans, which is puzzling because it started out as the GOP’s idea. Proposed by Republican leader Nelson Aldrich to organize and regulate the banking system and to enforce monetary policy, and thus stabilize our financial system, the Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by Democratic President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Republicans now want to dismantle or weaken the Federal Reserve because President Obama needs it to enforce Dodd-Frank which will force banks to be more responsible and accountable, and will protect consumers.

15. Women’s Rights) The women’s rights movement was born in and grew with the Republican Party in the mid 1800’s. Many Republicans supported voting rights for women although to pass the 19th Amendment it took women threatening to cause Republican losses in the 1920 Election to persuade them to help pass it in Congress. As women gained more equality, they also demanded equal pay for equal work and reproductive rights. Ronald Reagan made abortion legal as Governor of California in the 1960’s and a moderate conservative Supreme Court handed down the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. Today’s Republican Party is now waging a war against women and the harder Democrats and President Obama fight for women’s rights, the harder Republicans will fight to eliminate them because of orders from white Christian extremists.

16. End Of Life Counseling) Republicans referred to this as “death panels” in 2009 in response to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. But Republicans wholeheartedly supported end of life counseling in their own 2003 Medicare bill. Both of the Bush Presidents supported end of life counseling and even Sarah Palin herself supported it before she suddenly turned against it. In fact, the GOP had supported end of life counseling for decades. So what happened? Easy. President Obama supports it, so Republicans are now against it. It’s really that simple. And petty.

17. Financial Disclosure) Republicans were all for this in 2002 when they passed and President Bush signed McCain-Feingold into law. Campaign financing laws have always been supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, until now. Because of their hatred of President Obama, who supports campaign finance laws, and their desperation for absolute power and authority, Republicans are now completely against financial disclosure. They have allied themselves with the corporate world over the American people in their effort to steer elections their direction and do that, campaign finance laws must not exist. That is why the activist conservative Supreme Court struck down the laws to begin with.

18. Minimum Wage) The way Republicans have been talking about abolishing the minimum wage, you would think they’ve always been against it, right? Wrong. 82 House Republicans and 39 Senate Republicans joined the Democratic majority in passing the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. President Bush signed the bill into law. It is only now that President Obama stands with the American workers that Republicans oppose the minimum wage on behalf of their corporate masters, most notably, the Koch brothers. If Republicans were so against the minimum wage, they would not have voted to raise it. Three times.

19. Military Intervention In The Middle East) This should really convince you that the GOP is simply opposing policies because a black President supports them. Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43 all supported military intervention in the Middle East, yet when President Obama uses the military to intervene in Libya, Republicans all of a sudden become doves? They’ve really revealed themselves with this policy reversal. The fact that under President Barack Obama, Libya successfully overthrew their dictator without one American life being lost must infuriate the GOP.

20. Abortion) It may sound really far-fetched but there are many pro-choice conservatives out there and some politicians are part of that group. Take Ronald Reagan for instance. He made abortion legal in California as Governor of the state. And most recently, it was discovered that extreme right-winger Rick Santorum’s wife had an abortion to save her own life. In my opinion, that means Santorum is for the procedure when his wife’s life is on the line, but every other woman needs to die rather than exercise their right to an abortion which was ruled to exist in Roe v Wade by a conservative leaning court in 1973.

21. The Economic Development Administration) Never heard of this you say? This program provides grants to local projects which have created jobs. Republicans such as Susan Collins, Chuck Grassely, and even John Cornyn have supported this program in the past. Cornyn stated in March 2010 that funds from an EDA grant “would pave the way for the creation of new jobs and business opportunities, which will strengthen the region’s economy,” according to a local East Texas NBC news affiliate. But now that the GOP plan to crash the economy on purpose is in full swing, Republicans are now calling for an end to the EDA.

22. Lower Taxes) Republican do support lower taxes, except they only support them for the wealthy, NOT for the rest of us. Even as they crusade to reduce or eliminate taxes on corporations and the wealthy, the GOP fully supports a new proposal that would actually raise taxes on the rest of us. And guess who is opposed to it? That’s right. President Brack Obama. Republicans usually crusaded for lower taxes for everyone, but since they support class warfare now, they have partly reversed themselves.

23. Medicare) I’m aware that Republicans initially opposed Medicare when it was passed, but since its passage into law, Republicans have largely defended it, especially when they try to pander to senior citizens for votes. But if the GOP really wanted to kill Medicare, they would have actually done it when Ronald Reagan was in office. Reagan opposed Medicare when it was created but then did something quite unexpected as President. He saved it. By saving Medicare, Republicans practically endorsed it. Even Theodore Roosevelt supported national health care. And now the GOP has come full circle once again by opposing it, and are trying to slaughter it, along with the millions of seniors that rely on the popular health care program. Why? Because President Obama is in favor of keeping Medicare around for a very long time and Medicare represents just how popular government-run universal health care can be. So technically speaking, Republicans were against Medicare before they were for it before they were against it.

24. Social Security) Social Security is popular with just about everyone, even the most staunch right wingers. Ronald Reagan and Milton Freidman supported the New Deal programs of the 1930’s and even Ayn Rand collected Social Security up to her dying breath. Ronald Reagan even saved this program too by raising payroll taxes. This action also saved Medicare as it is part of the Social Security Act. The idea to privatize Social Security has popped up many times but has been met with negative reactions by a majority of the people so those ideas usually die in infancy. President Bush wanted to privatize it, but never did. Republicans had control of Congress and the White House from 2001-2006. If they had wanted to kill Social Security, they would have done so. But now all of a sudden they feel now is the time to privatize it, even as big bankers have proven that they can’t be trusted with money. Oh, and President Barack Obama supports keeping Social Security intact. Just another reason for Republicans to hate it.

Undoubtedly, one could add even more to the list but now you know what policies Republicans once supported and why they are now against those very same policies. If we take Republican claims to love America and their claims that the Founders were Republicans seriously, we could also now say that Republicans were for America before they were against her.


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  • If congress rules why do we need a President? Can We agree a house divided against itself will self destruct? Can we agree that America needs to be rebuilt? My vote is for President Obama the problem with America is that it doesn’t want to change and thats what this country needs is change thats how the President got elected he didn’t fail we failed to stand with him in change so will we stand up now or will we fall because of greed, hate We must change

  • Fun fact, the Republicans used to be the dominantly Liberal party, the Democrats were the Conservatives. Think twice before going further back than the 70s or was it 60s.

  • What a simple minded POS response. You’re so skewed and moronic, Jorge.

  • Hmm, maybe you should check some of the facts before you make judgments like that. Really, this is not something that can be skewed by either side. It is so …so therefore it is fact. When it comes to the Republicans selective memory …well the internet has a solution it’s called truth and it usually is very easy to find. Ta for now.

  • Devlin, that simply isn’t true the Obama “handed out twice as much money than Bush did”. That is a very generalized and unspecific statement to boot. Handed out who’s money to whom and what for? Or are you talking about increasing the national debt? Yes, Obama is outpacing Bush on that, but you see, Bush and Cheney and the right wing stole the country blind…all the money’s gone. It’s in the pockets of that 1% we keep hearing are getting richer by the minute on OUR money. You can thank the Republicans for making it impossible NOT to increase the debt to keep this country running!

  • Not to mention the $2.3 trillion the Bush administration simply “lost” on 9/10/01.

  • What a simple minded POS article…. just so skewed and moronic…

  • Devlin, You need to do your homework. The country was founded as a Democratic Republic ( a representative government who’s representative are voted into office. ) Today it is a Liberal Democratic Republic because all adults including women and minorities can vote. When the USA was founded only men could vote while woman and slaves were not allowed this constitutional right.

    Get your history right….

  • Debra Istvanik-Strotman

    Republicans are against anything and everything democrats are for. Even when they were once for something they now eagerly stand against it because they want rid of President Obama, want to dictate to middle america and do all they can for the wealthy.

    How sad that politicians are hired by ‘us’ the american people to take care of our business but have abandonded us for their own greedy, selfish need to be important and the Hell with the American people.

    Any fool writing on here saying republicans are looking out for the american people is not reading nor listening to what is coming out of the mouths of the right wingers.

    • I love your logic. You know Obama handed out TWICE as much money than Bush did? (I’m not defending Bush, he was just as much an idiot as Obama) And that is NOT counting the federal reserve’s handouts…

      Most democrats are absolutely oblivious. So are most republicans. I hate both equally. But democratic policies just don’t make sense. Sorry.

      If they aren’t pro-gun, or they aren’t libertarian, then they are NOT looking out for you. Most republicans back in the day were LIBERTARIANS, now they are known as neo-conservatives. They suck.

      • The idea that Libertarians are looking out for us is laughably absurd at best and horribly dishonest at worst.
        Thanks though I really needed the laugh.

      • Bush took an actual sur­plus of $127 bil­lion in 2001, and turned it into a deficit of $319 bil­lion in 2005. His total in new spend­ing equaled over $5 tril­lion. This fig­ure dwarfs the $1.44 tril­lion in new spend­ing Pres­i­dent Obama is expected to make through two terms end­ing in 2017.

      • Bush released money in a rush, with no strings attached. Guess what happened to that money? Oops! Money to banks to lend, but no lending! Where is it? Hoarded to make more money with money’ not to help the economy, create jobs, or provide loans.

        Obama released money with strings attached, so it’s being paid back to the American people with interest and there are requirements to meet so the government can take action and consumers can protect ourselves when those requirements are ignored.

      • Republicans are quick to point out that Obama has added nearly 7 trillion dollars to Bush’s 10 trillion deficit. That, unfortunately, is mostly true. But what they don’t tell you, and hope you don’t know, is that roughly 5 trillion of that was the tab for Bush’s wars and tax cuts.

  • David freeman

    even if only 1/2 of this article is true, we now know how out of touch the RETARDblicans are. they need to find another country to live in

    • Actually no, this country was founded as a REPUBlic. Not a DEMOCRATic society. DEMO’s need to find another country to live in.

      • We’re a Representative Democracy – government with the consent of the governed.

      • Douglas Daluga

        That is the stupidist thing I’ve ever seen.

      • SURPRISE!
        A republic is a type of democracy.


        Learn what words mean before you use them.

        • I’m terribly sorry to say, but your half-assed internet definition you found is utterly wrong. The definition on wikipedia is also wrong. There are dozens of pages of comments in the edits of people agreeing with the definition I have used here. This is the true definition. It is the definition of Plato and Cicero, and anyone who disagrees with it is supporting what can only be called a conspiracy of miseducation of the demos in order to corrupt the mixed-constitutional system by ensuring the people never know how to vote to maintain the balance of powers or justice and equality in their state.

          REAL DEFINITION: A republic is a mixed constitutional system. It is comprised of three parts: democracy, kingship, and oligarchy, combined into a balanced and ideally eternal system, unlike it’s parts, which each decay separately, democracy into ochlcracy.
          Ochlocracy is on your list. I told you your list of definitions was inadequate:) Kakocracy isn’t on your list either.

          ALSO LATIN DEFINITION AND PROPER TRANSLATION: republic is from the Latin “res publicae” which means “public things” or “money of the republic” or : Commonwealth. Anyone who complains about socialism failed to grasp the implications of that. A republic exists to provide social justice and social systems.
          And NO, just because your party calls itself the “Republican” party, doesn’t mean there is anything unrepublican about it. Political parties are unrepublican. A true republican has no party prix: he is always on the side of justice. A republican should be just and generous, like the state.

      • Devlin-it’s been 500 years, we want our land back. YOU need to find another country. Cordially, from Indian country.

  • John you are so far off base that you look and sound Idiotically Ridiculous. I could go on with all the facts of why you are wrong, the only problem is you are one of the type of Republican (if you are not a R then you should be) that would not accept the truth if was to jump up and slap you in the face.

    I my be wrong and take that back about you being a Idiotically Ridiculous Republican, I think you might even be worse than that, a IGNORAMUS Tea Bagger.

    I know you will come back with all kind of hateful remarks I expect that out of a Tea bagger. So go on and lay it on me, then everyone reading this will see the true side of an Ignorant Tea Bagger.

    • Bo – how can you jump complain about an on-point rebuttal? More then the article above, your comment about Jon’s writing proves to me that the vote should be taken away from some. And no, I’m not politically affiliated, I’m independent.

  • I noticed there was a call for refernces to back up what you said, I suggest they should check the history books. The tea party is the most dangerous movement since the Reagan Democrats.

  • I myself am a rather liberal democrat, and I find this article to be horribly skewed. I know, I know, I should’ve figured that out from the title, but the way Republicans are assumed to be war-mongers and the like is incredibly unfair and biased. Yes, Republicans have gone on to contradict themselves and their past actions, but I find it hard to believe that this is based SOLELY on the fact that our president is a black guy. I’d like to believe that it’s hard for people to be so incredibly racist that they oppose the president because he’s black. People are smart. They know that Obama went to an ivy league college, and he’s not just puppeting some liberal agenda instead of thinking for himself about what’s best for this country of ours. Anyone who forms an opinion like the one that comes across in this article is themselves as bad as they’re claiming that the Republicans are.

    • Actually I hate to be the one to break it to you but as a liberal living down here in Alabama/Georgia area I have come across the most ignorant and racist people. I am not even talking about the redneck kids who wave a Confederate Flag around. But they do solely hate Obama because he’s black. They actually hate blacks (or any minority) and find them inferior to whites. I find it appalling that these ideas are still being expressed and not just from older generations but young people in the early 20’s.
      Racism is HIGHLY prevalent in the south …

    • Sorry to break it to you but there is no such thing as Santa or the Easter Bunny either…believe it fellow liberal democrat. Re-boobs are guilty as charged in the list above…They were for it before they were against it and at least 38% of republicans believe that the Pres of the US / Commander in Chief should never be a Black….shameful…

    • ” I find it hard to believe that this is based SOLELY on the fact that our president is a black guy”

      As does the author of the article.
      At no point does s/he claim this is SOLELY anything of the sort.
      Reading comprehension fail.

    • Obama haters are so for a variety of reasons. Some, because they want to continue to rule the world. Others because they are racist. And others because they are ignorant and fall for all the propaganda that makes them afraid of “other” and fools them into blaming the wrong people so they will keep voting against their own interests.

  • These are all GREAT examples for me to start (a-hem) converstaions on my facebook page…except, you don’t site any references. I can’t go into court with just hear-say, I need evidence. I believe you, but I have to smack my opponents over the head with the facts.

  • 4. TARP isn’t successful at all and Obama supported and voted yes on it.

    8. Public education is as abysmal than ever due to Bush’s NCLB law and Obama’s Race to the Top. Carter signed into law the Department of Education. Reagan did want to eliminate it, but he didn’t. The fact is both Republicans and democrats failed at the oversight from the top of education. Education needs to be as localized. You can’t blanket one set of rules for an entire country that is different from state to state and even county to county.

    11. This is absolutely ridiculous. No facts accompany this. Here’s a fact, Bush sold our civil rights down the river in 2001 with the patriot act, and obama has twice re-authorized it, after pledging he would work to eliminate it.

    13. This is also ridiculous. FDR was a huge deficit spender, and every President since him were huge spenders to fund wars and a growing entitlement state.

    14. The Federal Reserve act was penned by 6 bankers on the an island of the coast of Georgia, called Jekyll Island. The bankers and businessmen: Warburg, Rockefeller, JP Morgan and two others. Ever since then the only President to challenge the Fed’s authority is Kennedy, and that’s probably part of the reason why he was killed.

    19. “Military Intervention In The Middle East) This should really convince you that Republicans are simply opposing policies because a black President supports them.” This is ridiculous. Obama didn’t seek approval from Congress at all to enter Libya. He went to the UN. Obama was an anti-war candidate, and a peace laureate, yet, the wars continue and he’s added new ones to the palette. Put the race card back in the deck.

  • This has been the GOPnuts, and scumbaggers M.O. for more than two years now. It’s all they have as their platform of operations. Since they have no REAL ideas, or REAL plans to move the country forward They simply are against evry thing the administration agrees with, even if it was their own from the start. Truly a sad state of afairs.

    • Running a sacrificial lamb, for-sure loser against Obama because Bush was leaving behind a traumatized country, then doing everything possible to continue to tank the economy while quietly increasing authoritarianism so the new president would take the blame by the next election, was and is all part of the Rove/Cheney/Wolfawitz Neo-con plan to control the nation for at least the next 100 years. None of it is an accident.

    • And they are merely using Tea Party types and the fundamentalist Christians to achieve their goals.

  • Yeah, because the electorate lately is so good at choosing leaders who are smart, responsible, and not power-hungry. Lets let some Tea Baggers have a go at running the Fed. Does Kool Aid come in Tea flavor?

    • Marko Freimann

      Last time I checked the Tea Party was a minority. Regardless, you are sort of missing the point.

      • would be nice if the older seniority politicians like Boehner, Cantor, etc.. recognized that the new T.P.ers, many who never were politicians before elected last Nov.2010, would wake up to that fact that the T.P.er’s are a minority in their dysfunctional house and “new” as in inexperienced and quit letting them make all the rules and hold hostage things they passed without ever looking at it when we have a Rep. Prez. in office, especially as the T.P.er’s do not really know how government should work for the benefit for all of us and not just for the very top 1%. It’s like letting the preschoolers make up their own lesson plans instead of their teacher doing it. They do not know what they are doing, only what the higher ups tell them to do.

  • Marko Freimann

    The FED needs to be more responsible and accountable in order to protect Americans. Just like more things in this county it is run by power hungry and greedy people. The people in charge of the FED should be elected.

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