Promises, Promises

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  1. KenH

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    Promises, Promises

    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]by Laurence M. Vance[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]by Laurence M. Vance[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]How hard is it to position [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]yourself to the right of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]This is all the House Republicans did recently when they released their "Pledge to America" at a Virginia hardware store on September 23. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Mimicking their 1994 "Contract with America," this new Republican proposal sets forth their legislative agenda should the American people see fit to give the Republican Party a majority in the House of Representatives in the upcoming election.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Promises, promises.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Do Republicans think we’re stupid? Do they think we’ve forgotten the eight-year presidency of Republican George W. Bush? Do they think we’ve forgotten that Republicans had an absolute majority in both houses of Congress for over four years of the Bush administration? Do they think we’ve forgotten that the Republican Party controlled the Congress during the last six years of Clinton’s presidency?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]The empty promises, grandiose claims, vain assurances, and blatant lies in the Republican "Pledge to America" mean that it’s not worth the paper and toner it would take to print out a copy. Republicans are clearly trying to capitalize on voter discontent with the Democratic Party, garner the support of the Tea Party movement, and sucker Americans into voting them back into power.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Promises, promises.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Before even examining the text of the "Pledge to America," I would like to point out two major practical problems. First, like the "Contract with America," this is a House Republican document. And like what happened with the "Contract with American," there is no guarantee that Senate Republicans will pass legislation proposed by the House – assuming that Republicans even regain control of the Senate. The second problem is, like what happened with the "Contract with America," we have a Democratic president with veto power. So, even if the Pledge is a good thing (it isn’t), and even if the Republicans are sincere (they aren’t), there is no guarantee that Republicans will accomplish anything even if they do win back control of the House. And as it was pointed back out in 2000: "The combined budgets of the 95 major programs that the Contract with America promised to eliminate have increased by 13%." Is there any doubt that things will turn out any different this time?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]But what about the text of the Pledge itself? Well, the preface is a lie. The foreword is a lie. All five of the plans introduced are a lie. All six chapters are a lie. All forty-five pages are a lie. Even the cover is a lie.[/FONT]

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    #1 KenH, Oct 19, 2010
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