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Matthews: GOP's 'Pledge to America' is the Biggest Cover Up Since Watergate (BARF ALERT)
MRC ^ | September 23, 2010 | Geoffrey Dickens

Posted on 09/25/2010 8:31:53 AM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan

Chris Matthews thinks the Republican Party's Pledge to America is all part of a ploy to hide the more "radical" ideas of their party as he, on Thursday's Hardball, announced that the GOP "manifesto" could be "the biggest cover up since Watergate." Matthews went on to speculate that with the Pledge, the Republican members of Congress were doing their best to "disguise the much more serious, more radical proposals" of the Tea Party. The suspicious Matthews then went on to tally the allegedly secret agenda of the GOP that was "hidden under the table." [audio available here]

The following Matthews rants were aired on the September 23 edition of Hardball:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Plus House Republicans unveil their Pledge to America today and it could be the biggest cover up since Watergate. Their manifesto showcases all the predictable soft sell proposals you'd expect from establishment Republicans but goes radio silent on the more radical ideas of their party. The wild stuff, you know, about changing the Constitution. And make no mistake, the fringe on the right will have a strong voice if Republicans win control of the Congress.

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MATTHEWS: Coming up, the Republican Party unveils its so-called Pledge to America and it may be just the biggest political cover up since Watergate. It's a modest plan full of familiar proposals. You know the good stuff - cut taxes, cut spending, but the big question is, does it really hide or disguise the much more serious, more radical proposals that the Republicans Party has, that it has in mind. The Tea Party stuff we hear about all the time. How come that's not on the paper? Let's talk about what's being covered over, in this pledge. You're watching Hardball, only on MSNBC.

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MATTHEWS: Let's take a look at what's on the paper. Here are some of the points in the pledge, on paper. On tax cuts it calls for making the Bush tax cuts permanent. No surprise there. On business tax cuts it calls for giving small businesses a deduction equal to 20 percent of their business income. It calls for a cap on new government spending. For the repeal of the health care bill. Repeal! And fully funding, I don't know where this came from, missile defense. Full funding of missile defense. There's an odd one for ya...Here's what I think is being hidden under the table. Here's what Republicans are, actually been talking about during this campaign. Changing the 14th Amendment to that guarantees citizenship to people in this country. Let's listen to somebody making that proposal. It's not on the paper here.

SEN. LINDSAY GRAHAM: People come here to have babies. They come here to drop a child. It's called drop and leave.

MATTHEWS: And Republicans are talking about actions that would shut down government if they take control of Congress. Let's listen again.

NEWT GINGRICH: Stage one of the end of Obama-ism will be a new Republican Congress in January that simply refuses to fund any of the radical efforts.

MATTHEWS: Shut down. Some talk about repealing the 17th Amendment, which allows for direct election of U.S. senators. They're also talking about privatizing Social Security, which is addressed in a number of places, but particularly in Republican Congressman Paul Ryan's so-called Road Map to America's Future. It seems to me, Todd Harris, that a lot of the nice stuff is put on this paper here, but the stuff we're hearing out at the meetings, the Tea Party meetings, the more radical voices have been muffled here.

—Geoffrey Dickens is the Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here


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1 posted on 09/25/2010 8:31:57 AM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Just when I thought Chrissy was coming to her senses...that tingle must be back.


2 posted on 09/25/2010 8:35:29 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Loud, immature = desperate


3 posted on 09/25/2010 8:37:44 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (NO MOS-que AP: It's the "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE")
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

So when libtards change the constitution it is noble and in the finest tradition, but when conservatives try to get back to the foundation of the document it is considered “radical”?

Do I have that right? ***chrissy, there is some spittle on your chin..***


4 posted on 09/25/2010 8:40:39 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: RatsDawg
Matthews had a few lucid moments a while back but the old urges have returned with a vengeance and now he's back splashing around in the shallow end of the pool.
5 posted on 09/25/2010 8:47:35 AM PDT by JPG (The rat plague ends on Nov 2nd.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
I know a few Republicans that need to join Promise Keepers, wash their lying mouths out with soap and kick their own behinds for letting the country deteriorate.

But as for being radical...yea, about as radical as lukewarm spit. Selfish maybe but not radical.

6 posted on 09/25/2010 8:48:22 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Chrissy is so hen-pecked by his Queen Kathlkeen, as he calls her, that he gets a TINGLE for Obama.


7 posted on 09/25/2010 8:50:25 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mylife

Liberals change the Constitution without bothering to go thru the onerous amendment process. Just judge-shop till you get one that buys your line of bull.

But conservatives are dangerous because some have talked of making minor changes thru the very process spelled out in the Constitution.

BTW, I wish people would stop talking about such amendments. Give the super-majorities required, it just isn’t going to happen for anything even slightly controversial. When morons can’t get a bill thru Congress or don’t like a judicial decision, they immediately start talking amendment. If you can’t win an election or impeach judges you don’t like, then you certainly won’t be able to get an amendment through, which is orders of magnitude more difficult than either.

In fact, every amendment ever passed has had overwhelming support, not surprising given the requirements for passage. The only exceptions are the post-Civil War amendments, which were passed using somewhat (ahem) shady tactics, arguably invalidating them. Not that such a claim would ever be upheld.


8 posted on 09/25/2010 8:52:26 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: RatsDawg; Conservative Coulter Fan
that tingle must be back.

Oh No, Not THAT Tingle!!!

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9 posted on 09/25/2010 8:53:10 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
The ads the Republicans should be running is the list of RAT travesties that went on when they were fully in charge before for 40 years. The check cashing scandal - Rostenkowski going to jail for thievery and all of the other things that they did.

We should have a thread with everything that anyone remembers about the arrogant way that they 'ruled' when they had the power.

They got elected again this time because people either forgot or never heard about 'the good old RAT days'.

What happened during the Bush years that they keep harping about, is a drop in the bucket compared to what the RATS did the last time that they held power & obviously what they are doing now that they are in power again.

10 posted on 09/25/2010 9:00:22 AM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world.. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Sorry I am not going to take Pledge to America seriously until I see the red pencil come out and identify specific cuts to programs. I have some ideas that might ruffle feathers in both directions.

As far as the Laffer Curve working with Bush’s tax cuts and even lower marginal rates will be even better, go back and take a look at the evidence. Look at unemployment under Clinton and then Bush. Sorry I need something more to hang my hat on. We start a $1T+ war with Iraq without a funding source, and we wonder why our budget is in the toilet. At 70% I am pretty darn sure we are the other side of the curve. At current rates I am not convinced (especially with the evidence of the higher rates under Clinton). What appears to have happened with the Bush cuts was an early but unsustainable increase in the revenue stream. I really don’t see ill effects from when Clinton increased the top tax rate from 31% to nearly 40%. We had a strong period of economic growth, had our federal deficit down, etc.

The Republicans have become a one trick pony (tax cuts). I am sorry to say this given that I do have conservative leanings, but come up with a list of recommended specific cuts with reasons.

Granted I can’t vote for the other guys either, but I guess I will sit at home this November.

When times are good you don’t run deficits so that when times are bad, you have some flexibility.


11 posted on 09/25/2010 9:02:50 AM PDT by exhaustguy
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To: JPG
Matthews displays several of the 13 chatacteristics of Down Syndrome, and his face looks like a partially developed fetus. I'm pretty sure that the end of his brain stem looks like a lollipop, with a tiny ball of semi-developed brain hovering in the relatively massive cavity of his largely empty head.

His ability to process information and respond like a rational adult is severely impaired. If [when?] he kills somebody, the jury will likely find him unfit to stand trial by reason of arrested development. He acts and talks like a six-year-old, and while this is an over-simplification, so is he.

8^D

12 posted on 09/25/2010 9:06:00 AM PDT by Gargantua (Palin-Bachman 2012... just call it "Pa-Bach" :-)
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To: RatsDawg

I think Chrissy is close to being certifiably insane and I’m serious.


13 posted on 09/25/2010 9:17:58 AM PDT by mojitojoe ("Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" Saul Alinsky... I will take Odungo's mentors advice)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Oh oh, they’re on to us LOL!


14 posted on 09/25/2010 9:26:43 AM PDT by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: exhaustguy

>>We had a strong period of economic growth, had our federal deficit down,<<

I owned a computer store during that “economic growth” people like to trot out. We, in the industry” knew darn well what a dangerous bubble that was. Anyone with marketing skills who started a web site could get millions in funding because of the erroneous belief that “it was time” for the internet to “take over” as the marketplace was pervasive in the sphere of the investors.

We knew it was too early, the public just was not as confident, and the technology was not refined enough. The Christmas season of 1999 was going to be the zenith. I, and many others in the industry, knew it was totally unreal and a movie set façade. We could see a crash coming.

In November of 1999 I sold my Computer store fully expecting the crash. The next March the business and the internet business that went with it were worth less then a quarter of what I sold it for. The “economic growth” under Clinton was mostly because of a false economy built on the Internet Bubble that was years too early.


15 posted on 09/25/2010 9:31:24 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

He is under incredible pressure to skew younger (say, younger than his AARP median); and he’s also a sick sick man. In the head. Malaria never goes away, it just goes into remission.


16 posted on 09/25/2010 9:39:50 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (/)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

You know I really thought the media would quit covering for a beyond corrupt President. Last week Matthews was admitting the democratic failure. Now he is back working for Obama I see.

PATHETIC! I am sick to death of the liberal Obama media journOlists covering for Obama.


17 posted on 09/25/2010 9:46:43 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: RatsDawg

since i’m not the one of the 200,000 people that watches this “goon” thanks for posting


18 posted on 09/25/2010 9:56:05 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: exhaustguy

Your post never mentioned that even though government revenue went up significantly because of the tax cuts, government spending went up even faster. You wrote that the Clinton tax increase was OK but you ignore the recession his policies caused in 1999-2000. I believe that out of control government spending is what got us where we are now; not tax cuts and not the war. Granted, fighting wars is expensive but the DoD is only about 20% of the federal budget. What about the other 80%? BTW, the deficit was steadily declining for a few years until the ‘Rats took over congress in 2006 and started spending like crazy. It does not matter what the feds can raise in revenue unless spending is brought under control. The federal government is easily capable of running a deficit even if they took 100% of GDP every year. As far as sitting at home in November goes, I think that too many people did that in 2008 and it is partly why we have Barky for a President now.


19 posted on 09/25/2010 10:06:41 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

How can a Liberal Democrat Hack have a show called Hardball, and be taken seriously? He must have someone fooled.


20 posted on 09/25/2010 10:40:13 AM PDT by Son House (Democrats Starve The Private Sector, Yet Expect The Economy To Grow. The Recovery to Nowhere!)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

HOW DO THESE PEOPLE STILL HAVE JOBS??????????????????????


21 posted on 09/25/2010 10:43:56 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Somebody’s gotta keep the bull cookies flowing...might as well be Sissy Matthews.


22 posted on 09/25/2010 10:44:01 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2595232/posts


23 posted on 09/25/2010 10:47:30 AM PDT by Justaham
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Matthewidiot spouting more libtard Matthew brand idiocy....anything new here? =.=


24 posted on 09/25/2010 10:56:22 AM PDT by cranked
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To: cranked

How do you think that crazy old fool Jimmy Carter got started on the road to being the worst president of any country? Cwissy wrote his speeches!


25 posted on 09/25/2010 11:27:45 AM PDT by Maumee (wtw)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

“Small Government, decisions owned by the people themselves, lower taxes, and Free market Economics”...all the ideals that every person thru the history of mankind has KNOWN to be abject failures. / sarc

Who from the following would side with Matthews/0bama/Pelosi/Ried against the GOP and their “Pledge”?

- Marx / yes
- Lenin / yes
- Stalin / yes
- Mao / yes, of course
- Castro / yes
- FDR / would only be upset he hadn’t thought of it first, yes
- Carter / yes
- MSM (Red Media) / yes, Yes, YES!!!!! and anyone else who would disagree is un-American and or completely racist
- Lincoln / no
- Reagan / HELL NO

To equate these types of Liberal Talking Points as being “unhinged” is to fatally understate the obvious.

BTW Mr Matthew’s, what’s the national jobless rate again in America after trillions have been wasted build 0bama utopia?


26 posted on 09/25/2010 11:37:16 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: exhaustguy

So you’re advocating raising the marginal tax rates while we’re on the brink of a depression. That’s brilliant./s


27 posted on 09/25/2010 11:52:20 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Like my DH just said....”nobody cares what Chris Matthews says.”


28 posted on 09/25/2010 11:56:37 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Matthews is certifiable. I don’t know why I bother.


29 posted on 09/25/2010 12:19:48 PM PDT by GVnana (I'm a Mama Grizzly)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
Chrissey made some great points. You know...repeal health care, repeal SS, cut spending, defend the country, cut taxes, break the elites hold on power. What is not to like here? We can win on this. Thanks Chrissey!
30 posted on 09/25/2010 1:08:57 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Partisan punk.


31 posted on 09/25/2010 1:10:57 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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