So the Republicans are unveiling their "Pledge to America" today. For the most part, it is a pretty standard lay out of the party line. It's full of the sort of righteous complaints that minority parties make until they are in power again. Sure, the preamble is a treacly bit of American exceptionalism that rubs me the wrong way, but the Dems would do the exact same thing. It does include this awesome bit:
"An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people." Sounds more like Bush post 9/11 than anything else.
I won't bury the lead here, the plan sets itself up for failure almost from the start. The fiscally responsible plan wants to cut your taxes & also cut wasteful government spending (unlike every other plan ever created!) but outlines it's own demise with this sentence:
"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."
Without touching Social Security, Defense or Veterans funding it is impossible to make even a small dent in our deficit. Besides, isn't this the party of Dick "deficits don't matter" Cheney?
One of my favorite parts is one of the many infographics they use, depicting the use of so-called "martial law" provisions in the House. The point they are trying to make is how often they have been used this year, but the chart clearly shows that the last two Republican Houses were just as bad, and last year's Democratic House was much better. Ah, the perils of data.
The Republican's state that Representatives should be measured by how they represent the people (presumably their constituents) not by how many bills they pass or how much money they bring to their district. And we can call this assessment elections, and let people choose whether or not they feel represented. It's a crazy new idea. Seriously, what do they mean? If you are elected, you have been given the right to represent your constituents. What other metric could they possibly have? How much the people who didn't vote for you like you? National opinion polls? Does anyone think that's a good idea?
At least they had the common sense not to mention any of their social platforms, so we don't get as many God references as usual, and no mention of how they consider gay people second class citizens. Still, this whole thing is pretty boiler plate. Not to get too sports referency here, but the Republicans are the backup QB, and the backup QB is everyone's favorite player until he becomes the starting QB (or he is JaMarcus Russell), and all of a sudden ideas have to become action. Just like I have never been a fan of Obama's "Hope" I'm pretty dubious that the Republicans have any real desire to change anything other than which party is in the majority.
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