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"Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text)
CBS News ^ | Brian Montopoli

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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To: GOPinCa

I see the ‘full attack’ journolista’s (formerly known as obmatrons) are out, ready to pounce on anything they are told to.


51 posted on 09/22/2010 3:51:45 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: GOPinCa

Big Whoop! They are going to cut the $1.4 trillion dollar budget deficit by $100 billion? Pfffffffffffft!!! We are so screwed!!!


52 posted on 09/22/2010 3:53:06 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Freddd
Oh the trolls are here, I see...

Yeah looks like the GOP Groupies have shown up in droves too... just sayin.

53 posted on 09/22/2010 3:53:54 PM PDT by AvOrdVet ("Put the wagons in a circle for all the good it'll do")
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To: Freddd
ABC just reported on their network news that Woodward's book showed Obama to be a very deep thinker etc? Baaarrrfff!!
54 posted on 09/22/2010 3:54:31 PM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: Repeal The 17th

How about the “good for the goose” amendment - Congress shall make no law for which the Members, their families or their Aides are exempt.


55 posted on 09/22/2010 3:55:02 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: GOPinCa

The comments embedded in this story are atrocious.


56 posted on 09/22/2010 3:58:23 PM PDT by facedodge
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To: pelican001
Why couldn’t they have avoided the phrases that ended with prepositions

That is the sort of thing up with which I will not put.

57 posted on 09/22/2010 3:58:52 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Zathras
“Eliminate two laws for every new one written”

In the first month. Add one each month. Eliminate three in the second month, four in the third month....

58 posted on 09/22/2010 3:58:55 PM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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To: kcvl

Reading it now. It looks like a good start to me. Excellent in fact. Especially love page 4. They are going to put the brakes on the balding marxist...Sustein and his secretive ‘shove’ regulations. That’s enough to get me excited..plus we all know the congressional investigations are coming if we win. All of the democrat’s abuse of powers, dereliction of duty and high crimes and misdemeanors are going to come spilling out into the public square!

GO GOP!!


59 posted on 09/22/2010 3:59:31 PM PDT by penelopesire ('You are either with us or you are with the marxists')
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To: GOPinCa
Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels

It's going to take a lot more than that to make any difference.

60 posted on 09/22/2010 4:00:53 PM PDT by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: muddler

It’s a good thing there’s a lot more in the Pledge than that then, eh?


61 posted on 09/22/2010 4:02:42 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: penelopesire
All of the democrat’s abuse of powers, dereliction of duty and high crimes and misdemeanors are going to come spilling out into the public square!

Ok, now you got me excited!

62 posted on 09/22/2010 4:03:10 PM PDT by AvOrdVet ("Put the wagons in a circle for all the good it'll do")
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To: nesnah
I scanned the 21 pages and am more than less than impressed.

Say what???

63 posted on 09/22/2010 4:04:17 PM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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To: DoughtyOne
An honest admission, is the first step of corrective measures in just about every aspect of life.

That's Step 1 of any 12 step program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Is there ANY doubt that the vast majority of our overlords are addicts?

64 posted on 09/22/2010 4:08:15 PM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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To: kcvl; All
"• 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."

Weasles... typical compromise on principles.

If they want to spark a recovery, it should have read, "We will eliminate corporate income taxes."

65 posted on 09/22/2010 4:08:49 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: don-o

Sorry. I am expressing my opinion.


66 posted on 09/22/2010 4:09:20 PM PDT by nesnah
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To: airborne
Words without action are useless.
Shut up and act!

Absolutely agree! Nothing needed to be done or said at this time. The dummies were hanging themselves, without any help from the pubbies!

67 posted on 09/22/2010 4:10:25 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: nesnah

I thought so. I could not understand it. It made no sense. Do you like it or not?


68 posted on 09/22/2010 4:10:31 PM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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To: AvOrdVet

Has anyone else been watching the La. judge impeachment hearings on capitol hill on CSPAN? I’ve seen some pretty heavy hitters watching it too. I wonder why? (wink)


69 posted on 09/22/2010 4:11:17 PM PDT by penelopesire ('You are either with us or you are with the marxists')
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To: blues_guitarist

Could you possibly speak up a bit? I’m having trouble making you out.

Maybe you could use a larger font? Or turn on the “bold”? That might help.


70 posted on 09/22/2010 4:14:23 PM PDT by John Valentine
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To: Palter

“We will finally see how they ‘interpretate’ the Constitution.”

Yup, and one of their other planks is to replace one national health plan with another of their own making. Wonder how they’ll justify that on Constitutional grounds?


71 posted on 09/22/2010 4:14:58 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: don-o

Nope! That almost deserves and resounding amen.


72 posted on 09/22/2010 4:15:17 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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bfl


73 posted on 09/22/2010 4:15:38 PM PDT by lonevoice (Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music)
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To: DoughtyOne

What’s this “almost” business? In your heart, you know I’m right!


74 posted on 09/22/2010 4:16:57 PM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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To: Freddd
It’s a good thing there’s a lot more in the Pledge than that then, eh?

It looks and sounds a lot like the last contract with America, that worked out real well for conservatives.

And it is from the GOP, they wouldn't be at all worried about their powerful, good paying jobs would they?

75 posted on 09/22/2010 4:21:34 PM PDT by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: GOPinCa

a bit long-winded though. I liked Newt’s better. It cut to the chase without putting people to sleep.


76 posted on 09/22/2010 4:22:18 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: don-o

Ooookaaay...

AMEN!

Actually I wasn’t sure if you would be offended by my inclusion of a straight-forward religious declaration in jest.

That’s why I mentioned it the way I did.

Take care.


77 posted on 09/22/2010 4:23:57 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: kcvl
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.

I like the idea behind the Pledge in general, and I certainly was glad to see reference to the 10th Amendment, but I was quite underwhelmed by this part.

"Rolling back" spending to levels that already had Americans angry doesn't seem like a very bold pledge. The "common-sense exceptions" provide a rather large loophole as well.

So, basically, they're promising more spending than we saw under a Democrat Congress in 2007-2008. Given the current anti-spending mood in the country, I don't think it's wrong for us to expect more out of the GOP than that.
78 posted on 09/22/2010 4:24:53 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: GOPinCa

I would like to see them enact a law that would require congressional approval for ANY regulation that would affect the people outside of the agency proposing it.


79 posted on 09/22/2010 4:27:14 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: pelican001

Well, I suppose you cant top perfection.

Save the nation first, work on our prose soon after.


80 posted on 09/22/2010 4:29:47 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: pelican001

We should let them know... There is still time to tweak it.


81 posted on 09/22/2010 4:32:12 PM PDT by facedodge
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To: GOPinCa
Jobs

- Stop job-killing tax hikes

- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income

- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit

- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:

- Repeal and Replace health care

- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone) - Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward - Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Reforming Congress:

- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority

- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote

Defense:

- Provide resources to troops

- Fund missile defense

- Enforce sanctions in Iran


82 posted on 09/22/2010 4:32:45 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: GOPinCa

I think this is bad strategy, it gives the Dems a “target” they can tear apart ... and this “target” is vulnerable. This wasn’t needed, the Dems are on the ropes, let them use their own rope to hang themselves. All this does now is give them talking points. It gives the DEMS something HARD to focus upon ... and focus they will. Cute idea, (OLD idea) ... actually a great way to shoot yourself in the foot.


83 posted on 09/22/2010 4:38:33 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: GOPinCa

It’s a start. I’d like to see a list of names of those that signed on to this and a promise to listen to their constituents. Also, a promise to resign if they fail to abide by this.


84 posted on 09/22/2010 4:39:51 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: kcvl

Coward GOP needs to pledge to EFFECTIVELY SECURE (within 6 months) OUR BORDERS WITH THE PROMISED DOUBLE FENCE, Pledge to enforce our immigration laws with NO AMNESTY OF ANY KIND FOR ANY ILLEGAL ALIENS, and pledge NO BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP.


85 posted on 09/22/2010 4:41:10 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: NotSoModerate

This socialistic agenda was a long time in the making, it’s
going to take a while to undo it. With the oversight of the
Tea party, I hope and pray that the Republicans do the right thing!


86 posted on 09/22/2010 4:41:10 PM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Right, the Dems can run on increased spending and higher taxes. Good luck with that. What option do you propose? Hiding under the covers?


87 posted on 09/22/2010 4:41:20 PM PDT by coaltrain
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To: kcvl

I don’t like this:
“- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac”

They should be abolishing Freddie and Fanny not simply “reforming it”. We are suppose to be pushing back Not simply consolidating Government gains already made.

“Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.”

They should be repealing the health-care law Not simply reducing its impact.

or this:
“- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income”

As to reforming congress if you want real reform they need abolish the incumbency advantage in getting positions.

Congressmen should NOT be rewarded for being reelected a great many times.


88 posted on 09/22/2010 4:45:46 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Kimberly GG

I agree with every thing you want them to swear to.


89 posted on 09/22/2010 4:47:46 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Monorprise

or this:
“- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income”

The word “allow” should not be in that sentence! It is not their money.


90 posted on 09/22/2010 4:52:43 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: GOPinCa

It’s a start.

Now how about:
1. Every bill will be read IN ITS ENTIRETY on the floor of the House and Senate. Any elected official who is not present for the entire reading of the bill is ineligable to vote on that bill.

2. All members of Congress shall be required to fully comply with any and all bills that are enacted. No exemptions.

3. Any elected official who is officially charged with a crime while in office shall be prohibited from voting until such offense has been cleared. Any elected official who is CONVICTED of a crime while in office must be removed from office immediately and the state shall elect a replacement.

4. All campaign funds shall be directed to a clearing house (accounting firm) and not directly to the candidate, nor to the campaign fund. The clearing house will verify all moneys are in compliance with the laws of the state, district, or other rules and regulations. Any candidate who is not in compliance, or who takes funds directly or indirectly other than through the clearing house, will be removed from office or otherwise be ineligable to run.


91 posted on 09/22/2010 4:55:28 PM PDT by irishtenor (Tag lines, they are not what they used to be...)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag
" I think this is bad strategy, it gives the Dems a “target” they can tear apart ... and this “target” is vulnerable"

Sorry we don't need any 'stealth' candidates. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

92 posted on 09/22/2010 4:58:21 PM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: irishtenor

I should add to number 4... Said clearing house will post online all monies given to each candidate including the name of the donor, their affiliations, and the amount given.


93 posted on 09/22/2010 5:03:33 PM PDT by irishtenor (Tag lines, they are not what they used to be...)
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To: GOPinCa

It needs to be more specific in many areas. For example BUILD THE DAMNED FENCE ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER. It’s already the law.


94 posted on 09/22/2010 5:04:44 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I think this is bad strategy, it gives the Dems a “target” they can tear apart ... and this “target” is vulnerable. This wasn’t needed, the Dems are on the ropes, let them use their own rope to hang themselves. All this does now is give them talking points. It gives the DEMS something HARD to focus upon ... and focus they will. Cute idea, (OLD idea) ... actually a great way to shoot yourself in the foot.


Strongly disagree; it diffuses their mantra AND the MSM’s mantra that there were no ideas posed by our side. Let them shoot at it...what is the alternative? Obama’s plans? Look at them.


95 posted on 09/22/2010 5:07:34 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: coaltrain
What option do you propose? Hiding under the covers?

I would propose pointing out the absolute insanity of what Democrats have done ... they have never (ever!) been more vulnerable than they are now ... HUGE MISTAKES, VISIBLE MISTAKES ... just point at them ... point out what they've done AGAINST the wishes of 70% of the people. That's what you build a strategy upon, the other persons' weaknesses and mistakes laying out an exact opposite strategy. This "pledge" was not that .. spending cuts, but NO TALK of reversing the TRILLIONS in debt!. So talking points against the Dems right now is target rich, no need to come up with something that gives THEM something to talk about. Watch them focus on this "freeze it", in the next few days ... the "pledge" will give them next week's talking points. Without it, they had NOTHING TO SAY and THEY should be hiding under the covers! (It's a perfect setup for Alynski's tactics).

And for the record, as EmC at our recent Tea Party Rally and as a 9 Stripe Vertical Flag waver at the front of the 9-12 Rally in DC last week, I certainly don't need to hide under any covers! :-)

96 posted on 09/22/2010 5:08:25 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: GOPinCa


Finally!

Its a good step in the right direction!

Keep moving forward!

.. love the quotes too ..


97 posted on 09/22/2010 5:09:28 PM PDT by cdnerds (Now part of the conservative underground,)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I believe the kids use “MC”. :-)


98 posted on 09/22/2010 5:14:54 PM PDT by coaltrain
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To: don-o

They completely blew it, IMHO. Stay brief and to the point. Be specific and make it clear. This was utter blather.....

21 pages? Puh-leeze......


99 posted on 09/22/2010 5:16:52 PM PDT by nesnah
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To: blues_guitarist

I might have believed it if term limits were number one on the list!!


100 posted on 09/22/2010 5:20:21 PM PDT by timetostand (Ya say ya wanna revolution -- OK!)
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