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.

Watch Boehner:


Comments

11 Responses to “Republican Pledge to America: Increase Deficit, Help the Rich”

  1. Old Man Dotes on September 23rd, 2010 7:55 pm

    You can say two good things about the GOP: They’re not Justin Beiber, and they’re not the Jonas Brothers. I’m sorry, I really am trying to be positive, but that’s all that I can see that the GOBP has going for it.

  2. Yes on September 24th, 2010 10:35 am

    This “story” needs a disclaimer – written by Obama fiction spin doctor!!! If you do some due diligence – that means look up some facts you wil find that Clinton and America benighted by having a Republican congress. This STORY is just that, a fairy tale told by an obviously biased writer who took NO TIME TO LOOK UP HISTORICAL FACTS.

  3. Brook on September 24th, 2010 10:58 am

    Not sure what the author’s tax bracket is, but middle class taxpayers have added up what they pay in city, county, state, and federal taxes and it is well over 40% for most of us.

    Our federal government is going to waste whatever we send them, and the deficit is going to increase exponentially as entitlements mushroom. We are past the point of every paying off this debt. All they care about is paying the interest now, which is a whopping 10% of tax receipts.

    I plan to vote for any politician that cuts taxes, because it simply doesn’t matter anymore. This government is headed for fiscal default. Sadly, that is what is going to be required for us to finally get a responsible government in place. Witholding our tax dollars is the only tool we have left to try and get some sanity injected into the process.

  4. Aaron on September 24th, 2010 11:13 am

    The sad part about all of this is that the country is poised to put these guys back in power, just proving the extent to which the idiocy runs in this country.

  5. Anthony on September 24th, 2010 11:18 am

    Yes, the GOP sure seems to not understand that they’re offering nothing new from the Republican playbook in their new….”Plague to America”.
    Same old gifts to the ultra-wealthy, leave the needy in the gutter attitude as always.
    The Republicans really are showing their stripes in their reach for power; they’re promises now are hollow; why didn’t they do these things when they held power; all they did was blame Bill Clinton and his *%^ Job.
    Cut offensive defense spending, invest in education and health care infrastructure you morons.

  6. Marcos El Malo on September 24th, 2010 11:46 am

    I’m a fiscal conservative ex-Republican. The only good thing I see about this lemon of a pledge is that they toned down the social conservative bull puckey. The rest is boiler plate GOP platitudes. If the democrats are driving America down the road to ruin, so is the GOP. The only difference is that the GOP is taking the scenic route past all the tired old GOP landmarks.

    I wish I could get behind the Tea Party movement. I think the original impulse behind the movement was sincere and positive. Unfortunately, the movement has already been co-opted by hucksters and grifters, and the good people of the rank and file are allowing the obnoxiously loud nutcases to represent the party, even to the point of nominating them. (I think Rand Paul is the exception to this, but my cynical side fears he’s already been co-opted.)

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  8. JBK on September 24th, 2010 10:28 pm

    Rand spoke on the pledge at the end of this interview tonight with Hannity. He was diplomatic but thought it should go further: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEr-VBhtlnM

    Better yet, here is Rand’s new ad with a much better pledge, if the GOP would take it up — or any coalition large enough to pass it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVorVi8gCJM

  9. Larry Clement on October 2nd, 2010 2:17 pm

    What the GOP is counting on is the ignorance of the masses. Most people in this country believe the worse they hear. If you tell them there’s death panels in that Health Care bill, they’ll believe it.

    The biggest problem we have in this country is the simple fact that most Americans won’t pick up a newspaper and read a little political news to find out what our Congress is doing. Then when you have a news channel like Fox News that tells their listeners only one side of the story; it adds to the ignorance.

    This is the true fact; the rich have managed to fill their coffers with hundreds of billions of dollars, thanks to the effort of the GOP and Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Millions have lost jobs because of a policy of reward the rich and they will produce jobs. Where are all those jobs that we were promised when George W. Bush and the Republican Congress cut out huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?

    No, they want us to allow them to continue giving tax cuts to the same wealthiest top two percent in this country, giving us the same old song and dance.Then, those people get richer and everyone else gets poorer.

    It’s time that people started to pay attention to what John Boehner’s crowd is promising us and what they’re actually doing.

  10. SHIRLEY MITCHEM on October 15th, 2010 11:45 pm

    the sad truth is……….
    everyone is going to have to pay higher taxes……….EVERYONE……….
    THE RICH HAVE TO START PAYING ACCORDING TO THE GROSS INCOME
    CUT MILITARY SPENDING IN 1/2
    DEFENSE SPENDING IN1/2
    *********STOP THE WARS…
    NO MONEY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
    NO MONEY NOT 1 PENNEY TO AFGHAN GOVERNMENT
    LET ALL BUSH TAX EXPIRE FOR EVERYONE………….IT’S GOING TO HURT THE
    SMALL MAN …………WE HAVE BEEN STEPPED ON SO MANY TIMES
    NO TAX EXEMPT RELIGIONS………..
    ***********RE INSTATE “GLASS-STEAGALL ACT IN FULL”*****************
    *****LET ALL CONGRESS AND SENATE CUT PAY TO 100,00 A YEAR……….
    CUT ALL OF THEIR FRINGE BENEFITS

    ********* PASS A LAW THAT BANS ALL LOBBYISTS IN WASHINGTON********

    LEAVE EDUCATION, AND OTHER SOCIAL PROGRAMS ALONE UNTIL ALL
    THE ABOVE HAS BEEN PUT INTO ACTION………..LAW

    BOTH PARTIES WILL RUN FROM WASHINGTON IN DROVES…………….

    CLEAN HOUSE…………………….WON’T HAPPEN”

    “PLEDGE TO AMERICA” IS ANOTHER VERSION OF NEWT GINGRICH OLD
    PLEDGE…………..LIE…………

    BUSH/CHENEY TOOK THIS COUNTRY AND PUT IN THE DITCH.
    WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM OBAMA………………2YRS WILL NOT CLEAN UP
    THIS MESS THAT STARTED A LONG TIME AGO………….

  11. Don Belcher on November 11th, 2010 8:22 pm

    The elephant in the room is the fact that if we:
    not only “not extended these cuts to this 2% of Americans,
    but REVERSED it and raised their taxes for 8 yrs by an additional 10%,
    America would be OUT OF DEBT in 10 years !!
    Where is their patriotism?
    Couldn’t they save America, instead of having a 10% largerer portfolio, for a while?
    Or is that asking too much, to help rescue the country
    and live like the” lost decade people”, the rest of us,
    who have went down 4.8% in actual wages over the past 10 yrs.

    4.8% of 35 -40 k hurts that person a whole lot more than 10% would to people making millions anually, and everyone knows it.

    Why would people vote for a party that wants to stand against the solution?

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