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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It’s about time - we as a nation - get back to our founding fathers and rid this country of those that have ill will for it!
It’s now or never -
Where can we find the Plege with out the hackery of CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Pelosi, Obama, and the Democrats??
Let’s Roll must reverberate throughout this nation!!! We owe it to our forefathers; we owe it to all those that sacrificed to keep us free including America’s Greatest Generation; we owe it to our children and grandchildren. We are at war for our survival as a free nation.
We must take back our country on November 2nd.
“Eliminate two laws for every new one written”
Somehow they got their hands on an advance copy of Michael Savage’s forthcoming book Trickle Up Poverty . Wouldn’t be the first time they stole from him .
It looks like a wonderful document in terms of the fumdamental ideas, but it’s clearly not up to the compositional standards of the Founding Documents. Why couldn’t they have avoided the phrases that ended with prepositions, such as this one: “by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on” ? This is pretty shabby for a document that could have been a classic. It should have said “by keeping faith with the values upon which our nation was founded.”
My fear is that the Demo’s are going to lie in wait...and the Republicans will try to broker a peace...
They need not only to stand together as conservatives - but they need to list - and continue to list - how the progressives/liberals/Democrats lie, cheat, and steal from the taxpayers...I hope they push this down their throat and make sure every US Citizen understands that people like Obama can never or shall never be elected again!
Interesting note about Savage - you think they consulted with him?
We shall see.
We offer a plan to stop out-of-control spending and reduce the size of government.
With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt. We will also establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending from this point forward.
We will launch a sustained effort to stem the relentless growth in government that has occurred over the past decade. By cutting Congress budget, imposing a net hiring freeze on non-security federal employees, and reviewing every current government program to eliminate wasteful and duplicative programs, we can curb Washingtons irresponsible spending habits and reduce the size of government, while still fulfilling our necessary obligations. We will also prevent Washington from forcing responsible taxpayers to subsidize irresponsible behavior by ending bailouts permanently, canceling the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Instead of pushing off our long-term fiscal challenges, we will reform the budget process to ensure that Congress begins making the decisions.
I LOVE THAT!!!!
Also, cut $10 for every $1 pledged to be spent.
They can stick their ‘repeal and replace’ healthcare where the sun don’t shine.
Would have been nice for them to make some promises on social issues.
The big showdown will be on the budget. For every dollar cut, ten crying babies will be shown on network news.
I think that “reporters” should have to undergo the very same scrutiny as those of us that have a chl. How many of them could make the cut?
Our Plan to End The Uncertainty and Create Incentives for Job Growth
If weve learned anything during the recession, its that we cannot tax and spend our way to prosperity. The best way to get people working again is to rein in the growth of government and end the uncertainty facing small businesses. By addressing both issues, our plan revives free enterprise and moves America away from a debt-driven economy.
Permanently Stop All Job-Killing Tax Hikes: We will help the economy by permanently stopping all tax increases, currently scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011. That means protecting middle-class families, seniors worried about their retirement, and the entrepreneurs and family-owned small businesses on which we depend to create jobs in America.
Give Small Businesses a Tax Deduction: We will allow small business owners to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their business income. This will provide entrepreneurs with a much-needed infusion of capital for investment and new hiring.
Rein In the Red Tape Factory in Washington, DC: Excessive federal regulation is a de facto tax on employers and consumers that stifles job creation, hampers innovation and postpones investment in the economy. When the game is always changing, small businesses cannot properly plan for the future. To provide stability, we will require congressional approval of any new federal regulation that has an annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more. This is the threshold at which the government deems a regulation economically significant. If a regulation is so significant and costly that it may harm job creation, Congress should vote on it first.
Repeal Job-Killing Small Business Mandates: One of the most controversial mandates of the Democrats government takeover of health care requires small businesses to report to the Internal Revenue Service any purchases that run more than $600. This 1099 reporting mandate is so overbearing that the IRS ombudsman has determined that the agency is ill-equipped to handle all the resulting paperwork.. We will repeal this job-killing small business mandate.
Looks good to me.
I’ll raise you to five named, and spot you two bills to be named later.
Our Plan to Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Law and Put in Place Real Reform
o Repeal the Costly Health Care Takeover of 2010: Because the new health care law kills jobs, raises taxes, and increases the cost of health care, we will immediately take action to repeal this law.
o Enact Medical Liability Reform: Skyrocketing medical liability insurance rates have distorted the practice of medicine, routinely forcing doctors to order costly and often unnecessary tests to protecy themselves from lawsuits, often referred to as defensive medicine. We will enact common-sense medical liability reforms to lower costs, rein in junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine.
o Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines: Americans residing in a state with expensive health insurance plans are locked into those plans and do not currently have an opportunity to choose a lower cost option that best meets their needs. We will allow individuals to buy health care coverage outside of the state in which they live.
o Expand Health Savings Accounts: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are popular savings accounts that provide cost-effective health insurance to those who might otherwise go uninsured. We will improve HSAs by making it easier for patients withhigh-deductible health plans to use them to obtain access to quality care. We will repeal the new health care law, which prevents the use of these savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicine.
o Strengthen the Doctor-Patient Relationship: We will repeal President Obamas government takeover of health care and replace it with common-sense reforms focused on strengthening the doctor-patient relationship.
o Ensure Access For Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions: Health care should be accessible for all, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses. We will expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage. We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick. We will incentivize states to develop innovative programs that lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans.
o Permanently Prohibit Taxpayer Funding of Abortion: We will establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion, this includes enacting into law what is known as the Hyde Amendment. We will also enact into law conscience protections for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals.
by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on
Easy:. ...by keeping faith with the values upon which this nation was founded...
For every dollar cut, ten crying babies will be shown on network news————
Which will be better than the millions rationed healthcare and tax funded abortions will kill.
Words without action are useless.
Shut up and act!
Our Plan to Restore Trust
The top-down way of governing is outdated and just plain backwards. We will launch a prolonged campaign to transfer power back to the people and ensure they have a say in what goes on in the Congress. This year House Republicans launched a first-of-its-kind web platform called America Speaking Out to engage directly with the American people and allow them to establish a dialogue with their members of Congress. We will continue this groundbreaking transformative effort to give people a voice in real time with their government. We recognize that if we are truly committed to addressing the American peoples highest priorities, the House of Representatives must operate differently differently from the way the Democrats do now, and differently from the way Republicans did in the past. Change begins at home.
Read The Bill: We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public. Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on.
Adhere To The Constitution: For too long, Congress has ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the federal government. Further, it has too often drafted unclear and muddled laws, leaving to an unelected judiciary the power to interpret what the law means and by what authority the law stands. This lack of respect for the clear Constitutional limits and authorities has allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year after year. We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.
Make It Easier to Cut Spending: By forbidding amendments on spending bills, Democrats have denied lawmakers the opportunity to tighten Washingtons belt and slash wasteful and duplicative programs. Structure dictates behavior, so we will let any lawmaker Democrat or Republican offer amendments to reduce spending.
Advance Legislative Issues One at a Time: We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with must-pass legislation to circumvent the will of the American people. Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time.
Whoops. Didn’t notice you had already re-written it.
A lot of slogans here. Show us the legislation and the results - how many jobs will this produce and how soon?
Our Plan for National and Border Security
Providing for the common defense is a not just a priority or political imperative it is a Constitutional duty. National security is more than just war fighting: it is protecting our citizens, bringing certainty to an uncertain world, supporting those who volunteer in the service of their country and defend our way of life, using every tool to protect Americans from threats at our borders.
Pass Clean Troop Funding Bills: When asked to provide our troops with the resources they need, we will do so without delay. That means no more troop funding bills held up by unrelated policy changes, or extraneous domestic spending and pork-barrel projects.
Keep Terrorists Out of America: We will prevent the government from importing terrorists onto American soil. We will hold President Obama and his administration responsible for any Guantanamo Bay detainees they release who return to fight against our troops or who have become involved in any terrorist plots or activities.
Demand an Overarching Detention Policy: Foreign terrorists do not have the same rights as American citizens, nor do they have more rights than U.S. military personnel. We will work to ensure foreign terrorists, such as the 9/11 conspirators, are tried in military, not civilian, court. We will oppose all efforts to force our military, intelligence, and law enforcement personnel operating overseas to extend Miranda Rights to foreign terrorists.
Fully Fund Missile Defense: There is real concern that while the threat from Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles could materialize as early as 2015, the governments missile defense policy is not projected to cover the U.S. homeland until 2020. We will work to ensure critical funding is restored to protect the U.S. homeland and our allies from missile threats from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea.
Require Tough Enforcement of Sanctions Against Iran: The Iranian regime is a state-sponsor of terrorism, has actively worked to harm our deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and violates the rights and will of its own people. It has declared its determination to acquire a nuclear capability, which threatens its neighbors and the security of the United States. We will work to ensure the government aggressively and effectively implements the sanctions tools Congress has provided.
Establish Operational Control of the Border: We must take action to secure our borders, and that action starts with enforcing our laws. We will ensure that the Border Patrol has the tools and authorities to establish operational control at the border and prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from interfering with Border Patrol enforcement activities on federal lands.
Work with State and Local Officials to Enforce Our Immigration Laws: The problem of illegal immigration and Mexican drug cartels engaged in an increasingly violent conflict means we need all hands on deck to address this challenge. We will reaffirm the authority of state and local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of all federal immigration laws.
Strengthen Visa Security: To stop terrorists like Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day bomber, we will require the Department of Homeland Security to review all visa applications at high-risk consular posts and prevent aliens from attempting to avoid deportation after having their visas revoked.
We will keep terrorist combatants in Guantanamo Bay not in our local jails and courtrooms.
Mental picture of drunk weaving in front of long-suffering spouse, saying - “REALLY!! I’ve CHANGED!! TRUST me!!”
In the currency of recent behavior, words become particularly cheap.....
Checks and Balances
Our founders built a system of checks and balances to slow the growth of government and prevent the tyranny of the majority. The ultimate power in this system of government is held by the people, who were given the tools by our Founders to hold those they elect as their representatives accountable for their actions. Government exists to be the servant of the people, not their master.
Unfortunately, the metrics used to hold Congress accountable are often flawed. Rather than using the scale of how well elected representatives represent the views of the people, the scale is often currently measured in bills passed, dollars spent, and programs created. This must change.
“But the whole history of America is quite different from Europe. People went there to get away from the intolerance and constraints of life in Europe. They sought liberty and opportunity; and their strong sense of purpose has over two centuries, helped create a new unity and pride in being American. Margaret Thatcher
Every American must ask: what has Congress done to ensure opportunity and to safeguard my liberty and the freedoms guaranteed to me in the Constitution? We stand ready to be judged by that standard.
We will stand committed to our principles and fight to renew the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government. We will promote and advance solutions that get people working again, stop out-of-control spending, repeal and replace the government takeover of health care, make Congress more open and transparent, and keep our nation secure at home and abroad.
At the same time, we will serve as a check and a balance against any schemes that are inconsistent with the priorities and rights of the American people:
We will fight to ensure transparency and accountability in Congress and throughout government.
We will continue to fight the growth of government and oppose new stimulus spending that only puts our nation further in debt.
We will fight efforts to fund the costly new health care law.
We will fight to increase access to domestic energy sources and oppose attempts to impose a national cap and trade energy tax.
We will fight for the rights of workers and oppose card check schemes that put union bosses before individuals right to a secret ballot.
We will fight efforts to use a national crisis for political gain.
I scanned the 21 pages and am more than less than impressed.
Oh the trolls are here, I see...
Oh the trolls are here, I see...
I was hoping the Republicans learned something over the past two years. This pledge reads more like a lobbyist inspired attempt to trick the American people into believing things will change under a Republican majority.
“Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus.”
So they’ll still feed at the trough with earmarks at the same level as 2008... which just happens to be a year when earmarks were at record levels!
A real “pledge” would eliminate ALL earmarks!!!!
So the Republicans have changed.... they’ve exchanged stripes for spots, but they’re the same fat cat chasing after the Rats. While we foot the bill.
Don’t say it unless you mean it.
I'm sure they did < /sarc>. I heard Mike talking a few weeks ago about how he started the Tea Party movement too.
Look out! The Pubbie plan calls for repealing Obama’s health plan and replacing it!
What do the Republicans plan to replace the national care plan with? Sounds like another national plan:
Of course, Americans remember that President Obama argued his government takeover of health care was the single most important thing we could do to address our growing debt crisis. This notion has since been thoroughly discredited: we now know the new health care law will mean more financial pain for seniors, families, employers and the federal government. We offer a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care with common-sense solutions focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs. We will enact real medical liability reform; allow Americans to purchase health coverage across state lines; empower small businesses with greater purchasing power; and create new incentives to save for future health needs. We will protect the doctor-patient relationship, and ensure that those with pre-existing conditions gain access to the coverage they need. We will permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment.
Senator Brown said on his inauguration that he’d go to Washington and teach them how to do it right, like they did in Massachusetts.
Let’s get one thing straight here.
Both parties have been lifting our skirts from behind. I want to see that acknowledged.
I look down in this thing and see spending compared to the economy or some such, and Bush comes out smelling like a rose. The guy increased our national debt by 92% during his term in office.
Damn it, I want some frank admissions and a promise to do a hell of a lot better out of this document. Prattling off self-serving self-righteous numbers and explaining that we are the party of fiscal responsibility flies in the face of truth. We have not been in recent years, and I want to see some recognition of that.
This is my rule of thumb on all this. This is the sort of things I’m looking for. I want an honest apology for the mistakes made.
That being said, I have only skimmed this very superficially. If an apology is forthcoming, this is what I have been demanding. If not, it’s more evidence of avoidance and smoke and mirrors.
Even when they approach doing the right thing, this party can’t help shooting itself in the foot.
An honest admission, is the first step of corrective measures in just about every aspect of life.
I really do.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...they're better than the libtards. But I have a sneaking suspicion that they'll just plain forget about most of the promises after the Midterms. The rest will get shot down through procedure or Presidential veto. IOW, get ready:
Pelosi had her already made up statement and completely wild accusations read just as Fox was reporting on the Pledge...
P.S. Trolls -what Republicans are pledging sure sounds better to Our soveriegnty than giving it away to the U.N. as Obama wants to do. Or Hillary with world wide cooking stove regulations, at our taxpayer dollar expense.
” Interesting note about Savage - you think they consulted with him? “
No - I think they got hold of an advanced copy of his book whioh’ll be out in 2 weeks .
This is our Pledge to America.
We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
We pledge to advance policies that promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, a robust defense, and national economic prosperity.
We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.
We pledge to make government more transparent in its actions, careful in its stewardship, and honest in its dealings.
We pledge to uphold the purpose and promise of a better America, knowing that to whom much is given, much is expected and that the blessings of our liberty buoy the hopes of mankind.
We make this pledge bearing true faith and allegiance to the people we represent, and we invite fellow citizens and patriots to join us in forming a new governing agenda for America.
How about a limit on the number of laws, say 500.
You shouldn’t have more laws than an average human can be aware of and therefore comply with.
When at the limit, if politicians want a new law they have to get rid of an old law they feel is less important.
GOP writes... Whenever the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to institute a new governing agenda and set a new course.
As Written... That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government
Not a good start, as I like the original version.
And the difference between the two sentences?
That one is enough in itself. We will finally see how they ‘interpretate’ the Constitution.
Thanks for posting.