Skip to comments."Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text)
Posted on 09/22/2010 3:14:52 PM PDT by GOPinCa
House Republicans just released a draft of their legislative agenda for the next Congress, a 21-page "Pledge to America" that they will formally unveil Thursday morning at a Virginia hardware store.
"The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated," the introduction says.
It continues: "With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America."
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Eliminate two laws for every new one written
I have pushed that one myself so of course it is a GRRREAT idea ;>)
Couldn't agree more..This "document" was not drafted this week, nor last, or the previous to that. They have been working on this; cool. But, now the primaries are done; WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GOP???
Eh, forget the contract and the pledges. How about just follow what it says in the freaking Constitution.
We have all the direction we need in our original founding documents.
THAT I understand. Thanks.
Obviously ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which you will not put ‘>)
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"Stuff" drafted by low-wage or volunteer interns just fresh out of Princeton or USC who have yet learned how to write correct English.
But, having said that, God Bless them anyway.
A Virginia hardware store???? what aisle...plumbing, garden shop, insulation?....maybe the restrooms....
wonder if there will be any illegals gathered out in the parking lot???...."que gringo, yo trabajo barata .. Has oído hablar de Colin Powell ?.."
Can you say "Interstate Commerce Clause"? I knew you could.
Let’s hope it is symbolically in a Virginia county or township where they have drawn the line against ILLEGALS.
The various Tea Party groups and the umbrella TP Express ought to hold counter declarations, holding up the Constitution as their pledge.
And with the additional pledge of repealing that !@#$damned 17th amendment.
My first thought? Is this declaration even relevant with the Tea Parties, rallies, get togethers, etc.? It’s nothing more than a political half-measure intended to placate the masses.
Isn't that equal to the fox pledging to guard the hen-house against himself?
One of my general rules is the likelihood I am being lied to is proportional to the number of words being used. This thing is very wordy.
I think ours is much better:
THANKS For the Link!
Am I misreading this thing that it does NOT say anything about locking down these borders? Am I missing that?
Yea, but have they told Lisa Murkowski to sit down, shut up, and go the Hell away?
Color me cautiously optimistic. We are after all, talking about the GOP establishment here.
They’re gonna have to *earn* it!
I've always been in favor of a "sunset" provision on every law, especially here in CA, that would require a re-vote every 10 years to keep the law on the books.
There are plenty of progressives, liberals, nanny-staters, do-gooders, and other trash in the Republican Party.
Until they are removed and replaced, this effort will fail.
What this does is bring the main issues back to the for front for discussion. The dimoKKKRATS do not want that. They want to do their usual character assassinations and avoid the main issues.
You gotta love this.
Pissant pointed out elsewhere in this thread that the agenda mentions not just the repeal but the replacement of Obamacare (by Republicans, of course).
Replacement? What the hell?
Such a statement indicates that the Republican leadership simply doesn't get it. Americans don't want to keep jockeying between two political overlords, as they have been for decades; they want government to get out of their way, period.
As a result, I think that this "agenda" is nothing more than a half-hearted attempt to appease angry Tea Partiers into putting down their rhetorical torches and pitchforks and returning to the Republican plantation.
To be honest, I don't want more empty promises. I want heads to roll, politically speaking.
On a quick reading, I don’t see how the pubs health care reforms sounds like “another national plan”. They sound like the suggestions coming forth from this and many other conservative forums for months. Tort reforms, greater purchasing power given to the consumers and small businesses...I don’t see the problem.
That said, I’ll reserve final judgement until I’ve had time to read the entire document....in the morning. And also that said, a note to the republicans...saying is one thing and doing is another.
No, don’t expect a revolution. But gridlock is a good thing.
...NOT say anything about locking down these borders
I didn’t see that either or anything on amnesty.
And I didn’t see anything about having ALL Americans, from the president on down to have the SAME health care options. No exclusions for SPECIAL people or groups.
Maybe the Tea Party can make a counter pledge.
Thanks for the link. :-)
As I scanned the thing, I saw the verbiage and Pissant is correct. There was talk of replacing it with something better.
If we’re talking about private sector better, I’m going to feel a lot better about it. If we’re talking about a government run plan, these jackasses will have signed on to an unconstitutional mess that is as big a pig in a poke as the Democrats brainstorm was.
Heads to roll is good. Admission, restitution, and corrective measures are a must.
If we start savings accounts that will make it possible for people to self-insure, cover low out of pocket needs, and can be used for retirement as well, I think we’re on to something.
If it becomes theft where your funds are taken away and spend to pay another group of people, it’s going to be a big a boondoggle as Social Security is.
I feel that with every ounce of my fiber. . . November 2nd is it. . If we don't succeed then, then it's back to Jefferson's quote of November 13, 1787, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure." (to W. S. Smith, B.12.356)
I tell you, I'm almost there. . . am waiting for November 2nd and the results on November 3rd. . .
Social Security is yet another political hot potato that I don't see anyone, except maybe third parties, willing to honestly and sincerely confront, much less actually tackle head on in terms of re-working policy.
I'm a young American, and I view my FICA taxes as a total loss to myself. I don't want Social Security or Medicare; I would be willing to entertain tax-advantaged accounts of various types. I would also be willing to entertain deep spending reductions across all Federal agencies and departments, as well as a simplification of the Federal tax codes that consolidates the various payroll and income taxes into a single, flat-rate income tax. I would also be willing to entertain buy-outs of Social Security participants as a means of limiting Federal liability.
I don't see any of these ideas being proposed by Republicans. All they are promising to do is roll back spending to 2008 levels, which doesn't do anything about the spending they put into place under Bush or the spending that snowballed over the prior seven decades. and a simplification of the Federal tax code
I will give them credit for standing firm and together on many of the bills which have been passed without the party endorsing.
We can expect the media and the Democrat's will speak out with none sense on what is stated...but that's just politics in general...I'm just glad they were as pointed as they could be and finally have stated their intentions.
Making it any more complicated than that is how we got into this situation in the first place.I set prices for health insurance for 16 years.
The Interstate Commerce Clause should forbid states from setting up any barriers to competition. Congress has chosen to allow the States to change the law arbitrarily and capriciously in order to pick winners and losers.
What we need are five to nine Supreme Court Justices who vote like James Clark McReynolds. President Wilson mistakenly though McReynolds was a "Progressive" (Socialist). In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him Attorney General of the United States. On August 29, 1914, President Wilson nominated McReynolds to the Supreme Court of the United States. He served until 1941.
McReynolds and the other justices who were supporters of the
Republican Party Constitution, ruled against the National Recovery Administration (NRA), the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) and ten other New Deal laws.
Charles Evans Hughes, however, caved into FDR political pressure (FDR threatened to ask Congress to add another 6 justices, meaning FDR would get his way on every Supreme Court ruling). Willis Van Devanter caved by resigning from the Supreme Court in 1937. After this, McReynolds was in the permanent minority of Supreme Court justices who would follow the Constitution.
We currently have 1-5 Justices, depending on issue, who follow the Constitution. We need control of the Presidency and the Senate long enough to fix that.
I’d be satisfied if they’d just publish the US Constitution as a party platform and each swore to abide by it....
this is BS...
Another Jefferson quote, March 28, 1811, "The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. We ought, for so dear a state to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity." (to William Duane, Ford 11:193)
It was then, and it is now. . Are we up to the task?
I agree. The dimoKKKRATS just want to play the “race card” and “blame it on Bush” or the Republican of the day. They want to avoid the issues at all cost. The “Pledge to America” brings the issues to the for front.
Yep...and the candidates will run with this now.
Its a shame they did not clarify their pledge applies to Federal Government vs States or local.
Yes they did....perhaps in short form than some might like but they covered that.
Yea and he started the first the Tea Party too.... *rolls eyes*
I was hoping to see equally bold initiatives we’ve seen from the left as they’ve shoved through their agenda. I wanted to see support for passage of the FairTax and abolishment of the American KGB better known as the IRS, abolishment of the Departments of Education and Energy as both have proven over thirty years to be totally ineffectual and a waste of resources and to have actually presided over a DECLINE in the quality of education and energy during their tenure. I was also hoping to see an initiative to ban union involvement in govenrnment as this is an inherent and abhorent conflict of interest.
Republicans need BOLD initiatives to win back We The People. We in the Tea Party are the life support system of the GOP at this point and we are in it to win it. This is not a game to us. We are serious about restoring our country.
They aren’t setting my hear on fire with this. “We plan to change the health care bill to end mandates on small businesses.” How about killing it before it kills the elderly and handicapped?
Cutting spending is not going to help; we need to reshape the Federal government to fit it’s constitutional purpose.
Promising they will not pass any more Federal mandates w/o a review on the effet on jobs and economy is good but we need to turn back about 10,000 pages of job and liberity mandates the socialist slammed through over the past two years. At the very least defund them.
It’s wordy, full of loopholes and sounds like the biddies from Maine wrote it.
Note -- There are other great videos on the link
All Republicans that are running and the ones in congress should sign a pledge!! Like they did in 1993!!!!!!
This has good things but shows cowardice and fear. It should support a constitutional amendment to stop this illegal baby is now a citizen BS and the require a balanced budget. It should stand apposed to nation building and to increase nuclear weapons stockpile so if Iran or NKP or CHINA!! nuke us we burn them to cinders. Where are the leaders? The good news is tea party is now THE PARTY!!!
It’s amazing what happens when you start firing non-performers.