GOP Pledge Draft

Here’s the widely leaked drafted of the “Pledge to America” that the Congressional Republican Leadership plans to launch to America in a rerun of the 1994 “Contract with America.”

Like all bad sequels, it is formulaic, uninspiring, and cheapens the original. Blues Brothers 2000

The 1994 “Contract for America” was, at least bold and original and presented a sharp contrast to the governing philosophy that had been the forty years of Democratic majorities in Congress.

The piece of crap John Boehner is releasing today isn’t the “Contract for America” 2.0.  It’s the Bush GOP 2.0.

ABC News says the purpose of this plan:

“Republicans are seeking to make clear they have no intention of returning to the big spending and high deficits of the last Republican Congress.”

And to contrast from their “Party of No” image.  It fails on both.

Top of the list?  Extend the Bush tax cuts permanently with no plan to pay for it.  The pledge contains no pledge to balance the budget.  None.

It wants to return to the budgets of the last GOP Congress.  How does that demonstrate that this GOP has “learned” anything? It pledges a return to the GOP’s last budgets…. which had huge deficits.

Congressman Ryan admitted this morning that the Pledge does not contain a plan to balance the budget.  And yet, we’ve been told all year that the Republicans were committed to fiscal conservatism.  Yet, their “pledge” is actually a pledge of higher deficits since its two most highlight proposals: Make Bush Tax Cuts Permanent and  Repeal “ObamaCare”—would result in adding $4 trillion to the deficit over the next ten years.

How is it being received to it’s target audience?

It is dreck — dreck with some stuff I like, but like Brussels sprouts in butter. I like the butter, not the Brussels sprouts. Overall, this grand illusion of an agenda that will never happen is best spoken of today and then never again as if it did not happen. It is best forgotten.

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.

–[Erick Erickson,]

“The “Pledge to America” is a repudiation of the central, foundational idea behind the Tea Party. Tea Party activists have been claiming all year that there exists in the United States a potential voting majority for radically more limited government.

“The Republican “Pledge to America” declares: Sorry, we don’t believe that.


“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.”

–David Frum, “A Pledge to Do Nothing.”

Sure, Jon Keeling (the “Carpetblogger”) applauds it.  But he’s a party hack who has never criticized anything the GOP has done.  He actually claims that this document shows that that the Republican Congressional leadership is leading a “Party of No.”

I dunno how Keeling can reach that conclusion.  A vast majority of the “policy” proposals is rolling back what the Obama Administration has done.  The “Pledge to America” is a pledge to say:

  • No to Obamacare
  • No to closing Gitmo
  • No to Wall Street reform
  • No to treating enemy combatants in compliance with international law and American values.

What do they want to do for national security?  They want to “fully fund the missile shield”  Nearly thirty years later, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Republicans still are talking about “Star Wars.”

There’s nothing really new there except some sops to the “constitutionalists” in the Tea Party like writing the constitutional authority for legislation (which is already a fairly common practice) and posting bills for three days as opposed to one before voting.  Nobody actually expects these things to be done strictly.

Social media FAIL.

Remember “America Speaks Out”—the website the GOP touted as being “instrumental” in creating their future platform?  Yeah, you’d be hard pressed to say that the “Pledge to America” was influenced by it at all.  While unveiling the Pledge today, the GOP was quick to mention the site, but they’ve yet to point to a single thing that was actual a proposal or policy that was created from that site.

Remember “Fix Ohio Now?”   John Kasich must not.  He’s yet to announce a single policy proposal that came from that idea site.

The GOP has played the media for suckers with their claims to have used social media to be “connected to the people” in forming their platforms this election.

But today, we see a “Pledge to America” to return us to the very failed policies that put the GOP in the minority in the first place.  There’s no evidence that the GOP has listened any better on their “America Speaks Out” site than when Americans spoke out in 2006 and 2008.

It’s all an utter farce.