Republican Pledge to America: Increase Deficit, Help the Rich
September 23, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Republican lawmakers unveiled their 21-page ‘Pledge to America” on Thursday at a Virginia hardware store for some down home Middle America optics. The document, based on Newt Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America” offers a few tired and worn Republican ideas intermixed with tea party tentherism. Cut taxes, freeze spending, freeze federal hiring, repeal health care reform, increase the deficit by $700 billion with tax cuts for the rich and add to the deficit some more with “missile defense.” The GOP pledge also proposes to discontinue all TARP funding and the economic Stimulus program. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) appearing without a tie with his shirtsleeves rolled up, nicely summed up the GOP Pledge, as a return to the failed policies of the Bush administration. “We are not going to be any different than what we’ve been,” said Boehner.
The Pledge begins with the statement “The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated.”
The document is short on specifics and offers no solutions to the problem of deficit spending that the GOP has become so concerned about.
Even fellow Republicans have panned it. Red State’s Erick Erickson, known for his hyper conservative partisanship, called the GOP contract with America “Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan.”
Writes Erickson, “This document proves the GOP is more focused on the acquisition of power than the advocacy of long term sound public policy. All the good stuff in it is stuff we expect them to do. What is not in it is more than a little telling that the House GOP has not learned much of anything from 2006.”
Ezra Klein, a progressive writer for the Washington Post, called the document, “The GOP’s bad idea.”
“Because when you get past the adjectives and soaring language, the talk of inalienable rights and constitutional guarantees, you’re left with a set of hard promises that will increase the deficit by trillions of dollars, take health-care insurance away from tens of millions of people, create a level of policy uncertainty businesses have never previously known, and suck demand out of an economy that’s already got too little of it.”
Klein goes on to point out the Republican’s deficit hypocrisy:
“Take the deficit. Perhaps the two most consequential policies in the proposal are the full extension of the Bush tax cuts and the full repeal of the health-care law. The first would increase the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years, and many trillions of dollars more after that. The second would increase the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years, and many trillions of dollars more after that. Nothing in the document comes close to paying for these two proposals, and the authors know it: The document never says that the policy proposals it offers will ultimately reduce the deficit.”
The Democrats were quick to also note, that despite the House Republicans’ big talk about helping small businesses, after their hardware store stunt, they returned to Washington to vote against a bill to help small businesses.
“Ironically, the party that’s voted against small business tax cuts enacted into law by this Congress is actually holding their press event at a small business just outside Washington–and then racing back presumably to vote against the Small Business Jobs Act–crucial to get small businesses hiring and $300 billion in private sector credit flowing,” said Nadeam Elshami, a spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
And DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse, said “Instead of charting a new course to move this country forward, House Republicans proved once and for all that there’s not an inch of daylight between them and the reckless Bush administration policies that cost 8 million American jobs and sent our economy into a tailspin.”
It’s not a “Pledge to America,” it’s more like a plague of bad Republican ideas that have already failed and nearly drove our entire economy into a ditch.
The entire Pledge can be found here.