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White House quickly attacks GOP 'Pledge'
Politico ^ | Sept. 22, 2010 | JAKE SHERMAN

Posted on 09/22/2010 10:19:16 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

The White House immediately attacked the House Republicans’ election agenda rollout Wednesday evening, claiming the 21-page "Pledge to America" plan will “take America back to the same failed economic policies that caused this recession.”

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, writing on the White House blog, said Republicans “doubled down on the same ideas that hurt America’s middle class,” listing tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, tax hikes for the middle class, “cutting rules and oversight” for financial services, health care and oil, all while adding to the deficit.

Republicans would counter that they are trying to cut taxes across the board and save taxpayer dollars by a federal hiring freeze and caps on spending. The agenda will be formally unveiled at an event in Sterling, Va., Thursday, in a rollout reminiscent of the 1994 Contract with America.

Pfeiffer notes that the document does not mention education, clean energy, protecting Social Security and bolstering infrastructure.

“This is the same agenda that caused the deepest recession since the Great Depression, costing 8 million jobs, wiping out trillions in family wealth and setting middle-class families back,” Pfeiffer wrote. “Instead of a pledge to the American people, Congressional Republicans made a pledge to the big special interests to restore the same economic ideas that benefited them at the expense of middle-class families.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; gop; obama; pledgetoamerica; republicans

1 posted on 09/22/2010 10:19:20 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Pfeiffer notes that the document does not mention education

People are seeing "education" as meaning "free lifestyle after 25 years". This won't fly anymore. Chris Christie is proving this in New Jersey.

clean energy

People are worried about heating their homes this winter, not if they have 50% solar-powered energy in 10 years

protecting Social Security

W tried to protect Social Security. Obama's spending spree ensures that it is a lost cause

and bolstering infrastructure.

I thought we just spend $827 billion on "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects. Where is that money?

While I think the GOP platform is a bit vague, the rebuttals are right here, Larry Steele.

2 posted on 09/22/2010 10:24:50 PM PDT by Carling (Remember November)
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To: Carling

Liberals are idiots.


3 posted on 09/22/2010 10:26:58 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The purple, yellow and UN blue of “Yes We Can” meets the Red, White and Blue of “We the People” in November. This is one that “We the People” has to win. The survival of America depends upon it.


4 posted on 09/22/2010 10:27:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The incredible shrinking president knows his time is up.


5 posted on 09/22/2010 10:28:26 PM PDT by counterpunch (Life in Prison: The RINO compromise to "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death")
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To: Carling
To Mr. Pfeiffer: It's the Economy STUPID!!
6 posted on 09/22/2010 10:28:58 PM PDT by no dems (DeMINT / PALIN 2012 or PALIN / DeMINT 2012.......Either is fine with me!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Let them rant...they're walking right into the perfect storm.

And they said the Republicans were the "party of 'NO'." LOL
7 posted on 09/22/2010 10:29:01 PM PDT by FrankR (obama can only be what WE allow him to be.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Do these fools think the American people aren’t noticing that the GOP is purging itself right now and operating on a completely different platform. This is not the ‘same policies of the Bush years’. This is a whole new set of people and a whole different vision. There was essentially no discussion of limited government by our party from 2001-2009.

I do believe they are grasping at straws with this messaging.


8 posted on 09/22/2010 10:30:12 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Jim Robinson
Liberals are idiots.

But, but...they're actually educated and cultured, aren't they? The "best and brightest" in the room, wherever they go?

As long as they keep thinking so, they'll keep proving you right. Very loudly.

9 posted on 09/22/2010 10:31:40 PM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, writing on the White House blog, said Republicans “doubled down on the same ideas that hurt America’s middle class,” listing tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, tax hikes for the middle class, “cutting rules and oversight” for financial services, health care and oil, all while adding to the deficit.

Someone needs to tell him that the GOP did not raise middle class taxes. And that there is a reason to be sparing with rules and oversight. Regulation costs money, which is ultimately paid by the consumer.

We cant afford these idiots.

10 posted on 09/22/2010 10:37:05 PM PDT by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The Republicans should have judo like counter attacks at the ready and the left should be reeling on the defensive until Nov. If not the Republicans are incompetent losers.

If the idiots do the right thing the bucks will come flooding in.

Rove is pig.


11 posted on 09/22/2010 10:39:43 PM PDT by I see my hands (Unintentionally not left blank)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
“cutting rules and oversight” for financial services, health care and oil

Name ONE, just one rule and oversight that was cut in those areas, Rats. You can't find a single one. The government adds tens of thousands of rules and regulations every year. That canard is repeated over and over with never any evidence presented.

12 posted on 09/22/2010 10:42:44 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ilgipper

BUMP!


13 posted on 09/22/2010 10:43:08 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sorry Obama, but I hate to be the one to inform you that DEMOCRATS were in charge of congress since 2006.

DEMOCRATS drove the economy into the ditch.

oh! and YOU were one of them!


14 posted on 09/22/2010 10:43:55 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: freespirited

BUMP!


15 posted on 09/22/2010 10:44:10 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“doubled down on the same ideas that hurt America’s middle class,”

No, you a—holes. Your very presence has hurt America’s middle class. But you all can’t help but destroy everything you touch.


16 posted on 09/22/2010 10:45:30 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s just too incredible to believe - they are saying it’s all Bush’s fault!

If only pigs could fly! LOL

What is most amazing, these are supposed to be grown, professional adults, trained to deal with reality!


17 posted on 09/22/2010 10:48:04 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m actually disappointed in this “Agenda”.

It isn’t radical enough for me — I say we abolish whole government departments starting with education and agriculture, regulatory authorities such as EPA and BLM.

We could save $billions just abolishing the IRS and having the states collect all government revenues and handing over the Fed’s cut.


18 posted on 09/22/2010 10:48:44 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: ilgipper

They’re lying and they’re very good at it.


19 posted on 09/22/2010 11:26:54 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Never minding of course that the Republicans had little to do with the current economic situation now.


20 posted on 09/22/2010 11:31:23 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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21 posted on 09/22/2010 11:45:39 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The GOP could have post the 10 Commandments and this administration would have attacked it as outdated hate speech.


22 posted on 09/22/2010 11:57:36 PM PDT by JimBianchi11 (The 2A is the cornerstone of our free society. Those that don't support it, oppose it.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
The purple, yellow and UN blue of “Yes We Can” meets the Red, White and Blue of “We the People” in November. This is one that “We the People” has to win. The survival of America depends upon it.

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Well said.

The social experiment is over, time to run the Kenyan out of office.

Look out Zer0, the hope and change is a coming... and not from you.

obama-the-teacher2sm

Time to end the experiment brought on by the piss-steam media and the Bush derangement crowd.

23 posted on 09/23/2010 12:18:06 AM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Those !@#$%^& bastards! It was THEY’RE 2006 housing plan that got us into this mess in the first place!


24 posted on 09/23/2010 12:24:03 AM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: SatinDoll

Was there any mention of repealing the tanning tax? If they can’t even do basics little steps first you might as well forget about them biting the hand that feeds them (IRS).


25 posted on 09/23/2010 12:40:37 AM PDT by Razzz42
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To: Lancer_N3502A
The RATS (D's, MFM, Leftards) have found themselves facing the perfect storm and they are peeesing themselves and yet cannot avoid the oncoming train. Mr Paladino is the very best man to drive the final nail into the RATS brains as he slices into the root of all our problems, Cuomo/Clinton/D's’ corruption and fraud in HUD, Fannie & Freddie...no wonder the LEFT is about to collapse into total hysteria...this is amusing but very dangerous. Stay alert FREEPERS.
26 posted on 09/23/2010 2:03:12 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: FrankR
Let them rant...they're walking right into the perfect storm.

So Obama wants to fight? Great! He can have his Marxist seminar issues and his seminar talking points, and we'll take the People.

Billy Jeff the Rapist would, when he realized he'd got caught with a losing hand, try to minimize differences, "triangulate" furiously, "rise above", and then go in for a big, smarmy group-hug that was really a bear hug on the people who were kicking his butt. Obama isn't that smart, so we're going to see how Obama's instincts work.

Obama wants to sharpen differences to spike up the black vote, because he sees turning out his base as the key. But by going after the Tea Party and getting all radical and racial, he'll also spike up the Tea Party and indie vote.

27 posted on 09/23/2010 2:40:23 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The White House immediately attacked the House Republicans’ election agenda rollout Wednesday evening, claiming the 21-page "Pledge to America" plan will “take America back to the same failed economic policies that caused this recession.”

Without reading another word, my reaction to this unsupported assertion, is that I wonder how stupid does this Administration think that we are?

Clearly adding trillions of dollars to our debt, stealth socialism by Barney Frank and Dodd, increased taxes, socialized medicine, are all failed policies by Democrats! The Democrats constantly and relentlessly defy the will of the people with proven failed policies. Then they blame Republicans! Crazy!

28 posted on 09/23/2010 3:23:47 AM PDT by olezip
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To: olezip

No Cumo, Dodd, and Frank and the control of Congress sense 1996. Drove the car into the ditch.


29 posted on 09/23/2010 3:48:18 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Meanwhile, the majority of Americans know the Kenyan’s failed economic policies made this recession worse.


30 posted on 09/23/2010 4:11:18 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“This is the same agenda that caused the deepest recession since the Great Depression...”

Lying with a straight face and accusing your opponent of exactly what you are doing. Two Democrat tactics that a large percentage of Americans fall for time and again.


31 posted on 09/23/2010 4:19:59 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The White House immediately attacked the House Republicans’ election agenda rollout Wednesday evening, claiming the 21-page "Pledge to America" plan will “take America back to the same failed economic policies that caused this recession.”

Meanwhile, the policies of the "Uh" are taking America back to the good ol' years of Pharaoh, with a 2 class system of the small ruling elite and the dirt poor pissed on masses: All Hail Big Brother!!!

32 posted on 09/23/2010 4:32:14 AM PDT by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is!!!")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did anyone with a brain think Obama would not attack the pledge.


33 posted on 09/23/2010 4:40:30 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama, why stupid people shouldn't vote! Security without freedom is slavery.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Amen! That simple.


34 posted on 09/23/2010 4:44:15 AM PDT by marygam ((Obama is not a messiah, wake up folks!))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
protecting Social Security

Why would we want to protect a ponzi scheme?

35 posted on 09/23/2010 4:48:09 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Jim Robinson

Could you put a link to a copy of the “Pledge to America” at the top as soon as it is officially released. Someone posted a copy of the draft last night, but dad wants to read it in the final form as do I and imagine many others.

Hopefully it will be strong enough to tip the balance on some of the close races.


36 posted on 09/23/2010 5:51:33 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You know, in hindsight, being back to where we were in 2008 is really not such a bad idea.


37 posted on 09/23/2010 6:11:08 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Conservatives want a CHOICE not an echo - No more RINOs!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I said this would give the White House a target to avoid the REAL issues of this election and that it should not have been done. Got ripped pretty good here at FR. Well, here it comes, just as I predicted. Now they are able to focus on “the pledge” and not on TRILLIONS of DEBT, and SOCIALIZED MEDICINE..the REAL ISSUES. The RNC gave them talking points and the RNC should have kept its mouth shut. Nothing like handing ammunition to your enemies. The “pledge” is a sermon to the choir ... nobody is going to be “swayed” by it. 21 pages? IF they were going to do this, it should have been 1 page! A HUGE target, full of holes for the Dem’s “avoidance discussion” which started with this comment from the White House. Here it comes, the perfect diversion! Now the talk will all be about “what’s wrong with the pledge” instead of what wrong with OBAMA’S COMMUNIST POLICIES!


38 posted on 09/23/2010 6:41:20 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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