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  • House GOP are living up to their 'Pledge to America'

    06/30/2011 6:16:24 PM PDT · by EmpireStateConservative · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/30/2011 | Jake Sherman
    House Republicans aren’t quite batting 1.000 on the sweeping promises they made when they grabbed control of the House last year. But they sure are coming close. Six months into the Republican majority, a closer look at the GOP’s “Pledge to America” and its election-season promises shows the new majority has lived up to the agenda: The GOP passed a bill to repeal health care reform; it extended the Bush-era tax rates; it has been posting bills three days ahead of votes, as promised; and it has banned earmarks. House Republicans have also cut federal spending — though not nearly...
  • House Republicans Expected to Fall Billions Short of Their Fiscal 2011 Spending Pledge

    04/13/2011 9:43:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 04/13/2011 | Matt Cover
    House Republicans will fall approximately $20 billion short of their commitment to hold non-defense, discretionary spending for fiscal year 2011 to 2008 levels. According to House Appropriations Committee sources, the fiscal 2011 budget deal reached by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Obama last Friday will push non-defense discretionary spending $20 billion higher than the 2008 level House Republicans had promised voters. In their 2010 Pledge to America, House Republicans promised that “with common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.” However, with the...
  • Keeping the Pledge on Immigration: Royce Announces Plan to Introduce Immigration Reform Legislation

    02/09/2011 11:23:02 AM PST · by AuntB · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Cong. Royce ^ | Feb. 3, 2011 | Cong. Royce
    Washington, Feb 3 - Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) announced his plan to introduce legislation that will address all three areas of immigration reform laid out in the Pledge to America. "This week I traveled to the US-Mexico Border. I had the opportunity to witness the challenges facing our Customs personnel and the Border Patrol, and I learned first-hand what resources and tools are necessary to improve operational control of the border," said Rep. Ed Royce. Based on the provisions included in A Pledge to America, Rep. Royce’s legislation will call for establishing operational control of the border, working with...
  • Déjà Vu, All Over Again?

    12/04/2010 1:57:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 04, 2010 | David Coughlin
    I don't know about you, but I voted in November to send a message to stop run-away spending, stop government expansion, and defend our country from our enemies. I voted against incumbents, both Republican and Democrats, who voted against my wishes. Yes, I celebrated with my compatriots across the country who voted the same way I did. Unfortunately I am sensing that this new class of politicians may disappoint just like the last one! Already I am getting a sinking feeling in my gut that this new crop of politicians may fall prey to the same inside the beltway disease....
  • Obama Sometimes Fills In Details in G.O.P. Plans

    10/15/2010 3:30:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 15, 2010 | Peter Baker
    In speech after speech lately, President Obama has vowed to oppose a Republican proposal “to cut education by 20 percent,” a cut that would “eliminate 200,000 children from Head Start programs” and “reduce financial aid for 8 million college students.” Except that, strictly speaking, the Republicans have made no such proposal. The expansive but vague Pledge to America produced by House Republicans does promise deep cuts in domestic spending, but it gives no further detail about which programs would be slashed. So Mr. Obama has filled in his own details as if they were in the Republican plan. With the...
  • Ron Paul’s Pledge to America (Southern Avenger)

    09/30/2010 6:40:56 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-09-28 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    The Republican Party has a history of using desperate times to call for drastic measures and when bailing out AIG, bolstering Medicare or bombing Iraq, that party has always been willing to go big and bold on some of the largest government expansions in this nation’s history. But what about cutting government? You know, that stuff GOP politicians always talk about during election time? One might think that in a political environment in which so many are desperate to reverse what they see as unsustainable government growth, Republican rhetoric might at least attempt to reflect that desperation. But when GOP...
  • GOP pledge beats Democrats' delays

    09/28/2010 7:28:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/28/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    The House Republicans' "Pledge to America" calls for an extension of the Bush tax cuts for all; a rollback of government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels; "strict budget caps"; an end to the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the rest of the Obama stimulus package. What's not to like? Having been asked what they would do differently if they ran the House, the Republicans came up with an answer. Meanwhile, the Democrats run the House, but they are not acting as if they are in charge. They haven't passed a budget. They're putting off a vote to extend all or...
  • Ending a major conflict over abortion

    09/28/2010 6:21:46 AM PDT · by rhema · 20 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 9/28/10 | Charles Donovan
    House Republicans' new "Pledge to America" has met with mixed reaction. However, most Americans -- even those in Congress -- should be able to agree on at least one item in the 21-page agenda: the proposal to address federal subsidies for elective abortion once and for all. Poll after poll shows 70 percent or more of voters oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. A dispute in Congress over it dominated the closing stages of debate on Obamacare. Democrats might well have passed their legislative overhaul of health care months sooner had it not been for their party's internal battles over abortion....
  • Conservatives denounce GOP 'Pledge' as sellout, inside job

    09/26/2010 9:19:11 AM PDT · by GOPavenger33 · 244 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/25/10 | Jon Ward
    House Republicans have been relatively successful this week at presenting a united front around their “Pledge to America,” but only through a strategic outreach campaign to lawmakers, media and outside groups, that has managed to keep deep dissatisfaction over several key issues largely under wraps. Still, interviews with Republican aides reveal that many in the GOP caucus are unhappy that there was no earmark ban and no promise to pass a balanced budget amendment in the proposal, which was unveiled Thursday by House Minority Leader John Boehner. The inclusion of a health insurance provision considered to be mandate angered many...
  • I CAN SEE FOR MILES [Ongoing Updates]

    03/23/2010 10:21:09 PM PDT · by Cindy · 510 replies · 4,762+ views
    (WHO, 1967) via YouTube.com ^ | Added to YouTube on April 2, 2009 | n/a
    I CAN SEE FOR MILES (WHO, 1967) Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEBDAeLDqtk Here is the lyrics: http://www.musicsonglyrics.com/W/thewholyrics/thewhoicanseeformileslyrics.htm
  • GOP battle cry: Repeal Obamacare, cut spending

    09/25/2010 8:34:56 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 30 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | Sept. 24, 2010 | Michael Barone
    On Sept. 23 last week, 12 Republican House members stood in a hardware store in Sterling, Va., and issued a Pledge to America. As for Obamacare, a few months ago Republican leaders were reluctant to call for repeal. They may have feared that Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton were right when they predicted the legislation would become more popular when passed. Or they may have been wary of sounding extreme. But now they're squarely for repeal. It turns out to be a stand most Republican primary voters demand and most general election voters support.
  • The GOP's Pledge to White America

    09/25/2010 7:20:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Daily Voice - Black America's Daily News Source ^ | September 25, 2010 | Keith Boykin
    Reading through the Republican Party's new Pledge to America, I wasn't terribly surprised by any of their proposals. As The Daily Show's Jon Stewart aptly noted, much of it involves the same old ideas the GOP has been pushing for 30 years. In one particularly telling moment, Stewart shows House Republican Leader John Boehner using the exact same words 12 years ago that he used this week. After a few years out of power, Republicans now vow to promote "traditional families," stop government spending, cut taxes, reduce the size of government and support our troops. It doesn't matter that they...
  • The GOP's Ante

    09/24/2010 9:52:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    On the political gimmickry scale, the GOP's new "Pledge to America" is worse than some, better than others. Let's say it falls somewhere between the Federalist Papers and a Harry Reid press release -- which, admittedly, pins it down as much as saying you lost a cufflink somewhere between Burkina Faso and Cleveland. First and foremost it promises to focus on job creation, vowing to stop all scheduled tax hikes (i.e., the expiration of the Bush tax cuts). It offers a steep tax deduction for small businesses and a renewed commitment to curbing business-stifling regulations. The Pledge also stands athwart...
  • Hey, Republicans, GROW A PAIR And Tell Us What Spending You're Going To Cut (Where in the "Pledge"?)

    09/24/2010 1:55:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/24/2010 | Henry Blodget
    The Republicans just rolled out their "Pledge to America" that will supposedly fix America's financial and debt crisis. But it won't! Because it just calls for tax cuts -- with no real reduction in spending! We thought Republicans were supposed to be the TOUGH party, the folks who could make the hard decisions. But this "Pledge To America" is WIMPY WIMPY WIMPY! Grow a pair, Republicans! SAY what you're actually going to cut!
  • GOP Pledge Is a Step in the Right Direction

    09/23/2010 5:30:28 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 7 replies
    davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 09/23/10 | david limbaugh
    The Republicans' "Pledge to America" is an encouraging step on the road back to recapturing America. It's not enough for Republicans merely to stop Obama's disastrously destructive agenda in its tracks. This pledge is their acknowledgment that they have heard the grass roots, too -- that they are not exempt from scrutiny or accountability merely because they are the anti-Obamas. Rep. Paul Ryan conceded as much in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos when he said that the Republicans have lost their way in the past and that with this pledge, they are embracing bold steps to get this nation...
  • Boehner’s ‘Pledge’ Talks Tough on the Constitution. But to What End?

    09/23/2010 8:06:17 AM PDT · by Palter · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | 23 Sep 2010 | Ashby Jones
    The papers are all atwitter on Thursday (WSJ, NYT, WaPo) with news of a new proposal by House Republicans to be unveiled formally Thursday morning. The proposal, titled “A Pledge to America,” lays out, much as House Republicans did back in 1994 with their “Contract With America,” a blueprint for action going forward. Among the ideas: shrink the size of government, repeal the health care act passed in March, and cut a variety of types of taxes. We here are a Law Blog. So we’re not going to spend much time on the actual proposal; we’ll leave that to the...
  • LA Times: GOP's 'Pledge to America' offers no answers to serious problems

    09/24/2010 12:15:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2010 | Editorial Staff
    Well, you can't say you don't know what Republicans stand for anymore. If the "Pledge to America" unveiled Thursday were a genuine attempt to solve the country's economic troubles by living up to GOP principles of low taxation and spending, we might find more in it to like. Instead, it's a manifesto of meaningless bromides served up to please "tea party" activists, disingenuous attacks on Democrats and President Obama, and policy prescriptions that are at best impractical and at worst deeply counterproductive. What Republicans agree on, based on the key elements of the pledge, is that Obama's healthcare reform law...
  • Rep. Ryan: New Pledge Is 'Stark Contrast' to Obama, Previous GOP Agendas (Interview this AM)

    09/23/2010 8:52:35 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | Today
    Rep. Paul Ryan dismissed the president’s criticism that the Republican’s new "Pledge to America" is just more of the same – instead Ryan promised a “stark contrast” to the current administration as well as previous GOP agendas. “We need to own up to the fact when we were in the majority we spent too much money. We lost our way and we are going to get that back,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “We’re not here offering a plan to reinvent America. We are here trying to reclaim our country by rededicating ourselves to those timeless principles that made us exceptional.”...
  • SEIU: GOP's 'Pledge' to Favor Special Interests; Target Federal Workers

    09/24/2010 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    SEIU.org ^ | September 23, 2010 | By Kate Thomas
    Today the Republican Party rolled out a 21-page political agenda they've dubbed 'Pledge To America.' Recalling Republicans' 1994 "Contract With America," the Pledge is the GOP's gimmicky attempt to lay out what their agenda will be if they regain control of one or both houses of Congress. Included in the "Pledge To America" is a promise to cap federal hiring. This provision would hurt American workers in a number of ways. By cutting--not creating--more jobs in an economy where there are already nearly five unemployed workers for every job opening. By enacting a hiring freeze which could result in an...
  • GOP Pledge? Or Status Quo?

    09/24/2010 8:27:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2010 | Rich Galen
    Republican leader John Boehner (R-Oh) and his Republican House colleagues released their "Pledge to America" yesterday. As you might have guessed, Congressional Democrats and their allies in the Popular Press came out swinging: Too broad. Not enough specifics. No promise to cut out earmarks. Nothing new. Blah, blah … blah. Here's what I said (I have edited this slightly to make me sound smarter than I actually was, but this is the thrust) to one of my favorite sparring partners, pollster Cornell Belcher, on CNN last night. Cornell, in your next poll ask this question: Thinking about the Republican's "Pledge...
  • The Republicans’ ‘Pledge to America’ UPDATED

    09/24/2010 8:37:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 23, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    The Pledge gives Republicans a unifying set of principles and priorities to run on, and at the same time it gives the voters a positive reason to put Republicans in office. Today, the House Republicans released their Pledge to America. David Frum, the Republican whose claim to fame these days is bashing other Republicans, is already panning it, which tells me that it’s probably praiseworthy. In fact, the very idea that Frum is trying to position himself as the Tea Party’s advocate, as he does in his post on the Pledge, is risible. He has no demonstrated connection to the...
  • New GOP "Pledge to America" Calls for Tax-Funded Abortion Ban

    09/23/2010 8:33:10 AM PDT · by julieee · 1 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | September 23, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    New GOP "Pledge to America" Calls for Tax-Funded Abortion Ban Washington, DC -- House Republican leaders plan to officially released the 21-page "Pledge to America" on Thursday morning, but advance copies of the yet-to-be-approved document show it includes a call for a ban on all taxpayer funding of abortions and an aggressive strike against the ObamaCare law. http://LifeNews.com/nat6720.html
  • Matthews: GOP's 'Pledge to America' is the Biggest Cover Up Since Watergate

    09/23/2010 6:46:07 PM PDT · by Justaham · 92 replies
    Newsbusters.org | 9-23-10 | Geoffrey Dickens
    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." CHRIS MATTHEWS: Plus House Republicans unveil...
  • "Pledge to America" Gets Mixed Reviews from Conservatives

    09/23/2010 7:55:47 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 76 replies · 1+ views
    See BS ^ | Just Now
    House Republicans on Wednesday night released their long-anticipated "Pledge to America" to mixed reviews from conservative commentators. Some pundits reacted favorably, calling the 21-page document an impressive step beyond the 1994 GOP "Contract with America." But others blasted the document as light on substance and short on promises to key conservative voting blocs, such as the Tea Party and social conservatives. "Is the pledge as bold as the Contract?" write the editors of the National Review. "The answer is: The pledge is bolder. The Contract with America merely promised to hold votes on popular bills that had been bottled up...
  • Why 'A Pledge to America' is Something We Need to Unite Behind

    09/23/2010 6:56:19 AM PDT · by CJBernard · 4 replies
    Attorney General Eric Holder’s frightening refusal to even acknowledge the existence of radical Islam as an example of precisely why the House GOP’s Pledge to America is relevant and will work to effectively define GOP policy going forward. Certainly, with the Democratic Party virtually imploding on their own, there was a considerable risk in saying or doing anything at all over the next six weeks, even considering the left’s mantra, equal parts meritless and clueless, that the Republican Party is little more than the “party of no.” Play Holder’s video again. Please. Internalize, if you will, what you feel as...
  • A Pledge To America

    09/24/2010 1:18:43 AM PDT · by Wpin · 49 replies · 3+ views
    Gop.gov ^ | September 21, 2010 | Republican Party
    America is more than a country. America is an idea – an idea that free people can govern themselves, that government’s powers are derived from the consent of the governed, that each of us is endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America is the belief that any man or woman can – given economic, political, and religious liberty – advance themselves, their families, and the common good. America is an inspiration to those who yearn to be free and have the ability and the dignity to determine their own destiny....
  • An Open Letter Opposing the Pledge for America, by Barack Obama

    09/23/2010 7:39:33 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-23-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    What if....--------------------------------------------- Dear America, I write to you today to urge you to reject the Republican's Pledge for America. First off, whats this "for America" garbage? That's not very self-aggrandizing...is it? What gives? Where's the self worship? Did they not learn anything from me? I put the ME in Amercia! There's also no personality behind it. For crying out loud I made women swoon for CHANGE (they didn't know I actually meant bus fare, but whatever). That said here are a few reasons you need to reject the Pledge for America. First off, it's only 21 pages long, how...
  • The GOP’s Pledge to America

    09/24/2010 2:16:38 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Andrew Cline
    A Tea Party manifest it isn’t. That’s the immediate reaction (if you lean toward the Tea Party end of the political spectrum) that comes from reading the Republicans’ new Pledge to America. This is not a call to arms for revolutionaries. The pledge does not advocate the elimination of the Department of Energy or Department of Education (as some Republican congressional do), call for private Social Security accounts or suggest the transformation of federal entitlement programs. (Perhaps that’s why the GOP’s most famous incumbent reformer, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was nowhere to be seen when Minority Leader John Boehner and...
  • A Pledge to America: The Fall 2010 GOP Agenda (48 pages)

    09/23/2010 2:27:39 PM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies · 1+ views
    US House GOP Conference ^ | 09/23/2010 | US House GOP
    ""America is more than a country. America is an idea – an idea that free people can govern themselves, that government’s powers are derived from the consent of the governed, that each of us is endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America is the belief that any man or woman can – given economic, political, and religious liberty – advance themselves, their families, and the common good. America is an inspiration to those who yearn to be free and have the ability and the dignity to determine their own destiny....
  • Is GOP "Pledge" A Direct Descendant Of Tea Party "Contract?"

    09/24/2010 12:02:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 23, 2010 | Jake Gibson
    STERLING, Va. -- House Republicans came to TART Lumber in suburban Washington, D.C. Thursday to unveil their "Pledge to America," a sweeping conservative agenda that calls for reigning in federal spending, permanently extending all of the Bush tax cuts and repealing President Obama's democratically passed health care reform law. Republicans are hoping the document serves as a rallying call for conservatives to get out the vote this fall and propel them back into the majority in the House of Representatives. "The Pledge" also gives us a preview of the issues Republicans would push should they succeed in their efforts. Although...
  • Taking the pledge

    09/24/2010 2:33:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 24, 2010 | Editorial
    After two years of battling a trillion-dol lar spending spree and a radical over haul of the American health-care system, Republicans yesterday offered an alternative: "A Pledge to America." It's a simple document, reminiscent of the GOP's 1994 Contract With America -- but it's more than that, too. While the Pledge discusses many issues, its basic prescription is economic. To wit: * To restore certainty to the private sector and generate jobs, the GOP promises to extend all Bush tax cuts, make them permanent and oppose any other tax hikes. * Republicans pledge to cut government spending to 2008 levels...
  • Hillsdale Prof. Paul Rahe @ Ricochet.com: "John Boehner Throws Down the Gauntlet"

    09/23/2010 8:44:35 AM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 7 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | 9/23/10 | Prof. Paul A. Rahe
    Last night, a friend sent me a draft of the Pledge to America that the House Republicans will be releasing today. It rewards study. Back in early August, I wrote a lengthy post entitled John Boehner’s Testing Time, arguing in some detail that we live in a critical time in which the ordinary rules of politics do not apply. In ordinary circumstances, we are condemned to a politics focused largely on patronage – in which political struggle revolves around finding the means to satisfy party constituents. In such circumstances, the dynamic I described in Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift pertains. Federal...
  • White House quickly attacks GOP 'Pledge'

    09/22/2010 10:19:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept. 22, 2010 | JAKE SHERMAN
    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...
  • [Michele] Bachmann ‘Inspired’ by GOP ‘Pledge’

    09/22/2010 8:20:38 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 18 replies
    NRO ^ | September 22, 2010 | NRO
    Bachmann ‘Inspired’ by GOP ‘Pledge’ September 22, 2010 10:15 P.M. By Robert Costa National Review Online chats with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), the founder of the House tea-party caucus, as she leaves the GOP’s agenda meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_51MhqUF8U&feature=player_embedded
  • What the GOP "Pledge to America" Should Have Been

    09/22/2010 7:06:28 PM PDT · by upstanding · 16 replies
    Barry Goldwater
    [We] have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for [we] mean to reduce its size. [We] do not undertake to promote welfare, for [we] propose to extend freedom. [Our] aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. [We] will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before [we] have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And...
  • Democrats Run From Pelosi -- And the GOP prepares its 'Pledge to America.'

    09/22/2010 5:15:08 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-23-10 | KARL ROVE
    Sometimes the impending loss of power can cause people to say strange things. Consider House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who told reporters last week, "I don't really even have the time to pay attention" to the attacks on her. "This is what campaigns are about. I sort of, like, thrive on them." Really? It's hard to imagine Mrs. Pelosi likes the ads run by at least seven Democratic House incumbents distancing themselves from her agenda, such as the stimulus, cap and trade, and ObamaCare. Or the comments in recent weeks by Reps. Chet Edwards (a trusted Texas lieutenant), Heath Shuler (North...
  • Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington since..(Pledge To America is dreck)

    09/22/2010 4:41:46 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 69 replies
    RedState ^ | 9-22-10 | Erick Erickson
    It is dreck. The pledge begins by lamenting “an arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites” issuing “mandates”, then proceeds to demand health care mandates on insurance companies that will drive up the costs of health care for ordinary Americans. The plan wants to put “government on the path to a balanced budget” without doing anything substantive. There is a promise to “immediately reduce spending” by cutting off stimulus funds. Wow. Exciting. There is a plan to cut Congress’s budget, which is pretty much what was promised in 1994. Seriously? In 4 years did the Democrats really blow up the...
  • Tax, spending cuts top GOP campaign-year 'Pledge'

    09/22/2010 4:09:54 PM PDT · by Enchante · 3 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/22/10 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON – Six weeks before midterm elections, House Republicans vowed to cut taxes and federal spending, repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and ban federal funding of abortion as part of a campaign manifesto designed to propel them to victory in November and a majority in the next Congress.
  • "Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text)

    09/22/2010 3:16:07 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sept. 22, 2010 | Brian Montopoli, Jill Jackson
    CBS News has obtained a final draft of House Republicans' 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...
  • "Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text)

    09/22/2010 3:14:52 PM PDT · by GOPinCa · 204 replies · 2+ views
    CBS News ^ | Brian Montopoli
    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....
  • You're Damn Right I'll Take The GOP Pledge

    09/22/2010 11:15:02 PM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies
    Riehl World View ^ | 9/22/2010 | Dan Riehl
    NRO signs on to the new GOP "Pledge To America." We’ll Take the Pledge The inevitable question will be: Is the pledge as bold as the Contract? The answer is: The pledge is bolder. The Contract with America merely promised to hold votes on popular bills that had been bottled up during decades of Democratic control of the House. The pledge commits Republicans to working toward a broad conservative agenda that, if implemented, would make the federal government significantly smaller, Congress more accountable, and America more prosperous.  Via the Weekly Standard. Jay Cost argues in this week's issue of THE...
  • We’ll Take the Pledge (Republicans Unveil "PLEDGE TO AMERICA" for 2010)

    09/22/2010 5:47:02 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2010 | The Editors
    All year long, conservatives have been pressuring Republicans to release a Contract with America for 2010 — an updated version of the campaign platform that the party unveiled before its 1994 sweep of Congress. Thursday morning, Republican congressmen are responding to that pressure by making a “Pledge to America.” The inevitable question will be: Is the pledge as bold as the Contract? The answer is: The pledge is bolder. The Contract with America merely promised to hold votes on popular bills that had been bottled up during decades of Democratic control of the House. The pledge commits Republicans to working...