The GOP’s Pledge to America


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On jobs: Extend all of the Bush tax cuts; let small business owners take a tax deduction equal to 20% of their business income; require congressional approval for any regulation with an annual price tag of $100 million or more;  repeal the Obamacare mandate that business purchases of more than $600 require a 1099 form.

On spending: Cut federal spending to pre-bailout levels; cap new congressional spending; cut Congress’ own budget; hold weekly votes on spending cuts; cancel TARP; end federal support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; freeze federal hiring of non-security employees; sunset federal programs so they have to be renewed by Congress rather than continue indefinitely; have a “full accounting” of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and refuse to expand unfunded liabilities.

On health care: Repeal Obamacare; pass tort reform; expand health savings accounts; pass laws to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship; let people purchase insurance across state lines; ensure access to care for people with pre-existing conditions; prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions.

On congressional reform: Require that every bill be posted for three days before it is voted on; require all bills to contain a provision citing the specific clause in the Constitution that authorizes the action they take; advance legislation one bill at a time and prevent members from adding unpopular legislation to must-pass bills; allow amendments that cut spending to be added to any spending bill.

On national security: forbid troop-funding bills from being slowed by unrelated add-ons; keep captured terrorists out of the United States; have foreign terrorists tried in military courts; oppose mirandizing foreign terrorists caught overseas; fully fund missile defense; require tough enforcement of sanctions against Iran; establish “operational control” of the border; work with state and local governments to enforce immigration laws; strengthen visa security.

Any conservative looking at that list should conclude that it’s pretty good. It’s not radical. It’s not libertarian. It has flaws. It doesn’t go far enough on economic growth or government reform. It doesn’t even mention earmarks. And some of the changes could be easy to get around. For example, some regulations could possibly be broken into parts to avoid the $100 million congressional approval threshold. And some are contradictory. After promoting “freedom” and “liberty” and “free-markets,” the document asserts that Republicans will pass some of the same costly regulations on health insurers that the Democrats passed in Obamacare.

So it’s not a great document. But it’s a pretty good one. And it gives Republicans a middle ground – firmly on the center-right — to run between the Democrats’ extremism on the Left and what might generally be called the Tea Party movement’s more conservative activism on the Right. In other words, it’s a shrewd political maneuver. It signals to the Tea Partiers that the GOP is listening, but it doesn’t go so far as to alienate moderate swing voters.

On the whole, it’s a solid alternative to Obamaism. The question is: will Republicans follow through if the people give them the power to turn the Pledge into reality?

Andrew Cline is editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader. His Twitter ID is Drewhampshire.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    "A Tea Party manifest it isn't." Nor is it even near to acknowledging the greatest problems, the problems of survival of America:
    http://www.resonoelusono.com/Platform.htm

    • proto

      agree

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      That is, if GOP were an opposition Party. In fact we live under one party rule, GOP being an always "reproachful second choice" in the situation with now real choice.

    • http://www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      Yes are right in all ideals, the funny thing is this pladge to america was taken from a book by DR. savage HE CAN BE LISTEN TO ON 760 SAN DIEGO FROM 3PM TO 6 PM And is in many cities inside the USA. The show is called Savage Nation HE NOW HAS ABOUT 3 TO 4 BOOKS OUT MANY ARE BEST SELLERS ON THE POLITICAL SYSTEM INSIDE THE USA

  • Gunner57

    This pledge is not nearly enough. It doesn't even address Islam's war against us and the mortal threat posed by Muslim immigration.

  • Hotgrove

    I think the pledge is good in one sense : It clearly shows that the GOP is every bit as phony as the Dems-in fact maybe the Dems are a little bit less hyprocritical.All these months of tough talk by the GOP and then when push comes to shove….the most watered down document one could ever imagine.All those hard words about upending all things Obama and now a pledge withnout any firepower whatsoever-no wonder the Tea party is on the rise.

  • bob wells

    Lets not forget that this is a Starting Point, and well worth it if the Republicans can Deliver. I personally was hoping for a Lot more BANG for the Buck but any progress away from the Progressive agenda is welcome. My hope is that the Te Party Candidates who get elected will soon be able to exert some influence on the Main stream conservatives.
    Too bad the set the Bar so low for them selves. I would rather see them try and Fail rather than Fail because they didn't try. We've had a Radical jump to the Left and this feels like a gradual shift to the Center especially since there appears to be a Vacuum in the Republicans plan for Financial Reform. Perhaps time will be on our side after Nov. 3.

  • Iconoclast

    The Republicans just violated the Napoleonic maxim: "Never interfere with the enemy when he’s in the process of destroying himself." Never interrupt when your opponent is in trouble, trying in vain to defend himself. Your noise will only distract and turn the attention back to you.

  • therealend

    I wish they would have said something about the CRA (Community Redevelopment Act).
    That is a program which has helped no one and harmed everyone.

    • http://www.intellectualconservative.com Steven Laib

      There also needs to be something done about the incestuous relationship between Wall St. and big government. Government spending must be radically reduced and the debt must be eliminated ASAP, if not sooner.

    • Chuckray

      Amen to that! Every time I hear a dem. spout off about "GOP economics getting us into this mess", I scream at the TV. HEY HOW ABOUT 5+ TRILLION DOLLARS IN HOME MORTGAGE WELFARE! Granted while in power, the GOP didn't have the guts to stop it. "W" tried to bring attention to the problem, HIS congress did nothing. As a Tea Party member myself, I think we: 1) elect republicans, 2) watch'em like a hawk, 3) go to work on the dems. It's all we can do, besides listening and heeding Glenn Beck.

      • therealend

        The CRA is like a self-destruct mechanism.

      • http://www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

        its happening once more the boys need money for the coming third world people after Race Amnesty, in other words the massive world population needs legalization for the power boys.

  • gliverson

    pretty disappointing and dismal in that it seems to prove the maxim, "The Republican Party never misses a chance to miss their chances."
    This could have been a bit more "pivotal" in scope and nature. It is clear what is needed and what is wanted by voters. And they have sort of "aluded" or nodded in that direction, but give no substantial leadership at all…… again. Sad.
    This could have been the turning point to the right direction. they could have addressed rolling back the Obozo HC fiasco, cleaning up specific med problems: this would have given the voting public some hope. Instead, they mushed around a bit, gave vapid statements of meaningless leanings, and inspired NO ONE at all. Not even the dir-hard Repubs that are still left. Sad

  • Chezwick_Mac

    I'm waiting for the politician to come along with the courage to tell it like it is…that our fiscal problems are SO SEVERE that the only possible solution is dramatic cuts in government benefits and services across the board. Our unfunded liabilities – promised social security and medicaid dispensments – push our actual debt close to a mind-boggling $100 TRILLION. To say this is "unsustainable" is the under-statement of the century.

    These cuts will effect tens of millions…and nothing must be sacrosanct, not even Defense. America's national security will surely be undermined, but we simply cannot afford "empire" and foreign entanglements anymore. As it is, China is financing our wars AND our foreign aid (we literally borrow the money we disperse to others).

    It's humiliating to admit, but we're broke folks. We are destined – whether we like it or not – to dramatically reduce our footprint in the world (imagine the shock of the world's anti-American masses when they discover that the period of the Pax Americana was quite benign compared to the insecurity and barbarism that follows).

    Accompanying this dramatic downsizing of government and government services must be a revision of the tax-code to a simpler version, with a significantly lower rate. This will attract investment, stimulate growth, fill government coffers, and begin the long, arduous task of paring down our massive debt.

    It is imperative that a new societal ethos be adopted and instilled…so that people begin to comprehend a simple reality: THE BEST SOCIAL PROGRAM EVER DEVISED IS A PAYING JOB IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

    • coyote3

      For far, far, too long, Congress has enacted legislation, because people want it. One of the benchmarks of a good legislator has been his ability to get things done, i.e., pass legislation. That is fine, but it has been done without regard to the fact, that government, in particular the federal government has limited powers. Unlike the states the constitution provides that the powers of the federal government are delelgated by that document. Likewise, any agency of the federal government gets its power derivative of Congress. Now, there will always be room for argument, in some areas. The purposes for which we spend money are just as important as how much we spend. Indeed, the literal size of the federal government has gotten us into trouble. The scope and literal size of government are inextricably linked together. I am waiting for a politician to say that he will not introduce, or support, any legislation, without first citing the specific power delegated by the constitution to Congress, for the purpose of that legislation. In other words, I want Congress to cite where they are getting the authority to commit the deeds they are proposing to commit.

    • trickyblain

      I agree with much of what you write here (except taxation — the only way out of this mess is dramatically decreasing spending and INCREASING revenue). The rub is that you have to convince people to vote away what they feel they are entitiled to by electing pols who would campaign on, and actually enact, these measures. Not going to happen.

      • Chezwick_Mac

        In 1961, John Kennedy dramatically cut the marginal tax rate. The result was an average growth rate of 5.2% over the next five years (before Johnson's "Great Society" fully kicked in and began the long slide downward), which filled government coffers in a way that the previous higher rate never could. In short, lower taxes mean the government gets a smaller piece of a much bigger pie….which is how you produce budget surpluses – the absolute necessary prerequisite for paring down the debt.

        As for the electorate, I share your skepticism. But this is the great challenge of our age, to help educate the voters that our very democracy is at stake….that if we go on with our profligate spending, then default, impoverishment, and ultimately, revolution is the fate that awaits America.

  • USMCSniper

    The GOP better walk-the-walk not just talk-the-talk on this one and the first orders of business are permanent tax cuts and repealing the Obama healthcare,

  • Dakotahgeo

    I find these comments more interesting than the original story. This sounds more like a GOP Mafia's "Contract On America." Needs to be revised!!!

    • Lustmorde

      Your comment would be more interesting if you had left out the cliche "Contract On America". I know it's a favorite pastime of leftists to ridicule in lieu of argument, but is it too hard to at least come up with a creative putdown of your own, if you're not going to at least add something substantive to the thread?

      …sigh…

  • Phil

    Unfortunately, the GOP has made an error in their bid to cour independent and Obama disgusted voters. The independents are angry at Obama because of his cluelessness in understanding the jobless situation. His so-called stimulus program was really a spending program as very little was expended to create jobs and this was just plain Obama inexperience, incompetence, and the craziness of the far-left Pelosi etc. However, Obama did not get it all wrong. Our medical insurance system was unfair, unaffordable, and full of unconscionable restrictions and something had to be done. —not bringing us back to the old and unfair system.
    Likewise, the financial industry needed to be further regulated as the excesses of Wall Street nearly brought the financial system to ruin. However, that doesn't mean that parts of the financial reform act didn't need to be changed.
    Obviously, the GOP's platform will appeal to the base—-especially those with simple solutions to complex problems. However, extremeism to get elected is a sure way to get defeated on the next election cycle. Just ask Obama and the Democrats.

    • coyote3

      What you said about the medical insurance system, may be correct. Likewise, with the financial industry. The problem is, the government does not have the legitimate power to do anything about either issue. Extremeism???? I read this "pledge" as so milk toast, it might as well have been authored by liberals.

      • bubba4

        How do you feel about Corporations as "people".

        • coyote3

          I don't "feel" anything. It is not something that makes me emotional.

          • bubba4

            Ha ha….fine…way to sidestep.

            You're unconstitutional coyote.

          • coyote3

            I am not sidestepping anything. I don't have any "feelings" about them. It like saying, how do you "feel" about the formula for foot/poinds of energy. That said, I don't really understand the question.

    • bubba4

      There is nothing "extreme" about what Obama has done. It's just the opposition part and it's various affiliates decided at the very beginning to never give him an inch. If Obama saved a kitten from a tree, it would be made into bowing to Muslims and destroying America.

      If Obama had instituted a robust public option then one could say he was being as radical as Winston Churchill. Instead they implement half measures and FPM and the like scream that a Marxist/Communist/Islamic/Anarchist/Aethist takeover is in progress.

      So it's not genuine…it's so all the cultist can shadowbox with themselves over ideology in their own minds and determine how right they are. They say "hell no" to Stalin's murders…ah the courage.

      The GOP/Teabag strategy now is the "Idiocracy Plan". The people that read FPM have been raped just as hard by these fools, yet they are asking for seconds and screaming about Marx….

      C U L T

  • Stephen_Brady

    I ish they would have consulted me, before they released the final text …

    • Nick Shaw

      I wish they had consulted me too, Stephen, though I would have helped you too with your spelling (just kidding, I'm not one of those people!) It sounds like a document written inside the Beltway doesn't it? Like, yes we hear you but, this is what we think. In the end, it's akin to getting bologna instead of steak.

      • Stephen_Brady

        I've survived on bologna, before, but I would much prefer to have steak. Putting some steak on the menu might have been seen as an invitation to the party, for those of us who drink tea.

  • Phil

    All I hear from Tea Party advocates is lower taxes and shrink government. Obviously, everyone wants their taxes to be lowered and the current tax burden for most people is unfair. One of the reasons is the unfair and regressive social security tax. Social
    Security would be fine if the rate were lowered for the first 100,000 and anyone making over that amount would have to pay the same percentage of their gross income as people making less than 100,000. Interestingly, Tea Partiers never mention this.

    • USMCSniper

      Oh yes, Phil, let's tax the rich more yet you say while they are still alive who already pay 90%+ of the total tax burden, and then when they die let's take 55% of their wealth over $1 million dollars as the death tax so that small business owners, farmers, andlarge homeowners can't pass already taxed to death on to their children. Boy that will really save the economy won't it! Phil is a typical liberal twit spouting class warfare like every other indoctrinate like him.

      • bubba4

        Yeah but liar…I mean Sniper…um…that's a talking point…

        We had a break from the Estate tax and look at all the jobs it created….look at what happened when you got your precious tax cuts. I can't think of one thing you've ever been right about in all the years youve been posting.

        • USMCSniper

          Where did you ever get the idea you could ever think? Next you will want the bodies dug up and the gold extraxted from the teeth!

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    A woman, a professor, once told me I reminded her of a monkey she had seen at the zoo. She wouldn’t see a thing when the monkey’s hand would suddenly dart out, grab a fly and pop it into his mouth. Similarly she wouldn’t see a thing when I’d grasp something out of thin air, and there was always something there.

    Now, being compared to a monkey isn’t exactly flattering so I have “official” confirmation of having a brain as well. Or to paraphrase the wonderful Wizard of Oz I have “medals” that stipulate I have a brain that is, simply and plainly as well as most certainly, composed of litmus paper.

    All I know is if it’s in the air my litmus paper brain will pick it up and determine its base qualities. Unfortunately the way this litmus paper brain is proving its “medal” is by picking up an evil world government is on its way, it’s coming; our “betters” know best and have decided this for us

    And I was picking this up before any concrete indication like Obama declaring he was a world citizen, as opposed to being an American citizen in an America he’s been apologizing for all over the world. Also our borders remain open as we begin to ELIMANATE BORDERS ENTIRELY, this is the reason behind the government’s strange behavior of fighting those trying to enforce our border laws. Add to this George Soras’ new world order and there is plenty of concrete evidence to support world government—now.

    From his actions I believe Bush was an accomplice to open borders, too, making our problem to be with both the Right and the Left. Leaving the Tea Party alone, on the mark, in championing conservatives only. Because it’s the “elites”, the ‘ruling class” we have to vote out of power, not just one party. And these "new" promises by the Republican aren't enough, but a good start.

    In the meantime, if you think the United Nations is working out well for us you’ll love a world government replete with a world court.

    Because the Republicans only address some of the problems they must do more. This is what’s happening, when what we really need to do is distribute to the rest of the world the principles that are responsible for our wealth, as well as return to these principles ourselves. This includes our Judeo-Christian values that form a moral nation, the Constitution and free market. Unfortunately instead of this common sense approach to world poverty, our ’’betters”, our “rulers”, are perversely redistributing our wealth to poorer countries and transferring what hasn’t worked elsewhere, here.

    Thus instead of redistributing the wealth of the world to the needy, as promised, we will, in effect, be doing the reverse, transferring the world’s poverty to those who have plenty—and that’s us, folks. Whatever our income we’re the rich because we live in the land of the plentiful, or at least we have been until now. If beans and franks are in our future we’ll be fortunate. And that’s the reality to the pipe dream of world egalitarianism—we’ll all be equally miserable.

    There is no other way equality can work outside of a dream because the reality is this is a world based on duality.

    It’s enough to make you believe in Satan, or that an evil entity is directing the affairs of men. And if you believe Satan, or evil, exists in this life based on duality, it then follows that you must believe in God as well.

    Anyway, be that as it may, bring on the accusations of me believing in conspiracy theories. I have faith in my litmus paper brain and will stand pat.

    • coyote3

      Like the old saying, "If it look like …., then it probably is." Isn't always true, but the odds are with you. The founders of this nation were smarter than anyone, including a lot of conservatives, give them credit for. They drafted a document that was designed to protect against the very thing you predict. It is call the constitution. It means something. Every word, every comma, every semicolon, every period. Now there is sometimes room for argument, but most often it is a limitation on government, in particular the federal government. What is says is important, and what it doesn't say is sometimes even more important, i.e., no delegated power, no authority to act. The only problem with the founders idea, is that it assumes that future generations will not ignore these limitations. We have had decades of this disregard, and it is coming home to roost.

    • Samurai Hit Woman

      Coyote; The "elites" , our rulers, interpret the Constitution according to their wishes. So we can't depend on the Constitution to save us. We have to save ourselves.

      The geniuses who gave us the Constitution knew that it required a moral people to work.
      And that is where we have to start by becoming a moral people again.

      • coyote3

        That's what I was talking about. It is not exactly "moral". It is not liberal nor conservative. It is adherence to a set of laws=limitations. Now there is some room for argument, but to great extent, it does require some "character". It may not be the kind that everyone will like. I have, many times, enforced laws that some could interpret as bringing suffering on people. I did so, not because I wanted to create suffering, but because I had no power to do otherwise.

        • Samurai Hit Woman

          By morals I mean what you've nailed exactly. When people equate license with liberty they are not accepting the limitations that make our Constitution work.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    The so called Pledge is taken from a book by DR. Savage he has a show its called savage nation with about 20 million listener, on from 3pm to 6 pm San Diego.

  • Reason_For_Life

    The Republican Party will never change it's spots. It is now, and has always been, the party of Big Government by Omission. Just because the Democrats are the Party of Big Government by Commission doesn't inspire anyone to vote Republican.

    “We will launch a sustained effort to stem the relentless growth in government that has occurred over the past decade,”

    We'll try really, really hard?

    This isn't a kid's soccer game. There are no trophies for participation. We keep score and when you fail (not if, but when) you will be eliminated from the next Congress.

    • http://www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      I think it is hopeless but keep fight when people stop talking the real fight in blood will happen.

  • Lightning Jack

    Remember the "Contract with America" orchestrated by Newt Gingrich, the last Republican Speaker of the House? Then, once in power, the "check pants" Republicans completely forgot about their lofty ideals and promises they they had made to the American people.

    Although this Pledge to America sounds encouraging and does have some good points which may help get the federal government and our socioeconomic house in order, its effectiveness will be proven by results, not by flowery rhetoric.

  • juice

    If they go too far, they will alienate any democrat who might go along with what they have pledged. Politics as usual must be taken into account.

  • 080

    The best that Republicans can do is to stop the spiraling of the debt. That will be enough until 2012. They have to stop the fall in the dollar. All dollars held by anyone is a mortgage on the American economy. So the question will be whether we default on the mortgage or who is going to pay it off. There is small comfort in saying that there is no probleml since we owe it to ourselves.

  • Dave

    I wish they would pledge to push for a balanced budget amendment and term limits for Congress. Then I would believe that they are serious.

  • pianoforte54

    I'm almost 62 and I would fully support disbanding Social Security and Medicare and letting me keep that money that goes out of my paycheck every 2 weeks. I have no plans to retire but physically, I don't know how long I'll make it. I've heard it said before (by whom I forget) that EACH and EVERY government dept should be reviewed and if no longer needed, then disbanded…..but I fear, there are just too many who like the gov't taking care of them. I for one do not.

    • Victor_Laslow

      At 62 you must have put in too much into the SSI account to let it go, though I agree with you SSI can not be abruptly stopped, but if the Government let the next generation invest as they wish, well that might work. As for the elderly people on SSI now, if Congress would stop spending the SSI funds on pork and welfare it could be sustained. Especially if they did away with income tax along with the IRS and went to a FAIR tax._ _http://therepublicrevealed.com/ grass root resource. __2010 The year we take back Washington__2012 The year we take back our country __

  • http://www.givemeliberty2010.com bulldawg

    I agree with most of the people who have commented on this but the one thing that really sticks out for me is, it isn't the same Socialist type agenda we have had the past 4 years. One step at a time, we didn't get here over night. We all have ideas that we believe could be put to work starting tomorrow, like term limits, our so-called free trade agreements, the border control, but lets get behind them but we must trust but verify and if they don't do what they say or they refuse to listen like the present bums, then we send their ass packing with Barry in 2012.

  • http://CrossChek.wordpress.com D.D. Edwards

    It is very weak, but why wouldn't it be it is, after all, from the Old Guard GOP leadership. Steele, & the rest.
    They come out with this toothless document, but show us their real, unchanging colors, by kowtowing to turncoat Lisa Murkowski by not removing her from her position as top Republican Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

  • Gunner57

    How about cutting pensions of all these government workers who are still young enough to work?

    Their former employer went bankrupt thanks to their leftist voting habits. Take away their pensions.

  • Wesley69

    Things I would want to see happen:
    1-Investigations into the corruption in this White House and its allies, ACORN, SEIU, the Apollo Alliance.
    2- The CZARS, Obama's Shadow Government totally dismantled & return fully to Constitution about presidential appointments requiring Senate appointed approval.
    3-A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT to the effect, that outside of the National Guard and our Armed Forces(Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines), that swear allegiance to the Constitution, NO FORCE SWEARING ALLEGIANCE ONLY TO THE PRESIDENT CAN EVER BE CREATED.

  • Wesley69

    4-A return to a balance between the national government and states. A) abolish the Department of Education, Energy B) No unfunded mandates from the national government on the states C) States may sue the National Government with that case going directly to the Supreme Court D) The Federal government must protect the states from criminal activities that come across their borders with neighboring foreign countries E) A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT where states by a three-fourths margin can nullify a Congressional Law, a Presidential action, remove a President or any other official.
    5-Executive agencies NEED to be answerable to the American people. Congress should have the right to repeal any regulations to its laws by the EPA, the FCC, the FDA at any time. Theirs is to carry out laws, not make policy.
    6-The Federal Reserve will be answerable to the Congress & President. I understand the need for independence, but it must be held accountable for what it does and its connected agencies. I’ve been paying too much attention to the news as of late. Could give anyone a heart attack.

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

    • coyote3

      That is probably a good idea, but there is no provision in the law, right now, for swearing allegiance to anything but the constitution. Sure, they can say it, but it doesn't mean anything.

      • Wesley69

        Coyote3 — I am talking about a new constitutional amendment that states that the armed forces and national guard of the US swear allegiance to the Constitution lof the US. The second half of the amendment would prohibit any armed organization created by the president with its sworn allegiance to the President. I don't trust Obama in these next two years, but think about this amendment for a minute, the allegiance of the armed forces of the Weimar Republic was changed by law to allegiance to Hitler.

  • Lustmorde

    Too little too late, I think.

    And why only two options listed under the main heading on the homepage for this article?

    "Too far to the Right? Or just far enough?…"

    How about "Not nearly far enough?"

  • Stephen_Brady

    I like the idea of posting every bill, prior to debate or voting. But why not take this further? Why not put a page limit … for example, 50 pages, with set font-size … on every bill, and require the bill to be written in plain English, rather than legalese?

    I, also, would have liked to have seen Paul Ryan at the "unveiling". That said, I think that we might have been excessively hard on the GOP. They are not the tea party (at least, not yet), and they are not libertarians. They're attempting to demonstrate a difference between them and the DEMs. For those who don't think there's a difference, just compare the Administration and the average Republican.

    Let's get rid of the RINOs, then we can go farther with the revolution …

    • bubba4

      Bills are written with legal language, because it has to cover all possible applications and hedge against abusers looking for a loophole. Have you ever written a contract?

      The GOP aren't libertarians because a vast majority of Americans aren't.

      • Stephen_Brady

        I disagree, Bubba. Bills are written in legal language to hide the true purpose of the bill from the people who will be subject to it. The people looking for loopholes are lawyers.

        Yes, I have written a contract, it was challenged in court, and held up. The man who challenged it thought that he could renege on his obligations, under the contract, and he was wrong. It was written in plain English.

        Every conservative is, to a certain extent, a libertarian (note the lower case "l"). Just because we don't accept the Libertarian's ideas on everything doesn't change this.

    • Wesley69

      Stephen, just wait until the various executive agencies get the law and start making their regulations. The current EPA would love to make rules for Cap & Trade if Congress passed it. But the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts are already laws. They will be coming up with new regulations that will achieve some of the goals of Cap & Trade. Paul Ryan has a great plan. The Republicans need to propose it, but it will go down to defeat due to Mr. O's veto pen.

      • Stephen_Brady

        I agree with you, unless the victory in November includes a veto-proof Congress. We shall see!

  • Gil Solnin

    The Tea Party movement reflects the fact that Americans are seeking a profound change in the role of government with a long-term downsizing. The Pledge only reflects some short terms chess moves that do represent a major change in government.

  • bubba4

    A great plan? or the greatest plan? You pick