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Tax, spending cuts top GOP 'Pledge to America'.

Campaign manifesto draws on Tea Party themes, advocates for repeal of health care law




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WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders are vowing 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 midterm elections Nov. 2.



The "Pledge to America," circulated to GOP lawmakers Wednesday, emphasizes job creation and spending control, as well as changing the way Congress does business, according to Republicans who have been briefed.

It pairs some familiar Republican ideas — such as deep spending cuts, medical liability reform and stricter border enforcement — with an anti-government call to action that draws on tea party themes and echoes voters' disgruntlement with the economy and Obama's leadership.

The plan is emerging less than six weeks before elections in which Republicans are favored to add substantially to their ranks, perhaps enough to seize control of the House.



"Regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent," reads a preamble to the agenda.

"An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many."





It goes on to call for every bill to cite its specific constitutional authority, a vote on any government regulation that costs more than $100 million annually and a freeze on hiring federal workers except security personnel. It also has a "read the bill" provision mandating that legislation be publicly available for three days before a vote.






GOP leaders are set to go public with the plan Thursday at a hardware store in suburban Virginia, choosing a location outside the nation's capital that's in keeping with the plan's grassroots emphasis.

Officials have described the agenda as the culmination of an Internet- and social networking-powered project they launched earlier this year to give voters the chance to say what Congress should do.

The "America Speaking Out" project collected 160,000 ideas and received 1 million votes and comments on the proposals, they said.

Much internal debate ensued among party leaders, rank-and-file lawmakers and GOP activists about the contents of the agenda, including whether it should include a reference to "family values" — which some strategists argued could alienate the independent voters Republicans are courting.

They agreed to include the abortion provision and a vaguely worded statement on social issues: "We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values."





The plan recalled Republicans' 1994 "Contract With America," ...

.... a list of heavily poll-tested proposals they unveiled about six weeks before the GOP gained 54 House seats and seized control of the House for the first time in 40 years.

But the rollout reflects a national mood far different from the one 16 years ago, and an electorate that national surveys show is fed up with its representatives and disillusioned about government.

"The Contract was done at a time when it was acceptable for a relatively small number of elected officials and trusted aides to go behind closed doors, come up with some ideas, test them in polls and then announce them on the steps of the Capitol," said Michael Franc of the conservative Heritage Foundation, who was a House aide during those days.

"If you did that now, you'd see yourself being hung in effigy most places. ... (Republicans) can't afford to come across as another case of 'government knows best,'" Franc said.





Republican strategists advising House leaders have told them that presenting their own ideas for governing — laser-focused on jobs and recharging the economy — is crucial to their electoral chances.

"It is not enough for the Republican Party just simply to point out that President Obama and the Democrats have failed," said pollster David Winston.

"What Americans are looking for is a plan that they have confidence in that will work."

The plan proposes creating jobs through tax cuts, including permanently extending George W. Bush's reductions for people at every income level, now slated to expire in January, and a 20 percent deduction for small businesses.

It also calls for repeal of an unpopular new provision enacted to help pay for the health care law that requires nearly 40 million businesses to file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods.

It offers an array of proposals to limit spending, including cutting back to 2008 levels and placing a hard cap on future government expenditures.

Republicans are calling for replacing the health care law by letting people buy health care coverage outside their states, expanding state programs that cover high-risk patients who can't otherwise get insurance and expanding the use of tax-advantaged savings accounts to cover medical costs.

And the plan also focuses on security, including calling for denying terrorists so-called "Miranda rights," opposing the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees into the United States and full funding for missile defense programs.





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GOP to unveil 'Pledge to America'

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42566.html




House GOP leaders (from left) John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Mike Pence hope the agenda will help the party take over the House.






Let me guess ... I pledge to filibuster & obstruct then Vote No on my *Pledge to America* ... 'till 2012 ...


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Oh my God, so this is it. :rolling:

No wonder they waited so long to tell us. :laughing:
 

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Oh my God, so this is it. :rolling:

No wonder they waited so long to tell us. :laughing:
Extending the Bush Tax Cuts/Breaks to the backbone of America ... *small business* S-Corps ...

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Where's all the resident right-wingers on this one ...

... let me guess ... you're waiting 'till after Novemeber to reply ...

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Never mind.
Wise answer ... ;)





GOP 'Pledge to America' Looks Unlikely to Inspire.

Newsweek ~ This Week


http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-g...dge-to-america-looks-unlikely-to-inspire.html




Legend has it that the 1994 Republican "Contract With America" was the centerpiece of the GOP's historic congressional takeover.

The reality is a little more complicated.

A generational shift of the Democrats' Solid South toward Republicans culminated in 1994 for a number of reasons, among them the usual antipathy toward the president's party in a midterm election.

Republicans were well on their way to a rout by the time the contract had been written.

And, of course, much of what the contract promised never came to pass.

Such is the nature of our separation of powers when there is a president in the opposition party and a virtual supermajority requirement to pass anything in the Senate.

But in the world of political analysis, actually accomplishing policy goals is an entirely separate question from whether something is viewed as politically successful.

By that measure the contract is considered, perhaps excessively so, as a smashing success.





So, with that in mind, what should voters make of the GOP "Pledge to America" that will be unveiled Thursday ?

Whereas the contract was mostly procedural, promising such changes as requiring a three-fifths majority to raise taxes, the pledge offers more policy specifics.

Some of them, such as an intention to keep the Guantánamo Bay detention facility open, are a bit overly specific and odd.

Guantánamo is regarded by experts across the political spectrum as an imperfect solution to the vexing problem of where to keep suspected foreign terrorists.

One would hope that keeping people who have been never been convicted of a crime in permanent legal limbo is not something that Republicans, much less swing voters, are actually enthusiastic about.





Other proposals follow the contract playbook by calling for changes to the legislative process so as to rein in government.

For instance, Politico notes, "In one standout procedural promise that could prove difficult to keep, Republicans say they will let any lawmaker offer an amendment to a bill that would cut spending."

This is just harmless theatrics.

Not so harmless, however, is the promise to require every bill to be certified as constitutional before it is voted on.

We have a mechanism for assessing the constitutionality of legislation, which is the independent judiciary.

An extraconstitutional attempt to limit the powers of Congress is dangerous even as a mere suggestion, and it constitutes an encroachment on the judiciary.




The biggest question is how Republicans will attempt to square the circle of calling for $4 trillion to be removed from the federal treasury in the next decade by making the Bush tax cuts permanent, adding a tax cut for small businesses on top of that, and simultaneously reducing the budget deficit while increasing funding for national missile defense.

They will need to get a lot more specific—and drastic—in their budget cutting than the pledge's cap on discretionary spending.

They say that will save "$100 billion in the first year alone," but that's not nearly enough to compensate for their other budget-busting plans.

Conveniently, the pledge calculates how much spending cuts will save the government and how much tax cuts will save the taxpayer, but not how much their tax cuts or spending proposals will cost the government.

As George W. Bush might say, that's "fuzzy Washington math."





The messiest proposal legislatively is repealing health-care reform and replacing it with the predictable grab bag of Republican health-care solutions: tort reform, health savings accounts, and buying insurance across state lines.

Curiously, there is one major provision of health-care reform—prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions—in their list of proposals.

Such a prohibition is economically infeasible without the individual mandate that health-care reform included.

If you force insurers to accommodate those with prior conditions and not the young and healthy, premiums will go up.

The pledge contains no answer to this conundrum other than a vague promise to "expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage."




Congressional Republicans are unpopular and they are widely viewed as very much a part of the "arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites" that the pledge lambastes.

That's probably why Sarah Palin's political-action committee cut a video touting the Tea Party but making no mention of the party that nominated her for vice president two years ago.

While the majority of Republican congressional candidates signed on to the contract in 1994, Thursday's event will feature only a dozen Republicans, all incumbents.

And some Republicans are already criticizing the pledge for not going far enough to address long-term fiscal challenges because it does not propose reductions in entitlement spending.






The bottom line is that any Republican attempt to adopt a coherent, forward-looking, and plausible platform is bound to be fraught with challenges and contradictions.

Luckily for the GOP, it looks like it can win big this year without one.





*I digress on Taking the Country Back*






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They'll say anything to get elected.
 

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They'll say anything to get elected.
I'm assuming you are talking about politicians in general, and not just Republicans. Political platforms are nothing but chum for the masses to get elected, and once elected to get discarded.
 

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The other winning team:rolling::rolling::rolling:

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I'm assuming you are talking about politicians in general, and not just Republicans. Political platforms are nothing but chum for the masses to get elected, and once elected to get discarded.
I noticed (R)'s are showing up for the press / photo-ops more and more these days with their sleeves rolled-up trying to look like the *work'n man* ...

Trying to look like Obama ...

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I noticed (R)'s are showing up for the press / photo-ops more and more these days with their sleeves rolled-up trying to look like the *work'n man* ...

Trying to look like Obama ...

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Obama a working man?? :laughing: He has never worked a productive day in his life. The only thing he ever tried to produce was anger in his community targets. Stir 'em up, get 'em angry. That's not a job. That's being what my parents called a rabble rouser.
 

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Obama a working man?? :laughing: He has never worked a productive day in his life. The only thing he ever tried to produce was anger in his community targets. Stir 'em up, get 'em angry. That's not a job. That's being what my parents called a rabble rouser.
Yeah but the (R)'s are still roll'n up their sleeves to get *chummy* with the work'n man ...

I suggest it's a bit pathetic when *chumm'n* ...

... they need a bigger boat ...


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Yeah but the (R)'s are still roll'n up their sleeves to get *chummy* with the work'n man ...

I suggest it's a bit pathetic when *chumm'n* ...

... they need a bigger boat ...


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Here's an alternative explanation. The environmentalist Dems who run congress raised the temp on the summer thermostats to save the environment, so the Pubs got hot and had to take off their jackets and roll up their sleeves. Yeah, now that I think about it, I'm sure that's it. :laughing:
 

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Here's an alternative explanation. The environmentalist Dems who run congress raised the temp on the summer thermostats to save the environment ....


... so the Pubs got hot and had to take off their jackets and roll up their sleeves.

Yeah, now that I think about it, I'm sure that's it.


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GOP 'Pledge' makes closing argument to voters.

'Our government has failed us,' says one House Republican leader.



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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39324896/ns/politics-decision_2010/





"The land of opportunity has become the land of shrinking prosperity ... Our government has failed us," Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California declared.

"We will take back our country. We will restore for a better future.

This is our pledge to you."





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House Republican leader John Boehner appears at the Tart Lumber Company in Sterling, Virginia with House Republican Conference Vice Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers and House Republican Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy.

 

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Our government has failed us” …

Our Government … ? Failed Us … ? :crazy:

They talk as if this is their first day on the Job and that “They-The Gonverment” has been working somewhere else for the last decade. :laughing:
 

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Just a thought on the side. I wonder how much time the Pubs spent trying to think of a name that couldn't be altered against them. The Contract with America was immediately dubbed the Contract On America by the left, which took away some of it's punch. I guarantee you they talked about this and tried to come up with a title that didn't lend itself so easily to that twist. However, I'm sure some clever lefty will find a mean-spirited variation. They excel at mean-spiritedness. :laughing:
 

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Just a thought on the side. I wonder how much time the Pubs spent trying to think of a name that couldn't be altered against them. The Contract with America was immediately dubbed the Contract On America by the left, which took away some of it's punch. I guarantee you they talked about this and tried to come up with a title that didn't lend itself so easily to that twist. However, I'm sure some clever lefty will find a mean-spirited variation. They excel at mean-spiritedness. :laughing:
That's why we're Clever ... :thumbsup:
 

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Just a thought on the side. I wonder how much time the Pubs spent trying to think of a name that couldn't be altered against them. The Contract with America was immediately dubbed the Contract On America by the left, which took away some of it's punch. I guarantee you they talked about this and tried to come up with a title that didn't lend itself so easily to that twist.


However, I'm sure some clever lefty will find a mean-spirited variation.

They excel at mean-spiritedness.
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... how'bout this one ... I think House Republican Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy should put his toungue back in his mouth ... he looks like Jabba the Hut when Princess Lea was choke'n 'em ...


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