So the GOPs "Pledge" budget WILL lower the deficit, just not as much or as fast as Obama's will.
I took a look at the GOPs new Pledge to America with an open mind. What I found really did not surprise me. Nothing in their pledge is new and there is actually a lot in it that is copying what is already in place (specifically their health care ideas).
I poked fun at the Republicans when they showed up to unveil their "Pledge" for the same reason I always poke fun at all politicians when they show up for an even with no tie on and their sleeves rolled up. They look ridiculous. Some where along the way they have been convinced that if they campaign with this look it is telling the middle and lower classes that these rich people are just like them. It is a joke and I really hope people do not fall for this purely political ploy. Rich people do not know how to act not rich. Men who wear business suits 95% of the time do not know how to "dress down" to look more like the common man.
Anyways, the analysis.
Some of this will be from my perspective but I will try to prove my points when it is needed.
Right off the bat we get this little gem: "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, striking down long-standing laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people."
Are they really trying to convince Americans that these very same people, with Boehner in the lead, did not do just that during the Bush presidency. My question is, what long-standing laws have been struck down recently that they do not agree with?
A PLEDGE TO AMERICA
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
Whenever the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to institute
a new governing agenda and set a different course.
These first principles were proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, enshrined in the Constitution, and
have endured through hard sacrifice and commitment by generations of Americans.
In a self-governing society, the only bulwark against the power of the state is the consent of the governed, and
regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent.
"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."
Never has a paragraph perfectly described the people that wrote this "pledge" than this one.
"Permanently Stop All Job-Killing Tax Hikes: We will help the economy by permanently stopping all tax increases, currently scheduled to take effect January 1,2011. That means protecting middle-class families, seniors worried about their retirement, and the entrepreneurs and family-owned business on which we depend to create jobs in America."
One small little note, actually two. The Democrats are already trying to do this, yet you guys continue to proclaim your intentions to block this unless the rich are also protected. Strange that part did not make it into your "pledge". Also, unless I am unaware, if the Republicans do win in November they would not take over until after January 1, so they have already reneged on this particular part. Strange how they have already failed on one of their promises, is it not?
"Repeal Job-Killing Small Business Mandates:One of the most controversial mandates of the Democrats' government takeover of health care requires small businesses to report to the Internal Revenue Service any purchases that run more than $600. This 1099 reporting mandate is so overbearing that the IRS ombudsman has determined that the agency is ill-equipped to handle all the resulting paperwork.. We will
repeal this job-killing small business mandate."
Unfortunately they have either not gotten the memo or are just ignoring the fact that this has already been repudiated. It is not true. As factcheck.org stated it is nothing more than "an inflated estimate based on false assumptions and guesswork." http://factcheck.org/2010/09/factchecking-the-pledge/index.html
"End TARP Once And For All: Americans are rightly outraged at the bailouts of businesses and entities that
force responsible taxpayers to subsidize irresponsible behavior. We will cancel the Troubled Asset Relief
Program (TARP), a move that would save taxpayers roughly $16 billion."
This is one promise they can keep by doing nothing. TARP has been nearly paid off and it is expected to be terminated before the next Congress even comes in. Sly guys huh?
"If You Like It... You Can't Keep It.The Obama Administration has been forced to acknowledge that the
new law will force some 87 million Americans to drop their current coverage despite President Obama's
promise that Americans would be able to keep the coverage that they have."
There is some truth to this but not nearly what the GOP wants you to believe. Again it is nothing more than assumptions on their part. From factcheck.org:
"This is a misrepresentation. It's true that the president over-promised when he repeatedly told Americans that "if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan." As we noted shortly before the bill passed, he can't make that promise to everyone. It's also true that after the bill passed, the administration released estimates showing that only about 55 percent of large employers and 34 percent of small employers would be offering the same insurance coverage in 2013 as they do now, under "grandfathering" rules. That works out to about 87 million workers -- more or less -- whose policies are likely to change in some way.
But it's deceptive of the GOP to claim that employers of these workers will "drop" their coverage. It would be accurate to say they are expected to change it."
I want to focus on their health care portion for a moment. What they are proposing is just a kick.
"Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines:Americans residing in a state with expensive health insurance plans are locked into those plans and do not currently have an opportunity to choose a lower cost option that best meets their needs. We will allow individuals to buy health care
coverage outside of the state in which they live."
What they fail to mention is that this provision is already covered in the law that want to repeal. In other words that want to repeal it and then replace it with the same thing.
"Ensure Access For Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions:Health care should be accessible for all, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses. We will expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage. We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick. We will incentivize states to develop innovative programs that lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans."
Again, they are going to repeal something just to make it a law again. This seems like a really big waste of tax payer money. Apparently they also invented a new word. I am not familiar with incentivize.
They are also apparently hoping that voters have very short attention spans:
"During final consideration of President Obama's government takeover of health care, Speaker Pelosi and
Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter publicly discussed a plan to allow the House to pass the bill
without a vote by the House. Referred to as the "Slaughter Solution," House Democrats eventually
abandoned the scheme under the weight of a sustained public outcry."
Never mind that both parties have done this in the past. It somehow only became a concern now. Of course, Republicans have already promised to do the same if they get the majority, including using the nuclear option they decried.
"Read The Bill:We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public. Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on."
The Obama Administration published the bills well in advance. They will not hold up to this promise.
"Pass Clean Troop Funding Bills:When asked to provide our troops with the resources they need, we will do so without delay. That means no more troop funding bills held up by unrelated policy changes, or extraneous domestic spending and pork-barrel projects."
This will be a first, they couldn't do that the last time they had a majority what makes them think people will believe them this time around. No bill ever passes clean.
"Keep Terrorists Out of America:We will prevent the government from importing terrorists onto American soil. We will hold President Obama and his administration responsible for any Guantanamo Bay detainees they release who return to fight against our troops or who have become involved in any terrorist plots or activities."
Odd that they make no mention of the terrorists released by Bush that ended up doing exactly that which they say they will hold Obama responsible for. I guess they forgot.
"We will fight efforts to use a national crisis for political gain."
It is about time guys. I was getting tired of Rudy Guilliani continually mentioning 9/11 in every speech ... oh, wait, you only mean that you fight efforts of Democrats doing that. You guys can continue doing so. Okay just checking.
I noticed this right at the end, first the stated:
"Advance Legislative Issues One at a Time:We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass" legislation to circumvent the will of the American people. Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time."
Then they ended with this gem:
"To begin the process of implementing a new governing agenda that honors our Constitution and reflects the will of the people, we call on the leadership of the 111th Congress to bring these reforms and policies to an immediate vote..."
They could not even make it to the end of the "pledge" without breaking it. That has got to be quickest breaking of a promise in history. They have not even been elected and already breaking promises.
There is my analysis. For some it will be spot on, for some it will be lacking, for others it will be nothing but outright lies on my part. In the end, for yours truly, the whole things is a joke. It is asking Americans to return us to the disastrous policies that got us in the mess to begin with. I asked this question on facebook the other day. Are we really this ignorant that we would return to these policies? Whatever the case, enjoy.
Fix: Sorry but I just realized I forgot to cite my source: