The GOP is the party of freedom. Freedom to go without health care, the freedom for medical bankruptcies, freedom from dental, vision and hearing care, the freedom to die. Whenever I hear freedom and flexibility by radical conservatives, I hear the subtext of freedom from accountability, oversight, safety standards, wage minimums, competency, integrity, and legality. The freedom to do without, as in freedom for us to be without living wages, without health care, without discrimination, without a safe retirement income, without clean air and clean water, without justice and legal rights and legal protections, without protection from disenfranchisement and gerrymandering, without the freedom to join a union or to unionize, without freedom from religious intolerance and religion based discrimination.
The freedom to not be labeled lazy or undeserving or unworthy or morally corrupt just because of low income or wealth. If people are not paid well enough to go without government assistance, it is called corporate welfare. Ever hear of the concept of the wealthy paying their fair share? Ever hear of Social Responsibility? Not everyone wants to be or can be a CEO or manager or owner of a business. Some people just want fair wages.
Republicans are the party of laws written by corporations and industries for their own benefit, on both the state and federal level. The GOP is the party of free trade rather than fair trade. They worship profit, striving for returns of at least 15% annually while giving people who do the actual work little or no increase in wages or benefits. They worship health care for profit, cutting benefits, raising premiums and deductibles, saddling US companies with health insurance costs while foreign companies benefit from government universal health care. They cut in half taxes on companies and the wealthy, then insist on cutting any social programs because of revenue shortfalls, debt and deficits. They lie, cheat, steal, administer draconian and unfair justice. They allow killings with impunity with Stand Your Ground laws, impunity for "peace" officers' slaughter of people of color, and with a refusal to enact common sense restrictions on weapons used in massacres.
The radical conservatives have cut in half taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and are targeting social programs because of reduced revenues. The GOP perpetrates lies about Social Security, claiming that it is the biggest federal expense, that it is in the red, and that they must raise retirement ages and cut benefits to save our retirement. No mention is made of raising the cap on payroll taxes (currently $128,400, income over that is not subject to these taxes) so that the wealthy would pay more than a minuscule percentage of their income. Their is no talk about making simple adjustments to the payroll taxes. No mention is made that Social Security is not part of the federal budget, is separate by law with its own revenue stream, is fully funded until 2034 (after which it is 80% funded) and has a $2.8 billion Trust Fund consisting of U.S. Treasury Bonds. (The bonds are those pesky paper IOUs which give rise to arguments that Congress stole our retirement - did they also steal from the Chinese? Bonds earn interest and are how our government funds the $20-plus trillion National Debt; they are not instruments of theft.) Social Security benefit cuts or raises in retirement ages do not change the federal budget or the National Debt by one penny.
These radical conservatives have a funny idea of what Jesus stood for.