Wednesday, September 22, 2010

GOP - Pledge to America

September 23, 2010
Colorado USA

House Republicans will unveil their "Pledge to America" tomorrow morning. The unveiling (makes it sound like art - doesn't it?) will be at a hardware store in Sterling, Virginia. The GOP frames the document as a series of ideals, programs and policy blueprints it would uphold and pursue if restored to power in November.

Hardware Store in Virgina? Good grief! What? We are supposed to believe they rolled up their sleeves and "hammered" 21 pages out by the sweat of their brow? I expect next they will announce they are arriving on tractors! This is a photo op political stunt folks. Why not just print a copy of the Constitution which all of the GOP swore an oath to protect the day they took office. So far, the Republicrats have not lived up to that pledge - why should we trust them with one of their own design?

We need more than a passing nod to the founding principles and lest we forget, in DC a promise is a promise and a pledge is a pledge until it isn't anymore. I'm thinking I need more than a pledge - I need a guarantee.

Congressional Oath of Office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

CBS News has allegedly obtained the final draft of the pledge:
See: "Pledge to America": The New Republican Agenda
Below are some of the highlights as described in this article which includes full text:

- Stop job-killing tax hikes
- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income
- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:
- Repeal and Replace health care
- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)
- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward
- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Reforming Congress:
- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote

- Provide resources to troops
- Fund missile defense
- Enforce sanctions in Iran

A link to the full text of the new PLEDGE TO AMERICA, you cannot complain about THEM not reading things if YOU do not read things... it is 21 pages... grab a cup of coffee and settle in.

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