The Democrat Pledge To America

Since Democrats have been so vocal in their ridicule and contempt for the Republican pledge, Byron York was wondering  if maybe they had a similar pledge of their own to offer voters:

What are Democrats promising to do if the voters decide to return them to control of the House?

The answer is: There isn’t a Democratic agenda.

Shortly before the Republicans rolled out their plan in Sterling, Virginia, I called the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. I asked spokesman Ryan Rudominer whether, since we now have the GOP agenda, there is a similar document laying out what Democrats will do if voters return them to power in the House. There was a moment of silence on the other end of the call.

“I’m sorry, you mean, like, a current one?” Rudominer asked.

Yes, I said.

“I don’t think we have, like, you know, a 21-page sort of infommercial-type package like this,” Rudominer said.

Well, any sort of agenda would be fine, I said.

“Look, you know, each race is going to have their own individualized message,” Rudominer answered. “So look, we’re not putting together a gimmicky package like this six weeks before the election. We’re talking about making each of these elections a choice.”

Well, they have an agenda, alright. They just don’t want to share it with the voters since there’s….you know…an election coming up. They’re busy running away from ObamaCare, or running as quasi Republicans.…which can be, (as Kathleen Sebelius would say) confusing to the voters.

Democrats really should have their own pledge…to offer voters a contrast between their agenda, and the Republicans’ “same old agenda” that “drove us into the ditch”, (as they keep telling us). The American voter is owed that much.
Byron York had some good ideas in his piece:

In the absence of a specific Democratic agenda, perhaps the best way to guess at what Democrats would do if re-elected is to look at the unfinished portions of their 2009-2010 agenda. There is cap-and-trade environmental regulation. More economic stimulus. Comprehensive immigration reform. Union-favored “card check” legislation. And, of course, resisting Republican efforts to repeal or chip away at Obamacare. (Democrats recently beat back a proposed change to the health care law that would fix a tax reporting requirement that just about everyone agrees is terribly burdensome on businesses, which suggests they will try to stop any changes to the health care law, despite pledges to “fix” the legislation.)

I added a few more:

Now  compare that to the Republican Pledge:

•    Permanently Stop All Job-Killing Tax Hikes
•    Give Small Businesses a Tax Deduction
•    Rein In the Red Tape Factory in Washington, DC
•    Repeal Job-Killing Small Business Mandates
•    Act Immediately to Reduce Spending
•    Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels
•    Establish a Hard Cap on New Discretionary Spending
•    Cut Congress’ Budget
•    Hold Weekly Votes on Spending Cuts
•    End TARP Once And For All
•    End Government Control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
•    Impose a Net Federal Hiring Freeze of Non-Security Employees
•    Root Out Government Waste and Duplication
•    Reform the Budget Process to Focus on Long-Term Challenges

•    Repeal the Costly Health Care Takeover of 2010

Continued, here.

The GOP’s preamble to their pledge:

This has been a public service announcement.


See comments for more Dem Pledge ideas.

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Sarah Palin: Lies, Damned Lies – Obamacare 6 Months Later

Ooh-wee!, listen to the ‘Cuda call out Bam on his all his  lies:

It’s now six months since President Obama took control of one-sixth of the private sector economy with his health care “reform,” and the first changes to our health care system come into effect today. Despite overwhelming public dislike of the bill, we were told that D.C. knows best, and there was nothing to worry about, and we’d be better off swallowing the pill called Obamacare; so, in defiance of the will of the people, the President and his party rammed through this mother of all unfunded mandates. Nancy Pelosi said Congress had to pass the bill so that Americans could “find out what is in it.” We found out that it’s even worse than we feared.

Remember when the president said, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”? Not true. In Texas alone a record number of doctors are leaving the Medicare system because of the cuts in reimbursements forced on them by Obamacare! The president of the Texas Medical Association, Dr. Susan Bailey, warns that “the Medicare system is beginning to implode.”

Remember the Obama administration’s promise that Obamacare would cut a typical family’s premium “by up to $2500 a year”? Not true. In fact, fueled by reports that insurers expect premiums to rise by as much as 25 percent as a result of Obamacare, Senate Democrats are contemplating the introduction of price controls.

Remember when the president said in his address to Congress that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions”? That turned out to be yet another one of those “You lie!” moments. We found out that Obamacare-mandated high risk insurance pools set up in states like Pennsylvania and New Mexico will fund abortions after all.

Remember the promise that Obamacare would “strengthen small businesses”? Not true either. The net result of Obamacare is that small businesses will face higher health care costs, new Medicare taxes, and higher regulation compliance costs, while the much-hyped health care tax credit for small businesses turns out to be almost impossible to obtain.

Remember the president’s promise that his bill would ensure “everyone [has] some basic security”? False again. Besides the great uncertainty that Obamacare hampers businesses with, companies now find it is actually cheaper to pay the $2000 per employee fine imposed by Obamacare than to keep insuring their workforce. This leaves millions of American workers at risk of losing their employer-provided health insurance.

And remember when the Obama administration said they would not be “rationing care” in the future? That ol’ “death panels” thing I wrote about last year? That was before Obamacare was passed. Once it passed, they admitted there was going to be rationing after all. There has to be. The reality of Obamacare is that it enshrines what the New York Times called “The Power of No” – the government’s power to say no to your request for treatment of the people you love. The fact that the president used a recess appointment to push through the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tells you all you need to know about this administration’s intentions. After all, Berwick is the man who said, “The decision is not whether we will ration care – the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

By the way, when the administration was talking about that independent board that has the statutory power to decide which categories of treatment are worthy of funding based on efficiency calculations (that, again, sounded to me like a panel of faceless bureaucrats making life and death decisions about your loved ones – which, again, is what I referred to as a “death panel”), it was another opportunity for Americans to hear the truth about Obamacare’s intentions.

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Ace: Waterloo: The Democrats Doomed Themselves With ObamaCare





You exercised raw political power without regard to our opinions, just to show you could. We’re stupid animals, you thought; these stupid animals will all fall in line when we tug on the leash hard enough.

No. And we’re not just tugging back. We’re going for your f***ing throats.

You exercised raw political power.

Our turn, b*tches.

Oh yes, November 2nd is shaping up to be quite the little bloodbath…


Mixed Reviews For The New Republican Pledge

The Republican Pledge to America is getting mixed reviews. (PDF is here, text at the Weekly Standard.) Dems, obviously,  offer nothing but ridicule and predictable lib talking points. At least the WH didn’t use their tired car/slurpie metaphor:

The White House immediately attacked the House Republicans’ election agenda rollout Wednesday evening, claiming the 21-page “Pledge to America” plan will “take America back to the same failed economic policies that caused this recession.”

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, writing on the White House blog, said Republicans “doubled down on the same ideas that hurt America’s middle class,” listing tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, tax hikes for the middle class, “cutting rules and oversight” for financial services, health care and oil, all while adding to the deficit.

Some Republicans, like Erick Erickson at Red State think it reeks, too: Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan
A+ Rhetoric. C- Ideas.
The entirety of this Promise is laughable. Why? It is an illusion that fixates on stuff the GOP already should be doing while not daring to touch on stuff that will have any meaningful longterm effects on the size and scope of the federal government.

This document proves the GOP is more focused on the acquisition of power than the advocacy of long term sound public policy. All the good stuff in it is stuff we expect them to do. What is not in it is more than a little telling that the House GOP has not learned much of anything from 2006.


Doug Ross is not quite as hard on the pledge, but wishes it were shorter, and more boldly addressed real solutions to our overwhelming  problems:
But his (Erickson’s) point — that the GOP’s effort is mostly “dreck” — is valid. Washington’s so freaking broken that the usual platitudes and rhetoric can’t and won’t suffice.

21 pages? How about starting with two words: THE CONSTITUTION?

Ross provides his idea of what the pledge should look like. It’s all good stuff….but isn’t asking the Republicans to pledge to “ban public sector unions, which exist solely to wage war against the taxpayers who fund their operations“, a bit unrealistic? I understand that we are way past the point where “baby steps” in the right direction will be enough to get us back on track, but they have to get elected, first.

Doug Powers has a more positive reaction, with justifiable concerns about Republican fidelity to their pledge:

I love it, provided the words jump off the paper and into reality at some point soon. Sure, signing off on political pledges is a little like ordering X-Ray glasses from a comic book — you just know it’s not going to be nearly as good as advertised — but I like the GOP’s effort so far. However, it’s a real shame that the Constitution has to be re-branded once in a while — I kind of like the original.

The Pledge is somewhat similar to Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America, which worked wonders… for a while — until a few deals were reached, a couple compromises were made, and a number of handshakes across the aisle, pats on the back, and Republicans who caved in like third world mine shafts caused things to slip back to right where they were, and then some.

Michelle Malkin concurs, with her own suggestion: How about this pledge: “I will not swallow any more crap sandwiches”:

Making pledges is easy. Keeping them? Not so much. Just ask Mr. Hope and Change. The new GOP pledge is fine as far as it goes — especially the upfront acknowledgment that government’s powers derive from the consent of the governed, not from the penumbras emanating from the fingertips of all President Obama’s czars.

Here’s Paul Ryan on The Laura Ingraham Show, this morning:

And here he is on Good Morning America:


Don Surber – Not happy: A pledge too long

I refuse to read that dumbass Pledge To America that the Republican Party in Washington came up with.

It is a load of crap.

21 pages?

If you cannot recite a pledge in less than 30 seconds — if schoolboys cannot memorize it — you do not have a pledge.

You have bureaucratic bilge.

How in the hell do you sell people on smaller government when you rattle on for 21 pages about your plans for health care and the like?

Are we just re-arranging deck chairs or are we saving the Titanic?

Here’s a pledge:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

He updates later after he’s read it to tell us he likes it, LOL. But it’s too long.


Ace weighs in: Erickson Vs. Frum On The Pledge To America

I think they’re both wrong, and in ways that have become wearying predictable, each playing his cliched and exaggerated role.

I liked his pithy response to Frum.

Dan Riehl responds to Erickson point by point: GOP Pledge: My Strong Disagreement With Redstate

Legal Insurrection: GOP Pledge – A Thousand Points of Fight

Now that I have read it, I’m in agreement with the approach, which amounts to A Thousand Points of Fight.

The Pledge recognizes that the problem of an out-of-control federal government was not created overnight, and there are no handful of one-size fits all solutions.

There are thousands of problems, and it will take time.

The Pledge properly focuses on themes of smaller government based on constitutional principles, national security, and individual autonomy.
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Thursday Tab Dump.

Via Rush

Bear with me, as I clear some tabs before my ‘puter crashes.

First up:

What’s this I hear about the White House asking churches to “spread the word” about ObamaCare. These repeated attempts to use “God’s partners” to spread progressive propaganda are beyond disgusting:

PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN: POTUS, SEBELIUS ASK FAITH LEADERS TO OUTREACH – With health reform’s popularity steadily slipping, top administration officials turned to faith-based groups that supported the law to do their part explaining it. On an hour-long conference call Tuesday, they outlined the Patients’ Bill of Rights and asked faith-based and community groups to get the word out on the new provisions. “I wanted to have this call because we have a big day coming up, the six-month anniversary of health reform’s passage,” President Obama told leaders on the conference call, hosted through Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Obama later added that, “The debate in Washington is over, the Affordable Care Act is now law. …I think all of you can be really important validators and trusted resources for friends and neighbors, to help explain what’s now available to them.” Joshua DuBois, head of the White House’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, got even more specific: “Get the word out there, get information out there. Make use of the resources described on this call: the website, door hangers, one pagers and so forth. We’ve got work to do.”

Separation of Church and State only applies when conservative issues are involved, don’t you know.

A history of RINO backstabbing going back to 1994 is compiled in one infuriating list: Party unity is for the wing nuts.

The latest on Panthergate at PJ Media: Bombshell: Defying DOJ Instructions, Christopher Coates Will Testify Friday on New Black Panther Case

Ten months ago, Coates, the award-winning former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, was subpoenaed by the Commission to testify about the case. He was subsequently instructed by DOJ officials to ignore the subpoena. Within the past hour, commissioners were informed that Chairman Gerald Reynolds had spoken with Coates and that the chairman would reconvene the Commission’s ongoing hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to hear Coates’s testimony.

The Civil Rights Commission has sought to obtain Coates’ testimony on Justice’s dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. In a recent request to Justice, the Commission agreed to limit initial questioning of Coates to accusations made by former career lawyer J. Christian Adams about statements and other actions by Julie Fernandes, an Obama administration political appointee, if DOJ produced Coates.

The DOJ refused.

Keep reading…

More from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air: Uh oh: DoJ lawyer to testify tomorrow on voter-intimidation case dismissal

Expect some fireworks tomorrow. (Oh, yes.)

Also at PJ Media: Is Barney Frank Nervous? Bill Clinton Coming to Rescue in MA

Former President Bill Clinton will appear to endorse Barney Frank in Taunton, MA, on September 26. When he announced President Clinton’s visit, Frank attempted to deflect the inference that he is concerned about the election by asserting that the visit was President Clinton’s idea. Sean Bielat — the young, attractive Republican challenger — accused Frank of “running scared”.

Bubba and Bawny!

A Counter Rally Against Clinton and Frank is being planned. They’re asking people to keep the signs tasteful…..(’nuff said).

Some conservative blogs are speculating on what sort of “October Surprise”, the Dems have in store for us this year.  You know they’re desperate.

Ric’s Rulez:

With the soothsayers predicting a debacle, the minds of Democrats must be pretty sharply focused about now. They do have one advantage: virtually total control over the “news media”, which they can pretty well use to orchestrate most anything, raising it to enough of a crescendo to qualify as a spoiler for Republican chances. Against that, it isn’t a Presidential year. Axelrod and Rahm must be puzzling that one out. If they’ve got something really good, wouldn’t it be better to save it for 2012? Or do they let it off now and expect to get (or manufacture) something else for then?

Jim Geraghty at National Review Online suggests — or, rather, his invisible advisor “Obi-Wan Kenobi” advises — that Republicans hold a contest to see who can predict the October surprise.

If you have any predictions, leave them in the comments.

JUST GREAT: Connie Hair at Human Events: Senate Judiciary Vote Thursday for Five Fringe Obama Judges

PLEASE! The latest line the MSM is selling is Voters “Feel Sorry” for Obama?

In her essay, Marcus would have us believe that the nation’s voters are only upset with congress, and that a large number of voters actually feel sorry for President Obama.  Nothing could be further from the whole truth.  (and telling a half-truth is exactly the same thing as telling a lie).

In case you missed it, here’s Obama getting heckled again by AIDs activists at a NYC fund raiser Wed. night:

Obama has been stingy, compared to Bush, on AIDs funding, and they know it.

Lots of good stuff, here:

Ace: Chris Christie: I’m Going To Unite This Country Even If It Means I Have To Kick The Shit Out Of You

I do so wish he would run for President.


Michelle Malkin: Once more: Stop the special-interest, speech-squelching DISCLOSE Act

Dr. Zero in the Greenroom has the LOL line of the day: Doubling Down on O’Donnell:

In the interests of full disclosure, I sized up the Delaware race and reluctantly concluded it was strategically wise to support Castle, who had a much better chance of taking the seat, and possibly delivering a Republican Senate.  I made this recommendation to play the odds, not predict the future.  Now that O’Donnell is the nominee, I support her candidacy without hesitation.  I dearly hope Senator O’Donnell and I can meet up in Hogsmeade someday, and have a laugh about my lack of faith over a butterbeer.

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