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The Pledge to America: Part Six: Promises, Promises

The Promise:

Our plan offers a clear and clearly different approach, one in which the people have the most say and the best ideas trump the most entrenched interests.

Reality Check:

As will be seen, there is nothing clearly different about the Republicans’ “Pledge.”

Do “the people” really have the most say? The second most popular suggestion on Republicans “America Speaking Out” website, a site designed to receive input on what Americans want, was “Stop the outsourcing of jobs from America to other countries that do not pay taxes into the U.S. and stop the tax breaks that are given to these companies that are outsourcing.” Yet The Pledge does not address this issue at all. In fact, the policies promoted by The Pledge would continue to encourage the outsourcing of jobs.

Our plan stands on the principles of smaller, more accountable government; economic freedom; lower taxes; fiscal responsibility; protecting life, American values, and the Constitution; and providing for a robust national defense.

Nothing “clearly different” here. These time-tested phrases stand for eliminating social programs; cutting taxes for the wealthy; forcing women to carry a baby to term, even if it puts her life at risk; prohibiting gay marriage; wrapping themselves in the Constitution while lambasting any judge who declares discriminatory laws unconstitutional; and a strong military, with expanded government surveillance powers.

Our plan puts forth a new governing agenda that reflects the priorities of the American people – priorities that have been ignored, even mocked by the powers-that-be in Washington – and can be implemented today.

The “new governing agenda” consists of measures designed to slow down the approval of any legislation: require a 3-day on-line posting period for any bill before it comes to a vote and make it easier to bog down spending bills by allowing unlimited amendments. Left unsaid is whether each proposed amendment would trigger another 3-day on-line review period.

They also Pledge to adhere to the Constitution by requiring every bill to include a line citing the specific constitutional authority for that particular bill. That means nearly every bill out of Congress will have to include a line stating “This bill is authorized by Article One, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.” Bills of Revenue, originating in the House, would merely have to add “This bill is authorized by Article One, Section 7 of the United States Constitution.” In other words, this promise is purely for show, and contains no substance.

Republicans also Pledge to require each bill address only one issue. Imagine, if you will, Congress having to approve the entire Federal Budget one line item at a time. Imagine, if you will, the Senate being forced to 60 hours of debate, a week and a half of debate, on each and every item, as DeMint is doing now. One Senator can, and will, shut down the entire federal government.

These are focused concrete examples of the policies through which we will promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, and national economic recovery – and they can be implemented today.

These “focused concrete examples” offer nothing new: cut taxes; deregulate businesses; de-fund or eliminate social programs; increased federal regulation over women’s bodies; use the power of the federal government to prevent people from getting married if they happen to be the same gender; continue crimes against humanity by incarcerating people for years, even for life, without a trial in an off-shore prison; kick out illegal aliens and increase border security; increase government surveillance powers, even over its own citizens, and so on.

To Conclude: This “Pledge” would create a totalitarian government and create an economy without manufacturing jobs, and without any social safety net for the jobless, the sick, the injured. As more and more manufacturing jobs are shipped off-shore, the purchasing power of the American people declines until, at some point, we can no longer afford the cheaply made foreign products. Corporations won’t suffer, as they will be able to market their goods in foreign markest, where income from manufacturing increases their purchasing power.

The Pledge is a new coat of paint on a rusted-out junker. Sure, it looks nice, but there’s no metal behind it. The crowd it was written for won’t look behind the paint job. Hopefully, the majority of the voting public will.

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