House Republicans have unveiled a “Pledge to America” that outlines their agenda after mid-term elections. This plan will happen assuming Republicans take several seats in Congress. The overall agenda will be conservative ideals for creating jobs, cutting taxes, and shrinking the size of the federal government, according to Reuters. A copy of the full text of the document is available from CBS News.
If the Republicans win back control of the House, as many predict, they will become the majority party and will force more compromises from the Senate and President Obama. Included in their plan is an immediate cut in spending to reduce the deficit.
Text of the Plan
Upon looking over the text of the plan, I have some objections to the way Republicans have worded several aspects of their plan. The copy on CBS’ website was a little difficult to follow as the columns on one side to the other were hard to follow.
For their tax plan, the text reads: “By permanently stopping job-killing tax hikes, families will be able to keep more of their hard-earned money and small businesses will have the stability they need to invest in our economy and help grow our work force. We further encourage small businesses to create jobs by allowing them to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income.”
The Republicans further stipulate: “We will rein in the red tape factory in Washington, DC by requiring congressional approval of any new federal regulation that may add to our deficit and make it harder to create jobs.”
Concerns and Critiques
I have a few problems with both of these statements. My first concern is regarding the tax issues and small businesses. The problem with small businesses and income now is because they rely too much upon banks for being able to pay their employees. Having more income in a small business owner’s pocket still leaves it up to the owner, not the employees, as to how to spend the money. Once again, the Republicans are all about small business owners and not the employees.
I would be much more inclined for a tax cut that helps those who didn’t have jobs due to the banks reining in their loan practices. Giving more money to those who already have money won’t help hard-working middle class people get their jobs back. We need money to flow freely again, and that rests with banks.
My second critique of their plan is the hypocrisy of the Republican Party. They want to eliminate red tape in Washington by having congressional approval for regulations that add to the deficit. Unfortunately, needing congressional approval is exactly the red tape that Republicans want to avoid. It sounds to me like this aspect of the plan is simply a grab at power that simply doesn’t exist in our balance of power structure of the American republic.
How can you eliminate red tape if you have to come to Congress for approval? All that happens is that Republicans eliminate one kind of red tape to make another kind of red tape. Getting through the American bureaucracy is the same no matter what branch of government with which you work.
The plan seems nice and tidy on paper, but the reality of the situation is that we live in a republic form of government with separation of powers. The Republicans will still need to win votes and compromise to get work, done no matter what kinds of red tape of which they speak.
Reuters and CBS News contributed information for this article.