For this weekend's reading list we have articles on Romney's right-wing reactionary agenda, a comparison of Obama and Romney on energy policy, how Paul Ryan is similar to and even more extreme than Barry Goldwater, the benefits of ending the lower tax rates for capital gains, the GOPs' anti-urban agenda, and the moral and factual arguments supporting the death with dignity movement.
Mitt Romney's Real Agenda - after Romney at the first Presidential debate pretended to forget every reactionary policy he's campaigned on for the past 18 months, this article is a helpful reminder that Romney's real agenda closely mirrors that of the conservative Republicans in Congress.
Everything You Need to Know About Where Obama and Romney Stand on Energy Policy - a thorough side-by-side comparison of the fundamental differences between the policies and proposals of President Obama and Mitt Romney on energy issues.
Paul Ryan's Debt to Barry Goldwater, Who'd Be Mortified By Paul Ryan - How Paul Ryan is the spawn of the right-wing infrastructure that Barry Goldwater conservatives created, with one big exception; Paul Ryan has happily gotten in bed with the religious fundamentalists who Goldwater detested.
Ending the Capital Gains Tax Preference - a report on the how ending the preferential status of capital gains income in the US tax code (under which capital gains are taxed at only 15% while income earned through work is taxed at a higher percent) would be fairer, raise more revenue, and simplify the tax code.
Republicans to Cities: Drop Dead - how the GOP has gone from a party that had a strong urban base in the early 20th century to one today that promotes an agenda with a significantly anti-urban focus.
May Doctors Help You to Die? - The moral and factual arguments supporting the death-with-dignity movement, which seeks to allow terminally ill individuals to get medical assistance in hastening their death, but only through a highly regulated system that includes multiple doctor sign offs, waiting periods, and other precautions to ensure that sick people are not being pressured into assisted suicide. Our previous coverage of this issue can be found here, and to support a Massachusetts ballot initiative to allow for death with dignity in that state, click here.