Obama Slams GOP Pledge: Filled With ‘Irresponsible Policies’ (Video)

September 27, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)— More trashing of the GOP’s “Pledge to America.” Over the weekend, Obama called the Pledge more of the same “worn out philosophy” from the failed Bush administration. And during President Obama’s live interview with Today’s Matt Lauer this morning from the White House, in between talking about education reform, Obama also took the Republicans to task for their widely panned “Pledge to America.” Obama called the document a “set of irresponsible policies” that fail to offer a “serious approach” to solving our nation’s problems.

The Republicans’ much-ballyhooed “Pledge to America” is long on hype and short on specifics. The document proposes adding to the ballooning deficit with unfunded tax cuts for the rich and increased defense spending. How will their policies be paid for? They won’t. Proposals to roll back spending to 2008 levels won’t even begin to pay for the tax cuts for the wealthy that would cost $700 billion. What specific entitlement programs would they cut? Republicans refuse to come out and name a single entitlement program they would eliminate or cut. But it’s clear they are gunning to privatize Social Security and even Medicare.

President Obama slammed Republican leaders for not offering Americans a serious approach to governing:

“There are lot of wonderful people out there who consider themselves Republicans or independents, who have maybe some criticisms of my administration but basically recognize we’ve gotta solve some big problems, we’ve gotta be serious, we’ve gotta base our decisions on facts.”

‘What I’m seeing out of the Republican leadership out of the last several years has been a set of policies that are just irresponsible. And we saw in their Pledge to America a similar set of irresponsible policies. They say they want to balance the budget, they propose $4 trillion worth of tax cuts, and $16 billion in spending cuts. And then they say, We’re gonna somehow, magically balance the budget. That’s not a serious approach.”

Obama goes on to remind Americans about the consequences of their votes in November.

“So, the question for voters over the next five weeks is, Who is putting forward policies that have a chance to move our country forward…and who’s just engaging in rhetoric. And I think If that debate is taking place over the next five weeks, we’re gonna do just fine.”

During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) had difficulty defending the rehashed failed policies in the “Pledge to America.” When pressed by host David Gregory, Pence admitted “What we have in this proposal is not necessarily new.”

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One Response to “Obama Slams GOP Pledge: Filled With ‘Irresponsible Policies’ (Video)”

  1. majii on September 27th, 2010 5:01 pm

    Of course, none of the policies proposed in the “new” Pledge are new. I’ve lived through over 30 years of republican tax cuts, deregulation, and enabling of Big Oil and Big Business. To show how disastrous these policies have been for me, I had to remain in the classroom 33 years in order to have enough post-retirement income to live on. My first year of teaching I had a salary of $7200/yr in the 1970s. I worked for 15 years before my salary rose to $15,000. During most of these years, republicans held the majority in the national government. During the years 2001-2009, the years of the GWB tax cuts, I saw no appreciable increase in my salary. As a divorced single parent, I was paying a mortgage, paying car notes on a car for myself and for my daughter’s car, in addition to paying the part of my daughter’s college tuition not covered by her scholarship. After teaching for 33 years with multiple graduate degrees, I was barely earning $60,000 when I retired. Republicans are no friends to the middle class.

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