REPUBLICAN, "PLEDGE TO AMERICA" - A START BUT NOT ENOUGH
To answer this Republicans have issued the, "Pledge To America," which outlines the GOP strategy and promise to voters. Echoing the extremely successful, "Contract With America," that was revealed six weeks before the 1994 mid term election which brought a GOP majority to Congress for the first time in forty years, the Pledge to America offers conservative promises that if implemented will limit government, curb spending and take the pressure off of business which will allow growth and prosperity that causes job creation and hiring.
Unlike the Contract which simply stated that Republicans promised to follow strict Constitutional principles, the Pledge does in many respects does not go far enough in eliminating many of the problems brought on by an over bearing government such as outlining a strong fiscal policy which ends ridiculous spending practices and also ending ear marks.
Some of the highlights are as follows:
- Stop job-killing tax hikes
- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income
- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.
- Repeal and Replace health care
- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus
- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward
- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote
- Provide resources to troops
- Fund missile defense
- Enforce sanctions in Iran
For the most part the, "Pledge," has solid conservative ideas which can begin the process of reversing the disaster that has taken place under a Democrat Congress and the destructive spending and government expansion agenda of Barack Obama. I do have a considerable amount of misgiving concerning the pledge to repeal and, "replace," the health care reform bill known as Obamacare. While repealing it is necessary to stop the government control of health care, I do not care for the idea of replacing it with another health care bill but would rather see certain initiatives which correct and tweak the best health care system in the world allowing the private market place to solve the problems and NOT government.
But the key to this entire Pledge is not up to the GOP or anyone elected in the mid term election but the people of The United States. It is the complacency of the people that has allowed representatives to get as out of control as they have. It is complacency which allowed the election of Barack Obama. Obama's one true accomplishment is, as a result of his Marxist agenda and arrogance, the American people are finally awakened to government accountability by the people.
If the GOP gains the majority in November which seems likely, it is up to we the people to hold their feet to the fire and make them continually accountable to us. The activism that has been constant for the last 20 months through the Tea Party and other conservative movements must not end because of one election. It is our Constitutional responsibility as citizens to hold government accountable. Congress must know daily that if they fail us they will be fired. So it is up to us to make the GOP fulfill this pledge and more and not just use it as a political move to win an election.