I had it explained to me by a Republican. And I must say, after her explanation, it all makes a lot of sense. Republicans feel if they can move the wealth of the nation to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, the "hope" is they create jobs. For instance, it's estimated that corporations are sitting on two trillion in Mitt Romney type accounts they want to bring here but won't because they would have to pay taxes. Of course, corporations here are also sitting on huge amounts of money and not creating jobs. Republicans "hope" that if they can just get them more money, then they "hope" it tips the balance and corporations will start creating jobs. Now the reason Republicans don't like the Democrats plan is twofold. First, when it comes to "science and technology", everyone knows science is a faith and no one wants to invest in something you have to take on faith. The second is "corporations" and "rich people" are "right there" so we know they are real. "Hoping" they create jobs if you can just shovel more money their way makes a lot more sense. And just because it didn't work in 2004, we "hope" it works this time. Business tax holiday debate returns, despite similar ineffective 2004 measure Numerous academic studies of the 2004 tax holiday show little evidence that companies used the money that they brought back to the US to hire people and invest. --------------------------------------------- And this is obviously why it's the Republican Party that deserves the title, "The Party of Hope".