Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Pledge to America

Oh, joys - the Republicans have released a legislative platform. Can you guess what patriotic, soul-stirring name its called?

Indeed, the GOP's "Pledge to America," modelled after the successful "Contract with America" that helped propel Newt Gingrich into the Speaker's chair, is now out, and boy, is it ever a doozy. Not all of it is bad, but let's just say this: if the Conservatives included some of the social, economic, and even constitutional ideas into a platform up here, they'd be regulated to a very small minority, very quickly, simply by virtue of how many people they alienate.

But, I digress. At the bottom of this post, I have a Sribd embedded PDF document with the Pledge in it. I'd suggest you take a look through, but I'll just list a couple off right here and now that I find the most amusing:

"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."

Hm. Sounds right, doesn't it? Except, what in the fuck happened to the 8 years of the Bush administration? There seems to be some gaps in their memory. At least admit the mistakes of what you did.

"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."

Pre-stimulus, pre-bailout... so you mean, Bush deficit levels! Oh, I get it - you're going to get out of debt by continuing high deficits. Maybe not as high as Obama's (given that, you know, he inheritied the majority of it), but still, are they completely clueless as to the 8 years beforehand? Really, they have no other plan except this. A trillion dollar deficit reduced by $100 billion. Hm. Math isn't your strong point, GOP, eh?

"We offer a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care with common-sense solutions focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs. We will enact real medical liability reform; allow Americans to purchase health coverage across state lines; empower small businesses with greater purchasing power; and create new incentives to save for future health needs. We will protect the doctor-patient relationship, and ensure that those with pre-existing conditions gain access to the coverage they need."

In other words, they're doing everything that Obama's healthcare bill does, except without Obama. Good job, Republicans.

"We will permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment."

Since when has there been? If I remember, Bart Stupak assured there wouldn't be. And can you imagine if this was said in Canada? Lord, we get angry over the idea of the provinces covering the costs fully - they get angry if abortion is even mentioned.

Ah, the GOP - recycling the same stupidity, over, and over, and over again. Not that all of their ideas are bad, you know. The rhetoric is really swelling. But does anyone actually believe they'll hold to it?

GOP Pledge to America

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