Today the Republicans revealed their long-awaited pledge and the plan that they say will be pursued if they are allowed to take back the government. Since its leak, I have heard quite a few takes on it and some I could understand their take but many we can not agree with.
“House Republican leaders are vowing to cut taxes and federal spending, repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and ban federal funding of abortion as part of a campaign manifesto designed to propel them to victory in midterm elections Nov. 2.” “It pairs some familiar Republican ideas – such as deep spending cuts, medical liability reform and stricter border enforcement – with an anti-government call to action that draws on tea party themes and echoes voters’ disgruntlement with the economy and Obama’s leadership.” “It goes on to call for every bill to cite its specific constitutional authority, a vote on any government regulation that costs more than $100 million annually and a freeze on hiring federal workers except security personnel. It also has a “read the bill” provision mandating that legislation be publicly available for three days before a vote.” “They agreed to include the abortion provision and a vaguely worded statement on social issues: “We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.”
“The plan proposes creating jobs through tax cuts, including permanently extending George W. Bush’s reductions for people at every income level, now slated to expire in January, and a 20 percent deduction for small businesses.” “It also calls for repeal of an unpopular new provision enacted to help pay for the health care law that requires nearly 40 million businesses to file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods.” “It offers an array of proposals to limit spending, including cutting back to 2008 levels and placing a hard cap on future government expenditures.” “And the plan also focuses on security, including calling for denying terrorists so-called “Miranda rights,” opposing the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees into the United States and full funding for missile defense programs.” (Davis, Julie Hirschfeld, 9/22/2010, Associated Press, Tax, spending cuts top GOP campaign-year ‘Pledge’, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
While many of these may sound good, I think that this pledge is best summed up by a strong supporter of the Republican Party. “It is not enough for the Republican Party just simply to point out that President Obama and the Democrats have failed,” said pollster David Winston. “What Americans are looking for is a plan that they have confidence in that will work.” (Davis, Julie Hirschfeld, 9/22/2010, Associated Press, Tax, spending cuts top GOP campaign-year ‘Pledge’, Retrieved from email@example.com). If we are honest with ourselves then we would have to admit that this pledge sounds extremely close to the failed Contract with America and many of us can remember how well that worked.