Ridicule, praise for the 'Pledge to America"
Our Democratic-sounding Readers Who Comment, largely silent recently, emerged from an apparent funk this morning to heap scorn on the Republican "Pledge to America," a House GOP promise on what it would do if it wins a majority in the mid-term elections.
While Republican-sounding voices are certainly heard, the majority of the more than 600 comments filed at the hour this is written seem to come from Democrats. They want to know why national security costs should be protected (and wonder where the savings will come if the defense budget isn't whacked), why health care reform should be repealed and why the wealthy should be protected from taxes while the nation continues to stick it to the poor.
As Paul Kane and Perry Bacon Jr. write, "The 21-page document is meant in part to echo the GOP's 1994 "Contract with America," a 10-point agenda unveiled at the same point in the election season before the party gained control of Congress in that year's midterms. But it is also an effort to signal that a new generation of Republicans is ready to lead."
We'll start with BobChicago, who wrote, "The devil is in the details, but at least the runaway federal spending (caused by both parties) is the primary target. However, instead of simply reducing spending back to 2008, there should also be a mandatory reduction in headcount. The private sector has absorbed major cuts. Time for feds to share the sacrifice."
curtis2 said, "Reduce spending to 2008 levels, except national security?! Our ridiculous military budget is one of the first things we could easily scale back in order to re-discover fiscal sanity. Why in this country do we talk about reduced spending on social programs but never on military? I would go along a bit with the Republican idea if they showed some willingness to make a compromise on military spending. But since they don't, I will fight them all the way..."
rcvinson64 added, "Why did I know that "national security" would be exempted from their cut back? Typical hogwash. We all know that the military and homeland security don't waste any money. The bloated government contractors survive off of national security contracts. This plan is pure tripe."
Realist201 wrote, "Finally some Fiscal discipline is returning to America. Obama keeps spending like a teemage girl with Daddy's credit card and the GOP is the only hope for America's finanaces now."
moebius22 said, "Their proposals are as predictable and non-sensible as the Demcorats, but I want a check on the Demcorats, so they will have to do."
MNUSA asked, "Does where the Guantanamo prisoners have their trials affect me? No. They aren't going to undo the health care bill, which should have been done 70 years ago. And a spending freeze just as we're climbing back up out of the hole the Repubs got us into? This sounds like part emotional politics and part 'voodoo economics.' "
jdonner2 said, "What a foolish thing to do. The best thing to do while your enemy is commiting suicide is to stand back and watch."
twnctyguy wrote, "What a joke! To think that people could be hoodwinked into voting for the same failed policies that drove us over the cliff in the first place is pathetic! Hey Republicans...where are all of the jobs and booming economy from those Bush tax cuts...HUH???????"
huntsf said, "I honestly don't understand the Repubs' ideology that keeping tax cuts or giving further cuts will stimulate anything. How do any of them think this nation's infrastructure and services are funded? Get real...it won't hurt anyone to raise taxes back to Clinton days and pay down our debt. It would be even better if the corporate loopholes were closed and speed up the payback as well. Get real!"
Waterloo1 wrote, "Go ahead Republcians. Try and send everyone back to the days of pre-existing conditions. Make public your goal of restoring the former regime of health insurance companies. Because next time, we're going to skip the idea of accomodating you and go to single payer or deep public option. And the public is going to love the deficits you produce when your expedient "Pledge to America" starts producing even greater deficits"
fudador asked, "Why are Republikkkans so eager to screw the weak and helpless by removing their health care assistance while retaining it for everybody else? They truly are worthless, aren't they?"
Bobby06 wrote, "The Republicans tried reducing government spending at the beginning of a severe economic downturn. The result was the Great Depression. Let's not experiment with our country to test out the far-right ideology again. And surely the $750 billion yearly lay-out for the military has a few extra things that can be cut, doesn't it?"
dummy4peace said, "Spending less does not guarantee economic recovery. We need to spend to stimulate our economy in infrastructure and education on reading, math and science. However, the last thing we want to do is to hire any foreign countries to build our infrastructure such as high speed rail. Had the Chinese hired a foreign corporation to build their high speed rail, they wouldn't be trying to sell California their high speed rail technology now. The economy that needs stimulus is ours, not the Chinese."
Citi__Street wrote, "Republicans are winning on enthusiasm ballot (Likely Voters) as opposed to (Registered or All Voters) not on the number of votes which is the only thing that counts in any election cycle! If Democrats turn out the votes like they had in past elections, then this entire BS is mute!"
We'll close with scrub-brush who said, "I am confused; is this the Tea Party Pledge, the Old GOP Pledge, or Both????"
All comments on this article are here.
| September 23, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories: Bailout | Tags: Democrats, Miltary Spending, Pledge to America, Republicans
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