Republican Pledge To America Is Not A Pledge But A Polemic
GOP Pledge To America 2010 Really A Polemic To America: A rollback of Obama, Democratic Agenda.
Pledge To Americas Mere Polemic compared To 1994 Contract With America
With 30 days to go before the mid-term elections, the Republican Party unveiled what it is calling a Pledge To America.
Tapping into the popular Contract With America pdf , that ushered in Newt Gingrich and the GOP during the 1994 mid-term elections sensing victory in the November mid-term elections the Republicans unveiled their Pledge to America on Thursdsay
Whether you are a Republican or Democrat at least the Contract With America was a serious document that committed the GOP to very specific actions such as passing legislation the GOP felt was being held up in Congress. The Contract with America also had details about the process by which the Congress conducts itself.
The Contract With America proposed to do this for example.
- FIRST, require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply equally to the Congress;
- SECOND, select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
- THIRD, cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
- FOURTH, limit the terms of all committee chairs;
- FIFTH, ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;
- SIXTH, require committee meetings to be open to the public;
- SEVENTH, require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
- EIGHTH, guarantee an honest accounting of our Federal Budget by implementing zero base-line budgeting
By contrast the Republican Pledge To America is a shrill document that engages in just more of the same Obama bashing.
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.
The GOP Pledge To America is more of a Polemic to America - and a poorly constructed one at that full of milk toast and pablum.
Sure there a few specifics (putting the language of any particular legislation online 72 hours in advance) but by and large it does not offer much of substance a safe election style document.
So as the GOP appears to roll to victory in the mid terms voters still have no clue what their policies are beyond cutting everything. One of the few thoughtful conservatives David Frumm wrote this of Frum Forum
But the true sad news is that this is not a document to govern with in the recessionary year 2010. It’s fine to reject Tea Party illusions. But without an alternative modern Republican affirmative program, the GOP will find itself at risk of being captured and controlled by special interests instead.